Australia is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The country has a vast amount of natural beauty, and one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country are the beaches. The beaches in Australia offer people a place to enjoy the natural beauty of the country as well as to relax and enjoy the local culture. Australians also love to spend time at the beach with their friends and family and have a great time.
The beaches of Australia are the second largest natural asset, ranking only behind the land. There are over one thousand beaches in Australia and they are quite diverse. The beaches of Australia are characterized by the fact that they are either on the mainland or the coast, and are classified as estuarine, marine, or freshwater. The estuarine beaches are usually found in the southern part of the country, and are usually flooded during high tide. The marine beaches are usually found along the continental shelf of the east coast, and are the most common type of beach. The freshwater beaches are usually found in the interior of the country, and are typically along rivers and streams.
Well, besides the shape-shifting globe from Australia, you can bring a full box of completely unique experiences. That there is one monolith of Uluru, blood-red in the rays of the day sun, and acquiring a completely extraterrestrial appearance at sunset! Then, with a minimal margin, there are endless BBR archipelagos with some desperate riot of underwater life, wide beaches with postcard waves for surfers, live plush koalas, and finally, platypuses – irrefutable evidence of God’s sense of humor (you will see – you will understand).
Add to this the recognizable silhouettes of sights such as the Sydney Opera House and the Harbor Bridge, a bunch of interesting things to take with you, including Aboriginal exotics, and the ease of communication with the locals: basic English will be enough. “Ossie, I’m coming!” – we exclaimed and thoroughly studied the Southern continent for you.
Cities and Resorts
The capital is Canberra, the political center of the country: the Australian government sits in the mast-crowned Parliament building. Canberra is cozy and green: there are no factories, but there are many parks, memorials, and museums. In Sydney, tourists are attracted by famous attractions (from the opera house to the Harbor Bridge), the boutiques of Paddington, and the beaches of Bondi Beach. Other large cities are also good for excursions: the many-sided Melbourne, hospitable Brisbane. And in Adelaide, Cairns, and Perth, it is pleasant to combine culture with relaxation on the seashore.
The most popular beach resorts are the Gold Coast with fashionable, party and family areas and the Great Barrier Reef – a scattering of the most beautiful islands in the Coral Sea. The center of the country is covered with a red desert, which has its own Grand Canyon – the sacred mountain Uluru, or Ayers Rock. In the north, in the vicinity of Aboriginal settlements, there are numerous national parks. One of the best places to discover authentic nature and culture is Darwin, with its historic buildings and stunning landscapes.
Australia’s climate varies dramatically across regions. In the north it is tropical, in the south it is temperate. The hottest time of the year is from November to January when throughout the country the temperature is from +20 to +32 ° C, and in the central regions, it reaches +38 … + 42 ° C. At the same time, within 1.5-2 hours after sunset, it can get colder by 10-12 degrees. It is relatively cold in June-August, at this time the temperature does not rise above +15 … + 18 ° C, and in the temperate zone it sometimes drops to 0 ° C, it often rains.
The best time to visit the Gold Coast is the Australian summer. In June-August, a big wave rises there, strong winds blow and it rains. At this time, it is better to swim and sunbathe on the BBR.
Visa and Customs
Cash in the amount of 10,000 AUD or more (or the equivalent in another currency) must be declared on arrival and departure. The import of food products, drugs, materials of animal and plant origin, firearms, weapons and ammunition, wildlife inhabitants, or items made from protected animals, certain medical preparations (including substances containing sports stimulants) is prohibited. The prices on the page are for October 2018.
In your personal luggage, you can transport goods in the amount of 900 AUD (or 450 AUD for children under 18) without paying customs duties and taxes. Also, persons over 18 years old can import into the country duty-free up to 2.25 liters of alcoholic beverages (of any strength), 50 cigarettes, or 50 g of other tobacco products, if all this is in their luggage.
The export of animals and plants, corals, shells, seeds, and nuts from the country is prohibited. Items of historical value, as well as products made of wood, bamboo, leather, bone, bird feathers, shells, and corals, cannot be exported without a permit.
How to Get to
You can fly every day to the east-coast cities from Europe, North America, and Southeast Asia. Fares depend on the season, the highest being the two weeks either side of Christmas. Fares drop during the “shoulder” seasons – late February to May and mid-August to November – and you’ll get the best prices during low season, June to mid-August. Because of the distance from the most popular departure points, flying on weekends does not alter the price.
The easiest way to find a flight is on flight websites that collate airline and agent prices. Specialist flight agents can also help and may offer special student and youth fares as well as organize travel insurance, rail passes, car rental, and tours. If Australia is a stop on a long journey, consider a Round-the-World (RTW) ticket. Australia is a fixture in RTW tickets offered by most agents.