Australia For Dummies (Dummies Travel) by Marc Llewellyn

By Marc Llewellyn

From the Outback to the good Barrier Reef to wonderful, subtle towns like Sydney, this consultant is helping you discover the Australian adventures and sights which are good for you, even if you’d wish to cuddle a koala, discover a shipwreck, swim with whale sharks, or climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It delivers the news on:The mysterious Uluru (Ayers Rock) in purple heart that has awed humans for millions of yearsWhere to identify every kind of flora and fauna, together with kangaroos, platypuses, wallabies, Tasmanian devils, wombats, marsupials, and man-eating crocodilesThe top areas to take a seashore stroll or a bushwalk, the place you’ll wind underneath dripping tree ferns and pounding cascadesAll types of actions, from boomerang- and spear-throwing guide to climbing to snorkeling over staggering reefs, fishing for coral trout, or getting to know Australia’s top winesGreat lodgings, starting from luxurious resorts to an African-style safari camp with air-conditioned tents to a lodge with underground rooms reached by means of a maze of tunnels dug out of the rockThe top areas to adventure Aboriginal tradition and locate Aboriginal arts and craftsLike each For Dummies shuttle advisor, Australia For Dummies includes:Down-to-earth trip-planning adviceWhat you shouldn’t leave out — and what you could skipThe top inns and eating places for each budgetLots of special maps

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PK. 71 See Chapter 13 To Tasmania (see inset on left) See Chapter 11 CANBERRA SNOWY MOUNTAINS 1 Fraser Island y. T. Tasman Sea Sea Tasman 29 30 Part I: Introducing Australia Brisbane, Queensland, and the Great Barrier Reef Brisbane is a fun city to stay in and explore, as well as a great jumpingoff point for the Great Barrier Reef, which stretches more than 2,000km (1,240 miles) along the coast. Alluring island resorts dot the coast — most rather expensive, but worth the money. Queensland is also known for its lovely white-sand beaches.

Reef Retreat (Cairns, Queensland): A low-rise collection of contemporary studios and suites built around a saltwater swimming pool in a peaceful grove of palms and silver Paperbarks, Reef Retreat has 36 units, including studios (which are much larger than the average hotel room and offer terrific value). See Chapter 17. The Best Dining Experiences From gloriously fresh seafood to traditional Australian “bush tucker,” you’ll find Australia’s culinary offerings are as diverse as the landscape. Waves of immigration have brought tastes from around the world into the native cuisine, and you’ll find ethnic restaurants all over.

The dingo, thought by many to be a native of Australia, was, in fact, introduced — probably by Aborigines or traders from the north. They Chapter 2: Digging Deeper into Australia 21 vary in color from yellow to a russet red and are despised by farmers. Commonly seen birds include the fairy penguin along the coast, black swans, parrots, cockatoos, and honeyeaters. Tasmanian devils can be found in — you guessed it — the island/state of Tasmania, though a virulent disease has decimated the wild population.

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