Must-Add: 5 Experiences to your Australian Vacation
There’s no place like Australia. Now’s the time to start making your winter holiday plans to Australia. The country offers larger-than-life experiences to discover from spacious vast open landscapes to endless natural beauty both on land and in the sea with pre-historic rainforests, Indigeouns Australian settlements and 20 UNESCO world-heritage sites throughout the country. Discover your favourite wine in Adelaide, or be up close and personal with stunning coral formations, giant clams, 1,600 species of fish in the Great Barrier Reef.
Large vast open spaces – covering roughly 70% of the country-continent, the Australian outback is mesmerizing as it is large. From the ancient flinders ranges with its rock formations dating back millions of years, to the magical colour-changes of Ayers Rock (Uluru) and the other-worldly looking Mungo National Park with its dried-up lake beds and sand dunes, there really is nowhere else like the desert-like regions of an Australian outback! The impressive natural wonders can be experienced on a luxury glamping trip or through various guided aboriginal tours or aboard one of the iconic rail journeys, such as The Ghan.
Largest coral reef system in the world – There is a lot of terrain to discover underwater as there is on land: visit the Great Barrier Reef, sitting at just over 2,300 kilometres, and a make this known bucket list adventure for many yours to enjoy! Get up close to stunning coral formations, giant clams, more than 1,600 species of fish and six of the world’s seven marine turtle species! There’s so much to discover here, and so many ways to experience this magnificent living coral – like boating and kayaking excursions – that can actually be seen from outer space! The beachy region of the city of Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, is also a fantastic location for snowbirds to enjoy a winter longstay getaway.
An abundance of world-class wineries and artisan treats – From the Margaret River to the Yarra Valley, Adelaide Hills, Hunter Valley and beyond, you can sip, swirl and draw in the fragrant notes of some of the best wines in every single state across Australia! With more than 2,460 wineries in 65 wine regions ranging from coastal vineyards to cool-climate estates, there is a taste or vintage for just about any traveller.
Home to the oldest living culture in the world – Indigenous Australians have called this country home for at least 50,000 years, many of which retaining strong cultural links to their history and traditions. There are more than 185 quality, authentic experiences from the world’s oldest living culture, and every part of Australia has Aboriginal history and a series of unique stories and experiences to share with visitors.
Friendly giants eager to meet you– Wildlife encounters abound from sanctuaries to the deep waters off the coasts, be delighted swimming with manta rays, maori wrasse, and the sociable whale sharks through or fascinated by the kangaroos that aren’t afraid to come close as well as the seal colonies along the beaches of Kangaroo Island.
When will you come on down and give a big G’day greeting? Make immeasurable and treasured memories that last a lifetime: Contact one of our Dedicated Destination Specialists at an office near you, conveniently located in Vancouver, Calgary & Toronto on 1866-470-4414, or our website, www.downunder-travel.com.