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Driving in Australia

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Car Hire Australia - Australia in Brief

Australia's biggest attraction is it's natural beauty. The landscape varies from sun-baked deserts to dense tropical rainforests to chilly southern beaches. Scattered along the beaches, the cities blend a European love of art and food with the Australian love of sport and the outdoors.

Summer in Australia (December to February) can be uncomfortably hot but it's great beach weather. Up north the summer wet season is very humid and the sea is swarming with box jellyfish. Winter (June to August) offers skiing in New South Wales and Victoria. Spring and autumn are mild months weather-wise.

Australia is a massive country that despite rivaling the USA in terms of size it's population is still only around 20 million - London has a population of 8 million alone. It's an ancient land that was first settled by Aboriginals about 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. It is a country of contrast too, with most of central and western Australia arid and flat compared to the youthful cities most of were founded in the mid-ninteeth century.

The most memorable scenery is in the outback and a contrast of colours with the deep red of the desert sands, the bright blue of the sky and striking natural monuments and geological features. Uluru, later named Ayers Rock by a European explorer in 1872, represents a scared landmark for Aboriginal peoples and is a magnet to tourists across the world. It is the most famous icon of the Australian outback. The rock is 3.6km (2.2mi) long and towers 348m (1141ft) high.

Sydney is one of the world's most beautiful cities. it's famous landmarks include the Opera House, the Harbour and its bridge, the Botanical Gardens and Bondi Beach. Sydney is Australia's largest and oldest city, it's home to soaring skyscrapers and cosy little restaurants. There's something for everyone in Sydney.

Melbourne is Australia's second largest city with a population of around 3.4 million, about half a million less than Sydney. In many ways Melbourne is the most European of all Australian cities; magnificent landscaped gardens and parks provide green spaces near the centre of the city. Beneath the skyscrapers of the business district lie Victorian facades in tree lined boulevards.

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