A vast ancient land, Australia has an extraordinary sense of space and freedom. With just over three people per square kilometre, there’s nothing like it on earth. A continent of extremes; rainforests and reefs in the north, snowfields in the south, vast plains and deserts in the centre, and a coastline of magnificent beaches. Australia is renowned for its unique flora and fauna, a relaxed easy-going culture and a love of the good things in life.
Australia is the sixth largest country in the world and is about the same size as the 48 mainland states of the USA and 50 per cent larger than Europe. With the reverse seasons of the northern hemisphere, Australia enjoys a largely temperate climate and outdoor lifestyle.
Australia has many world famous landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef. It plays host to an array of other landmarks in the midst of beautiful cities, dramatic cliffs, tranquil bays and the richness of the Australian desert. Australia is home to an amazing 14 World Heritage listed wilderness areas. Its natural beauty, unique plants and animals and the cultural heritage of its Aboriginal people is yours to enjoy.
The Australian environment is unique. For more than 60,000 years, Australia’s Aboriginal people have lived and thrived in Australia’s unique and challenging natural environment. Its rich vegetation and native wildlife helped them establish their presence on the land. Today it is believed the Aboriginals are the world’s oldest civilisation.
‘Terra Australis’ was the last landmass to be discovered by European explorers. Talk of this mystical land and the riches it held inspired explorers to sail into the unknown. It wasn’t until Captain James Cook arrived in Botany Bay in 1770 that the great southern land was officially discovered by Europeans.
Come and explore this great southern land, its iconic cities, beaches, reef and rainforests, amazing wildlife and rugged outback. The extraordinary richness and diversity of this unique country will leave you spellbound…and wanting to experience much more.