Self drive car hire is often the best way to get around these spacious, picturesque countries when you’ve had enough city culture. Good infrastructure, safe driving conditions and good quality rental cars at a reasonable price give drivers the freedom to escape timetables and pick the right spot at the right time for the right activity.
Why visit Australia?
Australia is a safe and fascinating destination even if it is home to the greatest collection of dangerous animals in the world.
Australians are friendly and unassuming, dedicated to a great beach life and wide-open spaces. Sydney is one of the world’s prettiest cities while Melbourne works hard at catching up. Cairns is a great activity centre in the right season but Perth is a bit too far for a first-time tourist.
Oz surfing and sailing are excellent though snorkeling and scuba less so as the easy-access sections of the Great Barrier Reef are sadly bleached and lacking is colourful marine life. Trips to the outback, Uluru in particular are an essential part of the Australian experience though we can do without the Atherton Tablelands ‘adventure’.
Best Australia weather
In the south: November-March (summer). e. g. Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania. Worst: April-Sept (south)
In the north: May-October. e. g. Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Darwin. Worst: Nov – March (north)