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Facts about Australia

population

25,4 one million

CAPITAL

Canberra

CURRENCY

Australian Dollar (AUD)

TIME DIFFERENCE

UTC +8 / UTC +10:30

TRAVEL GUIDE TO AUSTRALIA

Australia - but it's so far away! Or? Traveling to Perth is comparable to traveling to Los Angeles with a layover. Definitely a long trip, but in my eyes it's worth every minute of the flight. After our five trips to Australia, I have only scratched the surface of this gigantic country.

But what have I seen so far? 

 

In the north-eastern corner of Australia lies the state Queensland. Here you will find the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, the world's oldest rainforests and palm-lined beaches. But also an exuberant wildlife with saltwater crocodiles, life-threatening jellyfish and dingos. Expect the unexpected – in Queensland I always shake out my shoes before putting them on.

 

 

I New South Wales is Australia's largest city, Sydney, which despite its size offers a small-town feel and plenty of beach life, wine bars and famous architecture.

 

 

In the southeast corner is the state Victoria best known for the city of Melbourne and for one of the world's most beautiful roads – the Great Ocean Road. Here I met the first wild koala of my life – an experience I will never forget!

 

 

The last trip to Australia went to Western Australia and a drive straight into the outback. An absolutely fantastic trip with many national parks that started in the world's most isolated city Perth and ended with the wild dolphins in Monkey Mia. Western Australia must have some of the world's most beautiful beaches. In addition, the probability is high that you will have the beach completely to yourself.

 

 

I have not yet been to the Northern Territory, South Australia or Tasmania. But it's nice to have something to dream about, isn't it?

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Drive straight into the red outback
  • Take a Quokka selfie on Rottnest Island
  • Grab a coffee at the Sydney Opera House
  • Visit a winery in the Yarra Valley or Margaret River
  • Visit the world's largest sand island - Fraser Island
  • Visit Sydney's beaches in Manley or Bondi
  • Visit Monkey Mia's wild dolphins
  • Drive along the Great Ocean Road
  • Enjoy beach life in the Northern Beaches

TRAVEL TIPS

  1. Road trips - In Australia you drive on the left. If it is the first time you drive on the left side, do not pick up the rental car directly at the airport when you land. You need to be alert and fresh in the head to head out on the roads!
  2. You don't swim on all beaches - As beautiful as the beaches are in North Queensland, most Australians prefer to swim in a pool. In the summers (October to April) there are both deadly jellyfish and saltwater crocodiles in the sea. So if you want to avoid these beasts when you go snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, you should go there during the winter (June to August)
  3. Winter in Western Australia is like summer in Norrland  - During the Australian summers, temperatures often exceed the 40-degree mark. We went to Western Australia during their winter, when the average temperatures correspond to Swedish summer. A clearly better choice - even if it may rain for a few days.
  4. Customs is not to be trifled with  - I only say this once. Do not bring anything edible or anything that lives (or has ever lived)! Read it carefully and go on red if you are in the least bit unsure! I always go for red when in doubt, so I can confirm that IKEA's wooden pencils and shoes with wooden heels are OK.
  5. Shake your shoes  - There are a lot of small insects in Australia and a lot of spiders. If you want to be sure not to get bitten by an insect - always shake out your shoes before putting them on.

ALL POSTS FROM AUSTRALIA

Shell beach white beach in Shark Bay
Western Australia

Western Australia - A little film

Time to sum up our driving holiday in Western Australia from Perth to Monkey Mia - this time in a little film.

Queensland

Fraser Island – the world's largest sand island

Fraser Island in Queensland is a national park, a world heritage site and the world's largest sand island. Although the island consists of sand, there are also rainforests, freshwater lakes and a rich wildlife including dingos.

Western Australia

Shark Bay – The marine wonder of the Coral Coast in Australia

85 miles north of Perth lies one of the world's marine wonders. Surrounded by deserts, far from large cities and with large meadows of seaweed below the surface. Shark Bay provides unique conditions for everything from sharks, whales and dolphins to dugongs and stromatolites.

Driving - Australia
Australia

Driving a car in Australia - How to do it?

Australia is the dream destination that has everything for a great driving holiday. But what do you need to consider when driving in Australia? Here are my best tips for a carefree road trip Down Under!

Western Australia

Yanchep National Park – among caves and black cockatoos

45 minutes north of Perth in Western Australia is Yanchep National Park, an important wetland area for the area's birds and with several limestone caves with unique wildlife. We have visited the Crystal Cave and hiked around Loch McNess.

Eva in Kalbarri
Western Australia

Back home from an adventure in Western Australia (and Bali)!

After almost a month on the road, we are now back home! This year's adventure was a road trip among national parks and nature in Western Australia, which ended with lazy days in Bali. So what was the best, worst and how was the weather? And most importantly - did I find a new mug?

Queensland

Volcanic lake in Crater Lakes National Park

A giant volcanic explosion created what are today the lakes of Crater Lakes National Park in Queensland. We went here to hike and (hopefully) see the occasional Australian bush hen.

Melbourne and Yarra
Victoria

Melbourne Attractions - My 10 Favorites

Melbourne has become one of our favorite cities. There is so much wonderful to see and do here, but if I were to choose a few favorites, it would be these ten!

Melbourne street art
Victoria

Street art in Melbourne

Melbourne is one of the world's hottest cities for street art. Colorful, changing and innovative – this is simply the art of life.

Chillagoe
Queensland

Chillagoe. Inhabitants: 192

Chillagoe was never our destination on the road trip. We just happened to pass by on our way to a national park. An ordinary day in the outback in Queensland in northern Australia.

Manly - Australia
New South Wales

Waiting for the wave in Manly

Winter winds and waves. If this had been anywhere other than Australia, I would have been wearing a down jacket. But not in Manly, one of the world's most famous surfing spots.

Queensland

Bird watching at Mareeba wetlands | Queensland

Mareeba Wetlands in Queensland is located in the middle of the dry outback, but offers a diversity of exotic birds. We met lots of animals - both on the lake, on land and in the toilet...

Queensland

The road to Cape Tribulation in Queensland

The road to Cape Tribulation in northeastern Australia offers the world's oldest rainforest and pristine beaches. And also some crocodiles and snakes.

Sydney Bridge
New South Wales

Sights in Sydney - My 10 favourites

Australia's largest city, Sydney, has some world-famous sights that you just have to experience, but the biggest benefit you get is just hanging out in this lovely city.

Queensland

Undara - Adventure in the Australian outback

The dark red termite mounds along our path get bigger and bigger the further from the coast we go. Just when I think we've reached the end of the world, we suddenly pass a house. Someone lives out here. Far from everything. We are heading towards the lava tunnels of Undara National Park, in the northern Queensland outback.

Tolga Bat Hospital - Queensland - Australia
Queensland

The orphaned babies at Tolga Bat Hospital

A visit to the Tolga Bat Hospital in Queensland, Australia changes any preconceived notions you might have about bats. If you think all bats are scary vampires, then you definitely need to come here for a visit!

Victoria

Great Ocean Road - a little film

A film from our road trip on one of the world's most beautiful roads - the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia.

Queensland

Photo album from the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef stretches over 200 miles along the north Queensland coast. Crowded, exuberant and exciting – the eighth wonder of the world has everything for the perfect holiday.

Australia

Travel to Australia with children

"It's so far away" and "There are so many dangerous animals" are comments we often hear when we talk about our travels. But what is it really like to travel with children to Australia?

Blog

The world's best whale watching - here are the whales!

One of the best things we know when we travel is to have the opportunity to meet wild animals and especially we love to see whales! Humpback whales, sperm whales, beluga whales, killer whales, herring whales, dolphins - now only blue whales are left to see on our list! To see whales, you need both the right season, the right weather and a great deal of luck. Here are our 4 favorite places to meet the giants of the sea.

Breakfast at Crown Metropol
Victoria

Photo album from Melbourne

(17 photos) Hip, lovely, hot, absolutely wonderful Melbourne! So much good food, so many outdoor seating, so much beautiful street art! Here in Melbourne, the restaurants display gluten-free menus and the coffee gets soy or almond milk out of the blue. You can always fix a children's portion and if you get tired of city life, the beach is just a tram ride away.

New South Wales

Sydney with children - top 5 attractions

Australia's largest city Sydney has lots of attractions and things to do with children, no wonder the whole family enjoys it here! Here are our favorites!

Facts about Australia

population

25,4 billion

CAPITAL

Canberra

CURRENCY

Australian Dollar (AUD)

TIME DIFFERENCE

UTC +8 / UTC +10:30