The Northern Territories of Australia provides yet more geographical variety, letting in Australia’s most popular natural landmark, Ayres Rock. As well known as Uluru, this 380 meter high sandstone rock formation not only shows a wealth of cultural beliefs to be explored, but an opportunity for exploration on foot with majority of walking trails to suit any level of fitness. For those who enjoy this active life, the Northern Territories as well affords the chance for sporting adventures at Katherine Gorge, or exploring the region’s waterfalls, rainforests and escarpments. Also as all this spectacular beauty, it contains the site of Australia’s last gold rush and the historic town of Alice Springs.
Known as the Sunshine State – Queensland is the home of yet another of Australia’s major attractions, the Great Barrier Reef. This 2300km reef which provides some of the world’s best scuba diving and snorkeling is set amongst the sensational Whitsunday Islands and is just one of 5 of this state’s World Heritage listed sites.
New South Wales not just boasts Australia’s highest mountain, but is as well home to Sydney, the country’s largest city. Apart from the obvious attraction of the iconic Sydney Opera House, this city has world renowned nightlife and an endless variety of culinary and cultural delights to be discovered. Although Sydney is the most popular of Australia’s cities, the true capital is Canberra, a purpose built city that lies in the diminutive Australia Capital Territory, over half of which is named as National Park or Nature Reserve. This is surrounded by the state of Victoria, which is home to around fifty five of the world’s leading wineries also as a diverse selection of flora and fauna, including whales, penguins and koalas.
The 6th state is that of South Australia, of which Adelaide is the capital. Here you need only travel twenty minutes from the city center to enjoy a swim with dolphins. Further inland it as well provides many more of Australia’s signature wine growing regions which include the Clare Valley.