*Australia is a favorite tourist destination for people from all over the world. It’s hot, the people are friendly, and beautiful beaches await. There’s so much more than that, though. Australia is a vast nation and is full of some amazing sights and experiences. Take a look at these very special natural attractions of Austalia that cannot be missed on any holiday here.
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The Great Ocean Road
Trundling along Australia’s heartland in a car is one thing, but taking it in from above is another thing entirely. Book a helicopter ride and take Victoria’s Great Ocean Road to see the sights in a completely new way. Just some of the sites that visitors are guaranteed to get a good view of include: the Loch Ard Gorge, the dominating 70m Gibson Steps, and the Glenample Homestead. After taking the helicopter ride, don’t be afraid to get up close and personal by catching a ride directly to these wonderful sights!
The Daintree Rainforest
The Daintree Rainforest should be on any nature lover’s list when they come to Australia. The country itself has one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. It’s the home of plants and animals that can be found nowhere else in the world. This rainforest is the land-based wildlife equivalent of the Great Barrier Reef. Located in north Queensland, there’s so much to see and do. Take an early morning river cruise to catch the animals coming out for their hunts, participate in crocodile-spotting trips, and walk through nature’s amazingly lush greenery with an experienced guide who can imbue the trip with knowledge of the flora and fauna, pointing out unusual flowers and beautiful indigenous birds as you go.
As well as the Daintree Rainforest, Queensland is an incredibly diverse state offering plenty for visitors of all tastes. It’s the home of the Great Barrier Reef where snorkeling and diving can reveal a whole new world of aquatic wildlife. The stunning Whitsunday Islands just off the coast of Queensland are a major destination for those who love pristinely clean beaches, water sports and sailing. Hire a luxury yacht and cruise around the islands. Get out on and in the water in every way imaginable, or bring a tent and set up camp at one of eight camping sites and just enjoy the cashmere soft sands of the beaches.
Hunter Valley Vineyards
Join a tour of the picturesque vineyards within the Hunter Valley. Many of the vineyards have opened their land and wineries to visitor tours where you can learn all about the wine making process and get plenty of delicious wines to taste. The well-organized vineyards make the most of the tourist traffic that meanders through the stunning countryside by offering on-site restaurants, artisan workshops and sales of fresh produce. Enjoy the view across the valley from a homestead style terrace sipping a chilled chardonnay.
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, but its most famous attraction is the grand Lake McKenzie. It’s a still lake with crystal waters that can provide visitors with a new meaning of the word ‘tropical’. The lake is actually deep within the sand dunes of the island and is just one feature of an awesome landscape that includes more than 100 lakes, rainforest, eucalyptus woodland, forests of mangroves swamps, dunes, and heaths. The land lends itself to great wildlife and much is protected within the boundaries of the Great Sandy National Park. Visitors can expect to see plenty of strange indigenous creatures and birds around Lake McKenzie and throughout Fraser Island.
The most famous beach in all of Australia is Bondi Beach. A massive 25,000 people visit this beach every year during the summer months, and it’s no wonder, as golden sands await. Sitting on the pristine beach, it’s hard to imagine it is only 4 miles from downtown Sydney. The sands stretch for about 1km and at various stages, the waters are either perfect for surfing or for enjoying a swim. Bondi Beach is also home to the world’s oldest surf lifesaving club and as well as patrolling the sands and waters, they are the heart of many of the activities on the beach.
Uluru, or Ayers Rock as it is known in many areas of the world, is a world heritage site and should be a part of any tourist itinerary. The huge monolith of red sandstone that changes color as the sun sets and rises is a vision that is unimaginable until actually seen. From far away, a balcony has been erected that allows visitors to see a magnificent sunset or sunrise. Get up close and personal by attempting to take the strenuous walk around the rock, which takes anywhere from two to three hours. Held as sacred among the aboriginal people, a visit to the rock is a chance to get close to the indigenous heritage of Australia.
One-of-a-kind scenery is something that can be found with a trip to Cradle Mountain. Stay here for a few days in one of the many cozy wooden cabins and get in touch with nature. As well as the scenery itself, there’s an abundance of wildlife to get acquainted with. Some of the curious creatures of Australia that can be discovered here include wombats, Tasmanian devils, and brushtail possums.
If you weren’t lucky enough to spot any crocodiles in Daintree Forest then Kakadu can definitely provide that memorable encounter. At Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territories, visitors will easily be able to spot the snakes, spiders, and famous crocodiles of Australia. The size of a small country, the park is a World Heritage Site, mainly because of the ancient Aboriginal rock paintings. Set up camp and explore some of the most fascinating landscape found anywhere.
It may sound predictable to include Sydney on the must-see places in Australia, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve its inclusion. The outstanding beauty of one of the world’s great natural harbors can only be appreciated in person. No picture ever really captures the sense of wonder, whether the harbor is viewed from the apron in front of the iconic Opera House or from the viewing platform after you’ve scaled the height of the Harbour Bridge.
Around every bend in the road, or just outside every town in Australia, there is something that will amaze you and leave you in awe. Whether forged by man or Mother Nature, there’s certainly no lack of sights in Australia.
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