Australia is a huge country, with a lot of diversity to offer. It’s worth planning your trip with the help of Australian traveller magazine in advance to make sure you get the most out of your time there.
Here are four reasons why you should consider visiting Australia this summer:
1. It has some of the world’s best beaches
There are plenty of great beaches around the world, but Australia’s beaches are among the best. They have crystal clear waters and white sand, which makes them perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sun. Whether you take a sunset cruise at Airlie Beach in Queensland or head down to Bondi beach in Sydney for a surf, everywhere you go you’ll find a world class beach to enjoy.
2. The Great Barrier Reef is breathtaking
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system in the world and one of the seven natural wonders. It’s made up of more than 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, so there’s plenty to see. The reef can be enjoyed both above and below water as it stretches for over 2,600 kilometres along the Queensland coast. You can find exotic fish and colourful coral while snorkelling or scuba diving, or simply admire the reef from a boat or helicopter.
3. See the best of Australia in one week
Australia’s size makes it a challenge to explore in one visit, but you can see a lot in a week or two. With Qantas, you can easily combine cities like Sydney and Melbourne with natural wonders like Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef. Fly from city to city on our new fleet of A330s, featuring lie-flat Business beds.
4. The perfect time to save
Make your Australian dollar go further this summer with special deals and discounts on things to do and places to stay across the country. Explore the Gold Coast’s theme parks for $95, indulge at Vivid Sydney for less than $100 or combine your flights with a stay in Darwin at their top hotels. Plus, enjoy 25% off car rentals when you pay with MasterCard.
5. The weather is amazing
Australians are famous for their love of the outdoors and summer is the best time to soak up some rays. This is when you’ll find most Aussies on the beach, in the park or on boats, enjoying the beautiful weather. It’s not uncommon in most parts of Australia to have a few days where the temperature reaches above 30°C (86°F) or above, so be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen!
6. You can find affordable accommodation
If you want to stay in a cheap hostel or motel, there are plenty of options – but if you’re looking for something more luxurious without a huge price tag, look out for hotels offering special deals or flash sales on rooms.
7. You can go diving on a shipwreck.
The SS Yongala, which sank in 1911, is one of the most popular dive sites in the world. Located off the coast of Queensland, it’s a hotspot for shark sightings: scalloped hammerheads, silvertips, bull sharks and more.
8. You can take a road trip down the Great Ocean Road.
In Victoria, you’ll find some of Australia’s best surf beaches and rock formations — try Bells Beach or the Twelve Apostles. Or stop off at the Cape Otway Lightstation for a wildlife spotting expedition – koalas and kangaroos are local residents.
9. You can stay in a luxury tent at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreats.
If glamping is your thing, check out this eco-friendly resort, where guests stay in tents with large beds, private decks and bathrooms with rain showers (some even have outdoor tubs). The property also has its own farm where you can learn about sustainable agriculture.
10. The food is incredible
One of the best things about Australia – aside from its gorgeous landscapes – is how multicultural it is. This means that wherever you go, you’ll find an array of cuisine options available. In Sydney, it’s easy to find delicious Italian and Greek food in Leichhardt and Elizabeth Bay respectively, while Melbourne has some of the best Vietnamese food around. Even if you’re not near a city, there are great local restaurants too; just check TripAdvisor for reviews and recommendations!