Introduction to Australia
From the remote Outback to northern rainforests, Australia is extraordinarily diverse. Its first inhabitants were the Aboriginal people, and today’s multicultural society has roots in 18th-century European settlement. IHG offers hotels to suit all budgets in cosmopolitan cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, plus a luxurious Sanctuary Cove resort.
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Temperate in coastal cities like Sydney and Melbourne, desert in the Outback and tropical in the north
Arriving from the airport
Sydney Airport is 5 miles south of downtown. Travel time 12 minutes by Airport Link train (A$18.50). Melbourne Airport is 14 miles northwest of downtown. Travel time 30 minutes by taxi (average A$55–A$65) or bus (A$19.50).
Getting around Australia
In major cities, pay with stored-value card on public transport (cash sometimes accepted). Free zones in some cities.
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