Australia Travel Guide
Sydney: This is the most populous city in the entire continent of Australia. Located on the East Coast of Australia, it is nestled between the beautiful Blue Mountains to the west and the ocean to the east. Ranked as one of the top most liveable cities in the entire world, there is plenty to keep you entertained. Some of the top tourist spots to visit include the Blue Mountains, the gorgeous beaches, the Sydney Opera House, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Melbourne: This is the second most populous city in Australia and like Sydney, is a huge tourist destination for people traveling to the continent of Australia. Outside of the beautiful landscapes, Melbourne is best known for its chic and modern architecture and atmosphere. Great food and coffee are staples of the area and if you're looking for a place to eat in Australia, this is your spot.
Fiji: Located in the South Pacific between Hawaii and Australia, Fiji is made up of more than 300 different islands of which only 110 are inhabited. Fiji has managed to conserve its ancient culture, which is one of the biggest parts about what makes this place so special. The locals have a tremendous reputation for being both friendly and inviting. Fiji is one of the best snorkeling destinations in the world and exploring the coast line is one of the biggest attractions of this island nation.
Tahiti: This is the largest island in the French Polynesia. It is best known for its black sand beaches, waterfalls, lagoons, and two extinct volcanoes. If white sand beaches are more your style, Tahiti has one of the most beautiful white sand beaches on its southern shore called La Plague De Maui. There are also some great museums and food along the island so be sure to get away from the beach for a little while.
Bora Bora: If you're looking for a luxurious beach getaway, this place should be at the top of your list. This smaller island is home to a small population of around 10,000, so it is quiet and peaceful. It is also well known for its beautiful white sand beaches and luxury resorts making for an incredible luxury vacation destination.
Auckland: This is the largest urban city in the country of New Zealand. Auckland has something for just about everyone. For the nature lovers, there are plenty of great spots to take in such as Waiheke Island, Mount Eden, Rangitoto Island and Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. For people interested in seeing some wildlife the Auckland Zoo and the Tiritiri Matangi Open Sanctuary are a must. For everyone else, there are some great museums, food, and shops throughout the city as well.
Things To Do
Ride a Wave Along the Australia Coast: Australia is a surfer's paradise and many come from all over the world to ride its waves.
Go Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef: The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system and can even be seen from outer space. Thousands of different animal species call this place home and that is why so many tourists love taking a dive in these waters. Prices range quite a bit depending on what you're looking to do but you can plan for it being at least more than $70 per person. Here is a good place to get started for prices.
Waitomo Caves Black Water Rafting: If you love exploring caves then you should definitely check this out. A five hour caving adventure takes you through a maze of caves, some famously lit up by glow worms on the ceilings. Prices are somewhere near $100 for adults (much cheaper for kids) and as far as the adventure activities are concerned, this once certainly is a good deal.
Check Out a Rugby Match: Rugby is one of the most popular sports in this continent and if you've never watched a match it is quite the experience. After having played rugby for four years myself, I certainly can appreciate the sport but I do know it can be a bit confusing. Here is a good YouTube video I found that explains the basics so you don't feel lost when watching your first match.
Go Wine Tasting: There are few places in the world as well known for their wine as Australia. Be sure to take advantage of that and go on a wine tasting tour which will typically run you somewhere around $100 in cost.
Food/Drinks To Try
Pavlova: A popular dessert made with a crisp crust and light inside, usually topped with fruit and whipped cream.
Tim Tams: A brand of chocolate biscuits made in Australia
Bowan Mangoes: It is Australia's most popular mango (making up over 80% of the mangoes in the country).
Anzac Biscuits: A sweet biscuit made with oats, flour, sugar, butter, golden syrup, baking soda, boiling water, and occasionally desiccated coconut.
Chiko Roll: A pastry tube filled with cabbage rabbit barley, carrot, green beans, beef, beef tallow, wheat cereal, celery, and onion. The roll is then traditionally deep-fried in vegetable oil.
Vegemite: A common spread for sandwiches, toast, and crackers.
Lamingtons: A cake coated in an outer layer of chocolate sauce and rolled in coconut shavings.
Meat Pies: A meat pie that contains diced or minced meat and gravy, onion, mushrooms, and cheese. It is typically a finger food and is great for a snack on the go.
Grilled Kangaroo: It is known to have a bit of a gamey flavour but it is not overwhelming.
Barbequed Prawns: There are some slight variations on the ingredients but the end result are some delicious shrimp like creatures.
- This continent can be a bit expensive depending on where you travel, so be prepared for that in your travel budget.
- The sun is very strong in this region, so don't forget your sunscreen!
- Wake up early. It might not be your style but wake up early at least one day and take a walk. Normal touristy areas are usually a lot less busy and it is a great time to take in the major cities without all the madness.
- Not many, if any locals drink Fosters beer.