While you are standing at the edge of a cliff, or a chopper, or a boat, the only thing that will keep repeating in your head is that 'fear is temporary.' As you take your leap of faith, you will have millions of butterflies in your stomach, intense feel of a freefall and extremely adrenaline. Be it skydiving, bungee jump or even the scuba dive; Australia will give you the rush of all these things, making you feel breathless.
Home to one of the most significant living landform, the Great Barrier Reef, Australia is the ultimate destination for all the scuba diving enthusiasts. There are so many gorgeous coral reefs in vivid colors, so bright that you will feel like you are living in a dream. However, Australia is not only about the coral reefs. There are also many colorful mountains like the Blue Mountain and vibrant rock formations that will leave you in a state of astonishment. Australia offers a wide range of diversity both in its food and its locations. There are both natural wonders and architectural wonders that exist within Australia.
Australia is rich in wildlife and rainforests that act as a catalyst to the ever growing life forms in the country. The coastlines are very elongated and beautiful, accompanied by a multicultural blend of seafood dishes that take your plate on a thrilling ride. If beer is not your cup of whiskey, then Australia has got your back with its numerous wine distilleries that serve the best wine in the world. If alcohol is not your cup of coffee, then you will be more than delighted to be in Australia, as this place is nirvana for all the coffee lovers. Tourism in Australia is a rich blend of all the lovely things, giving you experiences of a life time.
Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
Population: 24.7 million
Time Zone: There are many time zones in Australia, ranging from UTC+5:00 to UTC+11:00. However, the time zone of the capital city is UTC+10:00
Area: 7.692 million square km
Official Language: English
Capital's calling code: +61
Geography: Tucked in the Indo Australian Plate, Australia is the world's smallest continent, sandwiched by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Australia consists of six states; Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia. Other than these six states, there are two mainland territories, Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory that are a part of Australia. Sydney is the most popular city in Australia, followed by Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide. Australia Tourism is never complete without visiting the Gold Coast.
History: The earliest occupants of Australia are believed to be the Indigenous Australians, followed by the Europeans. The Europeans first entered the continent in early 1606 and named this continent as "New Holland," during the 17th century. Later there was a fleet of the British who landed on the island and called it as New South Wales and claimed for Great Britain. During the British invasion, states like South Australia, Victoria, and Queensland came into existence. The Federal Capital Territory which was later renamed as the Australian Capital Territory was formed in the year 1911.
Population: Since the end of World War II, there has been a tremendous increase in the immigrants in Australia. While most of them are skilled, it also included their family members and refugees. More than 25 percent of the population belongs to other countries. England has the largest number of immigrants in Australia followed by New Zealand, Mainland China, India, and the Philippines. Syndey is the most populated city in Australia with more than 5 million people residing in the town. Next comes Melbourne with 4.7 million, followed by Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide having 2.3 million, 2 million, and 1 million people residing in these cities respectively.
Religion: Section 116 of the Australian Constitution prohibits from making any law that requires an individual to establish any religion. However, more than 50 percent of the Australians are Christians followed by Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism.
Language: There is no official language of Australia. However, most of its population speaks English. Australian English is a language that distinguishes the accent and lexicon, making it slightly different from other versions of English regarding grammar and spellings. Other languages like Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Italian are spoken by less than 20 percent of the population.
Currency: The official currency that circulates in Australia is the Australian Dollar. The value of one Australian Dollar (AUD) equals to 48.43 Indian Rupee (INR).
Cost & Money: Australia is suitable for all kinds of travelers. The budget travelers can wrap this deal off with daily costs not exceeding INR 5000-7000 approximately including the stay, meals, and rides. Whereas, the mediocre can stay for INR 7000-15000 per day approximately including a stay in a good hotel, meals at decent places, and transport. The high-end people can stay here for more than INR 20000-25000 per day approximately with all the luxurious options. ATMs are available at almost every corner of the country with credit cards being accepted at all the famous places. Tourism in Australia is pretty convenient, as all the requirements are available nearby without having to walk distances.
We wanted a luxurious travel experience in Australia during our 7 day package. The trip included Melbourne, Cairns and Gold Coast. It was an amazing experience to explore the most beautiful parts of Australia is such an amazing way. We loved the hotels in particular because they were chosen from the best. The splendid views from the rooms only added charm to our journey.
Cruising in the magical corals of Great Barrier Reef watching the exotic marine life was an amazing experience. The natural beauty and the amazing landscapes that we came across during our trip were really unique. Thomas Cook guaranteed a luxurious travel experience and every amenity provided in our trip spoke of it. Tasting a slice of Australia was made best because of their expertise.
The most memorable part of our visit to Gold Coast was an hour ride on a Fire Truck. Wow, I don’t think this can be experienced anywhere else. The showboat Dinner cruise in Sidney was splendid and worth all the time spent feasting our eyes on the glittering cityscape of the city. Thomas Cook’s assistance throughout our journey made sure that we only come back with pleasant memories.