INTO THE NATURE
Australia's ocean territory is the world's third largest, spanning three oceans and covering around 12 million square kilometres.
Nearly seven million square kilometres, or 91 per cent of Australia, is covered by native vegetation. Although this figure may seem high, many of Australia's desert landscapes are covered by native plants such as saltbush, albeit sparsely.
For tens of thousands of years, the lives and sense of cultural identity of Indigenous Australians were inextricably linked to the land, its forms, flora and fauna.
Today, the identity of all Australians is shaped by a relationship with the natural environment.Australia is one of the most urbanised and coast-dwelling populations in the world. More than 80 per cent of Australians live within 100 kilometres of the coast.
As one of the world's most ancient living cultures, Australia’s Aboriginal people have a continuous history spanning more than 50,000 years. Theirs is the oldest story on Earth, providing an irrevocable understanding of the birth of our continent, its ancient landscapes, spirituality and wonder.
Aboriginal Australia is a living legacy of spiritual knowledge, custodianship of land, culture, people and the connectedness of all things shared through rituals, art, dance, music, secret stories and journeys created in the Dreamtime – the time when ancestral spirits created the landforms and all life.
The landscape today is a map of the spirits' journeys and stories created over thousands of years ago describing these journeys. These form the basis for stories that are still told. Gaining an insight into Aboriginal Australia brings the landscape to life and will allow you to gain a deeper appreciation of any journey to Australia.
FOOD & WINE
Australia's unspoilt landscapes produce an incredibly wide variety of fresh and tantalising produce. There's also a freedom and creativity to our food and wine culture that helps us produce fresh and innovative flavours, including wines that are the envy of the world, as well as exciting ingredients and fusion food.
But what really sets us apart is the place - our stunning weather, sunshine, outstanding natural beauty and outdoor dining lifestyle means you can enjoy some of the world's best food and wine in some of the world's most stunning surroundings. Australia does open air dining like nowhere else.
Australia’s capital cities are unique to each other but what they share is a warm welcome, easy precincts, great food, wine and events as well as access to nature and wildlife.
Kangaroo Island Rock Formation
No Kangaroo Island holiday would be complete without a trek to one of the island's signature landmarks, Remarkable Rocks. It took 500 million years for rain, wind, and pounding waves to create these aptly named granite boulders which are now part of the Flinders Chase National Park.
Ayers Rock is one of the most impressive landmarks in Australia. A huge chunk of sandstone and a ‘true’ monolith, it resides in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Ayers Rock is located down towards the southwest corner of the Northern Territory and close to the geographic centre of Australia. Ayers Rock is about 335kms to the southwest of Alice Springs – 463kms by road, about five hours – and is served by the small resort town of Yulara.
Springbrook National Park
Stand on the top of an ancient volcano with a views that stretch forever. This is Springbrook – in the Gold Coast hinterland just 45 minutes from the beaches. A forest wilderness formed by the eruption of a volcano 23 million years ago. The park is part of the Shield Volcano Group of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.
Kangaroos are large marsupials that are found only in Australia. They are identified by their muscular tails, strong back legs, large feet, short fur and long, pointed ears. Like all marsupials, a sub-type of mammal, females have pouches that contain mammary glands, where their young live until they are old enough to emerge.
Koalas live in eastern Australia, where the eucalyptus trees they love are most plentiful. In fact, they rarely leave these trees, and their sharp claws and opposable digits easily keep them aloft. During the day they doze, tucked into forks or nooks in the trees, sleeping for up to 18 hours.
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25 Dec 2017
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||SYDNEY - HOBART - LAUNCESTON - MELBOURNE
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