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Australia

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Overview

Australia is one of the highest ranking in many areas including health care, life expectancy, and public education, making it an extremely popular destination for travelers and expats.

Ask anybody for trip ideas in Australia, though, and you’re likely to get a limited range of answers that include a trip to the beach, petting a kangaroo, and taking a photo in front of the Sydney Opera House. But with a land mass twice the size of Europe and climates ranging from sweltering desert to tropical rainforests, there’s much more to Australia than koalas and a souvenir didjeridoo. Matador has compiled first-hand knowledge about volunteer opportunities in the country, favorite roadtrip routes, and nightlife guides to Australia’s metropolitan areas to help you learn more.

The articles and photo essays below can get you started on planning your own trip to Australia.

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Australia Articles

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How climate change transformed the Great Barrier Reef, a place I love

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12+ reasons we should be moving to Sydney, Australia right now

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13 hacks and tips for road tripping the Australian Outback

11 places to swim with whale sharks [PICS]

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The 22 craziest party hostels around the world

The Great Ocean Walk: Victoria’s coastal hike

11 pristine photos of Whitehaven Beach, Australia

Back to nature: 13 of the world’s richest national parks

Push yourself on this 600-mile motorcycle adventure up the Queensland coast

The other side of Queensland: Journey into the Outback [pics]

A dream realized on Lady Elliot Island [pics]

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