As dust swirls past the Aborigine rock carvings of Kakadu, there are koalas clambering through eucalyptus boughs in the Blue Mountains, surfboards whizzing over Bondi's sky-blue swells, and folk hopping the hip bars of Sydney Harbour. Welcome to Oz. Covering a mind-boggling three million square miles, this is a vast and often barren place, dashed with deserts and dingo-trodden outback. But then comes the fertile coast, where sugar-sand beaches spill straight out of buzzy surf towns, lush palm groves mingle with valleys of wineries, and the vibes are almost always good. Cheap flights to Australia will usually take you to a either Sydney or Melbourne, but some top short-haul ticket deals could also open up Perth and Darwin to boot.
Pack the wax and the board shorts – this is the place to go for soaking up the rays, kicking it on the beach, and riding those Aussie waves.
There's hardly a more iconic sight in Australia than the outline of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Come here to enjoy it for yourself.
A world apart from the Oz mainland, Tasmania is all about exploring old-growth rainforests, finding remote beaches, and tracing colonial history.