January 18, 2011

Australia – your next visa destination?

When you hear the word Australia you dream of the beach, surf, adventure in the outback… flights from Europe and the United States are regular and you can get a good price if booked in advance. But before to pack your bag and head for the airport check what kind of Australian visa you would need.

If you are under 31 years old and want to enjoy a year in Australia traveling and working, apply for the working holiday visa from home. This is the best way to discover this huge country while enjoying the layback attitude of the Aussie and see if you want to call Australia home.

Australia is the 6th largest country in the world and there is so much to see. The top seven experiences not to miss are:
1. Dive on the Great Barrier Reef
The world’s largest reef stretches along 2,000 kilometers along the Queensland coast, from Cape York to Bundaberg. The best bases to dive are the towns of Cairns and Port Douglas. Discover the reef gardens of Green and Fitzroy Islands. Another great diving spot is Whitsundays to dive around Heron and Lizard Islands. Or take a sea-plane to see the spectacular Heart Reef.

2. Learn to Surf
Australia is well known for its world class surfers. The best surf beaches for beginners are in Victoria on the Great Ocean Road. In New South Wales, the town Byron Bay, Newcastle and Sydney offer a superior swell. But the world’s longest waves are found at Snapper Rocks on Queensland’s Gold Coast. To start, you can do a 3 day surf camp to learn how to stand on the board. Lot of fun!

3. Visit Uluru National Park in Northern Territory
In the middle of Australia is the best world known red rock which has a huge spiritual significance for the Anangu Aboriginal people. According to their creation myths, ancestral spirits formed Uluru, which lies in Australia's red centre like an enormous, moody heart. Aboriginal guides will share these ancient tales as you walk around the rock’s base. Don’t climb it as it’s a sacred place.

4. Walk around Sydney Harbour
Between Barranjoey in the North and Cronulla in the South you can walk along the Great Coastal Walk with sandstone cliffs, golden beaches, lush lagoons and native bushland. The whole walk takes 8 days minimum but you can do day walks too.

5. Watch the Penguins on Philip Island
90 minutes from Melbourne, Philip Island is home of a large colony of the world’s smallest Penguins. Every night at dusk, thousand of them are returning to their sand dune burrows after a day of fishing.  The island is home too of koalas and fur seals from October to December

6. Enjoy the wildlife on Kangaroo Island
A short ferry ride from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is an ecological haven. To get around, you can rent a car or take the only bus stopping at each touristic place. Meet seals, sea lions, koalas, wallabies, bandicoots and platypus can be seen.

7.  Hike in the Blue Mountains
90 minute drive from Sydney, hike along the Six Foot track to enjoy breathtaking panoramas. During the summer, temperatures are very high so bring enough water! Others activities include horse ridding and mountain biking.

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