The land down under, that holds spectacular beauty is the largest island in the world and the smallest continent. Australia – also referred to as “the land of plenty” sure is home to staggering contrasts and many diversities.
The spectacular beauty along the coast, great cosmopolitan cities, ancient rainforests, endemic wildlife, national parks and vast send islands, make Australia a great destination for every traveler.
From the ancient Aboriginal legends on the coral reefs to the fever of the urbanite and modern cities, some places in Australia are just too good to be missed. However, do not underestimate the sheer size of this dreamland. You’ll need a lot of time off to see and experience it all.
Check our list of what you shouldn’t miss if you land your feet on Australian territory.
The largest and most beautiful city in Australia – Sydney is famous for its beauty and international atmosphere. If you love a city that never sleeps with a multitude of attractions, including world-class art shows and entertainment, numerous festivals, beautiful beaches and buzzing nightlife – Sydney will be your dream destination.
Not to miss while in Sydney:
- Sydney Darling Harbour – Sydney harbor cruises offer mesmerizing views by day and by night. Stay at the Harbour Rocks hotel for the best Sydney experience.
- Sydney Opera House
- Sydney Harbour Bridge
- The Royal Botanic Gardens
- Bondi Beach
- The Rocks – don’t miss the best party district and enjoy a great club
For the distinctly European feel, Melbourne is often referred to as the European enclave. The place to be for culture vultures. Melbourne offers numerous galleries, museums, art shows, music bars and beautiful colonial Victorian architecture. Tourists love Melbourne CBD hotels as much as they enjoy the tiny lanes that hold award-winning restaurants and cozy cafes.
Not to miss while in Melbourne:
- Federation square
- Queen Victoria Market
- National Gallery of Victoria
- Yarra River Cruise
- St. Kilda village and beach
- Royal Botanic Gardens
One of the planets awe-inspiring natural wonders, found on the Natural Heritage list –the Great Barrier Reef is a mesmerizing place to see.
This larger living structure in the world is also visible from the outer space. The protected eco-system includes more than 3000 coral reefs, 600 islands and 300 coral cays.
The Great Brier Reef stretches for 2300 km in the central Queensland Australia. The islands that are the part of this natural Reef are named the Whitsunday islands. To see and experience this great natural wonder you can stay at one of the mesmerizing islands. The coral reefs can be explored with snorkeling in the deep blue water, from a glass-bottom boat, or by air. Seaplanes offer an unforgettable overview of the Great Barrier Reef.
Australia is a favorite destination for people that love road trips. Roads are wide and endless with some of the most beautiful sceneries in the world.
The Great Ocean Road is one such adventure that many love to take. It’s a 224km long road on the Australian south-eastern coast. Alongside the road, travelers can stop by to experience some of the most popular and most beautiful spots in Australia.
- Griffiths Islands-Port Fairy
- Bay of Islands
- Bay of Martyrs
- Port Campbell National Park
- Gibson’s Steps
- The Twelve Apostles
- Apollo Bay
- Kennett River Koala Walk
- Bells Beach
300 miles of mesmerizing coastline with several pristine beaches. Kangaroo Island is an adventurous place for people that love to experience Australia’s wildlife.
Visitors can share the beach with lounging sea lions and make some Koala friends near the eucalyptus trees. Kangaroos are also citizens of this island. It’s also a foodie’s paradise with various gastronomic experiences.
Natural attractions to be visited while on the island:
- Admirals Arch
- Flinders Chase National Park
- Hanson Bay Sanctuary
- Penneshaw Penguin Center
Activities offered to tourists:
- Adventure caving
- Quad biking
Australia is famous for more than 500 National Parks. Each different and characteristic, yet all of them a thorough enjoyment for adventurous travelers. Limestone and sandstone rock formations, beautiful sceneries and beaches and endemic wildlife.
Scattered on the large Australian territory, here we have a list of the most mesmerizing places in the world – Australia’s best National Parks:
1. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park – central Australia
- Ancient Aboriginal landmark and a spiritual center for the region’s aboriginal people. The park consists of 32 rock domes.
2. Blue Mountains National Park – 81km west of Sydney
- More than 664,000 acres of wilderness and gorgeous waterfalls, aboriginal rock paintings, and 140 kilometers of hiking trails. Attractions in the park: the rock formations called the Three Sisters, the Katoomba Scenic Railway. the Jamison Valley, ancient rainforest, and elevated views of the dense forests.
3. Daintree National Park – far north Queensland
- A magnificent rainforest and the oldest one in the world.
4. Kakadu National Park – top end of the northern territory
- Diverse terrain, great aboriginal rock art, endemic flora and fauna including kangaroos, giant crocodiles and beautiful birds. It is the largest National Park in Australia.
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