Beyond Melbourne

Great Australian destinations

At the conclusion of your attendance to the IFCU 25th General Assembly and Related Events in Melbourne, you may consider visiting some of these iconic destinations in Australia.

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Sydney is a very exciting place to be in winter, with fun-filled events, celebrations and festivals to ignite the season. There’s an overall buzz of happiness in the air as people explore this city bursting with things to see and do. Relax and unwind with a short break that’s packed with world-class events, big-city shopping and some of Australia’s best dining experiences.

Blue Mountains
Breathe deep in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area – one million hectares of sandstone cliffs, bushland, waterfalls and eucalypt forest. Visit Wentworth Falls and the Three Sisters and go underground in Jenolan Caves. Do short bushwalks or longer hikes such as the Kanangra to Katoomba Walk or the Six Foot Track to Katoomba. Enjoy restaurants, retreats, and vibrant arts and events.

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Ayers Rock (Uluru)
Considered the spiritual heart of Australia, this region’s gem is Uluru/Ayers Rock, but offers visitors so much more, and is only a few hours from Sydney. Wind your way through Kings Canyon, see the ancient red rocks of Kata Tjuta, marvel at star-filled skies, experience real outback stations and soak up the luxurious experiences.

Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park is a timeless place. Contemporary visitors experience pristine landscapes that have changed little over thousands of years, and an ancient Aboriginal culture that dates back more than 50,000 year. Kakadu National Park will change how you see the world! Experience the magic of this ancient land which is only a few hours from Darwin.

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Great Barrier Reef
Take a step back and smile as The Great Barrier Reef takes your breath away.  With stunning coral reefs, colourful marine life and a rainbow of blue water as far as the eye can see, it’s a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed. The Great Barrier Reef provides world-class experiences including scuba-diving, snorkelling, sailing, bare boating, cruise shipping and expedition cruising. This tropical paradise is truly at its best from June to September, when the temperature averages 25 degrees Celsius and the turquoise waters are stinger free.

Gold Coast
Queensland’s Gold Coast has a comfortable sub-tropical climate ideal for outdoor enjoyment all-year round. Winter on the Gold Coast is generally sunny and dry. June marks the beginning of whale watching season. Tour boats start heading out to find the whales in early June through to the end of October. Many Australians escape the cooler weather in the southern states for a holiday in Queensland at this time of year. The humidity is lower, there is less rain, but the temperature is still warm. The Surfers Paradise Festival runs from mid-June to mid-July.

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Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness - a place that has offered protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape. Kangaroo Island (or ‘KI' as the locals call it) is also big and surprisingly diverse. If you traverse its 155km length you'll find soaring cliffs, dense bushland, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive arcs of bone white beach.

Barossa Region
The Barossa is one of the world’s great wine regions, renowned for its food and wine, cultural experiences and easy-going lifestyle. The picturesque rolling hills of the Barossa Ranges overlook a colourful patchwork of vineyards and picture-book villages, dotted with historic churches, stone buildings, thatched-roof barns and cottages beckoning visitors to explore.

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Great Ocean Road
Travel the Great Ocean Road and beyond for one of the world's most scenic coastal drives, and see the 12 Apostles, iconic surf breaks and waterfalls. Experience a diverse array of things to see and do in the region, from outdoor activities such as surfing, scuba diving and sea kayaking to arts, cultural and heritage attractions. Admire the stunning coastline on the Great Ocean Walk and enjoy fine dining, local winemakers and fresh produce along the way.

Phillip Island
Iconic wildlife and family fun, stunning white beaches and hi-octane motor sports, you'll find it all on a seaside holiday at Phillip Island, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. See Phillip Island's little penguins emerge from the water, and spot other fascinating Australian animals at this wildlife wonderland. Discover sheltered bay beaches and wild surf beaches, blowholes, caves and unusual rock formations with a beach to suit every kind of visitor.

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The pearling capital of Australia, Broome is the western gateway to the Kimberley wilderness - home to world famous Cable Beach sunsets and the natural phenomenon of the Staircase to the Moon. Just a two and a half hour flight from Perth transports you to this tropical oasis of striking contrasts in colour and culture, where the vibe is very relaxed but there's so much to engage the senses.

Margaret River
Margaret River and its premium wine region is the place for indulging many passions. It's the only wine region in Australia where you can hop from award-winning wineries and restaurants to stunning beaches, tall-timber forests, world-class surf breaks and ancient caves. From Perth, it's an easy 3-hour-and-20-minute drive via coast or country. Budget travellers can catch the coach that departs daily.

Wild Flowers and Whale Watching in Western Australia
From July, more than 630 species of wildflowers bring Cape Range to life in its best season. Bushwalk, rock climb and four wheel drive in Cape Range National Park, where ancient red gorges meet daisy-covered dunes and turquoise seas. Winter temperatures here average 25 degrees and in July you can still swim with the huge whale shark on nearby Ningaloo Reef. After wildflower watching, snorkel from the beach to Ningaloo’s hyper-colored coral and go game fishing from Coral Bay.

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