Australia’s exotic lands and wildlife make it a destination that nearly everyone wants to visit. As one of the safest countries in the world and one being very backpacker friendly it’s easy place to travel to; once you get there of course! I was used to visiting tropical rainforests in third world countries so it was a strange concept to me to go to a rainforest and the next day be in a modern day shopping mall. What I had always wanted to see the most in Australia was the great barrier reef, and the rainforests in the north eastern part of the country. My first stop was to Sydney which cold be one of the most beautiful and colorful cities in Oceania. With my focus to get up north as fast as possible to spend as much time as I could diving and exploring the rainforests, I mistakenly only spent a few days Sydney, but when I return I’ll make up for this! In 2011 I returned only to visit the city of Darwin in the North Territory. The next time I visit I hope to see Tasmania.
Isolated in Australia’s northern coast, Darwin’s remoteness will make you pay a lot of money to visit this city that isn’t necessarily a travel destination. For those that do venture here, the city has some great World War II history, more crocodiles than you could possibly imagine, and plenty of remote national parks.
With the entire Northern Territory dominated by ferocious crocodiles, a visit to Litchfield National Park is rewarding for those who want to take a swim without risking their life. The national park has some of the world’s most impressive termite mounds, beautiful waterfalls, and is a great place to spot wildlife such as wallabies and to go bird-watching.
By far Australia’s largest city, Sydney has everything to offer for those who love the city life. With some of the country’s best beaches and night life, plenty of museums, concerts, and other places to explore, you’ll never find yourself bored in Sydney.
Right next to the world’s largest reef, and surrounded by rainforest, hot and humid Cairns is the land down under’s capital for tropical adventure. Access to the Great Barrier reef is only 90 minutes by boat where you can enjoy the best snorkeling and scuba diving on earth. From Cairns you can easily plan a trip to go camping, white water rafting, hot air ballooning, and a number of other outdoor activities.