Australia, the land down under is a place where every traveler will get his choice. From the vibrant cities on the east coast to the scenic delights on the west coast and the barren rocks in the central region, Australia has it all. But it is a vast land and a traveler with limited time cannot see it all.
So here is a selection of the ten places that should never be dropped from the list of places to visit in Australia.
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It is the gateway city as it has the largest number of flights coming into the country from all the known destinations in the world. It is also the largest and most populated city in Australia. The most well known place in Sydney is the harbor area with the iconic Opera House and Harbor Bridge. One can have a guided climb on to the top of the Bridge. Visit the Sydney Aquarium or the Taronga Zoo which offers night stays in safari tents.
The other places to visit are the Powerhouse Museum, the Centerpoint Sydney Tower where one can opt for the skywalk for a walk high up above the city and the Government House. One can take a walking tour of the Rocks, an area with a slower pace of life or book a cruise in the harbor to have a view of the city from the sea front. Do not forget to spend time on the Bondi Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the world.
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The other great city of Australia is Melbourne. There are plenty to see and do at Melbourne too. Here too is the Melbourne aquarium with its huge oceanarium where the latest attraction is the hammerhead sharks. The Melbourne zoo is one of the most famous zoological gardens in the world and it is involved in a number of conservation activities. The Royal Botanic Garden is another place where you will not only find m any exotic plants but also many species of birds too.
The city is historically very rich and you can have a glimpse of the city’s past in the many monuments that dot the city from the north to south. Have a cruise along the Yarra River or ride a tram to the attractions. Here too you can have a lovely view of the city from the Melbourne Observations Deck.
3. Great Ocean Road
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This is a 243 km road stretching from Torquay in the east to Allnsford near Warrmabool in the west. This is one of the most picturesque drives in the whole world. There are many view points along the road for the visitors to savor the wonderful natural sights including the famous Twelve Apostles. The rock formations along the coast provide wonderful photo opportunities, especially in the morning and evening with the rising or setting sun. Though one can speed up the highway, it is recommended that one should devote enough time for allowing a true feast for the eyes.
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South of Victoria lies this natural state of Australia. There are wide ranges of activities that one can pursue in the lap of nature. So one can go camping, fishing, trekking, wildlife watching and visiting the historical sites on the island. Visit the Cradle Mountain and Lake and the Gordon River for some wilderness experience and the Hastings Caves and Mole Creek Karst National Park for visiting some spectacular limestone formations, or visit the Cataract Gorge or Mount Wellington. Port Arthur was a prison town established in 1830. It was later closed in 1877. The town has been restored to give a glimpse of the past days and is one of the historical places to visit.
5. Barossa Valley and Kangaroo Islands
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Both of these locations are situated near the city of Adelaide. While the Barossa Valley is famous for its wineries, the Kangaroo Island, the third largest island in Australia, is great for some wildlife viewing in seclusion. Apart from the wineries and orange groves, visit Barossa for the life like wooden dolls at the Sandy Creek and the museums. At Kangaroo Island you may find the little blue penguins coming to feed or the albino wallabies.
6. Red Center and Uluru
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The Red Center includes three sites, the Kings Canyon, The Olgas or Kata Tjuta and the most famous Australian icon, the Ayers Rock or Uluru. The best way to have a good look at Uluru is to walk around it. One can see the numerous aboriginal paintings which date back to more than 10,000 years. The Kata Tjuta is another impressive area where 36 sandstone domes jut out much like Uluru. Kings Canyon completes the triangle. It is a place of incredible beauty. The gorge overlooks the Kings Creek and one can hike to the bottom of the canyon for a more impressive view.
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This region in Western Australia was named after the South African region bearing the same name as both share similar kinds of landscape. The region is famous for its gorges, waterfalls and exotic beaches. The main attractions of this region are the Bungle Bungles or Purnululu National Park, one of the most spectacular wilderness regions; the much photographed Mitchell Falls; the Kimberley Gorges and their numerous waterfalls and cataracts; the lakes of Kununurra and Argyle and Broome, one of the most scenic and quite sea coasts in Australia.
8. Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef
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The final destination of the circular tour of Australia and the most famous living region in the world is Great Barrier Reef. The Marine Park protects this natural treasure from unwanted crowding and damage. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The reef supports a wide variety of marine life and for a close view of them one should get on to any guided tours taking out the visitors to the reef.
Cairns is one of the many cities from where the Great Barrier Reef can be accessed. This city also acts as a center for tours to Rainforestation National Park, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and the spectacular Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for a ride above the World Heritage rainforest.