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Date: 20/02/2012

Cheap Travel Insurance Australia

Australia is a country of contradictions, offering plenty of interest for culture vultures yet also providing sundrenched beaches for those wanting to take it easy.

Being such a vast nation, it's difficult to decide where to visit but one of the most popular draws is the Great Barrier Reef. Lying off the coastline of Queensland, it stretches more than 2600 kilometres and is so huge that it can even be spotted from space! The reef can be traced back at least 20,000 years and provides a home to dolphins, whales, turtles and tropical fish – along with sharks, sea snakes and saltwater crocs!

The crystal clear waters mean that glass bottomed boat trips provide a great view of the underwater world whilst those keen on getting a closer look can go diving. For cheap travel insurance Australia is a popular choice but it is important to remember to check that your travel insurance cover includes additional activities such as diving. It is usually possible to add them if they are not covered as standard.

For visitors hoping to enjoy a touch of culture, Barossa is a region worth considering. As one of the major wine-producing areas of Australia, it enjoys the tropical climate of the south but has a strong English and German influence. As well as wineries offering tasting tours, there is an annual Vintage Festival which sees bands and carnivals in addition to the region's top food producers displaying their wares. The three main towns in Barossa are also reknowned for their art galleries and antique shops.

Anyone hoping to see more of the countryside and not averse to a spot of driving could travel down the Great Ocean Road. This runs along the south coast of Australia and encompasses cliff top roads as well as stunning views out over the sea. There are a number of marked walks leading off the highway so although the route can easily be covered in one day, it is recommended that you allow at least two to make the most of the surrounding scenery and countryside.

The sights to see in Australia are too numerous to mention – Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) – to name but a few. And with Melbourne offering shopping to rival Paris and Milan, there really is something for everyone.