Australia — Attractions
Australia is such a large, plentiful country with various landscapes begging to discover. When it comes to attractions, no other country in the world boasts such a rich menu of things to see. Australia is an solitary nation, and with this isolation comes many unique landmarks. Getting from point A to point B is usually best achieved via aircraft, as the sheer size of Australia can be quite daunting. Nevertheless, the country’s diversity means some sites are best accessed by van, four-wheel drive, bus, train, boat, or by foot.
Fraser Island National Park
Located just north of Brisbane, at the southern gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island National Park is a must see attraction for everyone. Filled with magnificent natural elements like the crystal blue Lake McKenzie and Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island has become the second most visited landmark in Queensland, behind the Great Barrier Reef. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site as the world’s largest sand island. It is possible to stay on the island, as Kingfisher Bay contains a resort. In addition, camping facilities are available across the area, but be wary of native wild dogs, known as dingoes, who serve as the primary residents. Although dangerous to touch, these dogs will not disturb tourists.
Address: Queensland, Australia
When it comes to a family day out, the Sydney Aquarium can hardly be beat. Opened during the bicentenary year of Australia’s settlement, the aquarium boasts 525 feet (160 meters) of underwater tunnels where Australian marine wildlife swim above. River and oceanic zones are on display within the aquarium and home to famous Australian wildlife, including platypus, dugong, saltwater and fresh water crocodiles, and penguins. In addition, the largest collection of sharks in captivity is located inside the aquarium. This attraction is found within Darling Harbour, and can be reached from most inner-Sydney hotels on foot, by monorail, or even by harbor ferry.
Address: Darling Harbour, 1-5 Wheat Road, Sydney, NSW Australia 2000
Resting along the Victorian coastline, Australia’s 12 Apostles are a series of large limestone pillars that have become one of the most visited attractions in the country drawing thousands of visitors a year. Great Ocean Road runs along Port Campbell National Park’s cliff-top, providing access to these wondrous rock stacks. Helicopter tours are available, which offer a great view of the sites all at once. However, boardwalks and walking tracks along the cliffs of Port Campbell National Park are also well situated.
Address: Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is found in the central highland region. Tourists will be amazed at the stunning landscape of this park, including the famous Cradle Mountain. Home to the start of Tasmania’s Overland Track, a popular trekking route through the state’s untouched wilderness, Lake St. Clair is absolutely breathtaking, as is Cradle Mountain’s surrounding scenery. The region also houses a diverse range of unique local fauna, too, including wallabies, Tasmanian devils, possums, and wombats.
Address: 4038 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania AUS 7306
Royal Exhibition Building
No other building in Australia radiates a fascinating heritage like Melbourne’s Exhibition Building. This UNESCO world heritage site was erected in 1880 to host the International Exhibition of 1880 to 1881. Even though parts of the building have been demolished through fire or old age, much of the Main Hall remains totally intact. The Exhibition Building can be toured through the Melbourne Museum, which is located next door. Built using a mix of classic European influences, the landmark is regarded as one of the world’s most spectacular exhibition buildings.
Address: 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne Victoria 3053
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
The pride and joy of Australia’s natural landmarks lay in the remote center of the country. Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, stands 1142 feet (348 meters) tall and takes up a massive area providing quite the challenge to adventureous climbers. About 19 miles (30kms) from Uluru stands Kata-Tjuta, also known as Mount Olga for two centuries. Plenty of indigenous art can be found along the rock walls of both sites, some of which is more than 40,000 years old. Visitors can fly from most major cities into Connellan Airport, but vans or buses are the easiest form of transportation into the national park. The closest accommodation is available at Yulara.
Address: Lasseter Highway, Yulara, Northern Territory, Australia 0872
Sydney Opera House
Thought by many to be the most astonishing piece of architecture in the world, the Sydney Opera House cannot be overlooked when holidaying in Sydney. Tours of the interior are available, however, just viewing the Expressionist design from outside will be enough to satisfy most. The site still regularly hosts performances from ballet to opera to orchestra, catering to more than one million patrons annually. A concert hall, dramatic theater, opera theater, playhouse, and forecourt are the primary features of the building. The site is within walking distance from Circular Quay, which is the main ferry and train port for Sydney Harbour.
Address: 2 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW Australia 2000