The most popular flight destinations in Australia are Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne. Australia comprises of the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and a number of smaller islands. Countries that neighbour the continent include Indonesia and New Zealand. Made up of six states, namely New South Wales (NSW), South Australia (SA), Tasmania (TAS), Queensland (QLD), Victoria (VIC), Western Australia (WA), most of Australia is semi-arid or desert.

Flights to Australia from Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban are offered by Emirates, Etihad Airways, South African Airlines, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offer a wide range of flights to your destination city, whether you prefer a direct or 2-stop travel. Depending on which city in South Africa you are departing from, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and KLM can be added to your selection of airline carriers.

A combination of laidback city-life, the lush rainforests, snow-capped mountains, deserts and vineyards fused with blossoming arts, culture and dining scene is what makes this continent so special. Australia’s aboriginal community maintain traditions that date back thousands of years, and the country’s collection of wildlife is second to none, despite being most famous for kangaroos and koalas.

With so much to consume and so much to see, here’s a to-do-list that won’t leave you disappointed.

The Sydney Opera House – Adjacent to the Sydney central business district and the Royal Botanic Gardens, this multi-venue performing arts centre is one of the city’s architectural gems. Showing off its modern expressionist design, The Concert Hall – home of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra – seats 2,679.

Great Barrier Reef – The Reef, located in Queensland, was the first coral reef ecosystem in the world to be listed as a World Heritage site, including over 2900 separate coral reefs. Some of the highlights include deep water features like canyons, channels, plateaux and slopes, with seagrass beds, mangroves, and about 900 islands ranging from small coral cays to large continental islands.

Darling Harbour – When they say there’s no place on earth like it, truer words were never spoken. From sunrise to sunset there is always something happening. Attracting more than 25 million visitors annually, Sydney’s Darling Harbour is widely recognised for its high-quality family events including Santa Fest, New Year’s Eve, Australia Day and many cultural events throughout the year. Expect to hear glasses clinking, bass thumps and fireworks crackle.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – Situated approximately 50 minutes from the Gold Coast, this is a must see whilst in Brisbane. With over 130 koalas, you can cuddle one, hand feed the kangaroos, and learn about the Aussie wildlife in all its glory. It’s no surprise that this Sanctuary is rated one of the Top 10 Zoos in the World.

National Gallery of Victoria – Popularly known as NGV, this is the oldest public art museum in Australia, located in the heart of Melbourne Arts Precinct of Southbank. Encompassing Indigenous (Australian Aboriginal) art, artefacts, Australian impressionist art, 20th Century, modern and contemporary art, NGV also has a comprehensive collection of European historical and modern paintings and ceramics, Asian art, Greek vases, and Egyptian artefacts and so much more.