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Tourist Places To Visit In Australia
Australia is an island continent, a beautiful country of kangaroos and aborigines amalgamating with the melting pot of cultures. The only continent that fully falls to the south of the equator, Australia experiences its Christmases during summer and Easters during winter. In such a diverse, and to an extent, polar opposite continent, nature has bestowed a great many wonders. To make your trip to this 'Land Down Under' a memorable one, here are few of the best tourist places to visit in Australia.
The second largest city in Australia and the capital of the state of Victoria, Melbourne brings together the best of Australia in one place. With a wide range of activities to indulge in, Melbourne is a must-visit destination for all travellers. From Wildlife Parks and Amusement Parks, open-air theatres and a thriving art scene, to top-notch restaurants and lounges, sports arenas, and sporting events, Melbourne is the place to be in. Melbourne is also known for the Formula 1 Grand Prix. With festivals and events happening all year round, we suggest you pick a time when you can attend your favourite events.
The capital of Western Australia, Perth lies on the south-western coastline of the continent nation. Relatively more secluded than other cities, Perth does create a mark for itself with its youthful atmosphere and fun loving attitude. Perth has numerous festivals happening all year round and the city will tempt you with its slick restaurants and lounges, sweeping parklands, pristine beaches and excellent markets. This city is going to be a joy for the young traveller. With plenty of children-oriented activities, Perth is a must-visit destination for families as well.
The capital city of the state of Queensland, Brisbane is a booming city. An erstwhile penal colony of the British, it was home to prisoners sent in from Sydney. However, today, the city is one of the most attractive destinations in Australia. With various activities like surfing, wildlife watching, weekend markets, and the botanic gardens, Brisbane has become a must visit place in Australia. It also has a number of swanky hotels and plush restaurants to splurge on. A Hot Air Balloon ride, an experience of a lifetime, is a few hours drive from Brisbane.
Arguably, the ultimate holiday destination in Australia, Gold Coast has the sun, sand and the sea. It just doesn’t end there. It is also home to varied species of animals in the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and has thrilling activities for the entire family at Warner Bros Movie World, Wet n Wild Water World and the Sea World. With top of the line hotels and pubs, this also promises to be a crazy party destination. All in all, Gold Coast will offer a mixed bag of entertainment options to get every visitor grooving.
An archipelago of 74 islands, Whitsunday is the ultimate paradise in Australia. With its own commercial airport and flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns and Brisbane, the Whitsunday Islands are a favourite among tourists. The islands boast of the famous heart reef over which you will fly to land in Hamilton Island. Once on the islands, you must visit the Whitehaven Beach and engage in the water sports there or meet Pancake and Picket, the huge resident stingrays of the Living Reef. You can also play golf in the only 18 ball course of the reef. These car-free islands have a number of restaurants and taverns to ensure good food and ale.
Lying just off the coast of Melbourne, Phillip Island is host to the Penguin Parade every evening at the Summerland Beach. Due to its location and apt climatic conditions, Phillip Island is host not only to a variety of penguins but also the Pacific Gulls and the Short-Tailed Shearwaters among other species. You could head to Churchill Island for an old world wagon ride or even visit the Koala Conservation Centre. The animal lover in you is surely going to revel in each of these experiences. As are the kids!
Sydney Opera House
Among the most famous architectural marvels of the 20th century, the Sydney Opera house is a performing arts centre with multiple venues. Designed by Utzon, a Danish architect, the Sydney Opera House has been declared World Heritage Site. Its roofs, commonly called shells, are made in a chevron pattern with three different colours of tiles, though from afar they appear white. Each tile has been shaped to perfection to fit in the exact place. With over 8 venues within, hosting over 15,000 shows a year, it attracts more than 8 million people. We suggest taking a guided tour to understand the many interesting facts and details about the Sydney Opera House.
The Great Barrier Reef
The largest living and growing coral reef system in the world, the Great Barrier Reef is teeming with life. Spread over 2300 km and across 900 islands, it is home to over 1500 species of fish. The reef also welcomes 6 species of turtles to breed. A large number of dugongs live in this area and one can also spot the occasional humpback dolphin or whale here. Snorkel in the reef region or go scuba diving to see the beauty of nature up close. Bear in mind, due to extensive conservation measures in the area, tourist activities are limited to Cairns and the Whitsundays.
Kata Tjuta National Park
Originally home to the Anangu tribe, this national park gets its name from Uluru or the Ayers Rock and the Kata Tjuta or the Olgas. They are both distinctive dome-shaped rock formations which are sacred to the aboriginal people of Australia. Situated in Northern Australia, the national park falls under the protected region. Spread over 1326 square kilometres, it is home to over 46 varieties of exotic flora and over 40 indigenous species of fauna. Open year-round from sunrise to sunset, a 3-day entry ticket costs 25 AUD.
Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles
The 108-mile long coastal drive along the south-eastern coast of Australia will take you through a picturesque journey. Well known for its smooth drives, you could rent a convertible and drive down this road to enjoy the sunset at the Twelve Apostles which you can see along the way. The Twelve Apostles are limestone rock formations along the coast which get their distinct shape from centuries of water lashing against them. As of today only 8 of the 'Twelve' Apostles stand.
While these are just a few places you should not miss, Australia has a lot more to offer. Begin planning your trip with these places in mind and then let the Land Down Under surprise you.