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Melbourne is the second most populous city in Australia and is the state capital of Victoria, Located on the northern and eastern shorelines of Port Phillip, it is a leafy bayside community on the 'upside-down' Yarra River. Also the home of Australian Tennis Open and the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground and the very unique hook turn.


Tasmania has a fascinating heritage, dramatic and beautiful landscapes, a spectacular wilderness full of wildlife, wildflowers and wonderful food.

The Cradle mountain area is replete with some unique wildlife and the hike up Mt Amos provided a breathtaking view of Wineglass bay.

The first thing that catches your attention in this beautiful country are the warm sunny smiles and ubiquitous refrain - 'G'day mate'. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world Australia is one of the powerhouses of the Asia-Pacific region - a vibrant economy, a wonderfully friendly set of people, the diverse landscape and some of the most unusual flora and fauna in the world.

This continent country that stretches over 3 times zones from the tropical forests in Northern Queensland, the wine regions of  South Australia, the wonderfully planned capital city, the wildlife reserves in the Northern Territory, the monolithic Uluru rock,  rural Tasmania, the man made splendors of  Sydney and Melbourne to the distant western cities of Perth and Freemantle.

We explored the lush tropical areas of the Cape Tribulation area, flew over the incomparable Great Barrier Reef, visited the very unique Cradle mountain in the heart of Tasmania and drove through the breathtaking Great Ocean road to the 12 apostles. Our visit to Uluru was highlighted by a thunderstorm that provided some unbelievable views of the sacred rock. And yes, we also had a chance to take in a cricket match featuring the world champion Australian team at the picturesque Adelaide Oval.



The largest Australia city, Sydney is situated on Australia's south-east coast. It is noted for the breathtaking Sydney Opera House, imposing  the Harbor Bridge and its fabulous beaches. One of the prettiest cities in the world, the metropolitan area is surrounded by national parks, famous wine regions  and contains many bays, rivers and inlets.


Uluru, also referred to as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia.  Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Uluru are the two major features of the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park. Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara, the Aboriginal people of the area.

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