Rent a car down under and explore Australia's natural wonders!
Australia has countless sights and the sheer fact that it encompasses an entire continent indicates the gravity of the task to travel it in its entirety. From huge cities to lonely beaches and anything in between this country has it all, and it is flavored with Aboriginal culture and modern multiculturalism.
One of the most fabulous attractions is the Great Barrier Reef
, stretching out over 1380 miles along the eastern shore. The huge reef is paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers, the corals glow in all the colors of the rainbow and fish you could never have imagined swirl around, attracting thousands of tourists who remain at awe at the overwhelming natural wonder. Tours are best available from agencies in Cairs in Australia’s north-east.Another natural phenomenon is Fraser Island
, at 75 miles length and 15 miles width the largest sand bank in the world. The eastern banks are covered in ship wrecks, which makes a visit an eerie experience. Fraser Islands only has dirt roads, so keep that in mind when renting a car. Yet a visit to the island in Queensland is well worth your time, if only for the exotic birds and picturesque lakes embedded in sand dunes.
Visit the cities!
Australia’s biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, are situated in the south-west of the country, and they each have a unique charm. Sidney is the pulsing metropolis, the international financial and business center, the international melting pot. Everyone has seen pictures of the Sydney Harbor Bridge
and the famous Sydney Opera House
, and backpackers from all over the world spend Christmas in swimming suits on Bondi Beach having a barbeque.
Melbourne is slightly quieter, but nonetheless worth the trip. Famous for international sporting events like the Australian Open and the Grand Prix it also offers a huge amount of cultural entertainment in the shape of museums, art galleries, and theaters.
A major attraction is a road indeed very much traveled: south of Melbourne the Great Ocean Road takes you past steep cliffs and incredible sights like the Twelve Disciples, the famous huge rocks pointing out of the ocean.
The Australian Aboriginal culture
After all these extraordinary sights you still have not seen the number one of them all: Ayers Rock
, or Uluru in the native language. The gigantic sand stone monolith is a sacred place for the Aborigines and the most-recognized symbol of Australia in the world. It is located close to Alice Springs in the Uluru National Park, and if the drive seems too far for your taste, you can take a train.
After all this you still haven’t observed the Tasmanian Devil in his natural habitat, spent a night out in the desert, or attended a cricket match. So set aside as much time as possible for this trip of a lifetime and get planning.