Featured Destination


Australia

OVERVIEW:

Australia is the 6th largest country in the world and it divides itself into 6 states namely, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and 2 territories which are the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. This country is also one of the top wool producing countries worldwide while its universities are ranked in the world’s top 100. When one mention about Australia, the Great Barrier Reef, which is also the world’s longest reef and most extensive structure build by living creatures, may popped up in mind immediately. Indeed, just like its tourism campaign tagline, ‘There’s nothing like Australia’.

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ATTRACTIONS:

 

Northern Territory (Gateway: Darwin, Alice Springs and Ayers Rock)
The Territory occupies about one sixth of Australia’s total land mass and is the size of several European countries combined. It is made up of six main destinations and their immediate surrounds – Darwin, Kakadu and Arnhem Land, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Barkly, Alice Springs and Uluru – Kata Tjuta. Each destination has its own appeal and offers a unique range of experiences, people, places and history. Yet, from the spacious beauty of the outback to the dense foliage of the tropics, each destination is unmistakably ‘Territorian’. 

Throughout the Territory is a common, infectious spirit and energy. You will find it round campfires in the outback, on cave walls etched with drawings more than 50, 000 years old, and in the open smiles and friendly conversation of locals.

New South Wales (Gateway: Sydney)
Sydney is perhaps renowned for its Sydney Habour Bridge, the Opera House, Rocks Markets, Manly, Paddington and many more so as to say, but, that is not all for Sydney! A city which is infused with multiple cultures, Sydney has what it takes to offer to visitors dining experiences that spans round the globe. Aside from that, the carefree outdoor lifestyle and natural exquisiteness of the city makes it one of the top preferred cities to visit. Well–known beaches such as Bondi Beach are also found in Sydney. This city has also hold the title of a fashion heaven, in particularly for those who are always staying ahead of the trends. 

Victoria (Gateway: Melbourne)
Melbourne is broadly known as the culinary capital of Australia. However, it is also sometimes referred to as Australia’s natural playground. Multi–ethnic, elegant and chic, Melbourne is forever packed with exciting events. Besides its vibrant arts scene, this city also has quite a number of trendy and cool bars and night clubs. For those who are interested in shopping, you might also want to explore the city’s hidden laneways and arcades, for there might be pleasant surprises waiting. Although Melbourne is a bustling city all day and night, one is also able to stop by for a moment of calm and serenity amongst the lavish parks, gardens and waterways. As for attractions that lie on the outskirts of Melbourne city, they include Yarra Valley, the Phillip Island as well as the beautiful Great Ocean Road.

Queensland (Gateway: Brisbane)

Gold Coast
Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Gold Coast is a famous holiday destination that is well–liked by families and those who seek for exciting, active and adventurous activities. Over the years, Gold Coast has been very successful in projecting an image for world–class theme parks. It has also been said to be a shopper’s paradise where it bring together iconic brand name boutiques with unique local designers. The city is always filled with colourful events that range from international competitions to its own unique local celebrations and these festivals and events have never failed to bring up the mood of the streets, beach and hinterland. Indeed, Gold Coast is a city that is bursting with excitement.

South Australia (Gateway: Adelaide)
This is the festival city and Australian capital of food and wine. Key attractions in Adelaide have included Adelaide Central Market, Chinatown, Penfolds Magill Estate, North Terrace Cultural Boulevard, Skycity Adelaide, Port Adelaide and Glenelg. Adelaide is the city for anyone who enjoys the good life; Dining great food & wine, enjoying the arts, shopping, entertainment or even as simple as indulging in the laid–back lifestyle. Some of the main events that take place during the seasons in Adelaide include the Royal Adelaide Show, Tour Down Under, Adelaide Cabaret Festival etc.  

Eyre Peninsula
Marked as the seafood capital of Australia, Eyre Peninsula is blessed with one of Australia’s premium fishing grounds. Covering from the magnificent coastline that reaches out to gigantic limestone cliffs, sweeping surf beaches, hinterland of rolling hills and farmland and more, Eyre Peninsula appeal to visitors to take a scenic drive or picturesque walking trails. Besides its spacious open spaces, remote wilderness areas and spectacular rugged coast, Eyre Peninsula is also colourfully occupied with events and festivals.

Tasmania (Gateway: Hobart & Launceston)
An island with 4 different seasons, Tasmania is basically a destination meant for anyone who is seeking for a stress–free escape, or for those who wants to be in an island that is both uncrowded and unspoiled. A perfect destination, Tasmania is one of the nicest places in the world for driving, for you can drive at a pace that suits you and stop where you want. Tasmania has also been well equipped with good road conditions and clear directional signage. The island’s scenery is also remarkably varied. Be sure to try out the mouth-watering local food as Tasmania’s pristine environment has allowed it to bring forth to visitors some of the freshest seafood, the richest dairy products, tastiest fruit and vegetables and the most elegant wines.

 

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

 
Time
 
Australia is 0 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time
(GMT + 0)
 
International Dialing Code
 
 
 
Only if you are calling from another country and/ or do not have international roaming service
+ (61)
 
 
 
Money
 
Basic Unit of Currency: Dollars (AUD)
Denominations of Coins Currency:
5 cents | 10 cents | 20 cents | 50 cents | 1 dollar | 2 dollars 
Denominations of Note Currency:
5 dollars | 10 dollars | 20 dollars |50 dollars | 100 dollars
 
Useful Contact Details
 
(1)   Tourism Australia
 
http://www.australia.com/index.aspx
 
 
(2)   Singapore Mission Overseas
 
http://dipcon.mfa.gov.sg
 
Transportation Information – Sydney
 
(1)   Sydney Airport
http://www.sydneyairport.com.au/Sacl/
 
 
(2)   CityRail
 
http://www.cityrail.info/stations/network_map

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WEATHER:

 
Weather & Climate       
Due to climatic variation given Australia’s size, please check before you  travel. Check out The Bureau of Meteorology for weather updates  (http://www.bom.gov.au/)                                                                   

 

Image courtesy of the Tourism Australia


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