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Home to iconic buildings like the Sydney Opera house and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, incredible natural wonders like Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef, and impossibly beautiful scenic drives like the Great Ocean Road, Australia is a country with an almost unfair amount going for it. Add to this cosmopolitan cities like Melbourne and Sydney, the incredible beaches of the Sunshine Coast and laidback surf towns like Noosa and Byron Bay and you start to see what makes an Australia travel adventure so essential.

Things to do in Australia

Australia is a truly massive country and there's a lot to see. Our top 5 should help you narrow it down a bit.

La Tomatina Festival

Marvel at the iconic Sagrada Familla in Barcelona.

Gaudi’s majestic creation has been wowing crowds since it first began construction in 1882. Since then, multiple architects have taken up the reins on the project, some honouring Gaudi’s original designs, other’s redefining the creation completely. The multiple and varied facades of the building, plus its sheer size and majesty, make it a must do for any traveller visiting Barcelona.

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San Fermin

Indulge in traditional Andalusian delicacies in Seville.

Seville is renowned for its gastronomic offerings, and whilst the traditional dishes may be simple to prepare, they’re bursting with fresh regional flavours. Gazpacho, Pescaito frito and Huevos a la Flamenca are all famed Andalusian specialities, or for those preferring traditional tapas, Seville has around 4,000 tapas bars to choose from – take your pick!

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Primavera Sound

Live like a King in the Royal Palace of Madrid.

Get a glimpse of life as the other half live with a guided tour of the Royal Palace in Madrid. The largest palace in Europe, the Palacio Real de Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, though is only used formally for state ceremonies. Gorge your eyes on the many works of art by famed Spanish painters as you delve a little deeper into Spain’s rich history.

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FIB Benicassim

Party till dawn in the clubbing mecca of Ibiza.

Nowhere on Earth will you experience clubbing quite like Ibiza. Home to some of the world’s most infamous clubs, come and join the party as night after night revered world class DJ’s play their hearts out to adoring crowds. Get into the mood with sunset cocktails at Café Del Mar then party till sunrise at Space, DC-10 or Ibiza Rocks.

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Bilbao BBK Live Festival

Bask in sunlight on Barceloneta Beach.

Some cities are fortunate enough to have the perfect city/beach balance, and Barcelona is one of them. Whilst Barceloneta Beach may be man-made, the water is clear and refreshing and the beach is alive with travellers and locals alike chatting, swimming and generally loving life. Spend long leisurely lunches in the surrounding cafes and restaurants, hire bikes or rollerblades or just relax in the sunshine.

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Islamic fortress of Alhambra

Explore the Islamic inspired fortress of Alhambra.

Rising from woods of cypress and elm, the Alhambra reigns supreme on the hillside of Gibraltar. Born in the 11th Century and then further developed over the 14th and 15th century’s, the fortress holds an extensive network of lavishly decorated palaces and irrigated gardens and gives those who visit it a glimpse into the rich history of the Spanish empire and the influence both Islam and Catholicism had on the Alhambra’s design.

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Top 5 Festivals in Australia

Australia has no shortage of excellent festivals, so you may have trouble deciding which to go for. You know the drill: read on for the essential selection.

1. Melbourne International Jazz Festival – If you're a music lover, this annual festival is one of the most essential things to do in Melbourne. Held at various venues around the city, it hosts some of the finest names in jazz, blues and funk.

For more information on the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, click here.

2.Falls Festival – This New Year festival is held at three locations: Lorne, Byron Bay and Tasmania's beautiful Marion Bay. It features some of the biggest names in popular and alternative music, like Grizzly Bear, Johnny Marr and Alt-J.

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3. St Jerome's Laneway Festival – Known simply as 'Laneway', this indie music festival started out in Melbourne but rapidly spread to other locations. These include Adelaide, Brisbane, Fremantle and Sydney, as well as Singapore, Detroit and Auckland.

For more information on the St Jerome's Laneway Festival, click here.

4. The Taste of Tasmania, Hobart – This Tasmania food festival takes place over a 5-day period around New Year. Its location on the Hobart waterfront offers an excellent view of competitors from the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race sailing into port. And, of course, the scran is top notch.

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5. Port Fairy Folk Festival, Victoria – This 4-day annual festival sees plenty of big name national and international artists descend on the picturesque coastal town of Port Fairy. Expect an excellent lineup of folk, blues & roots and world music.

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Top 5 museums and galleries in Australia

Australia's cultural offerings should be more than enough to please even the most demanding of vultures. We've come up with a top 5 to get you started.

1. National Museum of Australia, Canberra – Located in the Australian capital, this museum covers the country's history pre and post European settlement, and features a huge collection of Aboriginal artifacts.

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2. South Australian Museum, Adelaide – Adelaide's natural history museum has several permanent galleries covering everything from fossils and Aboriginal artifacts to Ancient Egypt and Pacific cultures.

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3. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne – Established in 1861, NGV is Australia's oldest gallery. It's spread over two sites and houses a huge collection of Aboriginal, Australian and international art, including masterpieces by the likes of Picasso and Renoir.

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4. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra – NGA is the largest art gallery in the country and is home to over 166,000 exhibits, including photography, sculpture, crafts and works of fine art.

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5. Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Sydney – Originally built to house Sydney's convict work gangs, Hyde Park Barracks is now a museum UNESCO World Heritage site, offering a unique insight into what life was like for a 19th century convict.

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Weather in Australia

Australia is a huge country, and though its reputation for sunny skies is more than justified it does experience large regional variations in climate. Almost half the country is arid desert, with tropical regions to the north and temperate zones around the southeast and southwest. Most of the population occupies the coastal regions of the southeast, where most of the major cities are to be found. Tasmania's southerly latitude means it has the coolest weather in the country year round.

Sydney Weather

Melbourne Weather

Brisbane Weather

Cairns Weather

Food in Australia

From Aboriginal bush tucker to indigenous meats like kangaroo and cultural institutions like Vegemite, Australian cuisine is truly unique. True, those stereotypes of snags and barbies aren't too far from the mark, but here you'll also find fine wines, fresh fish and cutting edge gastronomy to rival anywhere in the world.



Fish & Chips

Pavlova

Pavlova – Topped with whipped cream and fruit, this sumptuous meringue-based cake is an Australia food must-try. Whether it was invented here or in New Zealand is a hotly debated topic, so try it in both countries and decide for yourself who does it the best!

Best eaten at –Chokolait, Shop 8, Hub Arcade/318 Little Collins St, Melbourne

Meat pie – Filled with minced meat and onions and often served with gravy, mashed potato and mushy peas, the humble meat pie is an Australian institution.

Best eaten at –Harry’s Café de Wheels, Corner Cowper Wharf Roadway & Brougham Road, Woolloomooloo, Sydney

Beaver tails – They may have no hole, but these quintessentially Canadian flattened doughnuts are not lacking in flavour. Choose from various tantalising toppings.

Best eaten at –Beaver Tails Pastry, 69 George St, Ottawa

Kangaroo – Unfortunately for Australia's most iconic mammal, it simply tastes delicious. Most kangaroo meat is sourced from wild animals subject to population control, so it's also as free-range as free-range gets!

Best eaten at –Red Ochre Grill, War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide

Emu – Next of Australia's local creatures up for the chop is the hapless emu, whose wonderfully lean meat lends itself perfectly to smoking and makes for a particularly delicious pizza topping. An Australia travel 2015 must!

Best eaten at – Royal Mail Hotel on Spencer, 519 Spencer St, West Melbourne

Fish & chips – Ok, so fish & chips by the seaside may be a British invention, but Australia has better fish, better chips and better seaside. Sorry, UK.

Best eaten at –North Bondi Fish, 120 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi, Sydney

What to pack

What to pack for Australia?

Flip-flops & beach towel - Australia has some of the world's standout beaches, so whether it's Bondi Beach, Manly Beach or Fraser Island, you'll be spending plenty of time on the sand here.

Sun block - UV exposure is off the chart in Australia, particularly in summer. Be sure to cover up or slap on the sun block!

Sunglasses - The absolute de rigueur accessory in Australia, whether you want to fit in with the locals or simply keep from going blind.

An adapter - Australia uses a particular 3-pin plug, so unless you're from China, Argentina or New Zealand (who share the same one) then you'll need an adapter! Power is 230V, so a transformer will be required to run appliances requiring 110V.

Smart shoes - A mystifying entry requirement for some bars and clubs in Australia.

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