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Australia tours bring you to world's happiest country

Australia tours have become a popular travel option, and new findings from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development may shed some light on why so many people want to visit the Land Down Under. In its annual Better Life Index, the organization found that Australia is the happiest developed country in the world. This marks the third year in a row it has received the honor. 

To compile the rankings, the organization takes a number of factors into consideration ranging from housing and income to jobs and civic engagement. Researchers determined that there is an especially strong sense of community in Australia, with 94 percent of respondents saying they know someone they could count on in a time of crisis - the average is 90 percent. Additionally 84 percent of people said they have more positive experiences than negative ones each day. 

With such a happy population, it should come as no surprise that Australia is such a large tourist draw. If you're among the many travelers considering a trip to Australia, you should make a point to spend time in Melbourne. A thriving hub of culture, history and natural appeal, there is plenty to do in Melbourne, but it all starts in Federation Square. Both tourists and locals populate the square, and it is home to numerous shopping and dining opportunities, entertainment options and architectural highlights.

Of course, there's more to do than explore Federation Square. To experience the natural side of the city, Dandenong Ranges is your best bet. An ideal spot for hiking and sightseeing, there are seemingly countless highlights including both Olinda and Sherbrooke Falls and a series of mountains that are well-suited to climbers of all skill levels. 

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