the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the
Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It
is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Neighbouring countries
include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon
Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east; and New Zealand to the
With its vast distances and remote, rugged terrain, many of Australia’s journeys
are ready-made adventures. Travel across northern Australia on the Savannah Way,
which starts in Cairns and ends on the other side of the country in Broome. Or
cut the continent from south to north on the Explorers Highway, which takes you
from Adelaide through Australia’s Red Centre to Darwin. On the comprehensive
South Australia Loop, you can climb to the rim of Wilpena Pound, hike part of
the Heysen Trail and dive shipwrecks in Kangaroo Island. Go on and off the Gibb
River Road on a 4WD adventure through the vast Kimberley.
Get up close to Australia’s beautiful nature. There are birds, plants and
animals found nowhere else, 15 World Heritage-listed wonders and more than 500
Experience the transformative power of the Australian outback in the Red Centre
and Western Australia’s Kimberley. Snorkel with brilliant fish and coral on
Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. See koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, sea lions,
pelicans and penguins on Kangaroo Island, a haven for Australia wildlife.
Discover the wetlands and waterfalls of Kakadu National Park, home to one third
of all Australian birds. Or step back in time in the Daintree Rainforest, where
some of the Australian plants date back to Gondwanaland. Between May and
September, you can spot whales along Western Australia’s vivid wildflower trail.
Nature-lovers can enjoy lots of great journeys – from drives to nature walks
through the Australian bush. Hike Tasmania’s famous Overland Track, trek the
lush Gold Coast hinterland or explore the Blue Mountains on the Six Foot Track.