Thinking of a Holiday in Australia; Purely a Dream

The Botanical Gardens in Sydney

The Botanical Gardens in Sydney

Due to being literally on the other side of the world, in the past for most people the thought of a holiday in Australia  and arrival into Sydney on your flight was purely a dream.

In more recent times, however, due to the availability of more affordable and regular flights ‘Down Under’, this dream can now be a reality for many adventurous travellers due to such travel websites as, Totally Australia or Expedia. It is feasible to board a flight from the UK one day, only to be enjoying the view from your comfortable room in luxury hotel accommodation in Sydney the very next.

Of course, there is so much more to this vast country than Sydney. Perhaps the most popular destinations for many travellers to Australia are the unique and naturally occurring phenomena of the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru (Ayers Rock).

Exploring the vast outback on their own steam or on organised tours is a great draw for the more adventurous travellers. In contrast, city lovers will find a wealth of cultural and historic places of interest to visit, as well as excellent shopping, in the cosmopolitan cities such as Melbourne, Brisbane and of course Sydney.

Visitors often underestimate the vast distances involved when travelling from one major point of interest in this enormous country to another. As flying is the only practical mode of transport, even the smallest and remotest of towns in Australia are well served by regular flights, allowing travellers to criss-cross the remote outback and deserts with ease and in relative comfort.

Sydney is the largest city in Australia with a population of over four and a half million. It is also one of the top immigrant cities on earth. According to the last census, about three-quarters of all new residents are immigrants. Not surprisingly, Sydney is also a popular destination for tourists, both domestic and international.

Each year, the city greets over 11 million tourists, 3 million of whom are from overseas. Sydney has been a top spot for citizens of the UK for many years. Of course, travel has fallen off a bit in the wake of the global recession, especially international guests.

Travel from the UK declined by about ten percent as many residents choose to stay close to home. Since the travel industry in Sydney depends on international guests, most hotels and airlines have been forced to lower their rates. Even boutique hotels Sydney are more affordable than they have been in years.

What is a boutique hotel? There are actually few different definitions of what they are. But the most common one is that a boutique hotel is a small to medium-size hotel that is decorated in a single theme. Because they appeal to well-heeled guests, boutique hotels are typically only found in large cities like New York, Paris, London, and Sydney.

Even in a bad economy, guests should expect a sizable bill. For those who want to save a few pounds, it is important to book your room as soon as possible. Since most boutique hotels have limited space, they often offer discounts to guests who book weeks, even months in advance.