There are few more enduring sights of the Middle East than the image of rock-carved Petra – the 2,500-year-old erstwhile capital of the Nabataeans – emerging from the ochre-tinted canyons of Jabal Al-Madbah. But there's also much more to this amazing country than it's star attraction. From the camel-stalked sand hills of the Wadi Rum where Lawrence of Arabia once traveled to the scuba-diving centers and beaches on the Gulf of Aqaba, there's loads to get through. Getting great deals on cheap flights to Jordan from Australia usually means making a stopover along the way, with the most likely arrival point being the bustling capital of Amman, where Roman temples sit in harmony with modern mezze cafes.
Don't miss Petra. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes ancient treasury buildings cut straight into the desert rocks, along with cave homes, and sandstone canyons.
A Mars-like landscape of red-rock mountains that rise from a sun-scorched desert is what awaits in the amazing Wadi Rum.
Bulgur wheat salads and falafel burst from the chic cafés of happening Amman, while Roman ruins punctuate the boulevards here and there.