For all of you guys still uninformed, Australia is becoming one of the most popular countries to visit in the last decade. And by this I don’t only mean for the people in the ‘nearby’ surrounding countries of Australia such as New Zealand or Singapore, but also for many Europeans and people living in the Americas and in majority of countries in Asia. It’s the sun, beaches, alluring landscapes and oddball animals that attract the most.
But when you set foot in Australia land for the first time, you will soon realize that there’s much more to see, feel, experience and eventually to take with you when you come back home, than you could have possibly imagined. What’s important is to make a good plan, so you don’t get lost in the desert. Ok, this was a joke, but seriously, do arrange everything before you go there, so you don’t blow yourselves the chance to see the things which you’ve come to see. The first thing you should know is that Australians have a specific and unique sense of humor and are pretty proud they came up with terms like ‘drop bear’ or ‘ranga’ and maybe it would be useful for you to come prepared so as to avoid misconceptions and overusing the expressions like ‘Sorry, can you repeat that, please?’
As for places to visit, there are no wrong choices. From Perth to Alice Springs, from Adelaide, to seeing a performance at the Sydney Opera House, and moving to the beautiful Byron Bay near Brisbane, and then all the way to the Great Barrier Reef where you can go snorkeling and which is regarded as one of the seven wonders of the natural world, every single place is worth your time. All you need to do is choose the sights that suit your personality and preferences. And yes, there are kangaroos and koalas, but no, you won’t see them hoping around city centers.
And when in Australia, eat like an Australian. For your breakfast, you could try Vegemite, which is something that every tourist simply must try. It is a dark-colored spread made with brewer’s yeast extract, vegetables, and spices and it is most often eaten on toast or as a sandwich filling. If you’re not a yeast fan, then Damper might just be for you. Traditionally it was cooked over coals on an open fire, but if you’re off to a camping adventure, you can make it yourself. This might sound strange, but in case you’re very curious you can even try a crocodile and kangaroo meat in some restaurants, but if you prefer desserts, then you should definitely try Lamingtons – vanilla-flavored sponge cake squares that are smothered in a chocolate glaze and rolled in coconut, or Pavlova, which is a type of meringue that was created to honor a visit from the famous ballerina, Ana Pavlova and which can be served with nearly any type of fresh fruit. Of course, feel free to experiment with local beverages, but I became addiced mostly to Semillion Sauvignon Blanc which can go nicely with everything, but especially with seafood dishes or sushi. You can chose from the variety of crisp Semillion Sauvignon Blanc wines and discover which one feels best for you or goes the best in combination with the dish you’re having. Just remember it’s served chilled and you can be sure it won’t only refresh you, but it will also satisfy all your senses.