Beach - a colourful holiday town where
backpackers party, people rent sailing boats and go scuba
diving, the perfect mainland base to reach the Whitsunday
This holiday playground of islands and pristine white sand
beaches in a turqoise blue sea is in the heart of the Great
Barrier Reef and located 1125 km north of Brisbane and about
725 km south of Cairns, with a fantastic year round sunny
- by locals known as Brizzie or Bris Vegas, is the sunny capital
of the sunshine state of Queensland and has a population of
1.6 million people.
It is Australia’s third largest city after Sydney and
Melbourne and once used to be regarded as an oversized country
town by residents of the bigger cities, but this image has
improved after hosting a multitude of international events,
one of them the 1988 World Expo.
Within easy reach of Brisbane you will find the beaches of
the Gold Coast to the south, and the Sunshine Coast and the
wilderness of Fraser Island to the north.
- the scuba diving capital of Australia, is located at the
end of the Bruce Highway and the last city on the long trek
up the east coast, further north you'll find only a handful
of small towns in the 1000 or so km. to the top of Cape York.
It is the main arrival and departure point for north Queensland
and a base for exploring the region as Cairns is surrounded
by attractions; the world famous Daintree/Cape Tribulation
rainforest (oldest in the world) to the north, the Great Barrier
Reef to the east, Misson Beach to the south and the Atherton
Tablelands to the west.
Tribulation / Daintree
- one of only two places in the entire world where two World Heritage
areas meet; the Daintree National Park and the Great Barrier Reef
Marine Park. The rainforest here is estimated to be 120 million
years old, 100 million more than the Amazon! The area offers a variety
of tours to explore the wilderness and there is some amazing accommodation
in Cape Tribulation right inside the rainforest. And if you're
lucky you may even see the endangered cassowary!
Although there are bus services, driving your own car or rental
car is without a doubt the best way to explore the Cairns to Cape
Tribulation / Daintree area, there are many interesting and scenic
places along the way, and as the highway runs right along the coast
in many places you will see how the two World Heritage areas (the
Daintree National Park and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park),
meet eachother. You can rent your car in Cairns
or Port Douglas and enjoy
one of Australia's most spectacular coastal drives up to your accommodation
in the Daintree
- one of Australia's most historically significant towns,
in 1770 on the banks of the Endeavour River pictured above
James Cook and his crew managed to fix his ship after their
disastrous crash on the Great Barrier Reef. They spent seven
weeks here, discovered many species of flora and fauna, most
notably the kangaroo, and then managed to continue their journey
further north where they planted the Union Jack and claimed
Australia, otherwise this country might have still been New
Holland nowadays, which was its name before Cook claimed it
for the King of England.
Island - the largest sand island in the
world, is located approximately three and a half hours drive
north of Brisbane, ferries leave from Rainbow Beach and Hervey
The island is of breath taking unspoilt beauty and inscribed
by UNESCO on the World Heritage List. Natural featurs include
rainforest, crystal clear blue lakes, the Maheno shipwreck,
sand dunes and Colored Sands. North to south Fraser Island
stretches for about 130 km, is between 7 and 21 km. wide.
Most of its coastline is spectacular beach on the east side
and mangrove on the west side. It has an abundance of native
wildlife, including Australia's purest strain of dingoes.
Barrier Reef - the largest living coral
system in the world, stretching 2300km along Queensland's
coast from Bundaberg to the top of Cape York it contains 1600
reefs and a 1000 islands and is the site of the biggest orgasm
in the universe; this is one of the terms the North Queensland
dive industry uses to describe the annual coral spawning where
three to five nights after the full moon in november or december
when the water temperature hits 28 degrees, the entire 2300
kms of Great Barrier Reef lets go of zillions and zillions
of brightly colored sperm and eggs that float around for several
days and fertilize eachother. Fish go into a feeding frenzy
and the ocean sometimes resembles an oiltanker disaster site
but all this is done to propagate new corals to ensure the
survival of the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef
was the first Australian site to be placed on UNESCO's World
Heritage list, now there are 15 Australian sites.
Island - a relaxed tropical lifestyle,
quiet secluded bays with pristine white sand beaches and abundant
wildlife, it is located 8 kilometres off the coast in Cleveland
Bay and only a 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville. Although
it is near the Wet Tropics, the Townsville area is in a rain
shadow which makes it the sunniest city on the Queensland
coast (Magnetic Island counts an average of more than 320
days of sunshine per year, with an average maximum temperature
of 28.7 C and a minimum of 19.5C).
More than half of the island's 52 km² is National Park,
with the 497 metre high Mt.Cook in the centre.
Beach - Mission Beach is an absolute must
for nature lovers, ancient rainforests run right down to pristine
paradise beaches and this is one of the few places in Australia
where you can see the endangered cassowary. The name Mission
Beach covers not just one beach but a string of beaches including
Bingil Bay, Garners Beach, Mission Beach, South Mission Beach
and Wongaling Beach.
Cove - a beautiful beachside resort village
only a short drive from the centre of Cairns and international
airport. Due to the sad fact that there is no real beach right
in the city centre of Cairns, the northern beaches of Cairns,
and particularly Palm Cove have become very popular places
Douglas - one of north Queensland's most
popular holiday destinations, offering something for everyone;
from the World Heritage listed Cape Tribulation and Great
Barrier Reef, to beach, shopping, bars and restaurants. Add
to this the proximity to Cairns airport and the long stretch
of magnificent Four Mile Beach and glorious north Queensland
climate, average temperatures range from 25 to 29C in the
winter and 29-33C in the summer.
Islands - The Whitsunday islands at Airlie
Beach are a magnificent place for a holiday. This holiday
playground of islands and pristine white sand beaches in a
turqoise blue sea is in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef
and located 1125 km north of Brisbane and about 725 km south
of Cairns, with a fantastic year round sunny subtropical climate.
Scuba diving, snorkelling and sailing are some of the most
favorite activities here.
New South Wales
Bay - located 800 km north of Sydney and
170 km south of Brisbane, it has made an interesting transition
in the past decade from hippie haven to a trendy modern holiday
destination, populated by alternative lifestylers and cashed
up crowd that got tired of city living, like Elle Macpherson,
Olivia Newton John and Crocodile Dundee.
The lighthouse on Cape Byron is the first place in Australia
to see the new day, it stands on the most easterly point of
Australia’s mainland, and is a great place to watch
Byron Bay's main attractions are the beach and its waves,
it is a great surfing spot, and its cafes and generally just
hanging out enjoying the scene.
- the capital of New South Wales, is Australia's largest and
most famous city and well known for its landmarks; the Opera
House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach and as the venue for the
2000 Olympics and the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Sydney
started out as a colony of prisoners in 1788 when Arthur Philip
landed at Sydney Cove with a few hundred prisoners and has
since grown into a sprawling metropolis of around 4 million
people. It offers a huge range of attractions to the many
visitors that land here each year and even has excellent beaches,
most famous of them all Bondi and Manly. Also it has a few
National Parks bordering the city so if you want to escape
the city the bush is never more than an hour or so away. To
the west of the city lie the Blue Mountains and a little further
inland you will find the Hunter Valley, famous for its wine
growing and tasting. Sydney offers something of interest to
everyone, from history to a bustling nightlife to nature based
activities and general sight-seeing.
Ocean Road - An extremely popular scenic
drive to the south west of Melbourne that stretches for 300
km. and includes beaches, patches of rainforest, sweeping
views to a rugged rocky coastline with steep cliffs and impressive
100 metre high rock formations like the Twelve Apostles (
though there are no longer twelve as from time to time one
falls over and there are now eight left) . This place hit
the national news headlines when a rock formation known as
London Bridge suddenly collapsed. For many years day trippers
had walked out along this natural bridge to the big rock at
the end but after sitting there for possible millions of years
the bridge spontaneously collapsed in January 1990 leaving
two people stranded on the rock who had to wait several hours
for a helicipter to arrive to ferry them back to the mainland.
There is an urban myth that these two people were not actually
a couple but both cheating on their repective partners and
then got caught out getting their faces on national television
but we do not know if this holds truth or not.
- after Sydney Australia's largest city and home to over 3
million people. It is the capital of the state of Victoria
that is home to 26 per cent of Australia's population. It
is built on the banks of the Yarra River and the shores of
Port Phillip. While also built around a harbour like Sydney,
it unfortunately has no famous land marks like Sydney's Opera
House and the Harbour Bridge.
Springs - one of Australia's most remote
and isolated tourism destinations, an oasis in Central Australia's
vast desert located in the almost exact centre of the continent.
Its nearest neighbouring sizeable population centres are Darwin
at 1600km away and Adelaide at a similar distance. Although
the small town is located in an extremely remote place in
the outback, it is a popular place to visit being an ideal
base to explore some of Australia's greatest natural wonders;
Ayers Rock or Uluru, the Olgas or Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon
and the MacDonnell Ranges. Aborigines make up 20% of the town's
population of roughly 28000.
- lies at the northern end of the Stuart Highway and is the
capital of the Northern Territory, it is named after the English
naturalist Charles Darwin. Nowadays it is a modern city but
not so long ago it was still a large outback town with, due
to the hot climate, the highest beerconsumption of any city
in the world. It is very cosmopolitan though there are no
ghettos of certain nationalities like in some of the bigger
cities and the international mix of people becomes evident
at the many markets in Darwin where you can find cheap eats
from almost any country you can think of. The city is also
surrounded by beautiful beaches and enjoys spectacular sunsets.
Within a few hours drive of Darwin you find spectacular national
parks like Kakadu, Litchfield and many other attractions.
- an awesome World Heritage listed National Park filled with
scrub, floodplains teeming with birdlife, ancient Aboriginal
rock art, rivers full of crocodiles, waterfalls etc.
There is a variety of tours available of varing lenghts to
give you the opportunity to explore and discover this amazing
You can also rent a campervan to explore it on your own as
there are plenty of camping spots around this National Park,
just be careful where you swim!
National Park - Northern Territory outback
filled with awesome termite mounds and waterfalls, ideal for
those with not enough time to see Kakadu.
Litchfield also has some great camping spots so an ideal place
to cruise around with a rented camper van or a tent. Here
there are more places to swim safely than Kakadu.
/ Ayers Rock - Giant rock ( referred to
by many Aussies as 'the rock') in the middle of Australia
that has significant meaning to Aborigines, they nowadays
own the rock again after the government handed it over to
them in he 1980s on the condition they lease it back to National
William Gosse was the first white man to spot and climb the
rock and named it after a former South Australia premier Sir
Henry Ayers, Aborigines refer to it as Uluru.
Geologists refer to this rock as both a monolith ( it is the
largest monolith in the world measuring 3.1km. in length)
and a monadnock (isolated rock sticking out above surrounding
- the capital of the island state of Tasmania, located at
the mouth of the Derwent River on the south-east coast. It
was established in 1803 and early in its history it was a
major whaling port and shipbuilding centre. More recently
the city has come to function as the main administrative and
commercial centre of the State. It has a population of about
130,000, which is about 40 per cent of Tasmanians. The small
size of the city, the riverside location, the busy harbour
and the beautiful historic buildings all add to its charm.
- has transformed from a small isolated outback frontier town
to a more modern resort town and holiday playground. Its location
is quite remote, about 2200 km. from Perth and about 1500
km. from Darwin. Main attractions are Cable Beach, the town's
colorful history, and nearby attractions like Windjana Gorge
and other wilderness areas accessible by four wheel drive.
- has a population of around 1.4 million people and enjoys
more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia.
It is the world's most remote city ( it is closer to Singapore
and Jakarta than it is to Canberra!) and is well laid out
and easy to get around,also it has a warm sunny climate and
clear blue skies.
In the city you will find riverside and beachside restaurants
and cafes, free inner city public transport, colourful port
city of Fremantle and a ferry to Rottnest Island.
Around the city, within a couple of hours drive, you can visit
the famous Margaret River wine region, see massive trees in
forests, see surfies in action on the waves, swim with dolphins
in their natural environment, or see some desert at The Pinnacles.
- the capital of South Australia and has a population of just
over a million people. It is a clean and friendly city and
well located with beautiful beaches in Glenelg, plenty of
parkland, some beautiful green hill country inland and also
the famous Barossa wine growing region nearby.
- this city was started in 1911 when arguments between Victoria
and New South Wales on who should house the Australian government
and be the nation's capital could not be resolved so a third
place was chosen, the first parliamentary meeting in the new
capital city was held in 1927. This city houses the government
and is best known for public servants, the 2003 bushfires,
relaxed drug laws and being the base of the nation's porn
industry, due to legislation they find this the easiest place
to operate from. There is no other industry to speak of here
so anyone you meet from Canberra will either be a politician
or a pornstar.