Major Tourist Attractions: Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House, Uluru, Sea World Gold Coast, Sydney Harbour Bridge
The land Down Under, long lauded by the likes of Mark Twain to Men at Work, has featured prominently in the imaginations of millions around the world for generations, and with good reason. This mysterious continent half a world away is still largely unexplored, an astounding fact in the 21st century. But what has been discovered is simply amazing and there are seemingly countless wonders for every type of traveler to enjoy.
Many first time visitors to Australia include a stop in Sydney, one of the two largest cities in the country. It’s also home to some of the iconic Australian images many of us recognize, namely the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge just opposite. Located on Circular Quay, these two popular sites anchor one’s first exposure to our antipodean friends. For the more adventurous, you can even climb over the top of the bridge, a 3-hour experience that is not for those with a fear of heights. But Australia is much more than just Sydney and indeed it would take a lifetime to see it all.
The majority of Australians live along the coast, since that’s the easiest place to live, frankly. The coastal cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth make up the bulk of Australia’s population and each offer something different for new visitors. But every trip to Australia has to include rugged, natural experiences and that means a trip to the Outback.
Not a singular place, the Australia Outback covers most of the continent and varies from scrub-laden bush to barren red deserts. Out there you’ll find quirky Outback towns and amazing natural features, like Uluru. Originally called Ayer’s Rock, Uluru is the largest rock in the world and is an incredibly sacred spot for the Aboriginal peoples. A visit there usually lasts 2-3 days and involves marveling at the rock in a variety of ways — from hikes to helicopter rides — at a variety of times, most notably sunrise and sunset.
But the best way to learn more about Australia is to live it, to experience what makes this great country tick in person. There are thousands of spectacular things to do, including:
- Swim with whale sharks
- Hike through King’s Canyon in the Northern Territory
- Explore the laneways and arcades of Melbourne
- Taste the succulent wines of the Barossa Valley
- Snorkel along the Great Barrier Reef
- Pay a visit to Tasmania for some amazing landscapes
- Cruise around Sydney Harbour
- Watch kangaroos in the wild on Kangaroo Island
- Marvel at the Bungle Bungles of Western Australia
- Take the Ghan or the Indian-Pacific train across the continent
- Trek through the jungles of Queensland
- Visit one of the many tropical islands off the coast of Australia
- Learn more about convict history in Sydney
- Spend a day at the beach in Adelaide
- Track down the remains of old ghost towns near Kalgoorlie
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