The biggest country of the “small” Oceania is actually the sixth largest country in the world. Since it is located halfway around the world, it may be a very difficult trip to undertake, and in particular to afford.
For these reasons, travelling to Australia through an Au Pair experience is much more affordable! You will spend more time there than a normal tourist while facing less costs; you will live with an Australian host family and will have the chance to explore as much of the country as possible and.
Sydney is one of the most famous cities, as well as one of the most multicultural in the whole world. If you have the luck to find the perfect Host Family for you in Sydney, you will have the chance to enjoy a city full of energy, culture, nature and events.
Of course, the first thing that you will visit and probably see from the plane is the Sydney Opera House. You will probably spend some time on the quay, strolling with your family or having a drink with your new friends.
However, Sydney has much more to offer, in summer for example (December-February!) you can enjoy some incredible secret beaches near the city.
You may reach hidden pearls like Lady Martins Beach or Chinamans beach on walking trails, however some of these beaches are only reachable by boat (but they’re definitely worth a visit!).
For the art & culture lovers: if you want to discover more about the city and the Australian culture, we absolutely advise you to visit the Australian Museum, where you can find a lot of information about the country’s environment, and the Museum of Sydney.
However, a visit to the Sydney Opera House is mandatory. There are daily tours between 9 am and 5 pm, and you can even opt to take a tour in a language other than English, if you still need to improve your English skills!
At last, discover the ancestral stories of Aboriginal people by visiting the Royal National Park and the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Moreover. If you’re interested, you can discover Sydney’s history through Aboriginal eyes by going on a cruise and a walkabout tour with a real Tribal warrior.
Melbourne is actually the second largest city in Australia. Located on the south-east coast, on the Port Phillip bay, it is known as the cultural capital of the country, as well as a real garden city.
In fact, one of the first things that you can visit with your Host Family in Melbourne are the Royal Botanic Gardens, located in the city centre. They extend across more than 36 hectares and you can find 50.000 individual plants of more than 8.500 species.
Another spot that you may visit, especially with the children of your Host Family, is the State Library Victoria. Inside, you can find not only books about every possible subject, but even three different art galleries that offer exhibitions throughout the year.
The most important one is the Dome Gallery, where you can find a collection of photos, maps, and histories of people and places that influenced Victoria’s everyday life in the last two centuries. If you love sports, it will be a great idea to attend the Grand Final of the Australian Football League at “The G”, the Melbourne Cricket Grounds. This huge stadium can host more than 95.000 people.
Brisbane is the third biggest city in Australia, but it is not less interesting than the previous two. In fact, there are plenty of things to visit and all sort of different activities to do.
In particular, Brisbane is well known in Australia as an incredible sea resort, where locals and tourists likewise enjoy warm temperatures and beautiful beaches. Even in the city centre, you can spend time with your Host Family or friends enjoying the sun at the South Bank Parklands: well maintained and with cozy bars and beautiful surrounding parks, it offers an artificial beach with an amazing view of the city.
However, if you don’t mind to go a few kilometers further, you can easily reach both the Sunshine and Gold Coast.
A place that the Host Family’s children will love for sure is the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. There, the animals are taken great care of and the staff is very kind – so rather not a zoo but a sanctuary indeed!
Moreover, if you and your Host Family love adventures, why don’t you go climbing on the Brisbane Story Bridge, with its 74 metres of height, or visit the Riverlife Adventure Centre?
However, one of the most emotional things that you can do in Brisbane is for sure the Whale Watching experience. The easy access to the open ocean allows tourists (and of course Au Pairs in Brisbane!) to see these spectacular giants of the ocean.
If you find an Au Pair job on the Australian west coast, but you are not sure whether or not you should go there, we might help you decide.
Perth, with a population of more than 2 million, is the biggest city in Western Australia and it has a lot to offer – especially to a young person.
Do you like spending your free time in a park, surrounded by a lot of green, relaxing with friends, enjoying life? Then you should visit the Kings Park, where you will also have a beautiful view of the Perth city skyline, or you can catch a sunset at Cottesloe Beach.
For sure, you will get to know the city by joining one of the walking tours available (or even a bar tour in the evening!). These tours will help you discover the best places such as the Perth Concert Hall or the Fremantle, a port streetscape with historical buildings that have a lot of stories to tell.
Moreover, Perth enjoys great temperatures throughout the year. Even in winter the thermometer will barely drop under 10°C, making the city perfect for those who love to go to the beach. Hillarys Boat Harbour and Rottnest Island are the best destinations for sea lovers.
Last but not least, in West Australia you can enjoy incredible sunsets on the beach.
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