Apart from its reputation for being home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, and not forgetting 10 of the deadliest snakes in the world (gasps!), Australia is also renowned for its amazing natural landscapes, friendly people, and tough-looking kangaroos! Famous talents were also born there, like the lovely Kylie Minogue, Nicole Kidman, and the talented Hugh Jackman, just to name a few. And who can forget the late Steve Irwin, also known as ‘The Crocodile Hunter’?
The country’s capital, Melbourne, was also nominated as the best city to live in the world for 6 consecutive years. But that’s not the only good reason to convince people to visit the country. Here are 10 more reasons why you’ll want to go there, too.
1. Mother Nature went all out here
Australia is home to some of the most magnificent natural wonders on the planet. Be dazzled by the beauty of its beaches, mountains, and coral reefs – it’s a place where many young travelers especially find themselves spending months, or even years, exploring the huge continent. There’s just so much to see here!
From the beautiful electric blue coastlines of the Fleurieu Peninsula in Adelaide to the incredible Great Ocean Road along the southeastern coast, the amazing wonders you must see at least once in your lifetime in Australia are countless!
2. Say hello to the country’s native animals
Although many of Australia’s native animals are hardly seen in the wild, they can still be found in the country’s world-class zoos and wildlife parks. Some of Australia’s unique animals are the Kangaroo, Koala, Dingo, Cassowary, Wallaby, and Platypus. A few of these animals are, however, endangered and the Australian government is putting as much efforts as possible to protect them from extinction. Sadly, the Tasmanian Tiger (formerly known as the Thylacine), on the other hand, is already extinct.
The unique animals of Australia are one of the many reasons why people from all around the globe come in droves. To see them, visit Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, South Australia’s Cleland Wildlife Park, Queensland’s Australia Zoo, the Rainforest Habitat in Port Douglas, and many other conservation parks around the country.
3. Amazing sports for the great outdoors
Like most of us who are blessed to experience great weather all year round, the Aussies also love to spend time in the outdoors, especially in summer! They love watching sports and participating in sports. From cricket to surfing, there are plenty of fun sports that you can enjoy with the locals while you’re there.
Surfing is just one of them. It’s not surprising as Australia is renowned for being one of the world’s premier surfing destinations. Some of its famous surfing spots are the Crescent Head in New South Wales, Snapper Rocks in Queensland, and Torquay – Bells Beach in Victoria. Family-friendly activities are also widely available such as snorkeling, camping, hiking, swimming, kayaking, skiing in the Victorian Alps, biking, fishing, and many more activities to suit all age groups.
4. Cute animals that are ‘dangerously’ adorable
You know you’re in Australia when you see (or are surrounded by) kangaroos! In fact, there are more kangaroos than there are humans in Australia. The iconic kangaroos typically hop around as they please even by the roadside. It’s hard not to notice them.
For non-residents, it’s not every day that you see a large animal (with a pocket attached to its body) like the kangaroo hopping around even in the neighborhood.
Other than the kangaroos, the koalas are another one of Australia’s cutest animals. They’re so adorable that you’ll feel like carrying them. But beware – wild animals are best for you to watch, not hold. You wouldn’t want to simply carry an echidnas, or commonly known as the spiny anteater! Yes, they’re super cute, but you best keep your hands to yourself.
Don’t forget to check out the fairy penguins, too. They mostly spend their days foraging for food at sea, but you can see them at night when they wobble back in land with their colonies.
5. Need a travel visa to visit? Just apply online
Did you know that you can easily apply for a travel visa to Australia online? That makes it easier for you to plan your travels. There’s no need to line up or to deal with consulates. It certainly makes traveling much easier, doesn’t it?
With the easy system, there’s no need to fill our papers or even visit the Australian embassy. Travelers can enjoy all kinds of benefits included by the service, such as instant processing, free updates and changes, passport expiry reminders, travel guide to Australia, customer support, renewal reminders, and more other conveniences. Also, no stamp is needed once the travel authority has been issued.
6. Australia’s Gold Coast is exactly that – golden
There are many good reasons why Gold Coast is the top destination in Australia. It’s a family-friendly getaway that offers a wide variety of fun and exciting activities. It’s where you’ll find all of Australia’s best theme parks, such as Wet and Wild, Sea World, Movie World, and Dreamworld. It’s also where you can embark on Australia’s highest external building climb, a 90-minute experience at SkyPoint, where one of Australia’s fastest elevators (that travels from ground to the 77th floor in just 42.7 seconds) can also be found.
Gold Coast also offers several stunning beaches, such as Burleigh Beach, Budds Beach, Currumbin Creek, and many others that’ll make you love Australia even more.
Apart from massive theme parks, Gold Coast is also known for its lush rainforest. The O’Reilly’s Gold Coast Hinterland Rainforest Retreat is a destination where it’s worth taking your family. From guided bird walks to a relaxing time in the Lost World Day Spa, there’s so much that can be experienced. Make sure you don’t overlook some of Gold Coast’s lovely waterfalls, like the Killarney Glen, Natural Bridge, Coomera and Yarrabilgong, Elabana, and Mirror falls.
7. Australia’s ocean pools are one-of-a-kind
Yes, Australians are fortunate to have swimming pools in their oceans. The Aussies love ocean pools and you’ll love to get into one, too! From picturesque surroundings to romantic waterways, ocean pools in Australia are the best spots to be if you’re looking forward to cooling off while taking in a stunning view. But what exactly are ocean pools?
Ocean pools, or also known as ocean baths, are basically public seawater pools that are built on a rocky surf coast, where waves can be washed into the pools. In New South Wales, some of the popular ocean pools are the Reef Beach at Sydney Harbour, Karloo Pools at Royal National Park, and the Blue Pool in Bermagui.
8. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. But it’s also disappearing.
Who wouldn’t want to see the biggest single structure in the world, made by living organisms? The Great Barrier Reef is Australia’s national treasure, which is also the largest coral system in the world. The remarkable ocean haven is home to more than 30 species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises — and over 1,500 fish species and other underwater creatures.
Formed by over 3,000 individual reefs and hundreds of gorgeous tropical islands, the Great Barrier Reef has become every diver’s must-dive site. Its world-class natural beauty has indeed won the hearts of nature lovers all around the world. Popular activities at the reef are snorkeling, scuba diving, helicopter or airplane tours, and swimming with dolphins.
IMPORTANT: The reef is slowly dying. Sad but true, it’s currently in mortal danger and due to bleaching (caused by climate change), almost a quarter of the reef’s corals have been killed in 2016. Now or never, take the chance to visit the Great Barrier Reef before it’s too late.
9. Australia has the finest wines
Australia’s wines are so good that even the fussiest wine connoisseurs will be head over heels for them. The country has been a wine producer since 1788 and has been planting various types of grapes ever since. With more than 60 wine regions in the country, Australia has gained a reputation for being the producer of award-winning wines.
At South Australia’s Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, you can visit some of oldest shiraz vineyards in the world. You’ll find Western Australia’s oldest wine region on the north side of Perth, called Swan Valley. To see the country’s oldest wine region, visit the Hunter Valley, which is located in New South Wales. There, you’ll find world-class wines being produced.
10. It’s a multicultural and travel-friendly country
One of the best things about Australia is it’s very travel-friendly. That’s because there are people of various ethnicities living there and have eventually built up their own small communities around the country. With cultural, religious, and linguistic influences from the immigrants who arrived in the country over the last two centuries, Australia has become a multi-cultural place. Looking for Asian, African, or South American cuisines? You’ll find them in Australia!
Traveling in Australia is also convenient as its transportation system is very reliable and systematic. Campervans have gained its popularity in the country too, and thanks to cheap flights that are available today, more people can afford to go to Australia or take domestic flights around the country. The country is also very clean and people are generally warm and friendly. When it comes to accommodation, there’s an abundance of good hotels, guesthouses, campsites, and private apartments available to suit everybody’s travel style and budget.
Have these 10 reasons convinced you enough? Plan a trip to Australia now!