Top 10 Places to Visit in Australia
Top 10 Places to Visit in Australia
Travel to any of these places in Australia and you'll find there is no way a picture or camera can do any of these places justice, experiencing these places first hand is the only way to truly understand the magnificence of the Australian experience.
Soak yourself in the aboriginal culture and history with a visit to Uluru. Uluru is one of Australia's most recognisable natural wonders. This sandstone formation stands 1,142 ft high and 2,831 ft above sea level with most of its bulk below the ground, and measures 9.4 km in circumference.
The rock is notable for appearing to change colour at different times of the day when sunlight strikes it surface. It is a particularly remarkable sight during sunset when it appears to glow red.
Uluru and the surrounding area is home to the aboriginal Anangu people. The rock is of great spiritual and cultural significance to the Anangu and prefer visitors not to walk to the top of the rock.
Located just off the coast from Hervey Bay, World Heritage Listed Fraser Island is over 120 kilometres long and over 30 kilometres across. Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and the only place on the planet where tall rainforest are found growing on sand.
Fraser island is scattered with over 100 freshwater lakes with the most famous being Lake McKenzie. Its one of the most tranquil and beautiful places you can imagine and it will take you breath away at first, it's a great place to have a picnic, swim in its pristine waters or sun bake on the Golden White Sand.
'The 75 mile beach' runs along most of the east coast of Fraser Island. I'd avoid swimming in the sea here though as off the coast of Fraser Island is a known breeding area for the aggressive Tiger Shark. Definitely worth a visit though is Indian Head and the Maheno Shipwreck. Also when visiting Fraser Island be on the look out Dingoes, these dogs are some of the last pure breed dingoes remaining in Eastern Australia. However, visitors are advised not to feed or encourage them.
Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation
How about a visit to the oldest rainforest in the world over one hundred and thirty-five million years old, somewhere that contains the highest number of plant and animal species that are rare, or threatened with extinction, anywhere in the world. The Daintree Rainforest is located in the Far North of Queensland, visitors need to cross the crocodile inhabited Daintree River by ferry to access this tropical place.
The Daintree rainforest is another Australia entry on the World Heritage List being credited for its diversity and natural significance. The Daintree Rainforest contains 30% of frog, marsupial and reptile species in Australia, and 65% of Australia's bat and butterfly species. 20% of bird species in the country can be found in this area.
The Daintree offers untouched natural beauty, this is where you can experience picture postcard deserted golden beaches, fantastic Hiking Trails, remote wilderness and one of the most significant ecological areas in the world.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef and can be seen from outer space composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for 2,600. The reef is the worlds biggest living structure and is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland.
The Great Barrier Reef contains 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusk. It is also one of the last habitats for the extinction threatened Dugong. Port Douglas or Cairns is a good location to base yourself for exploring the reef. There are a lot of tour operators offering glass bottom boat and diving experiences.
Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National park is one of the most of the most significant places for the aboriginal people and on eof the best places to visit in Australia. The name 'Kakadu' comes from an Aboriginal floodplain language called Gagudju. This was a language spoken by some of the local aboriginal groups. It is an area of flat tropical savanna woodland.
Kakadu is renowned for the richness of its Aboriginal cultural sites and Aboriginal people have occupied the area continuously for at least 40 000 years.
Some of the highlights of kakadu along with its glorious wildlife and plants are Jabiru, Nourlangie Rock, Ubirr, Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls, Yellow Waters, the South Alligator River and Waterfall Creek Nature Park. Its hard to know when is the best time to visit the park during the wet season large areas of the park are closed to the public. Probably the end of the dry season is the best time for a visit to another of Australia's World Heritage Sites.
Located 1200 KM north of Perth and not as famous as its big brother Ningaloo Reef is just as stunning. This reef has been less dived and is virtually untouched. It is a virtually untouched barrier reef of 260km length protecting a shallow, brilliant white sandy lagoon of clear tropical waters. One of the rare places on earth where you are able to walk from the beach straight onto a coral reef. Recently local have protested at more resort being constructed as they feel this will destroy the reef.
The Ningaloo supports an abundance of fish (500 species), corals (300 species), mollusc's (600 species) and the reef is also part of the migratory routes for dolphins, dugongs, manta rays and humpback whales.
Bungle Bungle Range
The Bungle Bungle range is one of Australia's most fascinating landmarks and the great place for an Australian Outback Adventure, it is located in the World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park.
Access to the park is mostly restricted to 4WD vehicles but scenic flights can also be taken to view these famous 'bee-hive' rock formations. This Area of Western Australia is also of great significance to local aboriginals which dates back 20,000 years.
Great Ocean Road
Take a drive along the breath-taking coastline of south-west Australia and leave everyday life behind. The road stretches 273 km from Torquay to Warrnambool and hugs the coast line for the majority of the route. This is without a doubt one of the most memorable scenic drives in the world. Along the way stop off and view the famous Twelve Apostles a collection of limestone rocks along the route. Stop at the famous Bells Beach and watch the surfers catch a few waves. (Featured in the movie Point Break)
Visit towns like Torquay a popular surfing spot, Lorne and Apollo Bay, the coastal cities of Geelong and Warrnambool. Indulge in water based activities or take in some maritime history or merely enjoy the stunning scenery.
The Sydney Opera House
Situated in Sydney Harbour at Bennelong Point it surely is a must see visit for anyone coming to Sydney. I'd advise taking one of the one hour guided tours or if your in town long enough going to one of the shows. The Opera House is located near Circular Quay where one can enjoy a coffee at the most famous harbour in the world.
Last but not least, since this site's main content is about Bondi Beach, I couldn't leave it off a list of best places to visit in Australia. Bondi is an experience that no-one should miss out on, it's a place that will linger long in your memories along with these other special places.
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