Australia is the largest island in the world located amongst the Pacific and the Indian Ocean. It is a paradise of contrasts since it has from a vast desert, exotic animals like the kangaroo or the dingo, dreamy beaches to thousands of hectares and cattle fields.
To explore the traditional way of life of the nation’s aboriginal people, or to relax on a sun-drenched beach or enjoying the night in a fashionable place in the city, Australia has something unique to offer each visitor. If you have decided that this part of the world is your next destination, I give you the top 10 places you can not miss in your tour to enjoy tourism in Australia.
1. Ayers Rock – Uluru!
Ayers Rock sacred mountain of the aborigines, it is the largest monolith in the world. The rock formation rises 348 meters on the ground, and 863 meters above sea level, although most of it is underground. The outline of the monolith, which changes color according to the inclination of the sun’s rays, measures 9.4 kilometers. The traditional inhabitants of the area organize guided tours of the fauna, local flora, and indigenous legends.
2. Whitsundays Islands – The Great Barrier Reef!
The Whitsunday Islands are a combination of 74 islands bordered by the Great Barrier Reef, and the protected by waters of the eastern sea, this tropical paradise is the romantic destination for couples, so if you plan to travel with your partner, you already know what it meets.
More than 100 varied species of sharks, manta rays, turtles, some 1,800 different fish and 400 coral, make up the most spectacular seabed on the planet. To enjoy fullest, you need to go shallow depth.
3. Kakadu National Park!
The Kakadu National Park, in the North, can only be visited in the dry season, from May to September, in the rainy season, it is not possible to access many areas. Its extension is equivalent to that of the State of Israel and is believed to contain ten percent of the world’s uranium reserves.
The park is found within the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory with their crocodiles and Johnston crocodiles, which fortunately sleep most of the day. The most important part of the park is the outstanding cave paintings of Ubirr, Nourlangie, and Nanguluwur inhabited by man uninterruptedly for more than 20,000 years.
4. The Twelve Apostles!
One of the most beautiful natural landscapes to see in Australia, the southern coast of the state of Victoria is known for the “shipwreck coast” (Shipwreck Coast), and the reason is entirely visible when you arrive at the Port Campbell National Park. It is about kilometers of cliffs and wild beaches.
Sometimes there is no better sculptor than Mother Nature. There are only ten of the so-called Twelve Apostles left. These giants of limestone show solitary and fragile when rough sea that lashes the coast without mercy. That water was eroding the rock that bound them to the cliffs, creating one of the most sought after landscapes by those who decide to visit Australia.
5. The Great Ocean Road!
It may be one of the most scenic roads in the world, and it is undoubtedly very high on the list of Australian tourist attractions.Built by Australian veterans of World War I, this 243 km road was born with the intention of being the largest memorial to fallen soldiers in the world. However, the natural beauty of the place where it runs has led to it becoming one of the leading places to visit in Australia.
It links the small towns of Torquay and Warrnambool, although the maximum speed allowed is 80 km/h, you hardly want to go over 40 to enjoy the beautiful coastal landscape. The Great Ocean Road runs through wooded areas, wild beaches, impossible cliffs and holiday villages such as Anglesea, Lome, and Apollo Bay.
6. Fraser Island!
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world with 1,630 square kilometers. It has about 100 freshwater lakes, scattered among tropical forests, eucalyptus, and mangroves. With a unique ecosystem, the tourism that has been developed conserves the charm and biodiversity of the island.
Most visitors move through Fraser in 4×4 vehicles, a more peaceful and beautiful way to explore. It makes the great 90 km trekking, with shelters where you can spend the night at the end of each stage. They will give you a series of guidance while you are there, such as not feeding the dingoes. In fact, the motto of the island is that as long as you remain in it, your presence must be the least visible and least harmful.
7. Nambung National Park – The Pinnacles!
The Australian west coast is one of the wildest areas in the world. Of the routes through Australia, few can match the great feeling of direct contact with nature that you will find here. Most travelers who decide to travel the thousands of kilometers of the western highway that cuts the southern red sand, begin their journey in the city of Perth and head north.
After traveling only about 200 km, you will find unique limestone forms that rise like beings of reddish-brown skin in the Nambung National Park. The limestone of which the Pinnacles are composed of the shells that populated the area in other eras. Without a doubt, it is one of a unique landscape to see in Australia.
8. Magnetic Island!
Its name Magnetic Island comes from antiquity, when James Cook in 1770 noticed that the compass of his boat was disturbed when passing close, for what he called “magnetic effect,” since then the origin of the event has been investigated, but no explanation has been found.
The island is a haven for wildlife, 54 percent of the island has been declared as the national park, to protect these animals. It is located on the abrupt hilly interior and rugged north-western side. The highest spot on the island is Mount Cook stretching 497 m above sea level.
Magnetic Island is renowned for its fishing possibilities. Fish around the island includes dogtooth tuna, wahoo, black marlin, blue marlin, mackerel, sailfish, giant trevally, sea perch, coral trout, tuna, mahi-mahi and red emperor. There are over 800 koalas (2013) expected to be present on the island; this population represents the northern limit of their geographic range.
The island of Tasmania is located south of Australia, separated from the coast of the country by the Strait of Bass. This region is rich in legends of presidios, pioneers, lumberjacks, miners and, recently, environmental activists. It emphasizes its virgin nature, gastronomy, and wines, with small cities of clean air.
Mountains, lakes, secluded beaches, forests and other scenic attractions that can be explored on foot or by motorhome. The West Coast of Tasmania is great for adventure vacations, descending the rapids of the Franklin River. As for its fauna, having separated from Australia about 10,000 years ago, it still retains some rare species of marsupials, the most famous of all being the Tasmanian devil, now in danger of extinction.
Sydney is the capital of New South Wales, located on the southeastern coast of Australia. A modern city with a long history defined by its picturesque harbor. The first inhabitants of the region lived along the shore of the port for thousands of years. The port was also the landing site for convicts sent to Australia during the 1780s.
Sydney is a modern and open city, where people not only work but also have fun. Among its most famous places include the Opera House, the bridge over the Bay of Sydney, Chinatown or the Botanical Garden. Walk through Sydney and inhale air that will revitalize body and mind.
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