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Melbourne and Victoria
Victoria has a wide diversity of landscapes which cover the whole gamut of the Australian experience - semi arid desert areas, rugged coastal cliffs, alpine ski resorts, historic goldmining towns and ancient river gum forests. The capital city of the State of Victoria, Melbourne a cosmopolitan city with a reputation for being a major ethnic melting pot. As a result, the city is known for its restaurants which serve a multitplicity of cuisines, and for being at the forefront in fashion, style and the arts.
South Australia is the fifth largest state in Australia with a population of 1.4 million. It is home to long summers, stunning beaches and award-winning wine, events and festivals. South Australia has the easiest access to the Australian outback of any state. South Australia's capital city, Adelaide, is the gateway to the Flinders Ranges, Kangaroo Island, the vineyards of the Barossa Valley, and the scenic Fleurieu, Yorke and Eyre peninsulas.
Known as Australia's Sunshine State, Queensland offers a great diversity of holiday and touring opportunities, with the Great Barrier Reef, tropical islands, tropical rainforest and wilderness, open sandy beaches, and the vast outback, as well as the sophisticated attractions of Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. Brisbane has a feel all of its own - the weather, the architecture, the love of recreational activities by the locals who enjoy a laid back, relaxed, semi-tropical lifestyle. The Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast are not far away.
A treasure island of extraordinary contrasts, with rugged volcanic peaks, lush forests, rolling surf and serene lagoons, Lord Howe Island is encircled by the world's southern-most coral reef. Families love the safety and variety of kids' activities; lovers find romance in the island's secluded corners, natural beauty, luxury lodges and fine dining establishments; adventurers scale the heights of its mountain peaks.
Norfolk Island, located in the Pacific Ocean between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, is a destination like no other. It is an isolated island of unspoiled natural beauty. Elegant convict-built Georgian buildings are still in daily use and the Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area is now World Heritage Listed as part of the Australian Convict Sites inscription.
Sandwiched between Queensland and Victoria on Australia's eastern seaboard, New South Wales is known for its diversity of landscape and attractions, ranging from outback to city, rugged mountains to sheltered harbours, subtropical rainforests to expansive sandy beaches. Its capital city is Sydney, the oldest European settlement in Australia and largest city in the country. Sydney is regularly declared to be one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world.
On a map, Tasmania has the appearance of a jewel hanging around the neck of mainland Australia - an appropriate image for what is Australia's most unique state, a jewel waiting to be discovered and appreciated. Australia's island state, Tasmania sits just 240 kilometres south-east of mainland Australia. Tasmania's capital city, Hobart, is not only Australia's southernmost city, it is also Australia's second oldest city.
Largely tropical, the Northern Territory covers about one sixth of the Australian continent with an area equal to the combined areas of France, Spain and Italy. It is an area of great diversity, from lush tropical rainforest in the north to the ancient semi-arid plains and deserts of the Red Centre. Darwin, Australia's only tropical capital city, has a wealth of attractions for visitors who warm to its laid back lifestyle.
The Australian Capital Territory is the site of Canberra, Australia's capital city. As well as the seat of Government for the Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra has been developed as a celebration of and salute to Australia's culture, its unique natural features and its notable sons and daughters.
Western Australia is the largest state, covering the western most third of the mainland. A range of experiences, from wilderness adventures in the arid outback or diving on coral reefs, to fine dining, wine tasting and stunning wildflowers, attract a wide variety of visitors. Perth, its capital city, is known for its wonderful white, sandy and uncrowded beaches, a sunny climate and its friendly, hospitable atmosphere.
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