The mild Australian climate allows golf to be played throughout the
year and there are plenty of opportunities to tee-off on a highly rated golf
course for those planning a golf trip to Australia. Indeed few countries in
the world are better served with golfing opportunities than Australia. The
game's popularity has been stimulated by the regular and often spectacular
successes of Australian players, such as Greg Norman, Steve Elkington and
Robert Allenby to mention just a few.
Today there are over 1500 courses ranging from the manicured elegance of
Huntingdale in Victoria to the arid, nine hole layouts in the outback with
greens of oiled sand.
The courses have contours and intricacies related to the Australian terrain
and in some places you can encounter grazing kangaroos; you may be
distracted by the singing of colourful birds or have to circumnavigate a
wombat's hole. It is easy and relatively cheap to both play golf in
Australia and attend major tournaments as a spectator. There are private,
resort and public/municipal golf courses scattered across the country, each
with club facilities.
Many resorts around Australia offer luxury accommodation and facilities
that include the opportunity to play on international standard golf courses
that rival the world's best. Resorts are built in outstanding natural
locations that range from hillside courses overlooking golden beaches to
fairways winding beside rivers and through beautiful bushland.
A hundred years ago, millions of these marsupials (animals that carry their
young in a pouch) existed in Australia, and it was a popular sport to shoot
them out of the trees. They were easy targets, as the presence of people
doesnt seem to disturb them and they are placid and friendly by
In the early part of this century, millions of these animals were
slaughtered for their soft, durable, silver-grey fur, and were approaching
the point of extinction when the Australian government passed protective
legislation which may enable the koala to make a comeback. Koalas feed
exclusively on the leaves of eucalyptus trees and become so saturated with
the essential oils of this plant that they smell just like cough drops.
Female koalas give birth to a single offspring every two years. A mature
male koala usually has a small harem of females which he guards jealously.
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