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Australia captures the imagination like nowhere else. Synonymous with never ending summers and a friendly, relaxed way of life, it’s a place where anything goes. Not to mention the cool wildlife!
Australian life is largely based on the fact that it’s an enormous country with a very small population in relation to it. In terms of geographical size it’s very similar to America, yet with a population of only 23 million it has one of the lowest population densities in the world. A large part of the country – especially the famous outback – is extremely dry and flat. You can literally drive for days without seeing anyone. However, contrastingly the bustling cities are modern and vibrant and youthful, as most were only founded as recently as the 19th century.
The capital, Canberra, is a truly amazing place to visit on your way through. Fascinating and achingly trendy, you’ll find stunning parks, amazing food and of course a wealth of kangaroo reserves too.
This harsh interior has forced modern Australia to become a coastal country which has led to the development of some unforgettable beaches. A large percentage of the population lives within 20km of the ocean, along a stretch of coast between southern Queensland to Adelaide. A warm, sunny climate and welcoming atmosphere only adds to the laid back vibe of Australia and it’s somewhere you and your family will remember for a lifetime.
Here are five things you may not have known about Australia, which you’ll want to make note of before packing your bags:Time Difference: UTC +10 hoursCurrency: Australian Dollar Native Language: EnglishWeather: Australia has two climate zones - tropical and temperate. Summers can be scorching at up to 40 degrees C, whereas winters are milder at around 10 degrees C.Sales Tax: 10%
Here’s everything you’ll need to know about flying to Australia from Canada, including flight times and entry requirements.
Flights from Canada to Australia generally take around nineteen hours, with direct flights available from Toronto and Vancouver.
Flights from other cities in Canada, such as Calgary, will have to take indirect routes, which will take a little longer.
Canadians must hold a passport with 6-months validity and a valid ETA to enter Australia. You may be asked to provide additional details or evidence of your finances in certain situations.
The following airlines offer direct flights from Canada to Australia:
- Air Canada
If you’ve never visited Australia before and are wondering what the ‘must-see’ sights and attractions are, here are our top ten:
- Sydney Harbour
- Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth
- Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, Sydney
- Sydney Opera House
- Australian War Memorial, Canberra
- Ayer’s Rock, Uluru
- The Kangaroo Sanctuary, Alice Springs
- City Circle Tram, Melbourne
- Fraser Avenue Lookout, Perth
- The Bell Tower, Perth
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