Australia, with an area of over three million square miles, is the world’s largest island and the only country that is also a continent. The Australian environment is unique. From unspoiled beaches, tropical rainforest, rugged mountain ranges and vast tracts of desert, Australia is a country of contrast. With the reverse seasons of the northern hemisphere, Australia enjoys a largely temperate climate. Most of Australia receives more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. Among the “ must visit “ vacation destinations are the city of Sydney and the Harbor Bridge and Opera House, Melbourne; the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island and the Daintree Rain Forest.