Throughout the year Australia is bathed in sunshine, but no time of year is quite like summer in Australia. From December to February the country enjoys long, glorious summer days. It’s the perfect time of year to experience the best of the Australian outdoors, from Bondi Beach and the Great Barrier Reef, to the Great Ocean Road and the Outback.
Best Attractions in New South Wales
Whether you interested in sports, natural wonders, or the cultural attractions of Australia, there is no shortage of things to do when you’re in New South Wales. In the vibrant city of Sydney you can climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, visit the iconic Opera House, and work on your tan on bustling Bondi Beach. Sydney Harbour is definitely the spot to be during the Australia Day celebrations on 26 January. Take a day trip to Hunter Valley where you can cycle around vineyards and enjoy Australia’s finest wine, or visit the Blue Mountains for incredible views. You can watch dolphins playing in Jervis Bay, visit Lord Howe Island, or go surfing in the blue waters off the east coast. With so much on offer in New South Wales it’s no wonder it’s one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations.
Get Wet in Queensland
Queensland is a tourist hotspot that is sure to intrigue and delight any traveller with an interest in spending lazy days on beautiful beaches or scuba diving in clear waters. You can sail to the stunning Whitsunday Island where you can swim, snorkel or just relax on the soft white sand. Explore other secluded islands and scuba dive in the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. When you’ve had enough of water sports you can head to the theme parks along the Gold Coast for some excitement, or explore the tropical rainforests of Queensland. There are also spectacular locations in Queensland for sky-diving, bungee jumping and paragliding.
Drive the Great Ocean Road in Victoria
For some of the most spectacular Australian scenery you should embark on a self-drive road trip along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. A self-drive tour between Melbourne and Adelaide will take about 5 days and take you past famous surf spots of Torquay and Bells Beach, as well as the splendid Twelve Apostles. You’ll also pass Otway National Park where you can see magnificent waterfalls and dense forest. You can whale watch in Warrnambool and enjoy the delightful town of Port Fairy. You’ll also get to see giant marsupial fossils in Naracoorte Caves, a World Heritage site, and tour the wineries on the Fleurieu Peninsula before you reach Adelaide.
Visit the Heart of Australia in the Outback
You can experience the timeless rhythms of Aboriginal culture in the Australian Outback, where scorched earth seems to stretch out for an eternity. From the Outback town of Alice Springs you can visit the ceremonial sites and rock art near the Aboriginal community of St Teresa, or join a 4×4 tour or camel trek across the dunes of the Simpson Desert. In the World Heritage Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park you’ll get to see Uluru (Ayers Rock), a fascinating sandstone formation that has become an iconic symbol of Australia and Aboriginal Culture.
Australia is scenic, diverse and truly fascinating, from the beautiful coast to the wild Outback and everything in between. There is so much to do and see, far too much to fit into one trip, so you’ll find yourself planning your next trip before you’ve even reached home.