Australia's biggest attraction is its natural beauty. The landscape varies from endless sunbaked horizons to dense tropical rain forest to chilly southern beaches. Scattered along the coasts, its cities blend a European enthusiasm for art and food with a laid-back love of sport and the outdoors.
Visitors expecting to see an opera in Sydney one night and meet Crocodile Dundee the next will have to rethink their grasp of geography in this huge country. It is this sheer vastness that gives Australia much of its character.