Australia is a huge country, blessed with superb landscapes and cultural highlights. Some of the most popular destinations for tourists to visit are detailed below.
Incredible Natural Heritage
Located on the southern coast of Queensland, on Australia’s eastern flank, Fraser Island became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. What makes the island especially interesting is its population of dingoes, Australia’s wild dogs. Rainforests, lakes, sand cliffs and shining white beaches also add to the island’s appeal.
Also located off Australia’s eastern coast is the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most famous natural features in the world. This huge coral reef stretches for a huge 86 million acres and there are at least 30 shipwrecks contained within the area! Whether you want to dive under the waves or just enjoy the view from a boat, this really is a magical stretch of ocean.
Heading into the Bush
The Northern Territory is one of Australia’s wildest states and it is here that visitors can find the Kakadu National Park. This World Heritage Site covers around five millions acres of varied landscape and is home to around 300 local Aboriginals, who dwell mainly in savannah woodlands and tidal wetlands.
The Blue Mountains of New South Wales are beautiful in their own right and they are also the home of the iconic Jamison Valley. Visitors to this valley can enjoy the steepest cable car ride in the Southern Hemisphere, with the added bonus of a glass floor through which to take in the views. Katoomba Falls and the Three Sisters rock formation are among the highlights of a trip to this valley.
Rock of Ages
Perhaps the most iconic location in Australia is located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This is the home of Uluru, the rock which, according to Aboriginal tradition, dates back to the creation of the Universe. The rock is sacred to the Anangu people who love in the area. Uluru, previously known as Ayers Rock, is located some 208 miles from Alice Springs, the nearest town. Climbing the rock is an experience that every visitor to Australia should try and achieve.
For a completely different kind of cultural experience, visitors should head to the National Gallery of Australia. It can be found in Canberra, the country’s capital, not too far from Australia’s national parliament buildings. Its extensive collection includes work from Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders, as well as photographic exhibitions and collections of work from foreign artists. The gallery boasts some 10, 000 items for display.
On the island of Tasmania, Port Arthur makes for an interesting visit. This former convict station is one of Australia’s most significant historical sites and features an open air museum. Port Arthur in the early 19th century was one of the toughest convict stations, with many second offenders (convicts who had re-offended in Australia after transportation) being sent here.
With such a wonderful variety of historical, natural and cultural wonders to explore, it is well worth checking out travel deals for Australia as soon as possible.