Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Holiday destination: Australia

The worst part of going to Australia on holiday is going home. It’s such a diverse, large country that you just know that you’ve missed some of the essential sights. No worries. You can always make a return trip and explore a different area. Try as you might, you just can’t see it all on holiday.

First-time visitors are amazed at just how eclectic Australia is. At the northern tip, near Cairns, the weather is tropical, with balmy temperatures and ancient rainforests full of wildlife. On the Gold Coast, surfer dudes hit the waves while sunbathers look on. In the south, rolling hills and dry warm weather in the Barossa region is perfect for producing grapes for Australia’s most famous wine labels like Wolf Blass and Jacob’s Creek. Stretched through the middle of the country, the Outback appeals to nature lovers and stargazers. In the west, there’s a touch of cowboy culture with large-scale cattle and sheep ranches, plus a gorgeous coastline that is perfect for leisurely, sightseeing drives. For those who want to go off the beaten path, make sure your holiday itinerary includes Tasmania – an island that is a small wonder down under.

No matter where you go, the welcome you’ll receive from Australian residents is warm and sincere. The Australians see visitors from Britain like long lost family members. They are among the world’s most hospitable people and before you know it, you really do feel more like one of the family, than a tourist. You’re sure to take home memories of not just what you saw and did, but of the mates you made along the way.

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