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Australia Accommodation & Travel Guide
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An Overview of Australia

 
 
   
 
 
Overview of Australia's States and Territories


 
Australia . . .  striking contrasts, stunning landscapes, unique flora and fauna and some of the world’s most famous icons. The below is a quick overview of the states and territories. 
 
 
 
   
 
  Western Australia Info & Accommodation Northern Territory Info & Accommodation Queensland Info & Accommodation South Australia Info & Accommodation New South Wales Info & Accommodation Australian Capital Territory Info & Accommodation Victoria Info & Accommodation Tasmania Info & Accommodation
 
Australia consists of six states: 
New South Wales (NSW)
Queensland (QLD)
 Victoria (VIC)
South Australia (SA)
Western Australia (WA)
Tasmania (TAS)
Australia has two internal territories
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)  
Northern Territory (NT).

The national capital is Canberra, in the ACT. About 84% of Australia's 23 million+ people live in cities around the coast covering just 1% of this vast continent.
 
   
 

New South Wales (NSW) -- Australia's most populated state is also the most visited by tourists. They come to see Sydney -- and who can blame them? It's one of the most glamorous and beautiful cities in the world, with dozens of harbour and ocean beaches in and around it, and a mixture of bushland and city development around Sydney Harbour. Sydney is also a good base for day trips or overnight excursions inland, especially to the scenic Blue Mountains and the wineries of the Hunter Valley. [MORE]
 

Northern Territory(NT) -- The ever changing colours and the ethereal silence of Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is what draws everyone to the sprawling ochre sands of the Red Centre The lesser-known nearby domes of Kata Tjuta, or "the Olgas," are even more spectacular (if that's possible). A half-day's drive from the Rock brings you to Kings Canyon, an awesomely lovely desert gorge popular with hikers. Spend at least a few days in Alice Springs. This laid-back Outback town has the best Aboriginal arts and crafts shopping in Australia, Aboriginal tours, a world-class desert wildlife park, stunning scenery, hikes through the stark MacDonnell Ranges, an Outback ranch to stay at, and even camel rides along a dry riverbed.  Near the tropical city of Darwin, the territory's capital, is Kakadu National Park, where you can cruise past crocodiles on inland billabongs (ponds), bird-watch, and visit ancient Aboriginal rock-art sites. Darwin as the gateway for the Red Centre of the Northern Territory is a very sophisticated yet laid back tropical city that has its own attractions, activities and culture and a must visit. [MORE]
 
South Australia (SA) -- Stretched between Western Australia and Victoria is the nation's breadbasket, South Australia. The capital, Adelaide, is a stately place known for its conservatism, parks, and churches. It makes an ideal base for exploring Australia's illustrious wine region, the Barossa Valley. It’s less than an hour from the city with some major wineries of Australia as well many boutique wineries to also experience! [MORE]
 

Tasmania (TAS) -- Last stop before Antarctica is the island state of Tasmania with its striking capital city of Hobart. Visit the Apple Isle for its beautiful national parks, stretches of alpine wilderness and gloomy forests, fruit and lavender farms, the world's best trout fishing, and an exquisitely slow pace of life rarely experienced anywhere else. If extreme sports is your thing, you could tackle the Overland Track, an 85km (53-mile) hiking trail between Cradle Mountain and Lake St. Clair that passes through highland moors, dense rainforests, several mountains and stunning scenery every step of the way. [MORE]
 

Queensland (QLD) – Blessed by Mother Nature. Without a doubt, the biggest draw for visitors to Queensland is the Great Barrier Reef.  The Reef stretches more than 2,000km (1,240 miles) along Queensland's coast, as far south as Bundaberg, 384km (238 miles) north of Brisbane, the state capital. The reef is a paradise for kayaking, snorkelling, diving, fishing, hiking, water sports, birding, and bareboat sailing. Queensland is also known for its white-sand beaches.  Other big attractions are pristine and primeval rainforests such as the Daintree north of Port Douglas and Cairns and Southeastern part of the state. The Sunshine Coast - an ideal beach holiday destination. The Gold Coast is non-stop energy with its beaches, theme parks, nightlife, events & more. Brisbane, the vibrant cultural capital of Queensland offers something for everyone with accommodation to suit every budget. [MORE]
 

Western Australia (WA) -- This is one of Australia's most wild and beautiful regions. The seas teem with whales in season, and thrill-seekers can swim alongside gigantic but gentle whale sharks on the Northwest Cape every fall (Mar - June). This cape is home to one of Australia's best-kept secrets, a second barrier reef called Ningaloo Marine Park, which runs for 260km (161 miles).  You can snorkel with manta rays here or try the fantastic diving. In the southwest lies the Margaret River wine region. Ancient forests, thundering surf, dramatic cliffs, rich bird life, and wild kangaroos make it one of the country's most attractive wine regions. The state's capital, Perth, gives the visitor both a beach environment as well as a cosmopolitan city to experience. Fremantle is a restored 19th-century port with a fun atmosphere and great museums. In the Kimberley, you can visit ancient gorges & farms where the world's best South Sea pearls grow. Make sure to visit the charming town of Broome. [MORE]
 

Victoria (VIC) -- Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne, is the capital of Victoria. Melbourne is more stately and "Old World" than Sydney, and offers an exciting mix of ethnicities and the country's best fashion shopping. Nearby Phillip Island is famous for its Penguin Parade. The historic gold-mining city of Ballarat is not far away. Victoria is also the site of one of Australia's great road trips, the Great Ocean Road. It stretches for 106km (66 miles) along the southern coast, where the eroded rock towers named the Twelve Apostles stand tall in the sea as well as other spectacular scenery. [MORE]
 

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) -- Surrounded entirely by New South Wales is the Australian Capital Territory. The ACT is made up of bushland and the nation's capital, Canberra, a planned city similar in architectural concept to Washington, D.C. Also renown for great museums and restaurants. [MORE]
 
 
 

Australia Accommodation & Travel Guide - Accommodation Overview for Australia
 

     
 
 
         
Some Australian Icons: Australian State Info: Australian Region Info: Australian Destinations:  
Ayers Rock New South Wales Cairns Northern Beach Adelaide Cape York Maroochydore
Blue Mountains Northern Territory Farmstays Airlie Beach Clifton Beach Melbourne
Fraser Island Queensland Fleurieu Peninsula Alice Springs Coffs Harbour Mission Beach
Great Barrier Reef South Australia Fraser Coast Atherton Tablelands Coolum Beach Mooloolaba
Kakadu Tasmania Gold Coast Brisbane Coolangatta Noosa
The Kimberley Western Australia Great Ocean Road Broadbeach Daintree Oak Beach
Ningaloo Reef   Hunter Valley Broome Darwin Palm Cove
Rainforest   Kangaroo Island Byron Bay Fremantle Perth
Sydney Opera House   Murray River Bundaberg Hervey Bay Port Douglas
Twelve Apostles   Margaret River Burleigh Heads Hobart Sydney
Whitsundays   Outback Caloundra MacKay Townsville
    Sunshine Coast Canberra Magnetic Island Trinity Beach
    Surfers Paradise Cairns Main Beach Yorkeys Knob
    Tropical North Queensland Cape Tribulation    
     Barossa Valley