Kangaroo on a beach in Sydney, Australia

Australia has so much for you to explore, whether you want nature, wildlife, outback adventure, islands, rainforest or reef. Australia’s unique beauty is spread across eight states and territories with the undisputed gateway being Sydney. Vibrant and cosmopolitan, Sydney has stellar architecture with the iconic—Sydney Opera House staged in a spectacular harbor setting.

While nearly one-fourth of the residents of Australia live in Sydney, visitors never sense this. The Circular Quay design focuses all eyes on beautiful Darling Harbor. What a wonderful city for strolling the Royal Botanic Gardens, checking out the aquarium or catching a harbor ferry to one of its many attractions, like Taronga Zoo which is Australia’s best wildlife park. Be sure to ask someone to take your photo while you hand feed the koalas, kangaroos and wallabies!

Flightseeing is the norm in Australia to get to its diverse regions with Cairns’ Great Barrier Reef to the north and Melbourne to the south. A spectacular journey with car and driver is the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Adelaide with breathtaking coastal vistas and wildlife sightings. The weathered stacked limestone Twelve Apostles are the coastline’s most recognizable and photographed natural wonder. Adelaide has a captivating blend of Mediterranean and Australian lifestyles with great colonial buildings. The Barossa Valley, home of nearly 60% of Australia’s wine production, is just one hour northeast of the city.

Did You Know

Kangaroo Island is a fun day trip from Adelaide via ferry or short flight. It is a haven for Australian wildlife which exists in a natural habitat without the threat of introduced predators. It is home to 267 species of birds including the cockatoo, plus echidnas, wallabies, bandicoots, goannas, pygmy, sea lions and brush tail possums. Take a bushwalk on the island’s interior to witness multitudes of kangaroos grazing in open pastures.

Linda Meadors

Linda Meadors has been affiliated with Blue Horizon Travel, Orion IL since 2002 with a focus on affinity groups which has included jazz clubs, heritage groups, school fund-raisers, celebrities with followers, reunions and church fellowship groups. Many individual clients started as group members. Linda has served as the MAST International Travel Writer since 2012. In 2018 her group and personal travel destinations will include: Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy and England. A year of college study abroad at the University of Vienna set her wander lust in motion to work in travel, convention planning, marketing and most importantly, communications.