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Guide To Australian Holiday Property Rentals

Apr 19, 2008
Australia has just so much to offer the holiday maker all year round. Its climate and diverse yet stunning landscapes make it a particularly attractive destination.

With its barren deserts, tropical rainforests, rugged mountains and some amazing beaches and islands to discover, it's no wonder that so many people visit this vast country.

Not surprisingly, there is no shortage of good quality holiday accommodation to rent to suit everyone's taste - from studio apartments to luxury villas.

There is just so much to see and do in Australia. But many people forget the sheer enormity of this country. Ideally, you will need to spend a month or two here, but if your time is tight, then you will certainly need to make the most of it.

Some areas worth visiting are New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania.

In New South Wales there's Sydney, the country's largest city. During your stay, be sure to visit the famous Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Royal Botanic Gardens, Taronga Park Zoo and Bondi Beach - just to name a few.

You can even view Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Taronga Zoo and more sights from the air by taking a Seaplane Tour. The sea plane pilot will give a commentary during the flight, too. It's worth doing if you haven't got the time to catch sight of the city's attractions on foot. You could also join one of the tours on offer. If you're feeling energetic, there's the opportunity to tour the city on two wheels, with the Sydney Cycling Tour. Also, make sure that you check out the many shops and restaurants while you're there.

Australia is rich in history. In particular, there's the famous Aborigines, who were Australia's first inhabitants. They were there for tens of thousands of years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century.

The Aboriginal culture is one of the world's longest surviving cultures, and you can see the aboriginal history for yourself if you visit Australia's Northern Territory. For a truly cultural experience be sure to go to Uluru/Ayers Rock, which is a huge sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory. It is located south-west of Alice Springs in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Victoria, meanwhile, is Australia's smallest mainland state and boasts some interesting and amazing landscapes. It's here that you'll find Melbourne, Australia's second largest city. It's a good place to visit if fashion, food and culture is your scene. Amazingly, this city has more than 3,000 restaurants, cafés and bars to try, so there's no chance of going hungry or thirsty here!

Queensland is often called the Sunshine State and is home to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. It's the world's largest coral reef and stretches about 2,000km long. It's a particularly popular location with scuba divers and underwater explorers. But if diving's not your scene, you can still witness the beauty of this amazing reef by joining one of the cruises which operate from major towns and cities on the north Queensland coast.

South Australia is another great area to explore. Here you'll be able to get close to nature and discover some beautiful landscapes, including national parks, forests, botanic gardens, and meet the area's wildlife face to face. Here you can swim with dolphins and sea-lions and also see koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and whales in their natural habitats. Kangaroo Island is one destination definitely worth visiting if you're into wildlife. There are lots of cute Little Penguins and rare Australian Sea-lions to gaze at. South Australia also has the amazing Outback to explore. However, if you do decide to venture into the Outback, make sure that you take particular care, as it's such a huge area and it's often a long way between towns, fuel outlets and other facilities. Before you set off, check that you're well equipped for your journey and that you take plenty of food and water, for example.

If it's city life that you're looking for, then head to Adelaide, the capital of South Australia and the island's fifth largest city. This city has plenty to offer - culture, sports, shopping, food and a lot more besides. For chocoholics a must see is Haigh's Chocolates Visitor's Centre. Haigh's is Australia's oldest chocolate manufacturer and offers visitors a chance to see chocolates being made.

Western Australia is another great holiday destination. Perth is the capital of Western Australia and is a great location for culture and the arts, entertainment and nightlife too. Western Australia also boasts The Golden Outback, which is perfect for those looking for an adventurous holiday.

Tasmania, meanwhile, is Australia's only island state and has many natural, unspoilt areas to discover. It's a good place to go hiking both inland and on the coast areas. Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and is the hometown of the Crown Princess of Denmark. Hobart was also the first Australian city to have a legal casino, which opened in Sandy Bay in 1973.

Clearly, Australia has something for everyone. Why not check out it out - and, of course, its amazing selection of property rental accommodation at http://www.selfpropertyrental.com/propertyrental/australia-holiday-property-rentals-170308
About the Author
Katie Warr is a Destination Rep at Self Property Rental, For an amazing selection of self catering property rental accommodation in Australia
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