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Sydney Australia

 

Sydney is a city known for its impressive skyline and a laid-back lifestyle. But behind the veneer of the city’s sunny beaches and gleaming skyscrapers lies a hidden city within the city, with even more to enjoy than the exotic beaches. For many, Sydney is the secret city, the arts and entertainments capital of Australia.

Located almost halfway between the main centers of Sydney and Melbourne, Ayers Rock has to be one of Sydney’s most unique areas. Located on the edge of the Blue Mountains, Ayers Rock is the start of the Blue Mountains Way, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region.  Tourists from around the world flock to see this unique part of the world.

Aside from the scenery and the Ford’s old Ford ship, the attraction that has drawn the most numbers to Ayers Rock is the Shangri La, a remarkable mansion built by the British architect Andrew Forrest- both impressive and weird, it’s a great holiday destination for any motorist. Ayers Rock becomes discovered gem of Australia when the East Indian Sea is consumed by the Chambers’ Strait creating a natural sailing bridge. The seasickness will occur less often as the air temperature remains constant. Considering that boats can only go as far as the breakwater, you might want to take more than one ride. There are several narrowboat tours you and your group can take. Depending on the tour you choose and how many people are traveling in your boat, you can sail from the shores near harbor to the appointed destination or just cruise around the shores. Whichever you choose, it’s highly recommended that you don’t try to go the halfway point. The weather around the halfway point can be very hazardous, especially on account of the fog that blankets the area. Stay on the safe side by starting out a little further away from the harbor.

A Texas business coach told me when he went to Australia that like most of Australia, Ayers Rock is composed of limestone and cement and is a formidable test of your architecture knowledge. There are several accommodation options for visitors; primarily native Australian and Torres Straight Islander. Most of these towns cater to tourism and you will find some of the best restaurants and nightlife are only a bus ride away. Playgrounds, beaches and stare holes are only a bus or train ride away. A list of these places would be self-explanatory.

For those wanting to splurge a bit and spend a little more time in Australia, a good alternative is to hire a luxury Australian taxi. Taxis can be expensive, especially outside the major cities, but for big parties it’s worth it. You can be sure that the driver you hire will pay excellent attention to your needs and will use the latest whichever map you consults.

To sum up a few basic things up, there are many things to do in Australia from a distance. The most popular activities are water sports (sailing, parasailing, boating), bush walking and Photography. Not to mention the bungee jumping. All these activities can be enjoyed from the comfort of your accommodation in an Australian home, from your city hotel or the bush. The lifestyle is something that you would expect from an Australian.

To know more about Australia and its natural beauty what would be a better place to visit than the Great Barrier Reef, a marine park renowned for its beauty. You can see the same things here that you see in your own country, but with a different flora and fauna. This would be the best vacation place to appreciate Australian natural beauty.

Hastings Island is located near the tip of Tasmania, on the other side of the ocean from mainland Australia. There are no roads around the island, so you can only get there by boat. The island site is completely natural, made by centuries old lava formations from the start of the biggest dome of rock that has ever been digs by man. Many Tasmanian historical landmarks can be seen on the island, along with the ruins of French prison. The island can be reached by taking a ferry from Hobart or Launceston, but there is no air service from mainland Australia. You can visit the island by road as well, but you’ll have to take into account the large amount of vegetation and the sometimes rough road conditions.

The island of Tasmania was granted free statehood in 1845, and in 1959, following bitter political battles, the unique system of governance was established by the joint Standing deliberative Budget Committee and delivered to the Commonwealth. The government is largely based upon the traditions of direct democracy and the parliamentary system of free enterprise. Greece like Australia is a member of the European Union and does not have any similar problems of joining the world’s biggest political entity.

The Best Australian Road Trips

The Best Australian Road Trips

 

For a great holiday you need not look any further than Australia. With such a diverse landscape there are so many things to see and do, and a wide range of accommodation available, with fantastic hotels close to all of the best attractions.

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most spectacular coastal drives, that runs from Torquay near Geelong to Portland near the tip of Victoria. There are many pretty beaches and country settlements to see along the way, and a great option for holiday makers with children, as they can explore the landscape and have fun running around.

The Fraser Coast

The Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s most popular destinations and is a spectacular area of coast to visit. The difficult section of coastline has made it harder for fishermen and divers to get to the areas, but this is part of the appeal for many visitors to the area. The absence of many of the facilities associated with a major tourist holiday means that you can enjoy a private hire car, fishing floats and canoes, and make the most of the pristine natural environment.

The Margaret River Region

The Riverland region has been a popular destination for visitors to Australia. There are several resort communities, along with many natural attractions such as parks and seals. The thick rainforest provides incredible scenery and there are plenty of attractions close to town. If you want to see the river you can’t miss the Grand Millennium Tourist Park, which has ocean-going vessels and yachts to visit. Guided walks and kayaking trips are available.

Wine regions

The Margaret River Region is the place to be for red Montouchi wine. Although there are many vineyards in this area, most of them make use of cool climate vine varieties, which are well adapted to the conditions. The region includes the popular Negus Vitruvianis, and Pyramid Nero d’avola, Pyramid Nero d’itheco and Negus Limon. Enjoy a lunch at one of the wineries close to town, and take a tour of one of the cellars in castello. You might want to taste a bottle of Nero d’avola, Pyramid Nero d’avola, or one of the other range of fine wines.

The Hinterland

The Hinterland is the ridges and hills that are found in the centre of the Great Dividing Range and forms a land bridge between the coastal region to the north and the high country to the south. With dramatic escarpments and deep gorges, it is steep and dramatic. You will find many opportunities to experience some of the most spectacular scenes in Australia’s Red Centre.

The Margaret River Region is also popular for a range of water sports and activities such as swimming, boating, fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling.

Other areas to visit

The coastal resorts of Port Campbell and Apollo Bay are both popular in their own right, and there are many fine beaches further along the coastline. One of the most popular beaches is at seventh heaven beach, located at Glenelg not far from the Port Campbell tourist centre. seventh heaven beach is popular amongst surfers all year round and is popular amongst surfers as well as locals.

Port Campbell is the place to find the majority of the main main gold exploration companies, and is a popular day trip destination for other tourists. There is lots of accommodation around the area, and it is also a short commute from the peak cities of the South-Western metropolitan area.

There are many other equally fascinating areas within a short drive of Adelaide, such as the Montess, Maltah or wiser Wharf areas. or the Midlands and East coastal areas. The key to Adelaide is its superb wine industry, so don’t miss the Shiraz or Chardonnay there. The year is usually early in April, and there is not as much rainfall as in the summer months. So don’t get wet in March to April, but try to stay on dry ground! Palmer Street which recently went through foundation crack repair renovation, is a walking street full of cafes and restaurants, and is a great place to people watch or to purchase some fine wines or cheeses.

is a superb place to start at, or follow the river along the way as it migrates through the district. The beautiful Italian St Edward’s church is a guidebook author’s delight, and is just a short walk from the river. Every February it is an arts and crafts festival, and every March there is a food festival.

You can visit Adelaide from November through March. Although you won’t be able to go to the West Coast and surrounding areas, the South Australian Maritime Museum is well worth a visit. It is a specialist on sea vessels, and a man of many talents. Spend some time in the gardens and peeled pears in the orchard. You can also visit the museum shop, and collect some little known artifacts.

A Trip to Australia

Australia Surfing

 

Surfers are not exactly the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Australia, being more associated with the grisly mutter of the back of a surfer than the tropical sun and blue waters of this sunny country. Yet, stand on a beach in Australia and watch a wave break, and you will realise that municipal authorities have been somewhat lax when it comes to cleanliness.

Taking a school trip to Surfers Paradise will put your students face-to-face with one of the prime attractions of the Australian coast, and will be a great way to assess the effects of pollution on our beautiful country. The famous boardwalk, which has established itself as one of the world’s great surf breaks, is in stark contrast to the smooth waters of the bay; but is well worth the visit. The tourist resort of Brighton more than provides ample opportunity for a close-up examination of nature in its rawest form.

Exploring the coast

Most visitors are keen to learn more about the environmental issues associated with tourism, and most will have little to worry about when they are surfing and swimming in the famous Brighton beach. However, a closer look at the local coast will reveal a land of untamed natural beauty that is anything but smooth.

Most accommodation establishments along the coast are old seaside homes rather than hotels, and these can be found in places such as swimming beaches rather than resort hotels, so you will need to take care to find a place that offers the right balance between luxury and keeping noise levels low.

Beach access should, therefore, be strongly considered. Dolphin, abalone and whale watching and guided snorkelling trips are among the worthwhile activities offered, and taking a kayak tour of the coast is a great way to get close to the marine life that calls the Western Australian waters home.

Fishing, bird watching and wandering the sand

A spot of beach walking will also ease the minds of students. Wandering the sand and fields of sunflowers around Mile End Park after a surf lesson is a wonderful way to spend the day, and spending the night in Montague Island will allow students to see the real Australia in its raw nature. Many of these activities are seasonal, so your students can taste it from the season they are visiting while others are available year-round.

The National parks

The impressive Kakadu National Park, just inland from the city of Brisbane, is a driving holiday destination. The parks is the largest single catchment area for migrating birds in the world, and boasts the highest number of breeding pairs of Purple Heron (Gyps fulvus) outside of their native Australia. In the park you will also find Oyster-rubs, Mountain Oysters and evolve Acacia Bund Gumbo, and so much more. You can even go bush walking in the area.

The Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum is in the old Customs House in Tasmania, which is now home to the Risso’s dolphins. The display is designed to showcase Australia’s most beautiful and important sea and marine animals, along with their habitats. You can explore the exhibit in a combination of scenes from the Australian Maritime Adventure, as well as the planned displays of Australia’s five fleets. The museum is built around a giant Tea Pot, and is a fascinating excursion.

The Brisbane Aquarium

The Queensland Aquarium is the largest in the country and is located in the Innes Waters region of the city. The aquarium contains over 50,000 sea animals with 300 tanks containing 500 individual aquariums. You will be captivated by the look on a newly-restored exhibit calledauntiet, which is as bright as the South African coastline. The aquarium uses computerised aqua-site technology to project images and audio into underwater natural surroundings.

The Margaret River Tropics Botanical Gardens

While in Brisbane, why not make a trip to the Margaret River tropics in order to explore the Canberra River Valley? The botanical gardens are associated with the University of Queensland. They are considered one of the nations best botanical gardens, as well as being the third largest in Australia. The gardens are spread over 11 hectares of land and include a popular icon, Lipsy’s Lookout.

The botanical gardens are often filled with tourists and are therefore very easy to find. After arriving at the gardens, just follow the signs to the Reston Planter station for easy directions. The gardens are open daily from 5am to 11pm, in season, and closing time will usually be at 5.30pm.  Their gift shop is spectacular.  You can even shop handbags there.

Cox Peninsula

Cox and Whale Bay offer visitors historical adventures with a contemporary twist. The former days of whaling are remembered at the Captain Cook Statue, situated at an old settlement, museum and sea fort, five kilometres out from the main part of the peninsula.