Australia is, without doubt, one of the world’s most fascinating countries. With a history ranging to thousands of years, plenty of natural features and countless world heritage sites, one would be spoiled for choices when it comes to what to do or not do in Australia. Here is a comprehensive list of things you should do on your Australian tour.
1. Visit Sydney Opera House
Besides the unique design of Sydney Opera House, it is a buzz of activities for tourist. The award-winning architectural structure is a host to theatres, restaurants, concert rooms, exhibition rooms, and cinemas. This UNESCO world heritage site should be definitely your first stop when you visit Australia.
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2. Visit the Great Barrier Reef
You can’t miss a chance to visit the largest living structure in the world. A lot has been documented about the Great Barrier Reef, but nothing captures the aesthetic beauty of this reef. This is the only place you come to contact with over 1600 species of tropical fish. The reef is known for its fragile ecosystems including over 300 coral clays and inland mangrove forests. This is a must stop destination for all Australian tourists. It also might be something that is only in existence for a few more generations if the current trends of coral bleaching and coral disease continue – http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/about-the-reef/reef-health
3. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Another world heritage site. The park is found deep in the centre of Australia’s Uluru. The Uluru is one of the most photographed places in Australia due to its striking red monolithic structures. This park offers both flora and fauna with spectacular beauty as well as amazing landforms for tourists.
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4. Sydney Harbour Bridge
If you are visiting the Opera house, there is no way you will miss a chance to tour the world largest steel arch bridge. This architectural beauty was established 1932 and rises to a height of 134 m above the harbor. There is no better place to enjoy the view and feel the breeze of Sydney than a climb to the top of the bridge.
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5. Visit Blue Mountains, National Park
If mountain climbing, viewing or photography is your thing, then the blue mountain will definitely fascinate you. The Blue Mountain, a World Heritage listed area, offers spectacular views from the many emanating eucalyptus trees. You can enjoy most of the activities here including rock painting, views of gorges and waterfalls as well as hiking.
6. Tour Melbourne
Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia. This is a place of breathtaking beauty. Ranging from the architecture to the Australian itineraries; galleries theatres and restaurants. You may visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, the National Gallery of Victoria or enjoy some sports action at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds.
7. Visit Bondi Beach
This is one of the world’s most famous beaches. The Bondi beach is just a 15 minute drive from the city centre. Here you meet some of the oldest surf life-saving clubs. It is the best place for offshore parties and picnics for families. It is famous for its Christmas and New Year walk from the Southern End along the coastline for approximately 6 km. This is a perfect holiday spot.
8. Daintree National Park
Located in Far North Queensland, the Daintree National Park is one of the ancient ecosystems of the world and large parts of it are protected in a World Heritage Area. This region belongs to the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people who revere and treat it as a spiritual site. The park contains two sites, the Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation. A visit to this place is enriching and surprisingly very relaxing.
9. Fraser Island
This is the largest sand island in the world. The island that lies off the Australian East Coast is also a world heritage site. Besides the windswept 75 mile beach, visitors to this beach can enjoy unique Off-road drives. Along the beach, lies hulls of shipwrecks, coloured cliffs of cathedrals as well as bubbling fish filled rock pools.
10. Kakadu National Park
This is the largest national park in Australia. It also forms one of the world’s largest wilderness area. The Kakadu spans over 19840 sq. Kilometres. Within its borders, Kakadu hosts monsoon rainforests, mangrove swamps, wetlands, waterfalls river gorges, ancient rocks, diverse wildlife and different species of bird species.