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About Australia

Be surprised by our wonderful country! Australia is the driest continent in the world and we agree that the outback is very dry and dramatic, however there is so much more to see.

Visit our tall rainforests growing along the eastern coastline, rolling plains stretching inland for miles supporting rich farmlands, condensed forest in the south-west corner which is hundreds of year’s old, broad rivers flowing through cattle country in the north, and experience winter in the south-east high country snowfields.

What’s more is that Australia has over 17,700 kilometres of ever changing coastline. The most impressive being the Great Barrier Reef running over 2,600 kilometres down the Queensland coast containing multitudes of coral reefs and supports a wide diversity of life.

The Great Dividing Range, or the Eastern Highlands, is Australia’s most substantial mountain range which runs parallel to the east coast. This is the third longest range in the world stretching for more than 3,500 kilometres over three of our country’s states.

Our natural wildlife is unmistakable and found nowhere else in the world. Consider the kangaroo, koala, wombat, platypus and echidna which all fascinate and are remarkable to those who get to experience their unique & quirky attributes.

 

New South Wales

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The majority of New South Welshman live along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. This shoreline is one long holiday coast, a sequence of charming beaches, peaceful inlets and rocky headlands.

Along the northern stretches of the coast, rivers flow swiftly down the rainforested slope from the tablelands and run into the lush valleys that contain some of the best pastoral land in Australia. Here the tropical atmosphere is noticeable.

New South Wales is home to the highest point of Australia. Mt Kosciusko peaks at 2,228 metres which is considered small when compared to other mountains of the world. During the spring the alpine meadows have extensive spans of colour, along with still lakes all contained inside the State’s largest national park. In the winter many winter-sport enthusiasts enjoy the snowfields in Perisher and Thredbo, whilst in summer the lakes are used for sailing and fishing.

The western side of New South Wales is the state’s agricultural heartland. Wide plains and hilly slopes contain wheat, cotton, grapes, citrus and vegetables. The raising of cattle and sheep is also widespread throughout the state.

The 700 kilometres spike of Cape York Peninsula attracts only the most intrepid travellers due to the vast unsealed road and tracks.

 

Sydney and the Mountains

Visit the iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge, however there is so much more. The Sydney Tower is spoilt with panoramic views. The Manly ferry, departing from Circular Quay, is an inexpensive jaunt across the harbour. Bondi Beach, only 8 kms from the city centre, is Australia’s most populated beach in summer with over 4,000 visitors a day. A day trip out of Sydney and into The Blue Mountains is marvellous at any time of year for sightseers & bushwalkers.

The Hunter Valley

Located only a 2 hour drive from Sydney is The Hunter Valley renowned for it’s vineyards. As you can imagine this is an enchanting location for romance with surreal accommodation options, exquisite food, scenic drives, wine tasting, hot air-ballooning and much, much more. For something a little different, visit the Hunter Valley Gardens with over 25 hectares of spectacular display gardens.

Byron Bay & Surrounds

Venture to Byron Bay & visit the lighthouse standing on Australia’s most easterly point. Byron Bay is a stylish coastal village with pristine, crystal clear water and fresh air that enjoys a subtropical climate. Experience the magnificent natural surroundings by sea kayaking with dolphins, learning to surf, tandem skydiving, horse riding along the beach, hand gliding or windsurfing. Browse the local markets or visit one of the surrounding villages, such as Bangalow, which has a cultured and arty vibe.

Kosciuszko National Park & The Snowy Mountains

Jindabyne is the gateway to the Snowy Mountains. Follow The Alpine Way to Thredbo which is nestled within Kosciuszko National Park. When the mountain is fully covered in snow, this region is a ski & snowboard playground. In summer it is common for hikers, mountain bike riders & sightseers. The chairlift in Thredbo operates all year round and once at the top it is only 6 kms from Australia’s highest peak of 2,228 metres, Mt Koscuiszko.

Tamworth

Home to the largest country music festival in the southern hemisphere it is the Australian Country Music Capital. You cannot miss the Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre for a photo opportunity and a visit to the wax museum. On display are life-like figures of many Australian famous country music stars & pioneers.
If country music is not your thing, there are plenty of other activities and attractions in the area including the Powerstation Museum, The Australian Light Horse Memorial in Bicentennial Park or Oxley’s Lookout with breathtaking views of the Liverpool Ranges. At the top of the lookout, bushwalk through the hills around Tamworth and stretch your legs on the Kamilaroi Walking Trail designed to offer a range of different walks over varying lengths and terrain.

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