It's been called the land Down Under, OZ, and Great Southern Land. Immortalized in book, music, and film, Australia beguiles the senses with beautiful coastal beaches, verdant valleys, snow-capped peaks, and a savage and majestic interior. With only 23 million people in a country approximately the size of the United States, there's plenty of space to roam as wild and free as the land. From cosmopolitan Sydney to chic Melbourne to trendy Brisbane to laid back Perth, our Australia vacation rentals will place you in a holiday mindset the minute you walk through the door!
First sighted by Europeans in 1606 and first settled more than 150 years later, Australia has a unique and somewhat turbulent history. Established as a British penal colony - many modern-day Aussies proudly trace their lineage back to the original convicts - the country became a gold rush and agricultural mecca in the 1800s, increasing the population tenfold. Today, Australia's demographics are as diverse as the country itself. You'll find Asian, Greek, and Eastern European businesses in many of the big cities.
Abutting the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Australia is a land of sharp contrasts across seven unique territories. The eastern territories - Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania - features sun-kissed beaches, green valleys, and majestic rivers. While the central and western territories - South Australia, Northern Territory, and Western Australia - boast rugged landscapes and laid back cities.
New South Wales is the most popular state and the one that gets the most foreign visitors. Sydney boasts beautiful beaches filled with beautiful people - Bondi Beach is a can't-miss stop! Don't forget to dine at one of the Michelin-starred restaurants or take in a performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House. Throughout New South Wales you'll find plentiful beaches and friendly small towns, from blink-and-you'd-miss-it Bungowannah to surfing mecca Wollongong to koala paradise Port Macquarie.
?Queenland is the state of sunshine and surf, with gorgeous coastal hamlets and a vibrant surfing culture. Brisbane is the largest city and features 12 months of sunshine, as well as beautiful parks, art galleries, and an increasingly hip populace. The Sunshine Coast is just 64 miles to the north, offering exactly what it describes. Cairns is your entry to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most pristine natural wonders of the world. Grab your snorkel gear and make sure to take pictures since it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Heading south and to the west, you'll come across stately Victoria. Chic Melbourne is known for its world-renowned fashion houses and cultural offerings, including the Victorian Arts Centre and the Australian Ballet. Victoria (and part of New South Wales) is also home to the Australian Alps, the only snow-capped areas in the country and the land's sole ski destination.
Tasmania is the island off the island, featuring unique flora and fauna - don't worry, the Tasmanian Devil won't hurt you - and a host of festivals throughout the year. The capital, Hobart, is the second oldest in the country and is a popular port for ships of all varieties, although most specifically for scientists heading to Antarctic bases. The city is also known for its well-preserved Georgian and Victorian architecture.
The center of the country is as beautiful and awe-inspiring as the coastal portions! South Australia is known for its 18 world-class wine regions, most notably the Barossa Valley. Make a day of savoring the award-winning Shiraz and Colombard! Regal Adelaide boasts numerous dance companies, as well as a love for Aussie Rules Football, rugby, cricket, and even basketball.
Head north and you'll enter the Northern Territory, the least populated of the Aussie states and one of the most ethnically diverse. You'll find numerous national parks within its half million square miles. The capital of Darwin is tropical in climate and relaxed in nature! Most of the population lives along the Stuart Highway in the towns of Palmerston, Alice Springs, Katherine, Nhulunbuy and Tennant Creek. Hop on the legendary Ghan railway, one of the most epic train journeys in the world. The locomotive traverses nearly 1,900 miles of desert terrain from Darwin to Adelaide. Stop off in Alice Springs and head to Uluru (Ayers Rock), the red monolith sacred to the Aboriginals. You'll find springs, rock caves, and paintings at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Western Australia is the largest territory in the country and is so wild and untamed that few reside outside of the Southwestern border. Much of the interior has been unfortunately abused by farmers, leading to its designation as a biodiversity hotspot. Perth is the largest city, with arts organizations aplenty and a strong local music scene. The town of Freemantle features many well-preserved 19th century buildings.
From sea to shining sea, Australia enchants and our Australia vacation rentals are the best choice in holiday accommodations in this mesmerizing land!
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