Australia is a vast country made up of six states and two territories. All Australian capital cities have both International and Domestic air terminals. The most southern state of Australia is also an island called Tasmania. Separated from mainland Australia by 240 kilometres of ocean waters known as the Bass Strait. Mainland Australia is located in between the Indian Ocean on the west coast and Pacific Ocean on the east coast. The northern part of Australia is famous for the Gulf Of Carpentaria and the southern part of Australia is famous for the Great Australian Bight. Australia is one of the largest islands in the World and has a vast climate range as in the south eastern states it could have snow falling, while in the north of Australia it can be very hot and humid or flooding with rain. Canberra is the capital city of Australia located in the Australian Capital Territory area found totally within the state of New South Wales.
Most of Australia's population is concentrated along the coastline towns and city areas. Australia has some of the best beaches in the world along with tourist and family holiday accommodation places. Australia has many World Heritage listed National Parks and Marine reserves including the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. The Snowy Mountains ski fields in New South Wales is an ideal place to visit. Western Australia has the secluded wilderness wonderland romantic getaway area with pristine beaches luxury spa accommodation and camel rides at dusk. Tasmania has vast untouched rainforests and coastal beach areas and vast wilderness areas now protected by World Heritage, National Parks and Reserves. There are many World Heritage listed places in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Australia's most famous landmarks include The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Ayers Rock, Kakadu, and the Great Barrier Reef Islands.
Australia has immense mineral wealth from the mining of iron ore, coal, gold, base metals and diamonds. Tourism and holiday adventures is one the fastest growing industries around Australia. With major tourist holiday destinations all along the coastal areas of Australia and the nearby islands. The Great Barrier Reef Islands along with the 70 plus islands that make up the Whitsunday Island group scattered along the east coast of Queensland is a worldwide tourist destination for beach lovers, island holidays, aquatic recreation like diving or snorkelling. Australia is famous for sporting events like Cricket, Tennis and Swimming and special sporting events like the Melbourne Cup or the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race that takes place between Christmas and New Year. Australia has been lucky enough to host the Olympic games twice in Sydney and Melbourne. Gold Coast city will host the Commonwealth Games in 2018. Phillip Island in Victoria is home to the GP 500 Motorbike race and many other car and bike racing events.
Australia has many famous beaches and tourist holiday destinations like Sydney city and Manly beach or Bondi Beach areas. Sydney has great airport and harbour facilities along with tourist holiday accommodation places. The Gold Coast beaches and Surfers Paradise family entertainment venues make this a top tourist and holiday destination. Then on the north side of Brisbane is the vast Sunshine Coast area with kilometres of beach and seaside accommodation sites. Australia also has plenty of wilderness sites with eco friendly accommodation retreats and cabins in rainforests or nature reserves. Most states in Australia make very fine wines, both red and white wines are available along with vineyard cottage or bungalow accommodation or wineries that have 5 star luxury resort style accommodation for overnight or weekend getaways.