Australia welcomes people of all ages, with the coastline of Australia consisting of over 10,000 beaches and stretching nearly 50,000 kilometres, making it a beach lovers paradise. Families, couples, singles and backpackers are all welcome in Australia and they will all find something to do that caters to all tastes. On many of the beaches, you will find sunbeds and parasols or if you prefer to stay away from the beach then there are plenty of activities for you to try or sights to see. Accommodation in Australia vary from basic hostels to high-class hotels, with ratings ranging from 1-5 stars. You can also live on a variety of board basis, such as all inclusive, full board, half board, bed and breakfast or self-catering. Getting to Australia takes a long time but the time you spend in the country will more than make up for this. There are a number of places for you to visit in Australia so it is a good idea to think about where you want to go before you go.
There's so much for you to do in Australia that you won't know where to begin. There are water sports on almost every beach, including surfing, windsurfing, parasailing, sailing, scuba diving, snorkelling, dolphin-watching and swimming. Scuba diving is very popular with many people as you can swim with dolphins, look at the amazing coral reef formations, swim with turtles, see shipwrecks or look at the various types of tropical fish. If you prefer to stay out of the water then you can spend your time sunbathing on the sandy beaches or playing volleyball. There is plenty for you to do in the various cities in Australia including visiting many of the famous sights such as the Sydney Opera House. Sydney's famous harbour is a must-see as are the gardens and cathedrals of Brisbane and the theme parks of the Gold Coast. Dreamworld is a brilliant theme park with plenty of virtual reality rides to keep you entertained. As well as this, you can visit Sea World where you can swim with dolphins or visit Warner Bros Movie World where you can watch future movies being made. Safari's are popular as are the many wildlife parks where you can see a wide variety of animals as well as hold koala bears. Hot Air Balloon rides and bike rides are popular things to do in Alice Springs and appeal to people of all ages.
There are hundreds of restaurants in Australia with a variety of cuisines such as Chinese, Italian, French, Indian, English, American and of course Australian. There are also plenty of places to try wine-tasting and wonderful places to sit and eat picnics while looking out on to the breath-taking scenery. Sydney has a brilliant nightlife with a number of bars and clubs for you to enjoy through the night. Melbourne is a brilliant place to go for shopping as you will find a number of designer boutiques for you to enjoy. Buses and taxis are available in Australia and unlike in many countries, taxis do not expect tips. In hotels in restaurants it is usual to tip around 10% of the bill but this is not a general custom.
Australia has different weather in both the north and the south. The coldest month in Australia is July, with the warmest months bring January and February in the south and December in the north. The average annual rainfall differs in all areas with the north receiving most of their rain in the summer months and the south being at its wettest in the winter months. Temperatures vary from 0°C up to 51°C depending on where you are. Australia is a popular destination and when the sun is shining, it can get very hot, which is what makes it even more appealing. It is cooler in the shade and along the coast, however it can still be very hot.