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Australia has been inhabited for more than 42,000 years by Indigenous Australians. After sporadic visits by fishermen from the north and by European explorers and merchants starting in the seventeenth century, the eastern half of the mainland was claimed by the British in 1770 and officially settled through penal transportation as the colony of New South Wales on 26 January 1788.

Popular Destinations: AdelaideAlice SpringsAyers RockBlue Mountains
BrisbaneBroomeByron BayCairns & the Tropical NorthCanberraDarwin
Fraser IslandGold CoastKangaroo IslandMelbourneNoosa & Sunshine Coast
Palm CovePerthPhillip IslandPort DouglasSydneyTasmania
The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island

• Sydney

Destination Guide Sydney, Australia

Sydney is Australia's largest financial centre and is also an international tourist destination, notable for its beaches and twin landmarks: the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. There's rarely a weekend in town without a splashy sporting, cultural or dining event …

• Melbourne

Destination Guide Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne , often referred to as the sporting capital of Australia, hosts many major Australian sporting events including: the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, the Australian Tennis Open and the AFL Grand Final …

Regions of Australia: Australian Capital TerritoryNorthern TerritoryNew South WalesQueenslandSouth AustraliaTasmaniaVictoriaWestern Australia

• Adelaide

Destination Guide Adelaide, Australia

With its grandly proportioned streets, city squares and lush green boundaries, Adelaide is an enchanting city to explore. And if you think that's all there is to the South Australian capital, think again. This city's pleasure-seeking spirit flows from its vibrant dining scene and magnificent wines …

• Alice Springs

Destination Guide Alice Springs, Australia

The modern town of Alice Springs has both European and Aboriginal influences. The town's focal point, the Todd Mall, hosts a number of Aboriginal art galleries and community events. Alice Springs' desert lifestyle has inspired several unique events, such as the Camel Cup, Beanie Festival and Tatts Finke Desert Race …

• Ayers Rock

Destination Guide Ayers Rock, Australia

Ayers Rock, or Uluru, is notable for appearing to change colour at different times of the day and year, most notably when it glows red at dawn and sunset. Kata Tjuta, also called Mount Olga or The Olgas, lies 25 km (16 mi) west of Uluru. Special viewing areas have been constructed …

• Blue Mountains

Destination Guide Blue Mountains, Australia

Almost on the edge of Sydney, and visible on a clear day from the city's observation towers, the beautiful World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains are the perfect destination for an idyllic day trip from Sydney. Stunning scenery of rugged sandstone outcrops, cavernous valleys and towering eucalyptus forests …

• Brisbane

Destination Guide Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane is in the southeast corner of Queensland. The city is centred around the Brisbane River, and its eastern suburbs line the shores of Moreton Bay. The greater Brisbane region is on the coastal plain east of the Great Dividing Range. The CBD lies in a curve of the Brisbane river …

• Broome

Destination Guide Broome, Australia

Broome's has both a frontier feel and a well-developed local tourist industry. Gourmet restaurants, all-star resorts and the nouveau riche may have detracted from the outback appeal of Broome, but instead you'll find a unique culture unlike anywhere else in the state …

• Cairns & the Tropical North

Destination Guide Cairns & the Tropical North, Australia

Cairns is located on the east coast of Cape York Peninsula on a coastal strip between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range. The northern part of the city is located on Trinity Bay and the city centre is located on Trinity Inlet. Some of the city's suburbs are located on flood plains …

• Canberra

Destination Guide Canberra, Australia

Canberra is noted for its warm to hot, dry summers, and cold winters with occasional fog and frequent frosts. Many of the higher mountains in the territory's south-west are snow-covered for at least part of the winter …

• Darwin

Destination Guide Ayers Rock, Australia

In 1839, HMS Beagle sailed into Darwin harbour during its surveying of the area. John Clements Wickham named the region "Port Darwin" in honour of their former shipmate Charles Darwin, who had sailed with them on the ship's previous voyage …

• Gold Coast

Destination Guide Gold Coast, Australia

The Gold Coast is the second most populous city in Queensland. It is also the most populous non-capital city in the country. The Gold Coast is known as a major tourist destination with its sunny subtropical climate, popular and busy surfing beaches …

• Noosa & Sunshine Coast

Destination Guide Noosa & Sunshine Coast, Australia

Filling the space between the beach and the vast empty of Queensland's interior is the Sunshine Coast's undulating hinterland, where charming villages linger on the outskirts of national parks. The area was first settled by Europeans in the 19th century …

• Palm Cove

Destination Guide Palm Cove, Australia

The history of Palm Cove dates back to over 60,000 years ago when the Aborigines became the first settlers. The most famous landing at Palm Cove happened in 1873 when G.E. Dalrymple's Northeast Coast Expedition landed to explore the beach …

• Perth

Destination Guide Perth, Australia

The eerie limestone shapes of the Pinnacles are a popular day trip from Perth, rising out of the desert floor like something from a lunar landscape. The weather-worn pillars were formed by zillions of seashells blown here from the sea many thousands of years ago …

• Phillip Island

Destination Guide Phillip Island, Australia

More than just penguins and furry koalas, Phillip Island is also an island of coastal beauty and quirky Australian culture. Walk the trails of Cape Woolamai for panoramic views of the shoreline, and watch as waves thunderously crash against towering granite sea stacks …

• Port Douglas

Destination Guide Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas is a town in Far North Queensland, Australia, approximately 80km north of Cairns. The town's population can often quadruple with the influx of tourists during the peak tourism season May-September. The town is named in honour of former Premier of Queensland, John Douglas …

• Tasmania

Destination Guide Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania promotes itself as the Natural State and the Island of Inspiration owing to its large, and relatively unspoiled natural environment. Formally, almost 37% of Tasmania is in reserves, National Parks and World Heritage Sites. The state capital and largest city is Hobart …

• Whitsundays & Hamilton Island

Destination Guide Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, Australia

Much of the archipelago of the Whitsundays and the surrounding turquoise water belongs to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, ensuring that this huge adventure playground stays as pristine as possible, with the notable benefit that its delights are accessible to all budgets …

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Tourism in Australia is a very large sector of the economy. Australia's international tourism campaigns have largely centred around the image of Australia as a wild, expansive, almost uninhabited continent, with all manner of exotic scenery and wildlife, endless beaches, large coastal cities and friendly, relaxed locals. Qu …

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