A well-known quote says; “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” Well, if you want to explore the world, visit new places and cultures, travelling is the only way to do it. And, there is no better place to inhale the beauty of the world than Australia.
Its amazing sights, undiscovered wonders, and untouched nature are the main reasons you should visit this country. You will also find many tourist attractions that will catch your eye and impress you. Hence, if you are preparing for your first trip to Australia, these are the top 6 places you should visit.
The Sidney Harbour bridge is one of the most visited and most photographed places in the country. Dating back to 1932, it is the largest steel arch bridge in the world. So, there is no chance to miss it when staying in Sidney, especially if you are staying in hotels near Circular Quay. There are many tours that you can take if you want to visit the bridge. You can also go on a cruise if you want to take great photos or even a helicopter tour.
If you want to visit natural wonders, you should definitely consider visiting the Twelve Apostles. They are a set of eight rock formations (there were 12 in the past) that stick out of the Southern Ocean. They used to be connected to the nearby cliffs, but as time has passed they eroded away into pillars, arches, and caves due to the severe conditions of the ocean.
Most tours to this natural formation leave from Melbourne, so if you are staying at hotel accommodation in Melbourne CBD, you will be able to take some of them. While driving down the Great Ocean Road, you will find many stops, such as Apollo Bay and Lock Ard Gorge, where you can take impressive photos. Moreover, you will find many animals, such as kangaroos and koalas, and learn about the local aboriginal culture.
With around 3.000 individual reefs and nearly 900 coral isles and islands, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world. If you like exploring the mesmerizing underwater life, you can go snorkelling, scuba diving, on a cruise, or a helicopter flight. There, you will see thousands of different birds and fish, as well as hundreds of types of turtles and seaweed.
Can you imagine cute little penguins marching like soldiers? It’s too cute to handle, right? That’s why it’s an event you have to attend. On the parade, you will see the smallest and cutest penguins in the world. If you want to come closer to them, you can take some of the specialized tours during which you are accompanied by ranges who explain the penguins’ behaviour.
When the parade is over, you can stick around a bit longer to have a closer look at the little fellas searching for their mates and tunnels. However, there is one downside to this event - no photos and videos are allowed. Yes, it’s true, you can’t any photo or video from the march of the little penguins.
For a walk into the past, you should visit Kakadu National Park which offers a great variety of attractions. From rich wildlife to wetlands, to over 20.000-year-old mysterious rock art, there is so much to see. What makes this place is the presence of the Bininj/Mungguy, which gives a soul to the experience of visiting that land.
Visiting this place is an opportunity you shouldn’t miss because you will see the aborigines swimming in pools at the foot of waterfalls, hike through old sandstone escarpment, and explore the rock paintings of Nourlangie and Ubirr. If you want to visit this place, you can take a tour or explore it by yourself.
The last but no less captivating place on this list is Whitehaven Beach. This powder-white silica sand-covered heavenly place is surrounded by smooth turquoise waters and luxurious rainforest. With nearly 3 miles (5 kilometres) length along the coast of Whitsunday Island, this beach offers an enchanting sight and idyllic spot for snorkelling and swimming. In order to visit Whitehaven Beach, you should take a day tour from Hamilton Islands or Arlie Beach. You can also go on a half-day or whole-day cruise, a seaplane or a helicopter flight.
These are only 6 of the numerous places that you should visit when in Australia. Indeed, there are so many attractions, natural sites, monuments, and tourist spots, that you can never get bored. And, if you want to have enough time for each of them, you should make a list of all the places you want to visit before going to Australia.