TRAVEL DOWN UNDER TO AUSTRALIA
Experience life in the southern hemisphere with beaches, modern cities and all that travellers could wish for. The Radisson Blu Hotel in Sydney is perfect for exploring all that the city and nearby regions have to offer. Visit the beautiful coastlines, cosmopolitan cities centres, expansive scenery and become accustomed to healthy lifestyles that places 'down under' have in store for the travelling visitor.
Australia is a large island nation bordered by the Indian Ocean in the west and the Pacific Ocean in the east. It is known for its abundance of geographical splendours and for the laidback nature of its people.
Australia is the world’s sixth-biggest country, roughly equivalent in size to continental USA, but with only 22 million people sprinkled mainly along the east coast.
While human habitation in Australia dates back 40,000 years, Australia’s modern history began just 224 years ago when it was founded as a penal colony by the British in 1788. Australia gained independence from the British in 1901 but continues to hold the Queen of England as its head of state.
Known for its natural beauty, Australia’s size makes it home to a wide array of landscapes and climates. From the Great Barrier Reef in the northeast to the central desert rock of Uluru, the stunning beaches on its coastlines, and skiing resorts in the mountains of the southeast, there is something remarkable to discover in every corner of Australia.
Australia is an advanced economy known for its high standard of living. It is a member of the G20 nations, as well as the OECD and plays a leading role in Asian and Pacific politics. Australia has recently been experiencing a commodity boom, which has attracted significant global investment.
In 2012 four Australian cities ranked in the top 10 of the world’s best cities to live in by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
- Take a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Located off the coast of Queensland, it is the world’s largest coral reef with more than 3,000 individual reef systems and 1,500 species of tropical fish.
- Get to know Australia’s biggest city, Sydney, whose harbour has been dubbed the world’s most beautiful. Sydney has beautiful beaches, world famous restaurants and a bustling business district.
- Explore World Heritage sites in Australia’s interior. Uluru, also known as Ayres Rock, is massive sandstone rock with particular cultural significance to Australia’s Aborigines. Then head north to Kakadu National Park, a national park the size of Slovenia, that is the site of extraordinary natural beauty as well as many significant Aboriginal cultural sites.
- Get away to WA. The biggest city in Western Australia is Perth, known for its laidback pace and outstanding beaches. Just south of Perth is the Margaret River, which produces some of the world’s best quality white wines. In the north of the state you’ll find Broome, bordered by impeccable white sand and turquoise water on one side and the rich red soil of the Kimberley Mountain Range on the other.
- Camp on Fraser Island, another World Heritage site. The island is the only place in the world where rainforests grow in sand dunes. Its white sandy beaches, colourful sandy cliffs and fresh water lakes will inspire you.
- For a dose of Aussie culture, head to Melbourne for great restaurants, good theatre and a thriving art scene.