Australia is the sixth largest country in the world despite being the smallest continent. It has six states and two territories all with something different to offer tourists.
Tourist Refund Scheme in Australia
Visitors to Australia planning to do some shopping should remember to take advantage to the Australian Tourist Refund Scheme. If you spend more than $300 in a single store you can claim back your GST when you leave Australia. You must carry the items with you on the aircraft and have the original sales receipt, and the items must have been purchased within the last 30 days. It's a great way to save on item purchased in Australia where the GST rate is 10%. For more information on the TRS in Australia download PDF from the official government website.
Spot pelicans on a Brisbane river cruise, visit the famous theme parks on the Gold Coast, trek through the rainforest or see the animals in the renowned Australia Zoo or simply relax on the beaches of Maroochydore in the Sunshine Coast.
Travel to Cairns and snorkel the colourful Great Barrier Reef or cruise down the Daintree River too see giant crocodiles in their own habitat.
The Whitsundays is also a great Queensland destination where travellers can enjoy the pure white sand and clear waters or take a chattered boat and visit all the beautiful surrounding islands.
New South Wales
Sydney the capital of New South Wales is home to many Australian icons such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge or the Sydney Opera House. Sydney was also the host city for the Olympic Games in 2000.
If the hustle and bustle of the city isn’t your style be sure to surf at Bondi Beach, go whale watching in Byron Bay or scuba dive off Coffs Harbour
Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and is known for being Australia’s fashion capital however there is a lot more to the city by the Yarra. Melbourne is home to many stylish cafes, restaurants and bars and is also a spectacular place to see many forms of art. The city not your scene? Take a trip along the Great Ocean Road, taste test wines in the Yarra Valley or watch the penguin parade on Phillip Island.
In Tasmania you can visit the smallest capital city in Australia, Hobart and view its famous Georgian buildings. Discover the wilderness of Cataract Gorge in Launceston or witness the beautiful port and coast line of Devonport where the Spirit of Tasmania disembarks.
Adelaide is a great place to admire the beautiful parklands, shop at the Rundle mall or travel to the Adelaide Hills and see the German Village of Hahndorf. Enjoy lunch and quality wine at the famous vineyards in the Barossa Valley. Take the family to experience all the amazing wildlife on Kangaroo Island or even head into the outback and explore the rugged Flinders Rangers.
You can discover aboriginal history and amazing wildlife or bush walk through the monsoon forest when you visit Darwin. Explore the rainforest and remarkable Aboriginal rock art while in Kakadu National Park or visit the beautiful red desert of Alice Springs and see iconic Australian wonders such as Uluru or Kings Canyon.
Australian Capital Territory
ACT is home to Canberra Australia’s capital city, where travellers can learn about Australian history and culture in the museum or visit parliament house. While in the Australian Capital Territory be sure to visit the snowy mountains and climb Australia’s tallest peak the beautiful Mount Kosciusko.