When visiting Australia, you can have it all: trendy urban cities and the natural ecosystems of tropical rainforests, dry deserts and sunny beaches!
There is so much to do in Australia that it's impossible to see it all in a single trip. But that shouldn't stop you from trying. Some of the best wines in the world are now produced in Australia and wineries with tasting rooms abound in the southern part of the country. Beach lovers will not be disappointed with tropical beaches and snorkeling opportunities. Cosmopolitan lovers will enjoy the chic vibe of both Sydney and Melbourne with alfresco dining, wine bars and boutiques. And for nature lovers, did we mention the kangaroo, koala bears, fairy penguins and tropical rainforests?
Geography and Climate
If you have looked at a map or spun a globe you know Australia is so large that it is actually a continent. The island has a landmass of nearly three million square miles. It is surrounded by both the Pacific and Indian Oceans and is separated from Asia by the Timor and Arafura seas. Australia is the world's flattest continent. It is home to the famously level Australian outback, which makes up the largest portion of the land on the continent. Because of its size, Australia has many different climates. Most of the land has a semi-arid climate, but the most populous areas along the coastline have a temperate one.
Most couples who honeymoon in Australia head for the coast. The single most popular destination is the city of Sydney, which is on the southeast coast. We recommend visiting the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Luna Park, the Sydney Tower, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. Sydney also has over forty fantastic beaches. We recommend the beautiful Palm Beach and Manly Beach. Be prepared, topless sunbathing is the norm on many beaches. Water sports are also very popular, particularly surfing and windsailing.
To get a first-hand look at Australia's most famous attraction, you will have to travel to Queensland in northeast Australia. We are speaking about the Great Barrier Reef. Labelled as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef can actually be observed from space. Here you will find excellent snorkeling and scuba diving with a large variety of brightly colored sea life and coral.
Honeymooners can also enjoy surfing or just hanging out on Queensland's famous Gold Coast - where Surfers Paradise Beach was voted as one of the best beaches in the world by the American Travel Channel.
Queensland offers a variety of other activities including multiple National Parks with a variety of eco-activities, Sea World, Adventure Parc, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and much more. And for the real adventurists, a trip to the Australian Outback with its variegated terrain, vegetation, and climate is an experience few will soon forget.
Because Australia was colonized and settled by British explorers, English is the most popular language and is spoken everywhere.
Since Australia is located in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed, which means that their coldest months are during our summer (June, July and August) and their warmest months are during our winter (December, January, February).
Visitors that travel to Australia should also be aware that they do not accept the American dollar. The only form of currency that is accepted in Australia is the Australian dollar.
Australia relies on Standard time. Because of its size, there are several different time zones in Australia. On average, Australia is about a half a day ahead of Eastern Standard US time.
For more information on Australia visit: http://australia.com
About the Author:
Andrew Marino is the CEO of HoneymoonPixie.com, an industry leader in providing honeymoon gift registries for engaged couples. Couples create their free honeymoon registry website and receive honeymoon planning advice and travel tips. Andrew also serves as a contributing Senior Travel Editor.