September 5th, 2014

Most Iconic Attractions in Australia

by Don

Australia is a country full of amazing things to see. Here are some of the most iconic tourist attractions to visit the next time you go Down Under.

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system. Located in the northeast, off the coast of Queensland, it is a beautiful place where you can see humpback whales, sea turtles, and sea cows. It has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1981.

Ayers Rock

Ayers rock is a giant sandstone formation located in the Australian Outback. Despite its remote location, a 450km drive away from the nearest town, Alice Springs, it is considered a must see by many visitors to Australia because it is such a unique geological feature that is not similar to anything anywhere else in the world.

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is a very iconic example of modern architecture located in the Sydney Harbour, not far off the Sydney Harbour Bridge. In addition to opera, you can also visit the Opera House to see ballet, theatre, and orchestra performances. Because the cultural significance of this attraction, it is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Port Arthur

Port Arthur is a small town located in Tasmania, which was once a convict site. It is the most popular tourist attraction in the Australian state of Tasmania, where you can see the remains of the former prison sites from that were constructed during the British Empire.

Mindil Beach Sunset Market

Located in Darwin near the central business district, Mindil Beach Sunset Market runs every year from May to October. You can get a wide variety of great food from Chinese, to Greek, to Brazilian, and more at very reasonable prices, and then after you can browse the many arts and crafts stalls and buy handmade wares from around the world.

Kangaroo Island

Australia’s third largest island, Kangaroo Island is accessible by ferry from the mainland. A third of the island is a national park, and there are many things to do here, including surfing, swimming, kayaking, bush walks, walking tours, and more! The island is also known for having some of the best cuisine in the country and unique art galleries.

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park is an impressive space that covers the same amount of area as Slovenia. It is located in the Northern Territory, and home to lots of plants and animals that are not native to other areas of the country. Kakadu is also full of beautiful views due in part to its waterfalls and aboriginal rock art. Because the area has wild crocodiles, it is important for visitors to be careful when they visit this national park and world heritage site.

From natural attractions to man-made ones, Australia has many captivating and iconic tourist attractions to should not be missed on your next visit to this exotic continent. Before leaving for your trip, it is important to check the entry requirements to find out whether or not you require an Australian visa to avoid complications upon arrival.

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