Australia

Barrier Reef

History :

Australia’s original inhabitants, known as Australian Aborigines, have the longest continuous cultural history in the world, with origins dating back to the last Ice Age.
Although mystery and debate shroud many aspects of Australian prehistory, it is generally accepted that the first humans travelled across the sea from Indonesia about 70,000 years ago.
Europeans began to encroach on Australia in the 16th century: Portuguese navigators were followed by Dutch explorers and the enterprising English pirate William Dampier. Captain James Cook sailed the entire length of the eastern coast in 1770, stopping at Botany Bay on the way.  After rounding Cape York, he claimed the continent for the British and named it New South Wales.

Australia became a nation when federation of the separate colonies took place on 1 January 1901 (although many of the legal and cultural ties with England remained).

Climate :

Because of the variety of climate, Australia is a continent that can be visited year around.

New South Wales        12 months a year

Victoria & Tasmania   12 months a year – fresh to cold from May to September

South Australia            12 months a year – fresh to cold from May to September

Western Australia       12 months a year – avoid north regions from December to March

Northern Territory    12 months a year –  avoid north regions from December to March

Queensland                 12 months a year – can be hot and humid from Dec to March

 

Transport :

Air

There are several international airports in Australia : Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Cairns and Brisbane.

Qantas, Virgin Blue and Jetstar are the 3 main domestic airlines .

Virgin and Jetstar are two low costs and therefore meals are not included on board

We charter airplanes. Not only does it create greater privacy and exclusive service to the client but it is on many occasions a very affordable way to travel.

Rail

The Indian Pacific : travels from Perth to Sydney via Adelaide and Broken Hill from Sydney to Darwin via Alice Springs

The Ghan : travel from Sydney to Darwin via Alice Springs

These two trains offer comfortable sleeping berth, private facilities and a good table.

 

Road

With more than 20 000 km of road around the country , you will need to know that travelling anti-clock wise will save you 23 km ! ☺

For group of visitors we organize convoys or individual self drives; a great way to discover an area , like the Red Centre.

For individual travelers with sufficient time available, self-drive is a must do

Australia destinations guide

  • Australia overview
  • Sydney and New South Wales destination guide
  • Melbourne and Victoria destination guide
  • Adelaide and South Australia destination guide
  • Darwin and Northern Territory destination guide
  • Perth and Western Australia destination guide
  • Cairns and Queensland destination guide
  • Hobart and Tasmania destination guide

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