From endless sunbaked horizons to dense tropical rainforest and wild southern beaches, Australia’s biggest attraction is its natural beauty. Scattered along the coasts, its cities blend a European enthusiasm for art and food with a passionate love of sport and the outdoors. Visitors expecting to see an opera in Sydney one night and meet Crocodile Dundee the next day will have to re-think their grasp of geography in this huge country. It is its sheer vastness that gives Australia – and its diverse population – much of its character.
Best time to visit
Anytime is a fine time
Kangaroo or emu – if you can bring yourself to eat the animals represented on Australia’s coat of arms! Try the fresh seafood – local specialities are always your best choice
Ice cold beer, Australia’s world-renowned wines, in particular shiraz and chardonnay