TORONTO — As Australia reopens to the world, it’s ready to say ‘G’day’ to Canadians with its spacious landscapes, endless natural beauty and laidback culture.
While some things have remained the same Down Under, namely its wide-open spaces and easy-going way of life, in recent years everything from its food to fashion has had a fresh new makeover. New tourism experiences and accommodations have opened, cultural attractions have been refreshed, an urban café culture has firmly embedded itself across the country, brewers, winemakers and distillers have helped establish a thriving food and drink scene, and major events are being laid out for 2022 and beyond.
Australia offers endless opportunities to get out into nature and explore places where space is abundant. Home to the world’s oldest living culture, the destination invites travellers to learn about the rich cultures and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, whose continuing connections with the land and sea have much to teach visitors. A trip to Australia is also an opportunity to share in the values that the locals hold close to their hearts: a love for nature and wildlife, a sense of adventure, living life outdoors and great coffee!
Nature lovers will appreciate the fact that Australia is home to some of the world’s most distinctive and diverse natural environments, including 20 unique World Heritage sites, 16 of which were made by nature like islands, reefs, rainforests, mountain ranges and national parks. Australia is unmatched in its diversity of landscapes – from deserts in the outback and ancient wilderness areas, to vibrant rainforests, underwater reefs, white sandy beaches, rugged mountain ranges and lush wetlands and waterfalls.
With an abundance of nature comes a bounty of wildlife. Visitors can take a selfie with a cute quokka in the wild, get up close to a koala in a wildlife sanctuary, feed wild dolphins and swim with playful sea lions and giant whale sharks. Some of the most iconic places to explore include the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest reef; Daintree Rainforest, the world’s oldest rainforest; K’gari (Fraser Island), the world’s largest sand island; and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, home of Uluru.
Even more, Australia’s incredible natural wonders like The Kimberley, Kakadu National Park, the Bungle Bungle Range and the Tasmanian Wilderness offer intimate and unforgettable experiences. And for foodies, Australian cuisine is all about quality ingredients, the people who produce them and the incredible landscapes in which they’re shared.
Australia is open and ready to welcome back visitors. As of Feb. 21, 2022, visa holders who are fully vaccinated with two doses of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved COVID-19 vaccine can travel to Australia quarantine-free.
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