Travel Information - W
Whether driving or walking, taking water with you is recommended and essential in outback areas. Make certain you carry at least 20 litres in your vehicle, preferably not all in the one container. Have some smaller bottles you can take on excursions. You will need a litre an hour if you are walking. All cities have good quality filtered tap water - with Australian tap water in all cities rated as amongst the best in the world.
Western Australia has much to offer the visitor from the vibrant and pretty capital of Perth to charming seaside Fremantle, the Margaret River wineries, the north coast and the rugged but spectacular Pilbara and Kimberley regions.
The Whitsundays are a group of tropical islands off the Queensland Coast with clear, blue, warm waters, beautiful beaches and myriad marine life. From Airlie Beach you can explore the islands by cruise boat, sea plane, helicopter or on your own hired yacht (with or without skipper/crew) the Whitsundays are also home to famous resorts like Hayman and Hamilton Islands.
Australia is one of the world's leading producers of quality wines and wineries across the country welcome cellar door tastings with most offering nearby quality accommodation and fine restaurants.
The premier wine district of New South Wales is the Hunter Valley (a couple of hours north of Sydney). Cowra, Mudgee and the Riverina areas also produce good wines. In Victoria, drop in to Rutherglen; in South Australia, the Barossa and Clare Valleys and, in Western Australia, Margaret River. Alice Springs, in the middle of the desert, also has Chateau Hornsby, which can offer refreshment at the end of a camel ride!