More of us than ever before are choosing to emigrate to Australia from the UK.It’s also a great place to take a break for a few weeks.This is so for a number of reasons; Britain and Australia share much of the same culture and language, making the transition from one to the other remarkably easy.But it’s also a place that offers many fantastic opportunities to be active – in surroundings that you won’t find rivalled in Britain.There are plenty of jobs in demand in Australia, and so navigating the immigration system might prove less stressful than you might expect.
With that in mind, let’s examine some of these activities we might pursue down under!
Of course, anywhere on the world where there’s land to walk on is a suitable place to go for a hike.But Australia offers a little bit more in the way of wilderness to wander across.You might consider a walk through the highlands surrounding Victoria, or – if you’re feeling more adventurous – a hike through the country’s famous outbackThis is a vast, arid area of the country, as distinct from the term ‘bush’ which simply means any area outside of the major settlements.
The term ‘outback’ is traditionally said to be found ‘beyond the Black Stump’, an imaginary point that separates civilisation from the wilderness.The reality of the outback is that it’s punishing and unforgiving – but it’s also home to a beautiful diversity of landscape and wildlife, and will present a challenge even to the most accomplished hiker.The rewards, however, are more than worth the effort.
If you don’t feel like walking, but you’d still like to get around and see the country while getting some exercise in, then you might consider a cycling trip through the country.The country is home to an enormous quantity of cycling trails, each ripe for exploration – with Queensland in particular boasting plenty of ground for enthusiasts to eat up.
If you’re going to go scuba diving or snorkelling in Australia, then the famous Great Barrier Reef will surely dominate your considerations.It stretches for hundreds of miles across the eastern coast of Queensland, and is home to thousands of different species – all of which are ripe for discovery!
Of course, if you’re planning a trip to Australia, and your budget can stretch to it, then you should consider a visit to the Great Barrier Reef obligatory.But the nation’s coastlines are also home to myriad other, less famous snorkelling opportunities – where you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s most intriguing and beautiful aquatic life forms.
Of course, Austrlia is famous for the quality of its surf – which is what attracts thrillseekers from all over the world to its shores.The waves that crash on Australian shores are borne either in the Pacific Ocean to the east, the Indian to the west, or the southern Ocean to the south.As such, Australian surfers have plenty to choose from – and they can afford to be selective depending on the current weather conditions.The shores of Australia are replete with sparsely-populated and immaculately preserved beaches, and so would-be surfers will be able to easily find waves to conquer for themselves.
While Australia isn’t widely renowned for the quality of its skiing – since most European tourists prefer an altogether shorter trip to the Alps in order to get their annual fix of adrenaline.But Australia, too, is home to a mountain range that’s perfect for skiing – the Australian Alps, which can be found in the country’s southeast, straddling eastern Victoria and New South Wales.Not only are the Australian Alps stunningly beautiful, and perfect for skiing enthusiasts, but they’re within easy driving distance of the major population hubs found in this part of the country – so if you’re looking to relocate to Sydney or Melbourne, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to take a break and go skiing.
While it’s possible to skydive virtually anywhere in the world, many British tourist and expats choose to do so in Australia.You’ll be able to enjoy a view of the country from fifteen thousand feet in the air – which will allow you to appreciate it in a way that simply looking at it from the ground can’t match.Tandem skydiving is, paradoxically, among the safest activity you can do – it’s among the most highly regulated of all of the adrenaline-fuelled pastimes Australia has to offer.If you’re looking for a spectacular way to crown a long-planned trip, or you’d simply like a way to kick-start your new life in a foreign land, then there are few better ways to do it!