Australia is perceived as being far, far away from the more populated continents in the Northern Hemisphere.
But that has not stopped people from going there – either as settlers, immigrants or just visitors. But obviously, the mode and duration of travel has changed. Totally. The mid-19th century saw travelers braving the dangers and hardships of months- long journeys by ship – storms, typhoons, freezing weather, burning summers, becalmed ships, crowded accommodations and lack of food – all made such travels the stuff of nightmares. But all that is very much in the past ever since air travel to Australia became easy, convenient and affordable. Today, the statistics for travelers heading to Australia are eye-openers. Just consider the following statistics released by BITRE - the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics which provides economic analysis, research and statistics on infrastructure, transport and regional development issues.