2015 may be drawing to a close but there is still time to go ‘down under’ and explore the outback!
Australia has such a big number of attractions and numerous points of interest that it may be difficult for anyone to decide where to visit or what to see during their vacation. If you are planning a visit to Australia, you can enjoy the ultimate experience by finding out the most interesting attractions. This article features some the most interesting and popular attractions in the country. Whether you are visiting with your family or friends, there are some attractions that will give you goose bumps and leave you feeling thoroughly impressed.
No matter where you are heading to, be sure to stay safe and use a reputable travel company – Transport Network Australia are highly recommended as they supply vehicles for groups of all sizes and are approved by the Australian Tourism Authority.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is considered one of the largest natural structures on the planet, earning it a place on the World Heritage list. The reef stretches over 2,300 kilometres and it is considered one of the 7 wonders of the world. Located in Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef offers visitors the opportunity to dive and snorkel. This living structure has over 1,600 species of tropical fish, turtles, dolphins, sharks and a host of other aquatic creatures. If diving is not your thing, you can enjoy a boat ride aboard boats that have glass floors that allow you to admire the beautiful aquatic life without getting into the water.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Right in the centre of Australia is a gigantic red rock that is a very popular tourist attraction. Uluru is one of the most unique and recognizable landmarks in the world with the largest rock on earth drawing people to the location. This red monolith is approximately 348 meters above ground level, but the largest part of its core is buried under the earth’s surface. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park also features numerous red rocks known as Kata Tjuta. The rocks are just as beautiful and attractive and there are planned tours guided by Aborigine people that allow tourists to see and learn more.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
One of Australia’s icons and most recognizable sights is the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The structure is the world’s largest steel arch bridge and it was completed in 1932.The bridge that has a length of over 500 metres connects Sydney’s north shore to the city’s central business district. When you visit the city, you can enjoy a guided ascent to the top of the bridge. When you get to the top, you will enjoy a vantage and breathtaking view of the Sydney Opera House and the city. To learn more about the bridge and its history, you can visit the museum that is located in the south-eastern dam.
Daintree National Park
One of the best ways to relax and get rid of vacation stress while in Australia is by visiting the Daintree National Park. This National Park is considered one of the oldest ecosystems in the world and here you can see nature at its very best. You can enjoy a wide range of unique features that hold spiritual significance. At the park, you can find over 18,000 species of plants and numerous species of animals that range from crocodiles to giant blue butterflies and tree kangaroos. This is the perfect location for nature lovers who want to see animals that they cannot see anywhere else in the world.
Kakadu National Park
If you love parks, there is another national park that you might want to visit. The Kakadu National Park is the perfect place to visit with your friends or loved ones. This park covers about 20,000 square kilometres, making it the second largest park in the world. At the park, you can find rivers, mangrove swamps, gorges, wetlands and waterfalls that will certainly take your breath away. You can choose to explore the numerous ecosystems in the park by car, on foot or even by plane. Remember to carry your camera in order to capture the amazing images that the park has to offer.
About 145 kilometres from Melbourne along the southern Australian coast is the picturesque and breathtaking Phillip Island. The Island boasts some 100 square kilometres of amazing natural landscapes that have to be seen to be believed. Penguin Parade, one of the more popular attractions in Australia, takes place in the island’s nature park. During the parade, visitors can enjoy the sight of Little Penguins treading ashore in groups. Other interesting features of Phillip Island include beautiful koala, fur seals, kangaroos and different types of birds.
Fraser Island has striking natural beauties and this has earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Mangrove and eucalyptus trees and verdant rainforests are just as amazing as the sand dunes, long white sand beaches, cliffs and beautiful lakes. There are many amazing features on the island, making it a popular tourist attraction. Green wetlands separate the island from the mainland and anyone that loves nature will enjoy camping on the island. It is, however, important to be careful when on the island, as dingoes (wild dogs) tend to wander freely here.
Wine growing regions are some of the most popular locations to visit in Australia. To get the best of the wine tours, get on the wine roads and drive through the Barossa Valley. Here you can enjoy the amazing scenery of colourful vineyards that are surrounded by lush greenery and embraced by the breathtaking mountains. You can even plan a visit to the traditional villages in the Valley where you can get acquainted with the friendly locals and learn something about wine making. If you are planning to drive, be careful about the amount of wine you decide to sample!
Great Ocean Road
The breathtaking coastal road offers some extraordinary views as it connects Torquay to Warrnambool in Victoria. Plan a drive where you can take in the amazing scenery around you or better yet, get someone else to drive so that you can make the most of the ride. The popular Twelve Apostles comprise of magnificent limestone rocks rising from the sea. This is one of the most beautiful natural attractions in all Australia. Apart from the Apostles, you will also see many incredibly shaped rocks, Island Archway, the Crotto and the London Arch.
A visit to Sydney is not complete without visiting the Blue Mountains. This is another heritage site that reveals the best that nature has to offer. Take the time to enjoy sights of the beautiful landscape that includes freshwater springs, virgin rainforests, amazing waterfalls and breathtaking vertical cliffs. Visit some of the charming small villages that are scattered all over and get a striking view of the location. If you prefer not to climb, you can take a cable car to the top.
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