Australia: untamed nature

Surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans, Australia covers more than 7 600 000 km2. From national parks to deserts, not forgetting the coastline, explore a country whose very size will make you dizzy.
The amazing diversity of fauna and flora, the exceptional natural sights and the wide open spaces have made Australia's reputation. Visit the Great Barrier Reef to the north-east, the huge central plain, the Grampian mountains in the south or Mount Augustus in the east. To the north, discover a tropical atmosphere in a region covered with forests and lush vegetation. A land filled with nature reserves and wild spaces, Australia offers an encounter with nature which will take your breath away. Visit this remarkable country thanks to an Air France flight for an unforgettable experience.

Australia's cultural and historical heritage

Australia is also a historical land. It offers a mixture of Old England and aboriginal civilisation. Come and meet the immigrants and the English convicts of the XVIIIth century. Visit the old Australian prisons, such as the Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney, recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, or Kimberley, an Aboriginal region and pearl fishing site. Australia has managed to conserve its former architecture which you will find throughout the country. Visit Georgian, Victorian and Gothic buildings. Stop in Adelaide, nicknamed the city of churches; in Sydney to see the huge contemporary towers, in Victoria for its colonial architecture or in Brisbane for its Queensland-style houses. The collections in the Sydney Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum are filled with history and offer an unforgettable journey through time.

Australia's major cities: Melbourne and Sydney

Australia is also an urban destination. Air France offers regular flights to the country's main cities. Sydney and Melbourne are unmissable and cosmopolitan. If you go to Melbourne, the fashion and culture capital, stop at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Royal Exhibition Palace, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the outskirts of the city, take the time to visit the vineyards and the Great Ocean road. Sydney, built around an immense bay, offers pleasant surprises such as the National Gallery of Victoria, The Rocks, the oldest part of the city, and huge modern towers. For a day's shopping trip, head for the Pitt Street pedestrian zone and the Victoria Building. And to add relaxation to urban tourism, enjoy the beautiful beaches close to the centre of Melbourne and Sydney.

Preparing your journey to Australia