According to NomadicMatt.com Here are the Top Reasons to Visit Australia!
The Great Barrier Reef
One of the most famous reef systems in the world, the Great Barrier Reef is world-renowned for its abundance of marine life and world-class diving opportunities. When Turtles, sharks, vibrant coral, beautiful fish...You can spend one day or a few diving this reef.
Known for its famed opera house and harbor, Sydney also boasts an incredible bridge, great parks, delicious food, lots of free stuff to do, and amazing surfing. Whether you go to Manly Beach or hang out with everyone else in Bondi, Sydney’s a place to relax in the sun and enjoy the water. Darling Harbor has a number of good restaurants and great entrainment venues, and the Chinese Garden is quite relaxing. For a night out on the town with colorful locals, there’s nothing like King’s Cross.
Uluru (Ayers Rock)
The wind-blown cuts throughout the rock make it look like a wave of sand climbing over the desert. The iron in the rock produces amazing shades of red and orange during sunrise and sunset. While you can climb Uluru, be forewarned that it is a sacred area to the people of this area. Oddly enough, they allow visitors to scale the rock, but they don’t like it. You can take tours here from nearby Alice Springs.
Australia has some great wine regions that include Margaret River near Perth, the Barossa Valley near Adelaide, and the Hunter Valley near Sydney. There’s a lot of good wine to be tried while in Australia, especially Australian shiraz and pinot noir. You can take day trips to any of the wine areas from the nearby major cities.
It’s truly beautiful, with its large expanses of outback and white sand beaches that stretch for miles without a soul in sight. Karijini National Park and Coral Bay and the Ningaloo Reef are popular destinations.
Sydney and Melbourne get all the attention, but Perth can hold its own against these two heavyweights. There are great beaches, one of the world’s largest city parks, surfing, and nearby Fremantle where you can have Australia’s best beer (Little Creatures). Perth is a city filled with young people and has the vibe of a city in motion that’s just coming into its own. Don’t forget Sunday drinking sessions at the famous Cottesloe Hotel.
Australia may not have invented surfing, but they might as well have, given how ingrained it is in Australian culture. The best surfing is on the East Coast, and there are a million places where you can catch a good wave.
With over 50,000km of coastline there’s no way this country could exist without beautiful beaches. The ones on the East Coast are far busier than the deserted beaches on Australia’s western coastline. But with so much coastline, you’ll always find a spot to relax by yourself.
Here you’ll find one of the oldest continuous tropical rainforests in the world (it dates back to the age of dinosaurs!). There are great places to go hiking, tons of wildlife and birds (watch out for crocodiles, though), and some really nice rivers and swimming holes to cool off in. If you really want to get away from it all, head far north to Cape Tribulation, where it’s just you, the jungle, and some ocean.
Colorful is the best word to describe the continent of South America, along with adventurous, mysterious, lively and exciting. From romantic Rio de Janeiro to the intriguing Amazon Jungle, and enigmatic Machu Picchu to the fascinating Galapagos Islands, you’re sure to have a South American vacation like no other!
Countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela.
Natural Wonders: Angel Falls, Atacama Desert, Avenue of the Volcanoes, Galapagos Islands, Guanaabara Bay, Iguazu Falls, Lake Titicaca, Orinoco Delta, Pantanal, Amazon River, Tierra Del Fuego, Torres del Paine, Tungurahua Volcano, The Andes, Kaieteur Falls, Purace National Park, the Falkland Islands, Perito Moreno Glacier, Peninsula Valdes, Patagonia, the Darien Gap, Los Llanos, the Pantanal.
Ancient Ruins: Chan Chan, La Ciudad Perdida, El Sipan, Ingapirca, Machu Picchu, Nazca Lines, Pachacamac, San Agustin, Tiahuanaco,
Climate: Varies with altitude. Generally temperate climates inland near the mountains and hot temperatures near the coast and regions close to the equator.
Popular Activities: Trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, whitewater rafting, boating, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, hang-gliding, scuba diving and snorkeling, surfing, eco-tours, tango dancing, dining, and nightlife.
Most of South America is near the equator, making the winter and summer the same mild temperature. There are rainy seasons to consider, however, which could make traveling uncomfortable. In the Amazon and Colombian Pacific Coast, for example, it is common for it to rain everyday, but traveling there would only be hampered if the roads get washed out.
The climate changes from the tropics when you get into the high altitudes of the Andes. If the humidity of the tropics is too much for you, the cooler, spring-like weather of the highlands are close by in some regions. The "Southern Cone," which consists of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Brazil, has more changes in temperature than the tropical regions. Their seasons are similar to the northern hemisphere but occur in reverse.