Australia is a land of huge contrasts. Lively coastal towns dot the east coast, offering superlative opportunities for watersports and sightseeing, yet inland the hot, arid red sands paint a very different picture. To see even a small percentage of Australia requires more than just a few weeks.
If time is precious, the country is so vast and diverse, you’re better off picking one or two states and seeing as much as possible within it, rather than trying to see it all, as you will only waste days on travelling around.
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In New South Wales you have Sydney, a thriving, cosmopolitan city with its iconic bridge and opera house. Yet alongside the sights and entertainments lie a number of beautiful national parks and beaches – all within very easy reach of the town centre hotels.
Queensland is home to the Great Barrier Reef and a number of glorious, tropical islands and beaches. The more adventurous can also head out into the outback for a taste of Australia’s wilder side.
In the heart of Australia’s desert land lies magical Uluru (also known as Ayer’s Rock), one of the world’s most breathtaking natural attractions.
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Sydney is a city that really does have it all: clean and green and framed by those famous landmarks, Sydney Harbour and its Bridge and Opera House. World class restaurants and entertainments make for a cosmopolitan atmosphere, and there are some beautiful beaches and national parks just a short bus ride away from the town centre.
To enjoy a little luxury during your stay, you can’t go wrong with the centrally located Observatory Hotel (rooms from £176); or if you’re on a budget there’s plenty of choice, including the Home Backpackers Hostel (rooms from £20), located in the heart of the city centre. Compare All Hotels in Sydney…
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Great Barrier Reef
Cairns is the hopping-off point for exploring the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. Divers will be able to experience some world-class dive sites. Non-divers can enjoy snorkelling the many shallow waters or even simply enjoy trips in a glass bottomed-boat.
For clean and great value accommodation, stay at the Queens Court in Cairns (rooms from £33). Alternatively, there are several excellent towns in Queensland and you can search for the best Australia hotel deals right now and save valuable dollars for your trip. Compare more Hotels in Cairns…
The country’s most popular natural attraction, Uluru (also known as Ayer’s Rock) is a world-famous sandstone formation which magically changes colour throughout the day. It is also sacred to Aboriginal communities, having a long and important mythological history.
The nearest town to Uluru is Alice Springs – some 460km away! It is however possible to stay in the nearby settlement of Yulara and there is a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, and whilst the majority are geared towards backpackers and budget travellers, they are all clean and comfortable. Try Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge (rooms from £25).
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