Australia

This vast continent contains lush rainforests, arid lunar landscapes, dramatic mountain ranges, swaths of pristine beach and an amazing diversity of exotic wildlife. And from the primeval wilderness of the Northern Territory to the Victorian manors of the Barossa Valley, the Australians themselves are unfailingly ...

This vast continent contains lush rainforests, arid lunar landscapes, dramatic mountain ranges, swaths of pristine beach and an amazing diversity of exotic wildlife. And from the primeval wilderness of the Northern Territory to the Victorian manors of the Barossa Valley, the Australians themselves are unfailingly genial and hospitable. Sydney remains one of the great modern cities of the world, but even once-provincial Perth has lately evolved into a buzzing pan-Asian metropolis.

CLIMATE

December to March is summer and June to September winter, though nearly half of Australia (which is the size of the Lower 48 states) lies in the tropics. Coastal cities are temperate and have mild winters (see below). The Great Barrier Reef’s average highs range from the upper 70s to the upper 80s year-round.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport and visa. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

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