From the sunburnt plains of the Outback to the iridescent expanse of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia is destined to dazzle.

What’ll it be today? Australia hits you with the hard questions. In this enormous red-hearted country fringed with boundless beaches and sprinkled with cosmopolitan cities, you can take your pick. Check in to Australia’s coastal capitals and experience the sun, sand and surf. Aboriginal cultures connect the ancient with the contemporary, while cuisines from all over the globe combine in Australian kitchens. So what’s it going to be…road trip, city slick or a big splash?

Frequently Asked Questions about Australia

What are the best ways to experience the Great Barrier Reef?

How you explore the Great Barrier Reef is entirely up to you. There's heaps of companies offering day trips on glass-bottom boats, snorkelling and diving charters, seaplane adventures and something called a scubadoo-an underwater bike with a breathing helmet attached. Yes, you'll look a bit silly, but you'll also be personally greeting reef sharks and sea turtles.

What regions of Australia are the most densely populated?

You'll find most of Australia's population is on the east coast in the likes of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast. These are some of our most populous cities and also the most visited by tourists. Some of the most densely populated places in the country are in and around inner Sydney: Pyrmont, Potts Point, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills have a population density of over 13,000 residents per square kilometre. That's a lot of new mates!

Where are the best beaches in Australia?

Australia has no shortage of gorgeous beaches, but there are a few highlights you might want to check off your bucket list. If you'd like to surf perfect waves, make your way to Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast and wait for the set of the day. If you're looking to soak up the sun on one of the most famous beaches in the world, stretch out at Bondi Beach and enjoy the surroundings. And when you want to combine the best of surfing and sunbathing, make your way to Noosa Main Beach.

What is the best time to go to Australia?

Depends on your idea of a good time, and where you want to go. Are you searching for the perfect wave? Go coastal during the months of December through February, but know that this is peak tourist season in the cities. Not a soul surfer at heart? Visit anytime from June to August and enjoy the Aussie winter. Remember, Australia is a big country with lots of different climates, some of which are extreme (70% humidity and 45°C heatwaves can be common). If travelling in summer, check the average temperatures before you make plans and be aware that central Queensland, South Australia and the northern regions of Western Australia and the Northern Territory can become particularly toasty!