Australia, Queensland – Vacation On Sunshine Coast
The state of Queensland in the northeast of Australia is known for its Great Barrier Reef. Therefore, there are also a large number of tourists, especially diving and snorkeling lovers. Its southern part around Brisbane is a bit neglected by tourists but very popular with Australians.
The Sunshine Coast stretches from Caloundra to Noosaville. And there's really something to see - beaches, rainforest, national park, famous markets, luxury boutiques and of course cafes and restaurants. The waters of the Coral Sea are cooler, even in the hot summer. But when the sun rests on them, their clear blue will always attract your eyes.
Surfers will be attracted by the waves that make the place a surfing paradise thanks to the coastal wind. Most of them head for Caloundra, with several beaches around it. If you are not a surfer, be sure to take a stroll along the coast, which is lined with sidewalks and connects the local beaches. The most popular is Kings Beach. On the way you can relax on the bench and enjoy the view of the rippled sea.
A popular lounging beach is Noosa Beach, which also provides a gradual entry into the sea. Several luxury resorts are built around. And that holiday on the Sunshine Coast is more for the richer Australians, you can see in one of the local boutiques - the cost of clothes is usually around 500 AUD.
The beach is almost linked to the Noosa National Park, which you must not miss. It has superbly created hiking trails along the coast with several viewing points and is literally interwoven with trails. A few steps from the city full of hustle and bustle you will find yourself among the trees, in silence and relax.
An unforgettable experience awaits you at the Mooloolaba tourist resort, where you can swim with whales. They migrate this way in July and October. But there is more to offer - from fishing trips to diving courses to sailing courses.
The local markets in Eumundi are also interesting. Local sellers offer local goods, buy beautiful souvenirs and maybe you will be lucky and meet nice sellers trdelníky. Mrs. is a Czech married to Australia, but certainly does not forget her roots.
In 1992, the nearby Fraser Island was included in the UNESCO list. It is most commonly used from Rainbow Beach. It is also known as the largest sandy island in the world, therefore transport on it is recommended only in the off-road vehicle with 4x4 drive, which you can rent from local car rental companies. An organized trip is also an option for visiting the island. From here you can watch hunting sharks, you will also find many other animals, mangrove forests and forests. Beware, however, dogs dingo, which is crowded.
Sunshine Coast is a popular holiday resort for beaches, coastal rocks, but also for the peace that prevails here. If you are a nightlife fan, go further south. Below Brisbane there is another coastal paradise, and that is the Gold Coast.
GPS: 26°40'51.3"S 153°07'16.0"E
Text and photos: Jana Hejlová
I thought that I would not find a country which is more diverse than Scotland or Iceland. I was wrong. Tasmanie is an island south from Australia. It is almost as large as the Czech Republic. However, it seems like Scotland, Portugal, New Zealand all at once. Moreover, there are all kinds of animals you have seen only in documentaries about nature.
The rock formation of Kata Tjuta lies about 50 kilometers west of Uluru. Both places fall under one national park and have a single ticket. The Australian name for this group of stones is The Olgas - after one of the rocks called Mount Olga. Along the way, Uluru shows us all the way again. Kata Tjuta is a group of 36 rocks, the highest of which reaches a height of 546 meters and its peak is at an altitude of 1066 meters above sea level.
Alice Springs is the most famous city in the red center of Australia. All tours that take place on the sacred mountain of Uluru (also called Ayers Rock) start right here. If you go to Alice Springs from the south, you will cross the border of South Australia and Northern Territory. Although you are heading straight north, there is an hour shift between these states.
Great Ocean Road. One of the most popular trips from Melbourne to the east. 275 kilometers from the city, there is one of the most iconic places in all Australia. 12 Apostles standstone rocky towers.
South of Brisbane, Queensland, is the sixth largest city on the continent - Gold Coast. You'll feel a bit like in Las Vegas, USA. In translation Golden Coast is a very popular destination especially among young people. This vibrant city is full of fun, laughter and of course golden sunrays.
Fifth year in a row has Melbourne become the best place to live. Last time I guided you through its modern and busy downtown. However, not many people live in downtown- many travel there for culture and to work there. Let's take a look how other districts look like, districts where people actually live and dwell in.
Had I let go of my travelling job and choose a place to settle, Melbourne would be my choice. Why? The city is built and developed for the people. Not for buildings, industry, developers, and not even for tourists. It is built for the people who live there. Thus it is also one of the best cities to live in in the world. Don't worry. You can still enjoy it and leave with unforgettable memories even as mere visitors.
When I tought Hobart there was absolutely nothing going on in Hobart, Launceston at first seemed even worse. Soon I found out this sleepy town has many interesting nooks and can be quite interesting. Nice houses, brick factories, churches, brewery, a river full of pelicans, and a large city park which holds Japanese macaques. Moreover, Tamar Valley, a vineyard area, is just around the corner.
It is 9 p.m. Streets are almost empty yet you are in Tasmania's largest city which is home to almost quarter of million people. The reason is simple - the city is so vast nobody stays in downtown in the evening. However, it is quite lively and busy during the day. Still, this is a noise and business of a quiet harbor city where is no reason to hurry. Apart from rising number of tourists, there are no radiant tomorrows for the city iteslf.
Australia is a continent of opposites. The densely populated east coast contrasts with the barren red center, the snowy mountains with the desert, and the white skin of immigrant Europeans contrasts with the dark skin of the Aboriginals. Someone is attracted to Australia because it is so far away from us, someone just because of its incredible contrasts, but one thing is certain - it is definitely worth coming here.
In the reddish central Australia lies a very interesting city - Coober Pedy. It is famous for opal mining, which has been mined here since 1905. Before we arrive at Coober Peda on our way from Port Augusta, we also stop in Glendambo. Right from the beginning, we are welcomed by a sign saying that there are about 30 inhabitants and 2 million flies. We are also warned that the next gas station will be up to 253 kilometers away.
In the mountainous center of Australia you can visit the mysterious grouping of stones. The Australians named them Devils Marbles or Devil's Marbles. According to Aboriginal legends, they are the eggs of the Rainbow Snake. On the way from Alice Springs to the north, it appears next to you quite unexpectedly (after about 400 kilometers). These unusual formations can be found in the protected reservation of Karel Karel, which has a total area of 1802 hectares.
When you turn west from the village of Erldunda from Stuart Highway, you get to the Lasseter Highway, which leads under other names to Western Australia. From there, you can take road 3 north to Watarrka National Park. If you would like to continue from here to MacDonnell Park, you can, but entry is on license and only for 4x4 cars.
To the west and east of Alice Springs is the highest mountain formation in Central Australia, the Macdonnell Mountain Range with Mt. Zeil, which reaches an altitude of 1531 m. The red center of Australia is therefore one large red badge. There are several places to stay. Often it is fully equipped with no facilities.
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