As the heat begins to increase in the Northern Hemisphere, the other side of the globe offers temperate weather, amazing natural beauty, unique wildlife and exciting, thriving cities. Down Under Answers is offering special packages to make your Down Under travel a breeze.
Australia’s “discovery” in 1770 by Captain James Cook—notwithstanding the fact that Aboriginal peoples had lived there for centuries—led to Britain’s claim on the continent, which was used as a penal colony from 1788 through 1868. When gold was discovered in 1851, more and more settlers began to flood the territory in search of land, freedom and the elusive mineral, and violent struggles erupted between races and classes of people fighting to claim their place in the sun. By the 1870s, the gold rush had spawned an economic boom and by 1880, Sydney and Melbourne had become robust modern cities of note. In 1901, the six British crown colonies renamed themselves states, formed a federation and the Commonwealth of Australia was born as a Dominion of the British Empire.
Modern Australia is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse countries in the world, and although its population numbers over 23 million, the vast openness of the landscape provides for one of the lowest population densities.
The continent is known for its natural wonders, including thousands of species of wildlife unique to Australia alone, such as the many marsupials—the kangaroo, the wallaby, the koala and the wombat, among others. The landscape itself is distinctly different from anywhere else on the globe. The interior of the continent, the “outback,” is often called the Red Centre, due to its pervasive red soil, and the “bush” refers to lands nearer the coastline, with more vegetation sprouting from brown soil. And speaking of the coastline, the world’s largest coral reef is here, too—the Great Barrier Reef, home to nearly 3,000 individual reefs and over 900 islands. Each distinct wilderness area provides dramatic vistas and unsurpassed opportunities for exploration.
It's the cities of Australia, though, that make an art out of their uniqueness. From Sydney’s cosmopolitan flair to Melbourne’s multicultural vibe, and from Adelaide’s boutiques and historic boulevards to Perth’s magnificent Matilda Bay, each adds its singular, idiosyncratic style to the fascinating whole that is Australia.
Down Under Answers’ special packages offer all-inclusive visits to a combination of exciting destinations that will no doubt leave you with nothing but the desire to spend your next vacation in Australia, too. With a choice of Standard, First Class or Deluxe hotels, each itinerary offers plenty of time for exploration at your leisure. A few of the specials on offer are: An eight-night adventure through Sydney, Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, $2,199; a ten-night vacation in Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef and the Red Centre, $2,199; and a twelve-night journey into Melbourne, Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef, $2,599. All prices are per person, subject to change and include airfare on Virgin Australia from Los Angeles. Check the website for more details and applicable dates.
Any one of these adventures would no doubt be, as the Australians would say, “Ace, mate!”