Have you ever wondered what Australia is like ? Surely yes.

Australia is a country that leaves no one indifferent: So far and isolated from any other country, with unique animals, wild nature and paradisiacal places.

In addition, the Australian aborigines possess the oldest existing culture on earth.

Australia also has a dark colonial past loaded with stories of prisoners.

From our experience as residents in Australia from 2013 to the end of 2018 and as always, from a traveling point of view, we are going to tell you what Australia is like :

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In Australia you can find all kinds of landscapes thanks to its size and its variety of climates.

Australia occupies an area of ​​7.692 million km², it is a large island that could fit on the map of Europe if we remove Russia.

How is Australia. size

And what does this translate into? Well, in a great variety of climates that in turn give rise to a great diversity of landscapes.

How is Australia. Climates

Thus, in the north of Australia you can find tropical areas, subtropical areas in the northeast, large desert areas in the center and west and even mountainous areas where it is possible to ski in winter.

No matter what time you decide to travel to Australia, you will always find an area that fits into your vacation calendar as you can see in this infographic.

Inform the best time of year to travel to Australia

If you want more information on when to travel to Australia you can take a look at our article The best time to travel to Australia .

Whether you are more of a tropical climate and landscape, a lover of the desert and arid landscapes or those who prefer cooler places, in Australia you can find all kinds of landscapes.

How is Australia. Variety of collage landscapes

Population

Australia is a very sparsely populated country, with approximately 25 million inhabitants concentrated in its large cities and on the east coast of Australia.

In travel terms, this represents a large area to explore where wild nature wins out over man.

Australia still allows us to get lost in its desert, its beaches, its forests and its endless roads, finding very few tourists on our trip.

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Iconic and movie locations

In Australia we have some of the most beautiful places in the world and some of the most famous:

Sydney opera house

It is without doubt the most famous building in Australia and one of the most recognizable constructions of our time. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on June 28, 2007.

The building was designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon and opened in October 1973.

The building is located on Sydney Harbor, next to the city's Royal Botanic Gardens and very close to the famous Sydney Harbor Bridge. You will get the best views of the opera house and the bridge from the other side of the Bay, near the Luna Park amusement park (Tip of Sydneysider 🙂)

Sydney Opera House. Iconic Places of Australia

Where to stay in Sydney:

Great Barrier Reef

Australia has the largest Barrier Reef in the world, also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site,

Located on the northeast coast of Australia in the Great Barrier Reef we can find 400 different types of coral, 1500 species of fish and 4000 types of mollusks.

It is a true wonder of nature, in fact it is one of the 7 Wonders of the Natural World. And it is the only living structure on Earth that can be seen from space.

If you want to know more we recommend you take a look at our article: Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.

Great Barrier Reef. How is Australia

Where to stay in Cairns:

Uluru - Ayers Rock

It is a rock formation found in the red center of Australia. It is another of the icons of the country that was also declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Uluru is a sacred rock for the Pitjantjatjara Anangu aboriginal tribe and that is why there are many legends about Uluru and you can see cave paintings. The Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park is one of Australia's biggest tourist attractions.

If you are interested in Uluru, the article 7 Reasons why visiting Uluru may interest you.

Uluru How is Australia

Where to stay in Uluru:

Fraser Island: The largest sand island in the world

It is located on the east coast of Australia, in the state of Queensland. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1992.

It is the largest sand island in the world, with 1,840 km2. It can only be traveled in 4 × 4 vehicles and its wild beaches are beautiful.

The island's highlights are its tropical forests, Lake Mckenzie, 75 Mile Beach, Elie Creek, and the Maheno wreck. If you are going to do an excursion or a tour of the island, make sure that it includes these places.

If you want to know our experience in Fraser Island you can read our article Fraser Island (Australia): The largest sand island in the world.

Fraser Island. Iconic places of Australia

Where to stay in Rainbow Beach:

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is a 243 km coastal route that runs through South Australia, in the state of Victoria between the towns of Torquay and Port Fairy.

It is a beautiful route with impressive views of the ocean and spectacular viewpoints. For us it is the best road route in Australia. The most interesting places on the route are the famous lookout of the Twelve Apostles, the Bay of Martyrs lookout and Kennet River to see Koalas.

But if you are interested in touring the Great Ocean Road and visiting it more thoroughly, read our article on the Great Ocean Road . It is a very complete guide that we created after having done the route twice. We were very fond of him.

Great Ocean Road How is Australia

Where to stay the Great Ocean Road:

Whitsundays Islands

If I had to look for paradise on earth I would start with the Whitsundays Islands: Beaches with fine white sand, crystal clear turquoise water, coral and a wide variety of colorful fish to admire.

The islands are famous for sailing and it is not for less, enjoying a few days aboard a sailboat in the Whitsundays Islands is a luxury and a unique experience that we highly recommend.

If you want to know more you can take a look at our Whitsundays Islands article . Stage V.

Whitsundays. Qeensland. Australia

Where to stay in Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island to visit the Whitsundays

Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park was also declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is wild and authentic Australia. The landscapes in northern Australia are unique and the Jim Jim Falls are the icing on the cake.

The Jim Jim Falls are waterfalls with a fall of between 140 and 200 meters high that ends in a natural pool. The feeling of bathing in the ice-cold pool just below the falls is impressive.

Jim Jim Falls. Kakadu National Park. Australia

Where to stay in Kakadu National Park:

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Aboriginal culture and colonial history

Aboriginal culture

The Australian Aboriginal culture is the oldest culture in the world still alive. The Australian aborigines have used stone as a tool and have painted with red ocher for more than 50,000 years.

Aboriginal culture varies throughout the country. People from different regions speak different languages, and use different types of weapons, tools, and utensils. Their beliefs also vary, as do their rituals, sacred ceremonies, and clothing.

Although the British colonization has damaged it a lot, the aboriginal culture still remains and is very interesting and curious.

If you come on a trip to Australia, take the opportunity to participate in an excursion with Aboriginal guides and soak up its rich culture. Their stories and legends are precious.

Aboriginal Culture Collage. How is Australia

Colona History

Australia also has a colonial history, marked by the bloody way in which the British invaded the country and massacred some of the Australian aborigines, and by the prisoners they sent to the penal colony. More than 160,000 convicts were brought to Australia from 1978 to 1868.

Some Australian museums show this history through the eyes of contemporary artists. We loved the rooms dedicated to the history of the colonization of Australia in the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne

You can also visit some lighthouses that were built during the colonial era and take tours of areas such as The Rocks (Sydney), the first British settlement in Australia.

settler history of Australia

Australian animals

Australia has a unique fauna and animal species that you can only enjoy in freedom if you travel to Australia.

In Australia you can find more than 378 species of mammals, 828 of birds, 300 species of lizards, 140 of snakes, two of crocodiles and 50 types of marine mammals.

Surely the kangaroo, the Tasmanian devil, the dingoes, the wallabies, the platypus, the wombat, the koala, the porcupine…. Seeing these animals in their natural habitat is a real treat.

If you are an animal lover, Australia is going to love it.

Australian animals collage. How is Austalia

Australia Today

Australia is a modern, safe, multicultural country with a healthy economy.

This shows in the character of the Australians, calm and relaxed. Australians are lovers of nature and outdoor activities: The beaches are always full of people doing sports (Surf, Kite, snorkel ...) and the national parks are prepared for hiking trails, camping ...

The great multiculturalism that you will see if you visit the country is also striking. Australia is a country built by immigrants and you can tell that simply by walking through its streets where you can see people of European, Hindu, African, Polynesian and especially Asian descent.

Palm Beach, How is Australia

Hopefully this article has helped you understand a little more about Australia. You already know that it does not matter if you are more of a beach or mountain, if you like cultural trips or enjoy nature, Australia is a destination for all tastes. Why?

Because it is a country with a great variety of landscapes, which can be visited throughout the year, safe, not overcrowded and SPECTACULAR.

Australia for all tastes

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