28 Jun What to Look Forward to when travelling to Australia
“I come from the Land Down under…” You almost want to break into song as you touch down into sunny Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, Australia.
Alison J., Sales Director at Eton Institute, shares with us the colour and vibrancy of her home country and amazing holiday memories of the Sunshine Coast.
Australia is huge! To give you an idea of its size, the UK can fit more than 31 times into Australia. And because of this there is so much to explore.
A holiday to Australia can begin anywhere. You may chose Sydney to visit the stunning Sydney Harbor and Bondi Beach, famous for Aussie Lifeguards, or you may select to start in Melbourne, Victoria, famous for its cosmopolitan lifestyle and for being the home of AFL, the Australian Football League. Let’s not forget stunning Tasmania, a world of its own or sundrenched Perth, famous for beautiful beachside wineries. Darwin is the home to Uluru (the big red rock) and the heritage listed Kakadu National Park. However today, my family are going home to Brisbane, the gateway to the Sunshine State of Queensland.
I have young children, so whilst it is a trip home for us, it is an adventure for them. So off to see what the region has to offer, we visit it through new eyes again as we share their excitement.
Main Beach, Stradbroke Island
First stop is to visit our family who live on Moreton Bay. This area is famous for its islands and sealife. Stradbroke Island is a favourite and popular for anyone who loves fishing, surfing and the great outdoors!
Moving north, we spend a lot of time on the Sunshine Coast. Stay in beautiful Noosa, in the street to stay in, Hastings Street, for a few nights of relaxation, long beach walks and beautiful restaurants.
Eli Creek, Fraser Island
This region is most famous for Fraser Island – the heritage listed largest sand island in the world. On ‘Fraser’ (fondly referred to by locals) you can see wild Dingoes, Wallabies, Goannas (Australian monitor lizard) and enjoy untouched rainforest. Gazing at the southern hemisphere night sky whilst sitting on an uninhabited surf beach is an amazing experience. You can visit here from Noosa on a fun 4WD day trip.
For the family, we also spend time at Australia Zoo, the home of the late Steve Urwin. For all overseas travelers, this is a must! Yes, you can cuddle a koala, feed the kangaroos and witness all of the unique Australian wildlife in one place. It is a great day out! Also on the Sunshine Coast are the amazing markets in the country town of Eumundi, a short drive from Noosa.
Should you continue your adventure north, the Sunshine Coast marks the beginning of the Great Barrier Reef which needs no introduction. The entire Queensland coastline is dotted with quaint towns, sleepy fishing villages and natural beauty.
Should it be an adventure full of life that you are after, you could always venture one hour south of Brisbane. Here you will hit the Gold Coast – the theme park capital of Australia with SeaWorld, Warner Brothers MovieWorld, Wet n Wild and Dreamworld. We haven’t told our children yet that these exist so maybe on one of our next trips…
Meat Pies – a savoury pie made of meat, mashed potatoes and gravy
Lamington – square shaped sponge cake coated with chocolate icing and coconut, often filled in with jam or cream.
Pavlova – a meringue based dessert decorated with fresh fruits and cream
Northern Australia experiences tropical climate, whereas, the southern part of the country experiences temperate climate. Daily temperature ranges from 20 to 24 degrees Celsius in winter and it rarely rains. In summer, temperature ranges from 25 to 33 degree Celsius.
Australia’s exotic flora and fauna cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Australia’s tropical north is home to the world’s largest saltwater crocodile.