Destinations >> Australia Overview

From cosmopolitan coastal cities to the wild of the Outback, the vast country of Australia is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. Explore natural wonders like the ancient rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef and Bondi Beach; frolic with exotic animals like kangaroos and koala bears and indulge in cutting-edge cuisine and wine. There’s nothing you can’t do when you’re visiting the land down under.

Cheat Sheet

Sleep on the Gold Coast at Palazzo Versace – Eat amazing Chinese food in Melbourne and Sydney’s Michelin star restaurant Tim How Wan – Drink like a fish and party at Ponyfish Island, Melbourne – See the Margaret River on a bushtucker wine tour, Western Australia – Shop at fashion lovers paradise on King’s street, Perth Get Outside and soak up the Sun at the Whitehaven beach, Whitsundays – Don’t Miss a chance to climb Sydney Bridge for spectacular views

What to do in Australia

Australia’s dynamic natural landscapes make it one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Some of the best things to do in the world’s sixth largest country happen outside. Magnificent Kakadu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest national park in Australia. Find more than 300 different species of birds that flit among the mangrove swamps, rivers and gorges. The state of Queensland is your jumping off point to the Great Barrier Reef and tropical Daintree Rainforest. The blond sand and turquoise waters of ever-popular Bondi Beach meet you just outside Sydney. You can also do some proper sight-seeing in Australia’s capital city and see its famous opera house, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Tower and Sydney Harbor Bridge. Tour the vines for some wine tasting in the Hunter and Barossa valleys. And no matter where you are, Australia’s cutting-edge culinary scene makes it easy for you to savor some of the top cuisine in the world.

What to take to Australia

With all that spectacular nature around you, don’t forget to pack your sense of adventure. Depending on what you’re doing you’ll want to pack the gear that will get your through it. You’ll likely be exposed to the sun—and it is powerful in Australia—so don’t forget a hat, proper clothes, sunscreen and sunglasses. Also, prepare to check passport and visa requirements. U.S. citizens are required to have a visa to enter the country. The ETA Tourist Visa is an instant online visa linked to your passport. It is valid for visits of less than three months. You must obtain a valid ETA before traveling to Australia.

What to buy in Australia

While it’s not permitted to bring the adorable wildlife back from OZ, there are plenty of Australian goods to fill your suitcase. You can stock up on revered provisions like Vegemite spread and Tim Tam cream-filled chocolate biscuits. If you’re visiting wineries, you’ll want to stash a few bottles to bring back with you, or ship a few cases. Australia is also the home of Ugg footwear, so why not bring some back from the source?

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