Australia is perhaps the most picturesque country on Earth. Lots of magic fairy tales are associated with it. And spending a couple of days there is a thing lots of people would give a fortune for.
So what to do and where to go when you are in Australia? The list of places to visit and things to do in Australia is endless.
If you are an inborn adventurer and prefer active leisure, Australian lakes, rivers and reefs are for you. Kayaking, sailing, surfing, snorkelling and diving will absorb you leaving no time for boredom. Or you can zip across Sydney Harbour in a high-speed jetboat or parasail over aquamarine seas, paragliding, skydiving or viewing wild nature from a hot-air balloon. A rugged high landscape, dramatic ravines, slopes, some of the world's most extensive cave systems are of great interest for those keen on alpinism. Australia's vast coastline provides enough beaches, coves and ports to keep marine and mountain enthusiasts happy throughout the year.
For admirers of culture, Australia offers cultural vitality, springing from multicultural population. Australian architecture integrates all the latest world tendencies resulting in a particularly Australian specimen. Art galleries represent not only European and Asian visual arts but also Aboriginal art, which has enjoyed something of a renaissance in the last 30 years. Appreciation for theatre, comedy, music and dance in this country is proved by the fact that every city has its own concert hall . Visity the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to acknowledge yourself with Australian arts. Australia's museums focus on the richness and grandeur of the island continent. History, plants and animals, the elements which make the country unique are reflected in an uncountable number of museums all over the continent. So whether you're interested in galleries, theatre, buildings or Aboriginal art, you'll see life in a new light.
Peculiar flora and fauna can be found in Australia. And there are lots of ways to explore it:
- You can go on a boat trip to experience an unforgettable view of wild whales . Many coastal towns offer you the pleasure of seeing these gigantic creatures rising from the ocean.
- Swimming with dolphins is another charming activity organized in Western Australia.
- Despite their fearsome reputation sharks have become nice co-divers for brave tourists.
- At wildlife parks you can cuddle, feed and photograph cute koala.
- And the most magical wildlife experience is encountering with captivating penguins. These sea birds are usually seen at dawn waddling ashore for the night.
The extremely unique feature of Australia are the indigenous inhabitants known as Aboriginal people, with over 50,000 years of history and culture of their own. At Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia's Red Centre, Aboriginal guides help visitors to see Australia from an Aboriginal standpoint. There are now many Aboriginal owned and operated enterprises that offer help in exploring this dramatically diverse world. Many Aboriginal communities have developed Cultural Centres to record the history of the local people. These Centres offer a rare glimpse into traditional culture and history, as well as showcase contemporary lifestyles and art. Aboriginal cultural festivals, in which people gather for traditional activities, as well as modern diversions such as football and athletics, take place regularly. One of the best known is the annual, five-day Garma Festival, held in August. Garma celebrates Yolngu culture, Yolngu being the Indigenous peoples of Arnhem Land and the Northern Territory in Australia's far north.
There are a great many places and things in Australia which attract tourists from all over the world and leave cherished memories in their hearts.