Online Travel Tools
All About Australia
Australia.com. The official Web site of Tourism Australia has information on every aspect of life and travel in Australia. It is a great pretrip resource. www.australia.com.
Breakloose. This adventure tourism portal provides information on adrenaline hits Down Under and links to operators. 1300/202053; www.breakloose.com.au.
Indigenous Heritage. This government-run website has good information on Aboriginal art and culture. www.environment.gov.au/heritage/about/indigenous.
National Gallery of Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection. One of the world's best collections of indigenous Australian art is on display at this gallery. www.nga.gov.au/COLLECTIONS/ATSI.
Papunya Tula Artists. This is Australia's best-known Aboriginal artists' group. 8/8952--4731; www.papunyatula.com.au.
Back to Nature
Birdlife Australia. This Web site provides everything you need to know about Aussie feathered friends. www.birdlife.org.au.
Bushwalking NSW. Find excellent advice on bushwalking and hiking in national parks and wilderness areas on this website. 2/9565--4005; www.bushwalking.org.au.
Department of the Environment. This government page is packed with information on natural Australia, including links to all national park websites. www.environment.gov.au.
Ecotourism Australia. This nonprofit body oversees and approves ecotourism ventures in Australia. www.ecotourism.org.au.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. This is the official site for Australia's most famous natural wonder. www.gbrmpa.gov.au.
Culture and Entertainment
Australian Government's Culture, History and Sport Portal. This one-stop portal covers aspects of Australian culture, history, and sport, with links to organizations and events. www.australia.gov.au/topics/culture-history-and-sport.
Australian Slang. This tongue-in-cheek glossary will help you understand Aussie English. www.koalanet.com.au/australian-slang.html.
Food and Wine
Best Restaurants of Australia. Search reviews for eateries all over Oz on this website. www.bestrestaurants.com.au.
Wine Australia. The Australian wine industry's official site and has a good overview of Australian wines by type and region. www.wineaustralia.com.
Newspapers and Media
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). This is Australia's main publicly funded media broadcaster. www.abc.net.au.
News.com.au. This is a comprehensive online portal for all Australian news. www.news.com.au.
Sydney Morning Herald. This quality daily publication is favored by Australia's liberal intellectuals. www.smh.com.au.
The Age. This Melbourne-based newspaper is the city's favorite news source. www.theage.com.au.
The Australian. This national broadsheet, owned by Rupert Murdoch, sits ideologically right of center. www.theaustralian.com.au.