Australia is a country of urbane cities, exotic wildlife, and a culture with a strong devotion to the arts. Justly famous for its global landmarks, beaches, and its incredible variety of flora and fauna, there are many more reasons to visit this wonderful land. From the bright lights of Melbourne and Sydney, to its rainforests and outback, Australia possesses a unique charm.
Australia abounds with contradictions. On the one hand, it is famous for its stunning natural beauty: It is home to hundreds of species of strange and beautiful flora and fauna, and there is a draw to the sparsely-inhabited islands, outback, and rainforest that cannot be ignored. On the other hand, it is also one of the most urban and technologically advanced countries in the world.
The vast majority of the population lives on the east and west coasts, and almost 90% of that population lives in cities. As such, Sydney and Melbourne are often seen as cultural cornerstones for the whole country, where Australian art, food, and technological advancements are put on display. In Sydney, there is such a great number of museums, galleries, beaches, and sightseeing opportunities that one could easily spend a whole trip without ever leaving the city.
The country has a thriving traveling and hiking scene. People flock to Australia from all over the world to hike trails, camp, sail, and explore, and there are accommodations for backpackers and travelers all over the country. Many bars even have special discounts for backpackers, and—as eating and sleeping in one of the most vibrant cities in the world can get expensive without a little planning ahead—there are countless other ways that travelers can minimize their spending while visiting in Australia. Most cities offer free walking tours, free or inexpensive admission to museums and exhibits, and dozens of markets that are both cost-effective and a great way to experience Australian culture firsthand.