Today I’ve got a guest post from Diana Smith, a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a travel lover. In her free time she enjoys exploring new exciting destinations with her family. Follow her on Twitter at @DianaSmith82!
Vacationing in Australia is amazing, to say the least. You’re stuck on an incredibly large continent, surrounded by the most breathtaking wonders of nature, all forms of wildlife and the most pristine, pearly-white beaches and warm oceanic waters you can imagine. If you plan on spending your holidays relaxing in Australia, then make sure to go over the following five tips and make the most out of your vacation in the Land Down Under.
With more than 10,000 recorded beaches, over 30,000 miles of breathtaking coastline and a myriad of different water activities, Australia has a lot to offer when it comes to coastal vacations. You can swim, surf, sail, snorkel, dive, kayak, go boating, sand boarding, and parasailing or enjoy a throwing a BBQ party with family and friends on some of the more secluded beaches nearby.
From peaceful white-sand coves found of Whitsunday Islands to Western Australia’s windswept, rugged shores, and the surfing-friendly Gold Coast, Australia has so much to offer. It’s hard to think about Australia as a single destination, but rather, it’s an entire continent country with many different regions and vast differences between each region.
Enjoy the rich food and wine culture
Australia’s warm climate provides the ideal conditions for growing fruit, vegetables, and farm animals and its waters offer an incredible array of delicious fish and seafood. This explains why Australia has such an innovative food culture with Melbourne and Sydney being the epicenters of the modern Australian cuisine with restaurants featured in countless “world’s best” lists. Australia’s passion for fresh ingredients and dynamic menus becomes even more apparent in the countryside, where you can find numerous cheesemakers, coffee roasters, chocolatiers, fruit-growers and dedicated festivals to celebrate seasonal changes.
Explore the great outback
The greater Outback appears to expand forever as it tells Australia’s distinct story of exploration, development, and survival across its massive sun-burnt territory. It offers many beautiful and largely undiscovered natural jewels including tropical rainforests complete with their own ecosystems, rivers, and waterfalls, snow-covered mountain edges, and let’s not forget the majesty that is the Great Barrier Reef. Australia’s is also home to over 500 national parks, some of which are under the protection of the World Heritage Organization.
Take full advantage of free cultural policy
Australia’s cultural policy is not only liberal, but also socially responsible and, as such, grants entrance to a number of different historical and cultural attractions completely free of charge. This includes the famous Art Gallery of New South Wales, Brisbane’s very own Queensland Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Museum, as well as Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Gallery of Victoria located in Melbourne. Numerous world-class art-works can be seen for free, with the noted exception of various institutions introducing basic entrance fees only when there’s a special, temporary exhibition.
If you plan on spending a couple of weeks in Australia, you will have to make some compromises when it comes to accommodation. Stay in a fancy hotel for a couple of days and you’ll quickly burn through your entire budget. Finding a decent hostel is always a struggle and Airbnb cribs are often far better in the pictures. A better idea can be to rent a small flat for a couple of weeks and with differences in currencies and exchange rates going up and down every minute, this is where credit cards come along. But can you pay rent with a credit card? The answer is sound yes, and you can also earn various rental rewards by using your credit card and paying directly to the local real estate agent.
Trying to fit all the natural wonders Australia has to offer in a single piece of text is more of a punishment than anything else. With so many natural wonders, pristine beaches, out-of-this-world coral reefs and an abundance of land and marine life, Australia is definitely a place you need to visit at least once during your lifetime.