Why Go to Australia in 2016

Australia can seem like a world away from practically anywhere. But with the weakening Australian dollar, 2016 is shaping up to be a prime year to visit the down under. The American dollar will go far here – making practically anything you spend here much more affordable. And with gas prices at an all time low, the barriers to going on an Australian road trip have never been lower.

Australia is an interesting travel destination. It’s the sixth largest country in the world, it’s one of the most remote countries, and funny enough it’s one of the most popular places to visit or study abroad in.

Most Americans tend to overlook flying to Australia, and it’s understandable. The flight time from New York, NY hovers around 22-24 hours.

But even with the long flight, Australia has a lot to entice visitors with. Here are some of our favorites.

Syndey Opera House

Sydney, known for its famed opera house and harbor also boasts some incredible attractions in addition to its strong culture. There are plenty of things to do – beaches (Manly Beach being a favorite), visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens, seeing the Sydney Harbor Bridge, taking a coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee, visiting the Blue Mountains, and more.

Uluru, Ayers Rock

Uluru or Ayers Rock is a giant rock formation that covers roughly eight kilometers of land. It’s an awesome site to see and quite a fun road trip to get there. The rock is about 280 miles away from the closest town, Alice Springs, which is also home of the annual Australian Camel Cup.

surfing

Australia may not be as well known for surfing as other hot spots but it’s heavily ingrained in Australian culture. Some of the best surf spots include, Mollymook Beach, Crescent Head, Snapper Rocks, Margaret River, and Garie Beach.

wineShiraz! The largest wine production region in the country is in South Australia; followed by Western Australia and Victoria. There’s a lot of great wine to be tried. Take a day trip to any winery from the nearby cities and enjoy. Check out Wine Folly for more information on Australian wine regions.

reefThe Great Barrier Reef is our favorite Australian travel spot. It’s one of the most famous reef systems in the world and has an incredible variety of marine life to see. Take a day or two and dive into the reef and see nature like you’ve never seen before. Most popular dive trips start from Cairns and run between $150-300 AUD.