the best of southeast australia - overview
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We?ve yet to meet anyone who didn?t want to go to Australia. The sunny, funny, friendly national persona is as irresistible as the country?s tremendous natural beauty.

In an age of hype and hyperbole, Australia is one of the few places you?ll travel where your expectations will actually be exceeded. Somehow, colors seem brighter, air seems fresher, and overall, the whole world seems younger and better looking.

Start your visit in Sydney, the number one travel destination according to countless surveys. Whether you?re on the deck of a ferry passing under the harbour bridge with the Opera House in full flower up ahead or checking out the Southern Cross from the Sydney Observatory, you?ll likely think you?re in the most beautiful city on Earth. And you?ll be right.

Four days will give you time to explore Sydney?s world-class restaurants, museums, and beaches before heading up to the Blue Mountains, where ancient rock formations and cascading waterfalls emerge from the mist-enshrouded valleys.

An hour northeast of Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is one of the country?s premier wine regions and an unsurpassed destination for experiencing the good life, Australian style. Southeast of the city, the Mornington Peninsula offers great beaches, beautiful old resorts, ocean-view golf courses, and scenic walking tracks. While you?re here, drive to Phillip Island at dusk to watch hundreds of Fairy Penguins returning to their rookery.

With breathtaking sights like the Twelve Apostles, the Great Ocean Road is Australia?s most spectacular coastal drive, and you?ll explore it before returning to Melbourne, Australia?s food, finance, and fashion capital for three days.

The Best of Southeast Australia Highlights
Opera House

The Best of Southeast Australia Travel Tips
Blue Mountains

Lodging, Tourism, Vacations
The Twelve Apostles

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