April 12, 2020
Australia Destination Guide
The world’s sixth largest country by total area, Australia is the oldest and driest inhabited continent. With one of the lowest population densities in the world, people are mostly clustered around the coasts while the inner part of the country is mostly desert.
What to Do
Just like in the US, you can take a road trip to see some quirky attractions. Check out the Big Pineapple in Woombye, Queensland or climb inside the Big Merino ram in Goulburn, New South Wales. For those who don’t feel like driving, take a bus trip from Geelong to Apollo Bay and stare out the window at the costal scenery or forested mountains. You can also hop off the bus to swim in Bells Beach along the way.
For those looking for a quiet destination, Australia has more than 8,200 islands within its maritime borders. Check out Bruny Island, known for its empty beaches and gorgeous wilderness walks. Or if you want to see something unique, Fraser Island is the only place on earth where a rainforest grows on sand. The island is known for its unique wildlife and has been A Unesco World Heritage site since 1992.
If you want a real adventure, it’s possible to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For an easier adventure, the Pylon Lookout offers a great view of the harbor. A unique cultural experience in Australia can be found at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania. The museum does not label its artwork, so visitors use a device that provides written commentary and music that relate to the various artworks.
What to Eat
Just a few hours from Sydney lies the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region where you can sip wine while trying to spot kangaroos. Be sure to try the Semillon, a semi-dry white wine aged in a bottle.
Also try the Kakadu plum, a small green pod that grows only in Australia’s Northern Territory. These plums have high levels of Vitamin C and have been an important part of Aboriginal culture for thousands of years. Some people say that the fruit looks and tastes similar to the English gooseberry. Others say that it tastes tart and smells like a stewed apple. Don’t forget to try the vegemite, a well-known Australian spread, on toast for breakfast and make sure to taste some crocodile or emu meat before you go.