Both country and island continent, Australia
is an awe-inspiring destination that's as unique as it is remote. It's here that some of the world's most striking natural wonders spring to life in vivid color, from the copper-red sands of the Outback to the bright pink coral of the Great Barrier Reef
. And, while the Land Down Under's landscapes never get old, simply seeing the architecture of Melbourne
makes a trip to the South Pacific more than worth it. Unparalleled scenery, welcoming locals, that charming Aussie accent—try as you might, it's almost impossible to put your finger on just one thing that makes this breathtaking destination so memorable.
To see one of the world's most impressive natural treasures: the Great Barrier Reef. This UNESCO-listed wonder is full of brilliantly hued coral that has begun to bleach due to the warmer water of recent years. If you want to see it at it's best, 2017 is the time to go.
"I expected snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, admiring Ayers Rock, and seeing the beautiful Opera House to be fantastic, and they were! The Olgas were majestic and the beauty of the Outback was amazing. Sydney, despite being a huge city, was a wonderful surprise. It has clean, safe streets, well-kept parks, and Darling Harbour is delightfully inviting."