Make Australia your 2020 holiday destination!

Anyone that has been across any news in the last 3 months will know … parts of Australia have been devastated by fires effecting flora, fauna, wildlife, tourism, businesses, homes and people in those areas.   

Now for those of you that have never been here – Australia is big! A 7.7 million square km land mass – way bigger than Europe & the UK – roughly the same size as the U.S.  Fires have impacted around 12 million acres of this beautiful country but there are plenty of areas that have not been affected at all. It is an amazing country with so much to offer. 

Many bucket list places to see and things to do and if you go to the right places – you will still be able to see koalas, kangaroos, wombats and echidnas!  

Because it is such a big and diverse country – I really recommend that you do some serious planning before booking your trip. Just like the U.S – Australia has many different climates and weather conditions depending on the state (or territory) you plan to visit. Remember – Australia is “down under” which means South, which means – opposite to North!  So if you are in the North and you are experiencing Winter – obviously … it is Summer in Australia. Which again, if you are in the North & if you are anything like me and suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) (this is a true condition – look it up) then no need to be sad during your Winter – just hop on over to Australia and get to enjoy yourself an endless Summer J

Some of the must sees and do’s in Australia would be:

Beach :

Australia boasts some of the best beaches in the world! The coastline stretches almost 50,000 kms and is linked by over 10,000 beaches – more than any other country in the world.
So if you are already into it or a first timer – give surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, kayaking or Stand up Paddle boarding a go!

Reef :

In your life time you either need to visit the Great Barrier Reef (Queensland) or Ningaloo Reef (Western Australia). Scuba diving or snorkelling – you will be amazed!

Outback adventure :

When you hear “outback” people instantly think – Central Australia. Which don’t get me wrong – I 100% think everyone needs to visit this spectacular area and see Ayres Rock and the Olgas with their own eyes but every state in Australia has its own outback adventures whether it be 4wdíng, hiking, mountain bike riding, abseiling … the list goes on.  

Have you ever slept under the stars in a swag?  Travellers will be key to boosting the tourism economy, rebuilding parts of the country and helping communities and wildlife recover.  Whether you are an Australian visiting other areas #takeanesky to help locals get back on track or an international visitor choosing this magnificent holiday destination whilst also getting more bang for your buck (making the most of the exchange rate),  You will not be disappointed.

For a good perspective travelling around Australia after the fires check out this CNN article.

A good place to start planning your Australian adventure is downloading a free group travel and activity planning app, do some research, build a great itinerary and invite some of your mates!