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While modern-day Australia might have started life as a British prison colony, it has evolved into one of the world’s premier tourist destinations. Visitors to Australia will delight in its exciting, cosmopolitan cities, fantastic weather and famously beautiful coastline, as well as the friendly nature of the locals that they encounter.

Australia – a country and continent in one – is the world’s sixth-largest nation by land area, and perhaps unsurprisingly, has a wealth of natural attractions begging to be explored. From the monolithic rock at Uluru; to the wild, untamed and unforgiving Outback; to the colourful wonder of the Great Barrier Reef off Queensland’s sun-soaked Gold Coast, Australia possesses some unique and unforgettable sights. Active types will love Australia’s ‘outdoors culture’, and a huge array of sports and activities – including swimming, diving, snorkelling, surfing, bush walking, hiking, mountain biking and even skiing – are readily available for you to try your hand at.

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For those who prefer to keep their holidays urban, Australia’s cities will certainly not disappoint. Clean, cosmopolitan and youthful, Australia’s urban centres (such as Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne) are world-class. Famous cultural attractions in Australia include the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the Australian Museum and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Australia also boasts an impressive and fast-moving restaurant culture, guaranteed to satisfy even the fussiest gastronomes.

Whether you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing in Australia, or you plan to spend most of your time relaxing on the great beaches and sampling some of the local beer (of which there are many brands), you are bound to have a splendid time in the Land Down Under.