Australia is incredible and admittedly my favorite country in the world. During my trips there, I had no choice but to fall in love with the diverse landscape that ranges from the 25,000 km long coastline with its picturesque beaches to the red deserts in the Red Center.
As an outdoor nation with a seemingly endless number of incredible National Parks, it is the perfect destination for everyone that loves exploring the outdoors. After all, the landscape is very diverse and offers everything from climbing in gorges, to multi-day hikes and more. With animals like the world’s happiest animal the quokka, koalas, kangaroos, and the platypus, Australia has a unique fauna and flora.
And with the famous Great Barrier Reef in the east and the Ningaloo Reef in the west, Australia also has incredible marine diversity. It is thereby a diver’s dream and one of the places to go in the world if you want to see whales, whale sharks, great whites, and manta rays.
Additionally, you can explore the big, vibrant cities like Sydney, Perth, and Melbourne, and relax in smaller towns like Broome. Every single one of them is unique and has its own charm: be it the coffee culture of Melbourne or the surfer town charm of Byron Bay.
Aside from being a country of great distances and epic road trips, it is also a country with a long and rich history. After all, the Aboriginal culture dates back 60.000 years and is closely connected with the essence of the county. Take the time to learn about the Dreamtime stories, the Rainbow Serpent, and to marvel at Aboriginal art.
I used to live in Australia when I first moved abroad and return there whenever I can. After all, I keep adding new experiences to my Australia bucket list. It is safe to say that this country holds a very special place in my heart.
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Places to see in Australia
Things to know before you visit Australia
The currency is the Australian Dollar. In May 2021 the exchange rate was as follows: 1 AUD equals 0.64 EUR, 0.77 USD, or 0.56 GBP. Therefore 1 EUR = 1.56 AUD, 1 USD = 1.30 AUD and 1 GBP = 1.79 AUD.
Credit Cards & ATMs
In Australia, you can use credit cards at 90% of all shops and businesses. On the east coast, ATMs can be found everywhere, while there are fewer in the west.
When to visit Australia
The best time to visit Australia depends on your plans within the country. As the seasons are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere, the summer months are December to February.
When planning a trip to Australia, it is important to take a look at the local weather as there are vast differences. Additionally, it is always a good idea to look up the time of semester breaks, as prices tend to rise drastically.
While there are some exceptions, it is generally best to explore the northern half of the country and the red center in winter, while the rest of the country is especially amazing during the summer months.
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