Australia is the number one travel destination on the list of many backpackers, and there are hundreds of reasons why. Not only is it home to some of the friendliest people on the planet, there are also amazing landmarks, interesting wildlife, exciting sports, and delicious foods to experience. The vast country that measures over 7.6 million square kilometers and is home to over 24 million people has so much to offer that it’s impossible to see everything in a lifetime, let alone during a trip. So here are some tips on how to make the most of your time there.
For people with limited holiday time, it is a good idea to go for an all-round travel experience and see as many different aspects of the country and culture as possible without wasting too much time on travel between places. This could mean throwing in a couple of major landmarks, watching a sports team, and exploring one of the biggest cities.
Choose a Major Landmark
Australia is home to some major natural wonders, and anyone visiting the country should try to tick at least one of these off their list. If you have time, by all means, see as many as possible, but for those people visiting for shorter periods, it may be advisable to select one that you would like to see above all else. Two of the most popular landmarks to visit are the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru. The Great Barrier Reef is the only living organism on the planet which can be seen from space, while Uluru, otherwise known as Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone formation which appears to change color at different times of the day. Both wonders should be on everybody’s bucket list.
Explore a City of Your Choice and Sample the Cuisine
There are a few major cities in Australia that attract more visitors than anywhere else. These are Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. Sydney is the top tourist destination and was visited by 32.5 million people in 2013-14. Of course, one of the most popular things to do is get a photo in front of the world-famous Sydney Opera House, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most recognizable buildings on the planet. Sydney is a multicultural city, and travelers will find an eclectic mix of cuisine in the New South Wales capital. While it’s a great idea to try some of the local favorites like Chicken Parmigiana or the famous Australian pies, if you miss your own country’s food there are plenty of options available. And while Australians are well-known for enjoying their meat, there are still a number of vegetarian eateries scattered around.
Check out Some Australian Sports
While in Sydney, you could check out some of the sport on offer in the city. One of the best-loved sports and the number one participation sport in the country is cricket, with nearly 2 million people attending cricket games in the 2016-17 season. If you choose to stay in Sydney, you could watch a game at the legendary Sydney Cricket Ground, which has a capacity of 46,000.
When you visit Australia you won’t want to leave. It’s so amazing Down Under that you really need to maximise your time while you are there. Before heading to the incredible country, make sure you have planned out every detail of your trip in advance.