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Comprehensive travel information, maps and pictures of Australian holiday highlights to help holiday makers make an informed decision on which country to visit and where to stay in the beautiful Australia continent.
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Australia conjures up images of bronzed surfers, the scorching outback, vibrant cities and straight talking locals. While the stereotypes may have varying degrees of truth – you may be unlikely to spot anyone with a hat with corks dangling from it – it's not hard to find great beaches, spectacular mountains, unique animals and friendly people whichever state or city you visit.

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Camp out on Fraser Island (Qld)

See the wildlife on Kangaroo Island (SA)

Dive the Great Barrier Reef (Qld)

Swim with whale sharks at Ningaloo (WA)

Explore Katherine Gorge by Kayak (NT)

Visit a vineyard in Hunter, Yarra or Borossa

Drive the scenic Great Ocean Road (Vic)

Go fishing at Arthur's Lake (Tas)

Beach holidays in Australia are very popular with Queensland and northern New South Wales topping the list. If you're after empty beaches you're better off heading to Western Australia South Australia or Tasmania where fishing are all superb. If you're new to surfing, then most major destinations have instructors who'll be able to give you lessons. There's also swimming, snorkelling, diving, jet-skiing and numerous other water-based activities available.

The vast Outback is a fascinating destination. If you can, arrange a local guide to show you the various forms of life that live in this tough environment. You should also definitely visit Ayres Rock, one of Australia's most awe-inspiring destinations. There's also increasing interest in the Aboriginal people and their unique culture. The best places to visit Aboriginal cultural centres, see Aboriginal art or try some traditional bush tucker is in the Northern Territory, South Australia or in Cape York in the far north of Queensland.

Speaking of food, the reputation of Australia's cuisine has improved in leaps and bounds over the last decade or so – it's moved away from its mostly British roots and has added indigenous flavours and Asian touches. The best restaurants use fresh, local produce from suppliers based nearby – but if you can't eat out, don't worry, you can buy the same goodies in the local markets. While there are many elegant restaurants, should definitely, definitely try a barbie while you're here – its an iconic Australian experience, as well as being a great way to eat. Another Australian delicacy you might want to try is the pie floater, a meat pie placed in a bowl of soup. If that sounds alarming, then vegetarians will be pleased to know that they'll be well catered for too.

For drinking, you'll be spoiled for choice – the numerous vineyards around Australia mean that you can do your bit for your carbon footprint and drink local. There are also several breweries around the country, and microbreweries are very popular in some area. Most restaurants offer a BYO service so if you have a particular favourite or have spent the day in the vineyards, take your own.

While the bright shining lights of Sydney and Melbourne may draw the most people, Australia is more than just its biggest cities. The beautiful rainforests, unspoilt beaches and friendly coastal towns offer travellers a great place to explore and relax. An eclectic mix of city glitz and glamour, world-class food and outdoor adventure, Australia truly has something for everyone.

Tour the Kimberley's unique beaches, rainforests and waters and say hello to the local crocodiles and bird-life. Take a trip to Tom Price and see one of Australia's largest mining towns. Experience the cultural and indigenous art galleries. Indulge in a day trip to the Swan Valley or Margaret River for some of Australia's finest cuisine and wine. Sit on the beach and watch the day float by until the sun sinks into the ocean.

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