Food: in big cities we eat in cafes, there is an opportunity to buy food in supermarkets, in hostels there is an opportunity to cook food. On the route, we will have a two-day training in the Royal National Park with parking in a wild camping, these days we cook food on a burner.
Accommodation: in cities living in a group in hostels, guesthouses, hotels, apartments in 2-4-6-8 bed rooms, there is a shower, a kitchen, free internet, the ability to do laundry.
IMPORTANT: Russian citizens are required to apply for an electronic tourist visa to visit Australia. A visa can be obtained without personal presence at the consulate by filling out a form on the website and sending copies of documents in a letter. Before the New Year holidays, paperwork takes 2 months, so it is worth submitting an application in advance.
Please note that you do not need to buy an air ticket to apply for a visa to Australia, but on the contrary, we recommend buying tickets after obtaining a visa. We provide hostel reservations and a travel plan in English, the rest of the necessary documents can be viewed on the website of the Australian Consulate, if you submit the documents yourself. You do not need to surrender your passport, Australia issues online visas and sends the document by e-mail. Or you can use the help of travel agencies involved in obtaining such visas, they have extensive experience and will present your application in the best possible way, as well as help with the translation of documents into English.
At 8:30 we meet at the hostel in St. Kerns (the address of the reservation will be sent to the participants in advance) and after getting to know the group we hit the road! On the first day of our route, we will visit the Tjapukai indigenous culture center, get acquainted with the history of the indigenous population of Australia, we will have a big program: we will learn to throw a boomerang, hear a real game on the ancient musical instrument Didgeridoo, learn a lot about the life and culture of the aborigines, see theatrical performance with dances and songs of local residents.
Then we head to Palm Cove. Due to the proximity of the barrier reef on Palm Cove Beach, there are no big waves, which means you can swim, take photos on the stunning palm alley. Australians come to this town to enjoy a relaxing holiday, and we will plunge into this idealistic atmosphere of the resort.
This day promises to be saturated with oxygen, because we will travel on an old train, which is 100 years old, through a rain forest filled with moisture and sounds of nature - to the village of Kuranda. A train with a breeze will carry us along the waterfalls through the tunnels, we will be able to see a riot of greenery, bordering on the endless blue sky. In Kuranda, we will have a small trekking in the rainforest, a walk on a river boat, we will see crocodiles in wildlife, if we are lucky, we will see the only large non-flying bird in the world, the Cassowary.
We will walk around the local market, visit the mini-zoo and look at the souvenir shops. On the way back we will take the funicular to Cairns. The 9 km cable car over the rainforest with stops at the waterfall will not leave you indifferent.
Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park is a unique nature reserve in the heart of the Australian continent, which has been under the auspices of UNESCO since 1987. Its main attraction is Uluru Rock (Ayers Rock) - the main shrine of the Aborigines in Australia and one of the most recognizable places in Oceania.
The area at the foot of Mount Uluru, rich in water sources, was inhabited by Australian aborigines more than 10,000 years ago. The Anangu tribe who lived here was engaged in hunting and gathering and revered the mountain as a place for sacred rituals.
The first Europeans in this area appeared already in 1870 when planning a telegraph line. In 1872, Mount Kata Tjuta was discovered by Ernest Giles, who named it Olga, in honor of the Russian Grand Duchess, daughter of Emperor Nicholas I and wife of King Charles I of Württemberg. Later, in 1873, the Uluru rock was discovered by William Goss, named Ayers Rock, in honor of the South Australian governor. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, settlers tried to use the land in the area for cattle breeding and agriculture, which led to numerous clashes with the aborigines. To resolve the conflict, the authorities recognized this part of the continent as a reservation for the indigenous population of Australia. In the 1930s. the area in the vicinity of Uluru began to gain immense popularity among tourists, and in 1958 this area was declared a National Park. Later, in 1976, the Australian authorities returned the land to the Anangu tribe, who in 1985 leased it to a parks agency for a period of 99 years.
Uluru Rock (Ayers Rock)
The main attraction of the Uluru National Park - Kata Tjuta - is the mysterious Uluru Mountain. This unique natural landmark, which changes its color during the day, attracts more than 400,000 tourists every year.
There are many legends associated with the main shrine of the Australian aborigines. Some of the caves in the mountain are considered portals to another world, and tourists are prohibited from entering or even taking pictures. This object is considered to be the intersection of invisible paths along which the ancient inhabitants of these places and the souls of their ancestors walk.
In addition to Mount Uluru, another hill of the National Park, Mount Olga, is of considerable interest to tourists. It consists of 36 rounded rocks, the highest of which reaches 546 meters. In the language of the aborigines, the name of this place sounds like Kata Tjuta, which means "many heads" in translation.
Despite the desert conditions, there are 416 representatives of flora in the park. Many of the plants of this region have adapted to the specific conditions of the desert savanna, in which rain is very rare. Some of them need heat or even fire to bloom, while others rise only after a rainstorm. As for the fauna of the park, unfortunately, it has significantly suffered from human activities and animals imported by Europeans. Many local species have disappeared or are on the verge of extinction. However, in remote corners of the reserve, tourists can still meet red kangaroos, emus or variegated monitor lizard.
Australia is a unique continent, whose name in translation from Latin means "South Land", is known for its unique climate and unique nature. Large cities in Australia coexist with deserted beaches and deserts. The state, isolated from the rest of the world, takes care of its inhabitants and hospitably receives tourists.
Australia is located in the southern and eastern hemispheres of the planet. The smallest continent in the world occupies only 5% of the Earth's land mass. The area of the continent with islands is 7,692,024 km². The length from north to south is 3.7 thousand km, and from west to east - about 4 thousand km.
The coastline stretches for 35,877 km and is slightly indented. The waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria protrude into the territory of the northern coast of the continent, and the Cape York Peninsula stands out against the background of the main coastline. The main bays are located in the southeast of Australia.
The outermost points of the continent include:
Australia's largest island is Tasmania. Its total area is 68 401 km². Off the north coast are Groote Island, Melville and Bathurst, as well as the large islands of Derk Hartog to the west and Fraser to the east. Kangaroo, King and Flinders Islands are located within the continental shelf.
The Great Barrier Reef is an invaluable natural monument located along the northeastern line of the continent. It includes clusters of small underwater and surface islands, as well as coral reefs. Its length is more than 2000 km.
In the north, west and south, Australia is washed by the Indian Ocean, and in the east by the Pacific Ocean. In addition, the continent is washed by the waters of four seas: Timor or Orange, Arafur, Tasman and Coral, which attract tourists from all over the world all year round.
What is Australia? These are unique landscapes, vast wilderness, wild ocean beaches, ancient wilderness tracts, unique vegetation and unusual animals. But in order to enjoy traveling in this unusual country, you need to observe some precautions. Of course, we must honestly say that Australia is a fairly safe country, characterized by high standards of health care, excellent roads, new vehicles, and a low crime rate. But, nevertheless, do not forget about the hot climate, ozone holes, bush fires, poisonous insects and much more. Therefore, I would like to give some advice on safety while traveling in Australia, based on my experience of staying in this wonderful country.
For any emergency you can call 000. This is the phone number for all emergency services in Australia. The operator will connect you to the service you need, including the police, ambulance, or fire brigade. As you can see, there are no difficulties, you just need to remember one elementary phone number in order to contact any municipal service.
Australia has a very strong sun. Therefore, for safety while traveling, always wear a shirt, preferably with a long sleeve, a hat, sunglasses, and apply sun protection lotion or cream to your skin with a filter not lower than SPF 30+, best of all SPF 50+, including and on cloudy days. Remember that the cream has limited effects, especially in water, and should be reapplied periodically. Avoid sun exposure, especially at noon when the sun is most aggressive. Make sure you drink enough fluids to stay hydrated.
From time to time, various “natural disasters” occur in Australia, including bushfires, storms, extreme heat, drought, occasional landslides and earthquakes. These events are part of the natural Australian national cycle. The dangerous period of bush fires lasts the entire hot summer season. Be careful! Before setting off on a tour of the country, for travel safety, read the information on the risks of bush fire using television, radio and newspaper information. When camping, use sealed sources of fire, and comply with traffic warning signs for a complete ban on fire in some areas. If you need to light a fire in an area where it is not prohibited, do not forget to extinguish it with water. I was lucky to have left Australia before the bushfires started, and therefore only watched them on TV. Be lucky too!
Beautiful beaches in Australia are fraught with such dangers as strong currents of water, whirlpools, storms. To feel safe, you need to swim only in the permitted area between the yellow and red flags.
On all popular beaches, you will find lifeguards in red and yellow uniforms patrolling the beaches during the warmer months, and on the most popular beaches all year round. You should not swim alone, especially at night, or under a degree. But it is worth checking the water depth before diving and never run or dive into the water immediately from the beach. However, you yourself know this. If you are planning to go diving, consult the Australian Association in advance about the conditions of the site, safety regulations, licenses, permits and divers to enforce these requirements.
Shark attacks are very rare in Australia, but they can be fatal. A specially stretched net on Australian beaches keeps sharks out, but you can reduce the risk further by always swimming between flags, and only on lifeguard patrolled beaches, and not swimming in dusk or late afternoon. Avoid swimming alone or far offshore, at estuaries, or along slopes to deeper water.
Australia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, a frequent destination for road trips, diving, and hiking.
Australia is filled with incredible natural and man-made beauties: rainforests, pristine white sand beaches, the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Opera House. For tens of thousands of years, the life and sense of cultural identity of Indigenous Australians has been inextricably linked to the land, its resources, flora and fauna. Today, the identity of all Australians is determined by their relationship to the environment.
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