Australia travel guide - LONELY PLANET

August 28, 2013 – 23:26
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Welcome to Australia

Island, country, continent ... Australia is big in every way. And it is diverse: deserts, coral reefs, vast forests, snow-capped mountains and cities as a multicultural melting pot.

Hip cities
Most Australians live on the coast, about 70% in the ten largest cities in the country - and so Australia is in the ranking of the urbanized countries in 18 Point. Clear that the cities here have lots of fun! In Sydney, the sun-kissed harbor town, go beaches, boutiques and pubs a glamorous connection. Melbourne is art, pretty streets and Australian Rules Football. The subtropical Brisbane is on the way up, Adelaide is festive casual grace and self-assurance. The booming West Coast Perth breathes optimism, Canberra has more to offer than just politics. Who opposites attract, Darwin, the tropical frontier town in the north should, and the relaxed, built of sandstone visit Hobart in the south. In every city, there's decent coffee, live bands, art openings and music festivals.

Food & Drink
Australia has broken with his Anglo-Saxon culinary past and now serves a multicultural mix of continental European techniques and fresh ingredients of the Pacific, by the locals "Mod Oz" (modern Australia) called. Seafood play a supporting role, no wonder this huge island ... But the juicy slipper lobsters of Moleton Bay to delicious King George Whiting (a Bar Chart), the sea has a really great offer. Of course you will, a beer in hand, even beef, lamb and poultry at Aussie barbecue. No beer? Australian wines are market leaders: expressive red wines from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale Shiraz, Hunter Valley Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc from Tasmania's Tamar Valley cool. For caffeine junkies there's coffee machines in pubs and service stations - the double espresso is never far away, whether day or night.

On the road ...
This wide brown land is covered with a large amount of bloody asphalt. Margaret River to Cooktown, from Jabiru to Dover: The best way to truly appreciate Australia, crosses the road. Renting a car is relatively affordable, the road condition is generally good and outside of the big cities, there is virtually no traffic. If you are traveling by motorhome, caravan parking is well marked in almost every city. The more adventurous rent a jeep and drive across country: Australia's National Parks and its remote corners are tailor-made for camping trips along the gravel roads. This will warm the heart of asphalt warrior and he begins to sing: "Get your motor runnin '... Head out on the highway ..."


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