“of all the races on earth, they seem to be free from the 'Grass is Greener on the other side of the fence' syndrome, and roundly proclaim that Australia is, in fact, the other side of that fence.”
Australia may be big, expensive, lacking tourist-friendly public transport, and situated a long way from virtually anywhere, but there’s a reason why so many travellers make the trip – it’s beautiful.
With bright blue skies, oceans, beaches, reefs, deserts, rain forests, and thriving cities, it’s hard not to fall in love with the place. Though I don't spend much time there these days, I still think it's the most beautiful place on Earth.
Since most of the country is desert, about 85% of Australians live on the spectacular coastlines surrounding the country. The country is so big that you either have to fly between states and territories, or go on a road trip of epic proportions and prepare to spend hours (or days) on the open road, but that’s all part of the experience! From the tropics in Cooktown to the vast expanse of red desert in Alice Springs, Australia is uniquely diverse, and a road-tripper’s paradise.
Thinking about heading to Australia?
If you take anything away from this article, it should be about the size of the country – do not underestimate it. I've spoken to travellers who wanted to visit only for few days, heard of people wanting to drive from Sydney to Perth in a few hours, and met people who say they didn't allocate enough time to see everything on their list. Australia has three timezones, and it takes around four-hours to fly across the country, and in between cities there's a whole lot of nothing. But I guarantee it's unlike anything you've ever seen.
Whether you want to see the whole thing or just the east coast, I recommend getting your hands on a van and road-tripping from Melbourne to Cooktown
It's often said that Australia's red centre has an unexplainable magic about it, and once you see the sun setting in the cobalt sky against the red Earth, you'll see what I mean.