If you think this webpage on Australia looks different than anything you've seen so far here at Landed.at, it's because Australia isn't like anything you've ever seen before.
It is an island, a country, and its very own continent. And if you think you're going to see it all in one trip, you'd have to make it one continuous vacation for the rest of your life. There's no way to see it all, but if you know what you're looking for, it'll make it much easier to figure where you want to go.
Suppose you're looking for the best diving sites? Or, what if you're looking for the ultimate Outback adventure? Perhaps wines are your thing? Maybe you want to dive with Great Whites? Whatever you can possibly think of, you can do it here in Australia, and then some.
Before going off to explore the eight regions of Australia, a few facts you'll need to know. You need a passport, and sometimes a visa. The rules often change, so it's best to check with the consulate beforehand.
Getting around can be both easy and tricky, depending upon what you're trying to do. Long distances between some cities (2,418 miles between Sydney and Perth) make getting from one point to another not so simple. Flying cuts the time down, and with air passes available from Qantas (Australia's Official Airline) and Virgin Australia make it more affordable. There is some amazing stuff inbetween and it may be that you take a campervan or winebago across the outback.
Long-distance trains (one is 3 days and 3 nights) can make a beautiful way to see the countryside. Rail passes are also available in 2-classes of service for coast to coast travel.
Within towns and cities there are taxis, TRAMS, and other public transportation. In some areas consider renting a bicycle to get around. Sydney for example has a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly beach.
Traveling and eating go hand-in-hand, and you won't find fresher seafood than in Australia. The Sydney Rock Oysters are legendary, or just noshing on macadamia nuts is a treat.
Australian wines are starting to finally get the respect they deserve, and the wineries in South Australia are just the place to try them. Beer is also big here--as are the drinks themselves. Try a "middy", 285ml of brew; or as its called in Victoria--a "pot".
These are but a few things you'll need to know when out on the town. Australia's nightlife has everything for everybody, from trendy bars to superclubs, Opera and Orchestra, pubs and rock concerts, to bars and restaurants. Its a very modern world here maybe because they are so far away from other cultures they drive their own forwards.
So what if things are more tame in smaller towns and villages, you'll still be welcome at a local bar or pub as its called--Australians are a friendly bunch. All the better to hear those sexy Aussie accents, don't you think? And Aussie Slang isn't like anything you've ever heard before, either. Yeah, sure, you've probably know that a "sheila" is a term for a woman, and "shrimp on the barbie" is shrimp cooked on a barbeque. But, did you know that Bush tucker means native Outback food? Or, how about a Bikkie is a biscuit? No?
It's all right--here are a few other terms to get you by. To say "I'll be stuffed" doesn't mean you're going to eat too much, it's slang to say you're surprised. And a "boozer" isn't someone who's had too much to drink, it's a pub. A "milk bar" isn't a place to buy dairy products, it's a takeaway joint.
See, you haven't even gotten to the Land Down Under, and already you're talking like you've lived here your whole life.
Even if you don't speak the official English language (or some variation of it considering Aussie slang), you can get by with Italian, Greek, Chinese, and German for that matter.