A summary of Australia's most popular landmarks & tourist attractions.
Australia not only offers the great sunshine, beautiful beaches and good food. It is also home to many great attractions, which bring a vast number of tourists flocking to the country every year.
For history, try looking at Sydney, Australia’s oldest settlement. For the budget tourist, try finding accommodation at Kings Cross, which offers comfortable budget hotels and hostels ideal for the traveller looking for somewhere to park his rucksack. Bondi Beach is close by and again a popular place for holidaymakers and locals alike.
Sydney Harbour is definitely the best characteristic of the city with its stunning bays and beaches. Sydney Harbour (officially named Port Jackson) stretches over 20km into the Paramatta River. To experience the real Sydney waters, go sailing or perhaps for a more relaxed day try swimming at Neilson Park.
The Sydney Harbour National Park is a place for hikers and walkers, which offers good tracks in the unspoiled bush-land around the harbour.
The Sydney Opera House is undoubtedly the most recognised icon of Australia and is situated at the head of Circular Quay. This monument was built between 1959 and 1973 and although plagued with many construction delays and mishaps, is a great sight to behold. You may find, however, that the interior is not how you would imagine, some visitors have even claimed to have been disappointed. While staying in Australia, missing a performance of ballet, theatre, classical music or film at this famous icon is ill advised. At the weekends music and concerts are played for free outside the Opera House and a craft market is there on Sundays where you are sure to pick up something to commemorate your trip.
The Great Barrier Reef stands along the coast of Queensland and is considered to be one of the world’s natural wonders. The main Reef attraction is the underwater journey with the sea creatures you can experience. Islands that dot the reef are in the hundreds and most can be stayed upon. For camping alone on a budget try Magnetic and Hook while resorts are available on the islands of Bederra, Hayman and Lizard. For popular islands try Keppel and South Molle.
The Australian outback is a zone of sporadic rainfall, non-existent population and the odd trapping of civilisation. More for the adventurous traveller, the outback is the most challenging place in Australia.
Ayres Rock is 3.6m long and rises to a staggering 348m. Especially impressive at night, the red rock is seen to change colour. The aborigines request that visitors do not climb the rock and many now respect their wishes. There are trails around the rock however and these pass caves and sacred Aboriginal sites.
Visiting Melbourne you will find hidden charms and great cosmopolitan feel to the city. Tourists can shop, enjoy a great nightlife sporting events around the city and will find a very civilised city offering suburban and both conservative and avant-garde traits.
The Great Ocean Road is a couple of hours west of Melbourne and a good coastal drive winding around cliffs, beaches and passing through green rainforests.