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Ayers Rock is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory of central Australia. It lies 208 miles southwest of the nearest large town, Alice Springs. The rock is one of Australia’s most recognizable natural landmarks and stands at 1,142 feet tall and is 2,381 feet above sea level.
Cairns is a regional city in the far north of Queensland, Australia. The city was founded in 1876 and named after the then governor of Queensland. The region of Cairns ranks as the 4th most popular destination for international travelers in Australia. The city serves as a gateway point for those visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns is also surrounded by rainforest, including the world’s oldest, the Daintree Rainforest, which lies just two hours north.
This is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and is the largest and most populous area in the country. Roughly one third of New Zealand’s population resides here, dating back to the year 1350 when the Maori people founded the land which is known for being rich and fertile. Auckland is famous for its wonderful parks, stunning nature, and volcanic fields as well as rich culture, wonderful festivals and great quality of life.
Rotorua is a city on the southern shores of the lake of the same name. Located in the heart of the North Island, 140 miles southeast of Auckland, the area is known for its geothermic activity and features impressive geysers and amazing hot mud pools that are greatly enjoyed by both domestic and international tourists.
Try the wine:
Australia is well known for its wines, particularly its bold reds. It is the fourth largest wine exporter in the world, and has many extremely good varieties, such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Don’t leave Australia without bringing home some marvelous wine to share with family and friends.
Explore the Great Barrier Reef:
Experience one of the seven wonders of the natural world when you climb aboard a high speed catamaran and set off for the Great Barrier Reef. As the world’s largest living organism, you’ll find over 2,800 individual coral reef systems which are home to amazingly diverse marine life. Their bright colors look remarkable against the turquoise waters, and the boat reveals it all. Jump in the water to snorkel and really experience the Reef in an immersive way! Stroll along the walking trails, relax on the beaches, or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier.
The TranzAlpine Train:
Travel from Auckland to Greymouth on New Zealand’s South Island’s west coast. The TranzAlpine train is said to be one of the most scenic train rides in New Zealand and perhaps even the whole world. The journey runs once a day with an approximate travel time of 4 1/2 hours of sheer magnificence.
The Franz Josef Glacier Region:
There’s lots to get into here! This region of New Zealand is on the west coast of the South Island. It’s known as glacier country and is a UNESCO World Heritage area, which means that it is a world treasure and is carefully protected and preserved for future generations. It features many fantastic natural attractions one can take part in, such as glaciers, beaches, wetlands, lakes, mountains and national parks.
When traveling in New Zealand, it’s the rugged natural beauty that stands out: spectacular glaciers, picturesque fiords, endless coastlines, steamy geothermal activity and so much more. Its breathtaking landscapes combined with its unique Maori culture, friendly cosmopolitan cities and fabulous food and wine comprise the two remarkable islands the “Kiwis” lovingly call home. New Zealand, a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation, also offers a veritable playground for the adventurous. The temperate climate makes it ideal for year-round New Zealand adventures.
G’day, every day, Australia! Beaches to “barbies,” koalas to wallabies, Outback to ocean…where to begin your Australia tour on this island-country-continent? Travel in Australia and you'll find unique wildlife and dramatic landscapes, no doubt. Or perhaps the sun-kissed Harbour City of Sydney, Melbourne’s art scene or Barossa Valley’s world-class wineries. Go as far back as Aboriginal life in places like Ayers Rock and Alice Springs to discover how to survive in the bush, throw boomerangs and play a didgeridoo. Whatever your fancy, Australia welcomes you.