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Australia is a vast country of sophisticated cities and beautiful landscapes. On the southern shores, follow the Great Ocean Road to enjoy a celebrated scenic drive. Visit Bells Beach, home of a World Championship Tour surfing competition.
Drive farther on to see the 12 Apostles natural rock sculptures rising dramatically out of the sea. In Melbourne, watch cricket and rugby matches, visit the Royal Botanic Gardens and sample Yarra Valley wines.
Continue north to Canberra, Australia’s capital, to see impressive government buildings, monuments and galleries. Farther north, Sydney is noted for its striking opera house and harbor bridge, beautiful beaches, the Taronga Zoo and Hunter Valley wines. Learn about Australia’s indigenous people at the Australian Museum.
The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are known for surfing. See this for yourself in the town named Surfers Paradise. Nearby Brisbane is a sophisticated city straddling a winding river. Enjoy the koala sanctuary and venture into hinterland wilderness.
Visit Port Douglas and Cairns in the far north to see the Great Barrier Reef, ideal for snorkeling, diving or viewing colorful fish and coral from a glass-bottom boat. See kangaroos, cassowaries and other animals at the Wildlife Habitat and exotic birds in the Daintree Rainforest.
New Zealand is actually two islands. On the North Island, visit Auckland to sail from its lovely harbor and appreciate multiethnic culture and food. Drive to Rotorua to experience sulfur springs, cooking corn on the cob over the hot steam eruptions or relaxing in a natural hot tub. Continue to the southern city of Wellington, the capital, to enjoy a beautiful harbor surrounded by cultural attractions.
The South Island has mountains, glaciers, fjords and blue-green glacial lakes that provided Mount Cook and other locations as fantasy film settings for The Hobbit. Visit Christchurch where the indomitable spirit of its residents has helped to maintain colorful gardens and rebuild the city after a devastating earthquake. Queenstown has an eclectic community of backpackers, artists and adventure seekers. Ski, rock climb and bungee jump. Enjoy New Zealand wines throughout the country.
Elsewhere in the South Pacific, explore islands that were described by James Michener as having “endless ocean” with “coconut palms nodding gracefully” and “lagoons, lovely beyond description.” Find this beautiful scenery at Fiji, Samoa, the Cook Islands and French Polynesia. Learn about the Polynesian explorers who once sailed the high seas in outrigger canoes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Melbourne Town Hall and Bourke Street Mall. RMIT University and Eureka Tower are also within 15 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 8 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the business district, steps away from Westfield Shopping Centre, Sydney Tower and Queen Victoria Building. Strand Arcade and Pitt Street Mall are also within 5 minutes. St. James Station is 6 minutes by foot and Martin Place Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sydney Tower, Royal Botanic Gardens and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Sydney Opera House and The Rocks Markets are also within 1 mi (2 km). St. James Station is only a 4-minute walk and Martin Place Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hostel is steps away from Old Melbourne Gaol and RMIT University. Queen Victoria Market and Bourke Street Mall are also within 15 minutes. Melbourne Central Station is 6 minutes by foot and Parliament Station is 13 minutes.
Located in the heart of Wellington, this spa hotel is steps from Wellington Central Business District and Civic Square. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Cuba Street Mall are also within 5 minutes. Wellington Station is 16 minutes by foot.
This family-friendly Melbourne aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Her Majesty's Theatre, Bourke Street Mall and Parliament House of Victoria. Emporium Melbourne and Forum Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Parliament Station is 5 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 12 minutes.
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of World Square Shopping Centre, Hyde Park and Queen Victoria Building. Central Park and Circular Quay are also within 2 mi (3 km). Museum Station is only a 3-minute walk and Capitol Square Light Rail Station is 6 minutes.
This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Federation Square and National Gallery of Victoria. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Melbourne Cricket Ground are also within 1 mi (2 km). Flinders Street Station is only a 4-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 16 minutes.