Australia is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, and with good reason. Here is a short list of some of the things you have in store for you if you chose to check out this amazing place.
This one sort of goes without saying given that Australia is a massive island. The beaches in this country are second to none and you have what seems like endless choice or which beach to head to. Beaches in the cities and towns are popular and will often be crowded with amateur surfers and city folks looking to cool off on the weekend. Sydney is packed with great beaches like Bondi and Coogee which are popular with backpackers and Byron Bay is famous for it’s hippy feel and great beach, especially if you want to lern how to surf. There are also plenty of rural beaches to choose from and, if you have the means to get to them, you could find that you’re the only one there. Cactus Beach in South Australia is a great example of a place pretty far off the beaten track. If you are planning on spending awhile in Australia, the remote beaches alone are justification for buying your own car to get to them.
The saying ‘throw another shrimp on the barbie’ isn’t famous for no reason – Australians love their barbecues and claim to have it down to a science. Add to that some of the world’s best beef and you have a recipe for a fantastic meal over the grill. Barbecues in Australia are usually as much about booze as they are about the food and almost always turn out to be a great party.
A Passion for Sports
I doubt any other country in the world gets into its sporting events quite the same way as Australia does. Australians take team support to a whole new level on both the national and international stage. People will get just as excited and offer as much support for their local Australian Rules football teams as they will for their Olympic athletes. If you have a chance to visit Australia during a major sporting event, you can be sure that there will be plenty of people at the pubs watching and cheering on their country. Or if you are able to land tickets to a local event like rugby, cricket or Aussie Rules, make sure you take advantage of the opportunity. Make things more fun and pick a side to cheer for and you will get to experience friendly Aussie sporting rivalries first hand.
Australia is a huge country and its landscape is diverse. Camping is a fantastic way to explore Australia’s nature and explore some of the more rural towns and get to know locals outside of a city setting. Camping is another compelling reason to buy a car and oftentimes, backpackers who are leaving the country will sell their car with camping gear included. If you can meet a local with a bit of know-how and 4×4 transportation then even better as you will really be able to get out there. If you don’t have your own gear or transport, there are plenty of companies out there who offer camping tours. There are even campsites along the road between Melbourne and Adelaide where you can hand feed wild kangaroos.
Australians are among the most open and friendly in the world and if you get away from the tourist trail they get even better. Aussies love to party and if you are able to make some local friends you are sure to be in for some crazy nights, whether it be partying until dawn in Sydney or heading out to a bachelor and spinster’s (B&S) ball in the country. Australians can handle their alcohol so unless you want to end up praying to the toilet in the morning, it’s not advisable to try to keep up with them.