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Welcome to the land 'Down Under...'
Whatever you do, visit Australia! Skip with Kangaroos, dive the Great Barrier Reef, catch the surf on Bondi Beach, marvel at the size of Uluru, BBQ Shrimps or drink an ice cold tinny......... The sheer size, amazing natural wealth, awesome scenery and huge variety of plant and animal life make this unique destination one of the most incredible places on earth!
If you do any placement in Perth, an Indigenous Heritage tour in Kings Park, Perth's No. 1 tourist attraction, is included in your itinerary, free of charge!
Western Australia has earned its reputation as the 'State of Excitement' - this action packed destination will give you a taste of the real Australia!
Australia is the sixth largest country in the world but has the lowest population density (20 million) with just 2 people per square kilometre. In this vast country the population of Kangaroos outnumbers humans by 2:1...
How big is Australia?
Australians are known for their love of life and enjoyment of the great outdoors. While Australians have a relatively short history they have quickly developed their own unique culture - with their love of the humble meat pie, the arts and music, sport (Australian Rules Football is the national game), the beach and BBQs.
Visitors maybe confused when first arriving in Australia. While it's common knowledge that Australians speak English, you may hear a unique colloquial language. You'll hear words such as ‘G’day’, 'fair dinkum', and 'cobber'. Don't worry, you'll get the hang of it and will be talking like an Aussie in no time!
Perth’s brilliant blue skies and warm sunny climate must be experienced to be believed. Perth is said to have the most days of sunshine of any capital city in Australia. There is always plenty to do in this sophisticated and scenic city – enjoy water sports on the Swan River, sample local wine or explore the 400 hectares of natural bushland in central Kings Park.
Perth is also the home of the world’s oldest operating mint (where gold and silver production can be seen), numerous museums and art galleries, historic buildings full of character, a five-star resort and casino and a great variety of shopping - all of which are only minutes from the Central Business District. Perth boasts over 80 kilometres of white sandy beaches to sunbathe on – the most popular being Cottesloe and Scarborough, both within easy reach of the city.
Northbridge is Perth’s cultural and entertainment area, just a few minutes walk north of Perth City the other side of the train station. Northbridge is home to a number of pubs, nightclubs, bars, cafes, shops, galleries and oh so many restaurants!
Perth is an ideal base from which you can explore the diverse surrounding attractions too. You can visit wineries at Margaret River, swim with wild dolphins in their natural environment at Monkey Mia, explore the colourful port city of Fremantle or vacation on Rottnest Island. Rottnest, or ‘Rotto’ as it is affectionately known, is a small island inhabited by native marsupials, situated just off the coast of Perth. It's famous for its excellent snorkelling, diving, surfing and swimming. WA is also home to some of the best and largest surfing waves in the world, white sandy beaches and a virtually untouched coral reef stretching for 260km!
We recommend a 1, 2 or 3-month placement in WA followed by independent travel - we can assist with flights and ideas of things to do in other parts of Australia if required (see also 'Things to Do in Australia, below).
THE BEST OF WESTERN
Sydney also has excellent nightlife, cuisine from around the world, many parks and museums, and not far from the city some incredible mountainous scenery. Many people don't realise that Sydney is not actually the capital of Australia - it's nearby Canberra, the countries political center. Manly beach and the famous Bondi Beach, two popular surfing spots, are both located near Sydney.
More about their restaurants and food: The variety is immense, from Chinese, Modern Aussie, Italian, Thai, Indian, Japanese, Mexican, Vietnamese, Greek, French, and fusion cooking is very popular. The best pizzas I've ever had were in Sydney, but I drew the line at croc burgers and kangaroo!
Sydney is also very conveniently located for a trip up the coast to the Great Barrier Reef. These islands are incredible - beautiful, no, absolutely gorgeous! The waters are clear and warm, the coral is an awesome sight and the beaches are truly golden sands. A trip to various islands by boat is a must-see thing to do - don't leave Australia without this experience!
There are lots of lush gardens throughout the city, many, many parks and lots of venues where they have rock gigs, plays, festivals ... and not forgetting the blockbuster sporting events - Aussies love their sports and working up a sweat! There are lots of trendy clubs nd bars, live music, comedy, jazz, cinema, cabaret and old-style pubs. Melbourne isn't known as the city of culture for nothing.
The thing that stands out for me in Melbourne is the architecture. There is a fascinating mix of old and new. The historic architecture is so interesting that you find yourself walking around with your eyes pointed upwards, and getting a crick inyour neck! But it's worth it.
“One warm morning while running round Herrison island (a local island on the Swan river close to our accommodation), the sky was clear blue; Kangaroos where grazing the grass around me while the Swan River dolphins played in the river. On the bank, families were playing games and cooking up Barbie Brekkies (yes, they even have BBQ in the morning!)." Andy Kemp
THINGS TO DO IN AUSTRALIA:
Although Australia is the largest island in the world with more beaches than any other country, it is also the smallest continent, as well as the flattest, lowest and driest! There are many unforgettable sights to see... exploring this incredible land will make you feel as though you have stepped into a postcard.
Cities on the East Coast include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns. Sydney has one of the most instantly recognisable Skylines in the world, where sunset views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge are unforgettable. If you're feeling brave you can arrange to climb the Harbour Bridge - a 52 tonne structure! Sydney also has excellent nightlife, cuisine from around the world, many parks and museums, and not far from the city some incredible mountainous scenery. Many people don't realise that Sydney is not actually the capital of Australia - it's nearby Canberra, the countries political center. Manly beach and the famous Bondi Beach, two popular surfing spots, are both located near Sydney.
Melbourne is the state capital of Victoria and is the second largest city in Australia. Melbourne is very much about lifestyle with its vibrant energy, staggering choice of restaurants, funky boutiques, café-filled laneways, cool bars, unbeatable galleries, luscious parks and village-like inner suburbs. New futuristic designs combined with the Melbourne of old create a fascinating mix of architecture and ensures the skyline is constantly changing. A standing joke in Australia is that Melbourne can experience four seasons in a day but this is really just another example of how they have it all!
It truly is the city to have a cultural experience but don’t just see the many galleries, experience the local passion of Australia Rules Football (AFL). Victorians are passionate about AFL, so head down the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and enjoy a game – don’t forget to grab a meat pie!
Byron Bay and Noosa, located further north and close to Brisbane, are very popular for surfing and are good for professionals and amateurs! Further up the coast you'll reach Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. This protected region has over 100 freshwater lakes, ancient rainforests growing out of sand, and dunes stretching for miles.
The Great Barrier Reef, located along the East Coast of Australia, is the largest coral reef in the world and wonderful place to learn to dive or simply snorkel. North of Cairns the region of Cape Tribulation has some spectacular beaches backed by rainforest.
In Central Australia, Uluru is a must see. This sacred Aboriginal Meeting place, located in the middle of the outback, offers inspirational views, particularly at sunrise and sunset. Camping trips under the stars are popular. Nearby Kings Canyon, a less well known 'Grand Canyon' is another unforgettable site and something that everyone should see on a visit to Australia.
On the West Coast of Australia, between Perth and Broome, there are miles and miles of perfect sandy beaches. Excellent wreck diving is abundant around Perth and this is also one of the best places to learn to dive in Australia. There are also plenty of snorkelling and other water sports on offer around Perth. As the majority of Australia's 20 millions residents live close to the coast, beaches are an important part of life, and there are certainly plenty to choose from.
Surfing, Snorkelling, Diving, Sailing and all other water sports are plentiful - so much so that Australian Dollar Notes are waterproof, just in case you should leave them in your shorts by accident!
|LIVING IN AUSTRALIA:|
Australia's way of life was initially dominated by the heritage of its British settlers, who adapted their notably British traditions to a country with a much warmer climate. Sports, Outdoor activities, Music and the Arts all feature heavily in Australian culture. Since the arrival of European and Asian immigrants Australia has developed into more of a multi-cultural society, and many of the main cities are now very cosmopolitan.
The first Australians are known as Aborigines, the word "aboriginal" meaning "native". They are estimated to have populated Australia for around 50,000 years, or roughly 200 times longer than "white" Australians. Different groups evolved in different parts of Australia and today there are hundreds of cultures and languages which are different but share the same basic beliefs. During the early parts of the European settlement Aborigines were displaced and persecuted. To this day there is still some discrimination against Aborigines, but they now have equal rights to other Australian citizens.
In Western Australia, and particularly Perth, a number of local Aboriginal-owned and Aboriginal-operated tourism businesses make it easy for locals and visitors to participate in unique indigenous experiences through Aboriginal arts and crafts.
|MAP OF AUSTRALIA|
is huge and there is so much to see and do.
See above for great ideas on what you can do during your placement in and around Perth and in the rest of the country.
With thanks to Lonely Planet for this map