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Australia really is the land of dreams, so it's no surprise that tourism in the country has reached an all-time high. If you’re still looking for a reason to visit, here's why Australia should move straight to the top of your travel list.

1) You'll see wildlife you can't see anywhere else

Australia is a country where kangaroos run as freely as the jokes and conversation. Although the kangaroo is probably the country's most iconic native animal, more than 80 percent of Australia's plants, mammals, reptiles and frogs can't be found anywhere else. These include the koala, wombat and dingo, and over 828 bird species! If you want to see these animals outside the zoo, your best chance will be in the world-famous wildlife parks that surround the major cities. So make sure you bring your binoculars.

 

2) It's home to some of the world's greatest cities

From the glamour and gusto of Sydney to the laid-back lifestyle in Perth, Australia's cities are famous for their youthful vibrancy and appetite for adventure. They say a life by the beach is a life well-lived, and the vast majority of Australia's cities are dotted across its coastline. This means that you can spend your morning horizontal on the sand before heading into the fun and flurry of city life.

Melbourne is a must-visit. Coined the country's cultural and sporting capital, this city draws in trendy, artsy crowds keen to scout out the newest up-and-coming bars, cafes and restaurants. But if you fancy a longer city tour, make sure you spend a few days in subtropical Brisbane.

 

3) The warm climate makes it a perfect winter sun destination

Australia has seasons, just like the UK. But for the most part it enjoys a climate the rest of the world is jealous of. The best time to visit for guaranteed sunshine is from September to February: the spring and summer periods. However, if you are visiting Australia in low season, which runs from June to August, you can still enjoy a mild climate and sunny days in the tropical northern region.

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4) The Great Barrier Reef is out of this world

Can you believe that the Great Barrier Reef is 2,300km long - so large it can be seen from space?

Sometimes you need to see it to believe it. While diving and snorkelling are the best ways of discovering this beautifully rich ecosystem, if you want to stay dry you can sail or fly your way past the reef and still get an unforgettable view of the intricate marine civilisation below the surface.

The Great Barrier reef is home to over 1,500 fish species, 10 percent of which are native to the reef. If you're feeling lucky you can also try and spot turtles, dolphins, sharks, whales, sea snakes and porpoises. There's plenty to look out for!

 

5) The people are some of the friendliest around

The Aussie charm is real, and it's catching. Perhaps it's down to their endless beaches and brilliant weather, but Australians are known for their relaxed and laid-back attitude to life. Fun, friendly and always down for a laugh, Aussies treat their visitors as they would their friends!

Not only this, the country's culture of Indigenous people has thrived for centuries, and immigrants from every corner of the globe have produced one of the most successful multicultural societies in the world. 

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