As the world's largest island, this vast sun-drenched country is an enticing melting pot of cultural, geographical and climatic diversities. Famous the world over for for its natural wonders including Uluru (Ayre's Rock) and the Great Barrier Reef, iconic landmarks of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Melbourne's Federation Square, scorching barren deserts, glorious beaches, the boundless "outback", fine wines and laid-back attitude, this fascinating country is a popular destination for good reason.
As well as a wealth of attractions, Australia is a hub of things to explore and try. From surfing on Manly beach to horse riding across the outback. There is always something to do both in the cities and outside in the beautiful countryside and coasts.
When is the best time of year to visit Australia?
Being in the southern hemisphere, the seasons in Australia are opposite to those of Europe and North America with winter in June to August and summer in December to February.
There are two climatic zones in Australia; the tropical zone, in the north above the Tropic of Capricorn, and the temperate zone, covering approximately 60% of the country. The tropical zone has just two seasons; summer and winter while the temperate zone has all four seasons.
Spring and summer tend to be warm or hot everywhere, more tropical in the north and hot with mild nights in the south. Autumn and winter sees northern and central parts with clear warm days and cool nights and the south with cool days and occasional rain but still plenty of sunshine. Most rainfall occurs around the coast and much of the centre is arid or semi-arid.
Temperatures have been known to drop below freezing during the winter months in some southern regions, however, snow is usually confined to the mountain regions of the south-east. Most of Tasmania has a temperature range very similar to that of the UK.
Generally, Australia is better during the autumn and spring seasons when the climate is comfortable and the scenery is at its most lush.