There is no mystery why Australia is one of the world’s most beloved tour destinations. Isolation in the beautiful Pacific Ocean means travelers with Grand European Travel experience sights and sounds found nowhere else on earth. On the East Coast the Coral and Tasman Seas come together in beautiful blue waters. Great cities like Sydney, and its iconic landmark, the Sydney Opera House, perch on the edge of the South Pacific. Melbourne beckons with intriguing foods like Vegemite sandwiches and shrimp on the barbie, along with plenty of “G’ Days!” wherever you venture. Aboriginal sounds boom from didgeridoos, echoing across the outback. When you hear the call, Grand European has the Australian guided tour that will answer.
Australia's weather is temperate for most of the year, but the climate does vary due to the large size of the continent. Sydney's weather is sunny and pleasant throughout most of the year. Melbourne has a reputation for changeable weather, but generally enjoys warm to hot summers, mild springs and autumns, and cool winters. Tropical Cairns has hot, humid summers and mild, dry winters. Weather in Alice Springs features hot summers and cold winters, with the wet season from October to April and the dry season from May to September.
Australia is also one of the driest continents on earth, with an average annual rainfall of less than 24 inches. Like all countries in the southern hemisphere, Australia's seasons are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring.
Australia is the sixth largest country and the smallest continent in the world. It has a dramatic and varied landscape. The famous Outback, the remote land of the interior, is a desert. It is hot, dry and barren. There are mountainous areas and plateaus scattered throughout the country. The Blue Mountains, in southeastern Australia, get their name from the blue haze caused by oil droplets given off from eucalyptus trees. As an island, Australia also has many beautiful coastal beaches.
Major Holidays & Events
In addition to the customary holidays, Australia traditionally celebrates:
January 26 - Australia Day
late March or April - Good Friday through Easter Monday
April 25 - Anzac Day
June 10 - Queen's Birthday
December 25 & 26 - Christmas & Boxing Day
Each state celebrates its own Labour Day, Bank Holidays, and other public holidays.