Australia is a very big continent in total about 7,692,024 km2 . The capital is Canberra even though Sydney is the biggest city. Because Australia is so big you have many different climate zones . The weather in Australia’s tropics has two different seasons, the dry and the wet. The dry season is from May to October in the Australian winter months. However, winter in the tropics is not as cold as in the southern states. Average temperatures during the day are in the low 20s, but the nights can be rather cold. Australia’s temperate regions are in the south and south eastern parts of the continent. They include Tasmania and the coastal areas of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia
Therefore Australia offers different landscapes, wildlife and attractions. In the following article I introduce you into my top 5 must see/do’s in Australia.
The island is considered to be the largest sand islands in the world at 1,840 km2. The island has rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, mangrove forests, wallum and peat swamps, sand dunes and coastal heaths.The freshwater lakes on Fraser Island are some of the cleanest lakes in the world. A popular tourist area is Lake MCKenzie which is located inland from the small town of Eurong. Dingoes were once common on the island, but are now decreasing. The Fraser Island dingoes are reputedly some of the last remaining pure dingoes in Eastern Australia and to prevent cross-breeding, dogs are not allowed on the island.
The park is located in the Hamersley Ranges of the Pilbara region in the northwestern section of the Australian state of Western Australia. The park is most recommended for its many gorges containing slot canyons, waterfalls and water holes with visitors sometimes swimming in the cold pools of water. Temperatures on summer days frequently exceed 40 degrees Celsius, while winter nights can bring frost.
The island is accessible by boat from the mainland tourist ports of Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour, as well as Hamilton Islands. It has a beautiful scenery and the sand consists of 98% pure silicia which gives it a bright white color. The beach was awarded Queensland’s Cleanest Beach in Keep Australia Beautiful’s 2008 Clean Beach Challenge State Awards.
The Ningaloo Coast is a World Heritage Site located in the north west coastal region of Western Australia. Although most famed for its whale sharks which feed there during March to June, the reef is also rich in coral and other marine life. During the winter months, the reef is part of the migratory routes for dolphins, dugongs, manta rays and humpback whales. Besides to the Great Barrier Reef the Ningaloo Reef is not so crowded with Tourists. That’s why I personally prefer the Ningaloo Reef.
Great Ocean Road:
The Great Ocean Road starts at Torquay and travels 244 kilometres westward to finish at Allansford near Warrnambool, the largest city along the road.Winding through varying terrain along the coast and providing access to several prominent landmarks, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations and you have the possibilities to see Koalas as well.
I hope this article gave you a short impression of Australia and if you have the opportunity to go there take it and explore this beautiful country on your own. You’ll have the best time in your life!
by Patrick Zimmermann