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Australia - Travel Guide

“Down Under” is a dream destination for many travelers.  Understandably so, as Australia offers its endlessly far Outback, one of a kind animal and plant life and fantastic, palm tree lined natural beaches, and gorgeous tropical islands.  The “Terra australis incognita” (unknown land of the South) also offers culture in a diverse selection.

The mystical culture of the Australian natives, the Aborigines, is spellbinding.

Australia is often referred to as the “red continent”.  This name stems from the central region of the continent, which is mostly flat, dusty, and of minimal vegetation.

The most famous landmark of Australia is the 348 meter high sandstone monolith Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the heart of the country.  Many myths of the Aborigines are woven around this “rock”.  Many wishes originate here.  The Uluru factually does shine bright red during the evening light.

A natural wonder in itself is the Great Barrier Reef.  It stretches along almost half of the Australian east coast, and with 2200 km is the longest coral reef in the world.

Further south, visitors can travel along the Great Ocean Road.  It follows the coastline of the State Victoria down to southern Australia, passing bizarre sandstone cliffs, forested valleys, and thundering waterfalls.

A stunning impression is rendered by the “Twelve Apostles”, giant stone pillars reaching out of the water along the coast line.

In Western Australia, nature offers its natural beauty with unpopulated, unspoiled nature preserves, which beg to be explored. The flora and fauna here has not changed in centuries.

The Northern Territory is one of the last true nature and wildlife habitats in the world, featuring unique sceneries, grandiose natural formations, and extreme climate zones.  It is a land between tropical vegetation, outback, and desert.

The cities of Alice Springs and Darwin a worth visiting, along with the Cockatoo National Park as well as the Olgas.

New South Wales offers an unsurpassed abundance of different adventures and sceneries:  the lively, international Sydney, subtropical rain forests, golden beaches, red outback-desert, vineyards, and snowy mountain ranges.    

If time allows, a visit should be made to Tasmania, the remote island south of Australia.  The deserted natural paradise lures with a Mediterranean climate.  The Australians lovingly refer to Tasmania as their “refrigerator”.  The residents of Tasmania contently speak of their home as the “remote island off the coast of a remote continent”.

Aside from the wellness-metropolis Sydney a visit should be made to Melbourne, Perth, or the capital Canberra.

Due to its island state, Australia is home to many “endemic species”, meaning animals and plants that are found only here, such as kangaroos and koala bears.

Australia is a unique play of colors. 

The Outback, as the Australians call the center of their country, takes on thousands of colors from red to beige.  But on the edge, the country is green.  Mighty rivers stream to the sea, which allows for agricultural riches. 

Along the coast are national parks, and in the North of Australia there are pristine rain forests.

The very edge of Australia is marked by the color white, because it is the color of the sandy beaches in the scorching sun.  These beaches stretch along the cost, often several kilometers long, wild, and untouched.  Luckily the ocean curls its blue to the beach, a paradise for swimmers and divers, since below the ocean surface is another palette of colors waiting to be explored.

A special spectacle of nature can be seen if traveling in spring.  The Outback blooms when heavy rain falls turn the desert like landscape into a huge sea of colorful blooms.

By the way:  the Australian Alps and Tasmania offer excellent skiing.

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