Christian's (Cpolsonb) hasty guide to our sunburnt country.
As much as I would love to say you guys should come over to West Australia, it's not really very realistic. Driving East - West across Australia is an adventure in itself, killer road trains and suicidal emus. Flying
East - West is like going on a whole other trip, similar to criss-crossing the US.
I'd recommend sticking to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne (East coast capitals) but travelling between each of those is still a trip in it's own right (at least it's not desert though!).
If you did have the time for a real tour it would be awesome though as Australia is far more enjoyable outside the city. Here's a sampling:
The Kimberley region of West Australia is filled with stunning gorges, beautiful waterfalls, the oldest rock art in the world from the world's oldest and also most continuous culture and some of Australia's famous critters (like crocs!).Kimberley BunglesKimberley GorgesRock Art that some say looks like aliens...
Situated in North Queensland, the Daintree Rainforest is Australia's largest. While it doesn't have monkeys and jaguars it has some amazingly ancient plants, heaps of cool frogs and the beautiful and surprisingly dangerous cassowary. DaintreeMore DaintreeThe CassowaryCassowary going beserk
The Great Barrier Reef is also in Queensland (or rather off Queensland) and is the world's largest reef system! If you're lucky you can even go swimming with Whale Sharks (although it's better at Ningaloo in WA). The Great Barrier ReefMore Great Barrier ReefWhale Sharks
Something closer to Sydney is the Blue Mountains, famous for the Three Sisters. While very beautiful and definitely worth a visit I'm personally biased toward West Australia and the Kimberley region. Three SistersBlue Mountains
I'm sure you're all familiar with Ayers Rock / Uluru. It's pretty amazing but also happens to be in the
most remote part of Australia (central).Uluru
How could I almost forget Kakadu National Park. Kakadu is similar to the Kimberely but incorporates Australia's largest remaining wetland. Also filled with gorges, rivers, crocs and cave paintings Kakadu is simply gorgeous but again, unfortunately remote (this is in the Northern Territory).KakaduEveryones best friend at Kakadu
Plus plenty more! I'm sure others will regale you with the more metropolitan wonders, of which I am not intimately familiar. Oh and Steve will love our awesome bird diversity!
Oh, and while you're at TAM will you guys be making time for the little people like me or will you be busy with the big Aus Skeptic celebs like Richard Saunders, Dr Rachie and Kylie Sturgess?