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New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia & Tasmania - Gleaming Cities and Wonderful Natural Landscapes

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The history of Australia began in the southern states of the continent. On 26 January 1788 English fleet anchored in the bay of Sydney. Many followed the lure of gold in Victoria. Settlers, especially Germans, weren't a long time in coming and moved to South Australia to to plant vineyards in the Barossa Valley. The colony of Tasmania was founded in 1825.
The southern states in numbers:
The state of New South Wales with its capital of Sydney is only 800 640 km² in size, however, approx. 7.3 million people live here.

Victoria lies on the southern tip of Australia and at 227 420 km² in size, it is one of the smallest federal states of Australia. It is home to ±5.3 million people.

South Australia is 983 480 km² in size, and has only about 1.6 million inhabitants. The capital is Adelaide.

With a surface area of 68 400 km², Tasmania is the smallest and southernmost federal state. The capital is Hobart and approx. 502 600 people live on the island.

Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the wold and Adelaide in South Australia attracts visitors from all over the world with its parks and museums. Melbourne is the cosmopolitan capital of Victoria and is known among other things for its cultural and sporting events.

The cities are, however, just a small part of what the southeast has to offer: golden sandy beaches, lonely bays, endless Outback, national parks worth seeing, eucalyptus forests and a rich animal and plant world, towering mountains, bizarre gorges, extensive grazing lands, quiet mountain lakes, roaring rivers and impenetrable rain forests that have been declared a World Heritage Site - many treasures just waiting to be discovered.

In the south of the continent the Australian summer (October - April) is the most pleasant time of the year. In winter (May - September) it can be cool and windy, and in the Australian Alps and on Tasmania snowfalls are possible.

Apart from day tours we also offer longer tours that can be combined like building blocks. We strongly recommend trips along the Touring Routes, as these combine all the highlights.
Sydney Melbourne Touring Route
This Touring Route presents two possibilities between the major cities of Sydney and Melbourne - either along the coast or along an alternative inland route. Both variants combine many sight-seeing opportunities, fantastic landscapes and idyllic little places along the way. Along the coastal route the following sights should not be missed: the Royal National Park south of Sydney, the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk, the Blowhole at Kiama, the long white sandy beaches, such as along Jervis Bay, the lake district at Lakes Entrance and Metung, the Wilsons Promontory National Park, also known as Wilsons Prom, Phillip Island with its Penguin parade and the Mornington Peninsula its colourful beach huts. On the inland route we can recommend the following stops: the historical village of Walhalla, Bairnsdale, start of the Great Alpine Road, Omeo, Bright and the Mt Buffalo National Park, places with a fantastic alpine character, Wangaratta, end of the Alpine Road, Albury and Wodonga at Lake Hume, Thredbo, gateway to Mt Kosciuszko, the highest point in Australia's Snowy Mountains, Canberra, the capital of Australia, Batemans Bay and Kangaroo Valley.
Great Southern Touring Route
Start of the Great Southern Touring Route is Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, which is known for its theatres, art, restaurants, superb shopping, picturesque parks and as the sporting mecca of Australia. Along the Great Ocean Road you will find fantastic sea views, coastal villages, impressive wine estates and popular surfing beaches. Worth seeing are the towns of Geelong, Torquay, Lorne, Apollo Bay, Warrnambool, Port Fairy and the Otway National Park. The road winds through the coastal landscape with the Twelve Apostles, the Port Campbell National Park and through towns with a maritime atmosphere. This coast is also known as Shipwreck Coast, as several ships have come to grief here. The Grampians away from the coast are characterized by interesting little towns and agricultural areas. It is an ideal destination for hikers, mountaineers and nature lovers. One comes across koalas, kangaroos, echidnas and emus as well as Aboriginal rock art. In the Ballarat goldfields the first gold discovery in Australia was made around 1851. The wealth of those days is manifested in numerous lovingly restored historical buildings, as well as at the Sovereign Hill open air museum.
Melbourne Adelaide Touring Route
The Melbourne Adelaide Touring Route leads along the Great Ocean Road to the Grampians National Park, to the Limestone Coast and into the wine growing area of the Coonawarra Region as well as to Kangaroo Island. On a circular route you will see the coastal as well as the inland highlights. The Limestone Coast is characterized by rugged cliffs and superb sandy beaches and joins the coastal towns of Robe, Beachport and Port Macdonnell. The limestone of the region is the cause of the unique rose-coloured soil in the Coonawarra area, where many world famous wines are produced. The Naracoorte Caves are a World Heritage Site. Kangaroo Island (KI) with its kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, duck-billed platypus, goanna lizards, sea eagles, wallabies and seals as well as fantastically varied landcapes, is sometimes referred to as a zoo without fences. The Fleurieu Peninsula beaches are among Australia's best. From the mouth of the Murray River to Victor Harbor the Fleurieu Peninsula is home to many artists and crafters. In Adelaide there is always something on the go, such as gourmet festivals and also sporting events. The city invites one to shop and relax and to enjoy its architecture and luxurient parks. Glenelg is Adelaide's popular and cosmopolitan beach suburb.
South Australia
Adelaide, the capital of South Australia usually is the starting or end point of trips. The Yorke Peninsula attracts with its remoteness, still largely unspoilt landscapes and extensive sandy beaches. The Flinders Ranges offer the visitor a taste of the Outback. The rare yellow footed rock wallaby as well as many raptors are at home here. Well-known wine growing areas are the Clare and Barossa Valleys. Port Lincoln, which can be reached from Adelaide by air, is the gateway to the Gawler Ranges and to the Nullarbor Plain, that stretches all the way to Perth in Western Australia. The Gawler Ranges are characterized by their rich flora and fauna. Apart from kangaroos, echidnas, emus and seals you will come across many bird species and can go for walks on dry salt lakes in a unique landscape. Coober Pedy, the opal town in the South Australian Outback is a peculiar place that is, however, worth seeing. The Breakaways, the Dog Fence and places such as Marree and Oodnadatta should not be missed on the way to the Red Centre. Under the Limestone Coast and Melbourne Adelaide Touring Route headings you will find information on Kangaroo Island.
Tasmania, the continent's green lung in addition to the cleanest air on earth also offers fantastic landscapes with high mountains, extensive sandy beaches, rugged, broken coast lines and a rich fauna with wombats, echidnas, kangaroos and, of course, the Tasmanian devil. Large parts of Tasmania are protected as national parks and many parts remain unspoilt and inaccessible. Places and regions that should definitely be included in a visit to Tasmania are: Hobart with its interesting Salamanca Market on Saturdays, the ruins of the Port Arthur penal colony on Tasman Island, the Freycinet National Park with its famous Wineglass Bay, the remote Bay of Fires in the northeast, the Cradle Mountain National Park, start of the well-known Overland Hiking Track, the idyllic little town of Strahan in the west with access to the Gordon River, Lake St Clair, End of the Overland Track, many waterfalls, the Tall Trees in the Mt Field National Park as well as Maria and Bruny Island's, secluded and interesting scenery.
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