Destination Guide - Australia
Australia is adorned with some of the most spectacular natural and manmade wonders in the world: the Great Barrier Reef (the world’s largest coral reef); Uluru, the iconic 348-metre tall rock in the arid outback; the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The cities – mostly situated near the coast – are preludes to boundless ocean and beautiful beaches. Australia’s generally warm climate ensures sport and outdoor activities are intertwined with a relaxed way of life that instils the nonchalant, “She’ll be right, mate” outlook in the Australian people, and is the reason a growing population calls Australia home.
In summer (December to February) temperatures can become extreme (up to 40°), although the southern states of Australia enjoy a mix of mild to warm days. In the northern states the wet season brings stifling humidity and plenty of rain.
During winter (June to August) it snows in the alpine region of the southern states, and although it gets cold in the cities it’s not cold enough for snow. In winter, the northern states enjoy mild, pleasant temperatures.
For travelling and sightseeing most states in Australia enjoy comfortable temperatures in spring and autumn.
Getting there and around
Australian cities all have reliable train, bus and taxi networks that are reasonably easy to navigate. There are train and bus networks linking most cities, however, due to the distance between many cities flying is often the easiest option.
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