Australia is a Vast, Diverse Country
Stretching from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, Australia is a vast, diverse country. It offers everything from lush, green rainforests along its northeast coast, to the arid, red outback at its centre and from the sheer, natural, beauty of the Great Barrier Reef to the sprawling skyscrapers of its big cities. Its iconic sights seem as familiar as our own, from the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, through to Uluru (Ayers Rock).
The size of Western Europe, but with a third of the population of the UK, Australia has something to offer everyone. From the well-trodden route of Perth, the Blue Mountains and the Great Barrier Reef, through to the remoteness of Western Australia’s north coast, there is an itinerary to suit. Families are also well catered for, with amazing beaches and theme parks in abundance, along with as many activities as you can cope with.
From the snow-peaked mountains of the Southern Alps, through to the sub-tropical beaches of the Bay of Islands, New Zealand is a country of diverse landscapes. With a population of just under 5 million split over its 2 main islands it is also gloriously uncrowded. Understandably being outdoors is part of the Kiwi culture and any opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors is encouraged.
The North Island is steeped in Maori tradition, especially around the Bay of Islands and Rotorua/East Cape region. It is also the agricultural heartland, and the place where most New Zealanders live.
The South Island is all about its natural beauty, being dominated by the Southern Alps, with Abel Tasman National Park to the north, and Fiordland National Park to the south. And then of course there is Queenstown, the self-proclaimed Adventure Capital of the World.