Have you ever taken a trip to the Great Down Under? There’s nowhere else in the world quite like Australia, and it’s a place you just have to experience for yourself at least once in your lifetime. If you need any convincing, here are six reasons why you should vacation in Australia.

The Sea Life

Off the coast of Australia is the Great Barrier Reef, which is one of the largest and most popular reef systems in the world. There are countless species of fish to marvel at, colorful coral, sharks, turtles, and more. If you enjoy scuba diving, the Great Barrier Reef is a location you just can’t miss. Even if you want to try out snorkeling, or view the sea life in an aquarium or from a boat, Australia gives you plenty of opportunities to meet some aquatic friends.

The Wildlife

On land, there are lots more amazing living creatures that you can discover. Kangaroos, wombats, koalas, kookaburras, and cockatoos are just some of the unique wildlife you can check out in Australia. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to spot some of these creatures, or you can check them out in the safety of a zoo. Either way, you have to see them for yourself.

The Food

Perhaps Australian food isn’t as exquisite as in other foreign locals, but it’s certainly unique. The country is famous for its barbecues, and you certainly can’t find better-tasting barbecued food anywhere else. There’s a great mix of ethnic foods to be found, so whether you want Indian, Spanish, or anything at all, you can enjoy it. You really must taste the kangaroo meat, however, and find out what all the hype is about by tasting the Australian sensation Vegemite.

The People

You’ll hear that charming Australian accent everywhere, and you’ll absolutely fall in love with all the locals. Australians are very friendly, and everyone is going to call you (and each other) “mate.” The people are very relaxed and laid-back. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. They’re also a ton of fun, and they love to have a good time. You’re sure to meet people that are just as memorable as any other part of your trip.

The Landscapes

Vacation in AustraliaThe Australian Outback is a vast and exciting landscape, and you’ll be amazed at how expansive the wilderness and wide open spaces really are. There are so many secluded locations, and at night, looking up at the star-filled sky is absolutely breathtaking. Nowhere else in the world can you view the stars and night sky like you can in Australia. There are also beautiful beaches and amazing cityscapes. Sydney and other cities have some incredible architecture.

The Entertainment

Because the people are so fun-loving and the country is so cool, you’ll have no shortage of entertainment options. There are big, famous festivals during the summer season, like the Big Day Out music festival and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. You’ll also have a lot of nightlife options, and you can always find a party on the beach or at a barbecue.

Jared Grant is a travel agent and frequent traveller who works with luxury Bahamas resorts. He has been to Australia many times and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the beach and interesting culture.