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25 Reasons to Holiday in Australia

  • January 25, 2018
  • By 50 Shades
  • 47 Comments
25 Reasons to Holiday in Australia

I love my country Australia! It is a wondrous place with some of the most gorgeous pristine beaches in the world; rugged outback wildernesses that go on forever; exquisite coral reefs abundant with marine life; and verdant green rainforests that meet the sea. I started to make a list of 25 reasons to holiday in Australia and this is what I came up with:

1.       WEATHER Depending on where you live, Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year. The average maximum temperature is 29°C in summer and 15–16°C in winter.

2.       BEAUTIFUL BEACHES Australia is home to literally hundreds of beautiful beaches all over the country. The beaches have white white sand and the water varies in colour from a deep blue/green to a light aqua.

25 Reasons to Holiday in Australia

Whitehaven Beach

3.       WILDERNESS Australia is a place of exceptional natural beauty where ancient rainforests and vast national parks, rugged mountain ranges and reefs, beaches, and waterways, provide sanctuary to Australia’s wondrous wildlife.

4.       THE OUTBACK Also known as the ‘dead centre’ of Australia is a vast expanse of arid deserts, rugged mountain ranges and natural wonders such as Uluru, Kakadu and The Bungle Bungles.

25 Reasons to Holiday in Australia

Bungle Bungles

5.       GREAT OCEAN ROAD Take a drive along this 243 kilometres stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia and be astonished at the beauty of the 12 Apostles and London BridgeVisit the many famous surfing beaches along the way or hike into the rainforest areas of the Otways.


25 Reasons to Holiday in Australia

6.       OUR RIVERS Australia has an abundance of long wide rivers that are full of clean fresh water and fish and are broadly used for recreational activities.

7.       TWO CODES OF FOOTBALL  Australian Rules Football (AFL), aka ‘Aerial Ping-Pong’, is where the big men fly into the air to mark an oval shaped footie.  Rugby League (NRL) is where the men are built like proverbial “brick shithouses” and tackle one another without body armour or helmets. A brutal sport!

8.      THE GOLD COAST My hometown is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia and boasts some of the most magnificent beaches in the world. It’s temperate climate and warm ocean temperatures attracts visitors from all around the world all year round.  

25 Reasons to Holiday in Australia

Burleigh Heads Beach

9.     BBQ’s Australians enjoy the great outdoors and love to throw a succulent juicy steak or a few prawns on the barbeque for their family and mates. A great Aussie tradition.

10.   HUNKY MEN The term “Bronzed Aussie” is alive and well here down under. Our men are outdoor types who play sport, keep themselves in shape and they are very easy on the eye!

11.    BEAUTIFUL WOMEN Our women are also renowned as being some of the most naturally attractive women in the world. Their toned tanned bikini bodies are a sight to behold!

12.    SYDNEY HARBOUR A visit to Australia would not be complete without visiting the spectacular city of Sydney and its magical harbour which is commonly referred to as the most beautiful natural harbour in the world.  Take in the views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

25 Reasons to Holiday in Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge

13.    OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE Aussies love to get out into the great outdoors and enjoy an array of outdoor pursuits. It is very common to see thousands of people and families enjoying the parks and beaches or exercising in my town.

14.   NO GUNS We have strict laws in Australia prohibiting the ownership of guns, so it is relatively safe on our streets.

15.   REAL COFFEE – not just Starbucks We have some of the best coffee shops and finest freshly ground and roasted coffee made to order in the world.

16.   CUTE WILDLIFE  Koalas, Kangaroos, Wombats, Wallabies and Platypuses, to name a few of Australia’s native wildlife.

25 Reasons to Holiday in Australia

Kangaroos in their natural habitat

17.   MINIMUM WAGE is $18.29/hour Australia pays very good wages and we enjoy a high standard of living. Also you don’t have to tip in Australia if you don’t want to!

18.   THE GREAT BARRIER REEF One of the natural wonders of the world, is renowned for it’s spectacular natural reef system and abundance of tropical marine life. It is a popular place for snorkelling and scuba diving.

25 Reasons to Holiday in Australia

Great Barrier Reef

19.   OUR BEER & WINE If you like a beer, then Australia is your place. We produce megalitres upon megalitres of good quality beers and we love to drink it! We also produce some of the finest wines in the world.

20.   FAMOUS AUSSIES

25 Reasons to Holiday in Australia

Keith Urban, Hugh Jackman & Chris Hemsworth

25 Reasons to Holiday in Australia

Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett & Margot Robbie

21.   OUR FRIENDLINESS  Most Aussies are friendly and easy-going. They will make you feel extremely welcome and might even invite you around for a beer or a barbeque.

22.   WE LOVE SPORT  We are a sport obsessed population and we love to participate or watch a wide range of sports. We also do very well in the world arena at a variety of sports.

25 Reasons to Holiday in Australia

Coolangatta Gold Ironman Event

23.   FRESH FOOD & WORLD CLASS CUISINE Australia is becoming very cosmopolitan because of our diversity of races and people from all around the world. As a result we offer some of the best world cuisine. We also have vast farming areas which produce top quality meats, cereals and fresh fruit and vegetables, along with delicious seafood.

24.   RAINFORESTS Some of our rainforest, such as the Daintree, are world heritage listed and offer some of the lushest verdant forests, full of wildlife, in the world.

25 Reasons to Holiday in Australia

Rainforest in Australia

25.   OUR HISTORY Although our country is relatively young, we have a rich and colourful history based upon the transportation of convicts to our land, the settlement of the colonies and the great Gold Rush era in our country.

So for those of you that are Australian, what’s stopping you? Get out there and see some more of your country.  For those of you who live abroad, put Australia on your bucket list, you won’t regret it!

What is it that you love most about your country?

This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset.

The Lovin’ Life Team includes:

Lyndall from Seize the Day Project
Deb from DebbishDotCom
Min from Write of the Middle.
Leanne from Deep Fried Fruit
Jo from And Anyways
and of course me, Kathy from 50 Shades of Age
By 50 Shades, January 25, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

47 Comments
  • Valerie Rind
    December 18, 2013

    Kathy, this is great, although you left one big reason off the list: Australia has some of the best WINES in the world (many of which they do not export)!

    • Kathy
      December 18, 2013

      Oh darn, I knew there was another reason! How could I mention our beer and forget about our wine? Of course our wine is superb. Thanks for dropping by Valerie.

  • Johanna
    December 18, 2013

    What a great wrap Kathy! I loved the ‘hunky men’ one lol ;) Who wouldn’t want to live in this country after your round up? We live in an amazing country. We’ve been in WA for five years and I can attest to everything you say, except we have so much space and much of it unoccupied. We also have Australia’s Golden Outback encompassing Esperance a place of such amazing beach scenery that it’s hard to believe. Great post!

  • Rae Hilhorst
    December 18, 2013

    No guns and real coffee, why wouldn’t you, happy trails, let me know when you get to Perth xxx Rae

  • Kathy
    December 18, 2013

    Well I had to give the hunky men a mention! I love your part of the country and hope to explore it further during our six month jaunt. We hope to visit Esperance and Albany as we have heard that the scenery is magnificent. We live in a land of many contrasts and I think that is what is so appealing about it.

  • Kathy
    December 18, 2013

    I can never get a decent cup of coffee overseas and I detest guns. I think that we are extremely lucky to live in a place where it is relatively safe. We are definitely heading over to the West next year and I will be blogging about our travels. I will keep you posted :)

  • redlandcitygirl
    December 18, 2013

    You will have the BEST time on your trip … here are a few pics from ours, back in 2001, to whet your appetite: http://redlandcityliving.com/caravanning-around-australia/

    I love being Australian, we are so blessed in this country!

  • kathymarris
    December 18, 2013

    Thanks for sharing those fantastic photos of your around Australia trip. It looked as though you all had a great time. I’m getting very excited about embarking on our big trip. I will certainly be sharing stories and
    photos on my blog :)

  • Pretraveller
    December 30, 2013

    Kathy, thanks for sharing a great list of things to do in Australia! I hope you have a great road trip. Another blog you should have a look at for inspiration is rednomadoz.blogspot.com.au, Red has some great photos and inspiration of places to visit!

  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    February 20, 2015

    I love our country and miss it so much when ever I travel overseas. It is the BEST country in the world. I think our multiculturalism is pretty cool too.

  • Red Nomad OZ
    February 21, 2015

    I don’t need 25 reasons to holiday in Australia – but I loved reading them anyway!! The other thing with the weather is that however crap the weather is where you are, Australia’s so big there’s sure to be a place somewhere with perfect weather!

    • Kathy
      February 21, 2015

      Well I could definitely be somewhere else this weekend. We have experienced a cyclone and torrential rain for the past few days! I still wouldn’t live anywhere else however. :)

  • Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    January 25, 2018

    What a great post, Kathy and we really are so lucky to live in Australia aren’t we. I’m guilty of travelling overseas but we hope to visit Tasmania this year. Have a fabulous holiday and take care.xx

    • Kathy
      January 25, 2018

      We are extremely lucky Sue. I’m very proud to be Australian and to live in this wonderful country. Tasmania is fabulous. You’ll love it. #TeamLovinLife

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    January 25, 2018

    I love our beautiful country too. I am so glad I was born here! You’ve listed some wonderful reasons why we are such a fabulous country here. I also love that we are an island country. We don’t border other countries. We are our own country all unto ourselves. I hope to see more of our country in the coming years. It’s a treasure! :-) #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      January 25, 2018

      Yes being an island country does have its benefits. I still have a lot more of our country to explore and I’m about to set off to tick a few more items off my bucket list. I’m a very proud Aussie!

  • Natalie
    January 25, 2018

    Australia is on my list to visit, Kathy. It’s a long way from Canada and Aus is a big country so I need to give my trip lots of time, or go more than once :)

    • Kathy
      January 25, 2018

      Natalie, I have been to your beautiful country twice! So what’s stopping you? Come on over!! #TeamLovinLife

  • Jo
    January 25, 2018

    Read this post for the second time and still love it :) Who wouldn’t want to holiday in Aus? And aren’t we lucky to live here :)

    • Kathy
      January 25, 2018

      We are indeed Jo. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, but sometimes I think I could live in Italy, but I’m sure I would miss home. #TeamLovinLife

  • Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    January 25, 2018

    The three biggest bonuses for me are: 1) you can eat a variety of food and drink our water without worrying about gastro. 2) the climate is amazing all year round. 3) there is a HUGE variety of places to go and things to do – it’s not all the same like a lot of smaller countries.
    Gorgeous photos and great post Kathy x

    • Kathy
      January 25, 2018

      These are three very good reasons to holiday in Australia Leanne. Having drinkable water and safe food is a definite bonus as I nearly always get sick in Asian countries. We do have a great variety of things to do and see – something to appeal to everyone. Good points! #TeamLovinLife

  • Vanessa
    January 25, 2018

    I’d love to see whitehaven. It looks so stunning!

    • Kathy
      January 25, 2018

      Oh yes I’ve walked along Whitehaven Beach and swam in the pristine waters. It’s an amazing place! #TeamLovinLife

  • Jo Tracey
    January 25, 2018

    This is such a fabulous post! I’d add to that our diversity, but mostly, looking at these pics, the amazing natural colour – as a reason on its own!

    • Kathy
      January 25, 2018

      Thanks Jo. Yes our diversity is a definite plus and like you say our vibrant colours of nature. We love our sunburnt country for sure!

  • jodie filogomo
    January 25, 2018

    And you have shown up some of the beautiful scenery Kathy!!
    My stepmom, Nancy has been to your country many, many years ago!! Maybe we should call it our next family vacation??
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Kathy
      January 25, 2018

      I think you should definitely holiday in Australia Jodie. We have all this and so much more to offer!! #TeamLovinLife

  • Janet Camilleri aka Middle Aged Mama
    January 25, 2018

    So many things to love about our great country :-) … though I hope these days, the tans are FAKE!

  • Life Images by Jill
    January 25, 2018

    We live in the most amazing diverse country. How lucky are we! I don’t think I will ever be done exploring. Oops…I’m going overseas this year – oh well – it makes you appreciate what we have here even more. Happy travels Kathy.

    • Kathy
      January 26, 2018

      I think we could travel indefinitely and never see every part of Australia. But we can have fun trying! #TeamLovinLife

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    January 26, 2018

    So much to love about Australia! Great summary
    PS Three codes of football … Don’t forget our Wallabies! we have a hell of a lot of Rugby Union fans around us in Canberra (I’m personally not a fan though – much prefer the NRL over rugby).

    • Kathy
      January 26, 2018

      Oh how could I forget about Rugby Union? Shame on me! I’m not a huge footy fan but do watch the State of Origin series.

  • Estelle Anderson
    January 27, 2018

    We have been travelling Australia full time since November 2016. We have delighted in all we have discovered.The diversity is simply awesome. The other big thing has been our sense of safety throughout all our travels around Oz. Thoroughly enjoyed your post & good on you for encouraging People to Holiday in Australia.

    • Kathy
      January 28, 2018

      I’m very passionate about Australia for the reasons listed in this article. We do have a wonderful diversity throughout our country and I have spent a lot of time discovering it and will continue to do this for as long as I can. I wish you well with your travel Estelle. #TeamLovinLife

  • Jan Wild
    January 27, 2018

    What a fun post, we currently have German friends staying with us, they have been to Melbourne, cycled in Tassie, visited Phillip Island, now here in Mallacoota and then heading to Sydney and home. It is really interesting seeing our town through their eyes.

    • Kathy
      January 28, 2018

      Oh yes it is always wonderful to show friends around your own backyard. We spent a night in Iluka recently and our friends who have moved here showed us around this lovely little fishing village. They were fabulous tour guides and we appreciated the tour. #TeamLovinLife

  • Fleur Bailey
    January 28, 2018

    So many great reasons to visit Australia! I would add a few more, like Coober Pedy – home to opal mining and underground dwellings, the Nullarbor Plain, and Wave Rock – though I guess these all fit in your “Outback” category.

    • Kathy
      January 29, 2018

      Yes I would definitely add those place too Fleur. I haven’t been to Coober Pedy or Wave Rock but have travelled across the Nullarbor. Australia really does have a remarkable outback. #TeamLovinLife

  • Joanne Smith
    February 13, 2018

    I am heading out there in a few months to travel with a friend, then try to visit all the beaches that have been on our list and now we are just waiting for our visa to get approved. We did get it on a third party site this one https://www.travelvisaaustralia.com.au/. Btw, what are the best Beaches that you’ve been in Australia?

    • Kathy
      February 14, 2018

      You will absolutely love the beaches in Australia. There are so many beautiful beaches and far too many to recommend. Australia is a vast country so it depends which part you’re travelling to. East or West Coast?

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