Australia is an appealing country for many travelers. With its huge deserts, incredible wildlife and beautiful beaches, who wouldn’t want to visit this land down under? Well, I spent an entire year in OZ, and I really enjoyed my time there. So much, that I decided to make a list of the 10 things you’ll love the most about Australia. Here it goes.
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1. It’s always sunny
The Australian weather is pretty amazing, and the sun shines most of the time all over the country. It’s great if you want to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, surf or simply enjoy the outdoors. Sometimes it gets really hot though. So, don’t forget to always wear a hat and sunglasses, and use sunscreen. You will most likely get crazy sunburns in Australia if you don’t use the appropriate sun protection. But lucky for you, the country also has very good sunscreens. The best one I found is the one from Cancer council.
The only downside to the beautiful weather is that OZ has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Indeed, the sun is extremely strong, and the UV index is higher in Australia and New Zealand than anywhere else in the world.
2. It’s a big country
Australia is big. It’s even huge. If you’re coming from the United States or Europe, it’ll take you a crazy amount of flying time to get there. But it’s well worth it. Once there, you’ll love the immensity of this beautiful country, the friendliness of the people, the stunning wildlife, and amazing landscapes. Actually, Australia is so big that depending on where you go in the country, you’ll see different vegetation, weather, animals, and food. This is what makes this country so unique! I definitely recommend you get out the big cities if you want to experience the ‘real Australia’.
3. The culture is unique
Because most people living in Australia were born abroad, Australia has a very unique culture. The western culture of Australia is largely influenced by the British. But the country is very diverse, and you’ll find a lot of Europeans but also Asians and Africans.
Austalia is also home to the oldest surviving civilizations on earth: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Today, there are still 65,000 aboriginal people in Australia. You can learn about this interesting culture in museums, and exhibits across the country.
Aussies are nice people, they are tolerant and live in one of the most prosperous nations on Earth. They love surfing (of course!), footie and barbecues on the beach.
4. Over 80% of Australians live near a beach
Most of Australia’s population is concentrated in coastal regions. Cities like Sydney, Melbourne or Perth are home to buzzing centers and hundreds of beautiful beaches. But if you go out of the big cities, you’ll find plenty of smaller towns on the coast where you can swim or learn how to surf. Don’t miss Port Macquarie, Byron Bay and Newcastle on the east coast. These places are home to some of the most stunning beaches in Australia.
5. Nature is unspoiled
Australia has a large variety of beautiful natural ecosystems. From golden sandy beaches with clean water to arid deserts and snowy mountains, Australia has it all. If you’re traveling down under, visiting some of the incredible national parks in the country should definitely be on your bucket list.
There are over 500 national parks in Australia and 14 world heritage areas. Each has its own distinct characteristics, such as spectacular limestone and sandstone rock formations, gorgeous beaches, beautiful scenery and a wondrous array of flora and fauna, including the world-famous kangaroos, koalas, and dingoes. My favorite natural areas in Australia include the Whitsunday Islands, Daintree, Freycinet, and Kakadu national park.
6. There are many backpackers
For most westerners, getting a one year visa to Australia is pretty easy, which is why there are so many backpackers in the country. For that reason, OZ is one of the best countries to travel to alone. Trust me, you won’t be alone very long. Look at me, I met my boyfriend the day after I landed in Melbourne. I spent a total of 1 day alone in Australia. So you know, that could happen to you too!
I was backpacking in Australia, and I absolutely enjoyed my time. I visited the east coast, saw many incredible animals, met amazing people and had the time of my life. And to be honest, traveling Australia is probably one of the best experiences you can ever have in your 20s. The country is perfect for adventures and road trips!
7. The wildlife is incredible
It is very well known that Australia is home to some of the most dangerous animals in the world. Between the venomous snakes, deathly spiders and killing birds, Australia definitely is another world. But don’t be afraid, if you stay in the cities, you probably won’t have any encounter with dangerous animals. You will only get to see the beautiful parrots and the cool bats. However, as soon as you set foot outside of a city, there are high chances you’ll see snakes, spiders, koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, and sharks.
If you do encounter any wild animal, just use some common sense. Never try to touch wild animals, they are wild for a reason! Don’t forget that animals are afraid of you, more than you are afraid of them. So they will most likely slither off when hearing or seeing you.
You will see signs at the beach to warn swimmers from sharks, jellyfish, and crocodiles. Read the signs, and stay safe.
8. They have Vegemite and Tim Tams
Vegemite is a food paste made of yeast extract. It’s typically Australian and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or tea. It tastes bitter and salty. If you want to try Vegemite, do it the right way! Spread some butter on a toast, and put a small amount of Vegemite on top. It can also be used for many other recipes, like Vegemite cheese scrolls or Vegemite and chocolate brownies.
Tim Tams are Australia’s most popular chocolate biscuits, and definitely one of the things I love the most about Australia. Made by Australian brand Arnotts, Tim Tams are a combination of biscuit, cream filling, and chocolate coating. They are delicious, so don’t hesitate to treat yourself with those biscuits when you’re down under.
9. They celebrate Christmas in summer
In the Southern Hemisphere, seasons are in reverse to the Northern Hemisphere, with summer falling in December, January, and February. Therefore, Christmas day falls in the middle of summer in Australia, which makes celebrating Christmas down under pretty unique. Have you ever wondered how Australians celebrate Christmas? Well, they enjoy outdoor barbecues and go to the beach. Isn’t that awesome?
10. They have a laid back lifestyle
Australians are known for their laid-back and relaxed attitude to life. In Australia, you’ll likely meet quite a few locals who are chilled out and take the time to enjoy life. This is particularly true in “the bush” – the rural areas of the country and in surfing communities like Byron Bay or Noosa. On top of that, Australians are really friendly and enjoy having a drink with their friends, or a barbecue on the beach.
Australia is an amazing country, and I can only encourage you to visit this fantastic place. Traveling Oz is an adventure like no other. You will surely make awesome friends, meet laid-back people and discover incredible natural wonders. What do you love most about Australia? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
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