For us Europeans, Australia is just about as far as we can go until we start coming back again, and as such, it remains a dream destination for many.
A vast expanse of land surrounded by the Indian Ocean to the left and the Pacific Ocean to the right, Australia is big, beautiful and bountiful, and if you would like to experience open skies, dramatic landscapes, great food, magnificent wines, friendly locals and the odd kangaroo, there is no better place on earth!
The western coast of Australia is a place I could quite easily call home, and it boasts some of the most awe-inspiring scenery I have ever seen. A place where one can relax, chill out and just enjoy the rugged coastline, white sandy beaches, fun people and fine wines, Perth is a wonderful place to visit and well worth the 20 hour flight!
Those who wish to learn about the history of Australia and its indigenous people should head over to Ayres Rock for a cultural tour and magnificent sunsets at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. A journey that will leave you with unforgettable memories and numerous holiday snaps, this spectacular rock formation is both magical and enchanting.
Heading over to the east coast, Australia offers completely different landscapes, temperatures and travel experiences, and if you dream of sailing the Whitsundays or diving in the Great Barrier Reef, everything is possible right here.
Heading south to Melbourne one can take in the magnificent Great Ocean Road and visit the 12 Apostles, before heading across to the Yarra Valley to sample some of Australia’s best wines, and no trip to Oz would be complete without a stopover in the vibrant hub of Sydney.
If you dream of visiting Australia, take the plunge and head down under in 2012, it might be a long way to go, but you will be already half way home!