The sheer scale of Australia is what amazes many first time visitors. The country is home to over 10,000 beaches and 500 National Parks. However most of the population is centred around the coasts and cities. Huge areas of the country have no permanent population.
The world’s largest Monolith, and the country’s most famous natural landmark, is a sacred site for the Aboriginal people. There is an official campground, and the 450km drive from Alice Springs, the nearest big town takes you through outstanding desert scenery.
The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
One of Australia’s definitive wonders, this is a dazzling, heart-stopping, 150-mile drive along the hemline of the continent. The climax is the Twelve Apostles, where the raging Southern Ocean has gnawed the limestone cliffs to leave tall pillars of more resilient rock stranded out at sea.
Great Barrier Reef
One of Mother Nature’s most dazzling creations, this labyrinth of coral cays, islands, lagoons, channels and caverns is furnished with an amazing variety of marine life. The entire reef is bigger than the UK, Holland and Switzerland combined.
Found north of Brisbane, this is where people flock to enjoy surf and sun. The Sunshine Coast is home to pretty villages, renowned surf spots and spectacular rural hinterland. The Great Sandy National Park has colourful sand dunes, wetland and mangrove forests.
As the sporting and cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne has plenty to offer visitors from all over the world. From rooftop bars and designer boutiques that give the city a cosmopolitan feel, to an array of historical buildings and landmarks. The resort of St Kilda has been to the go—to place for Melbourne residents for over 100 years. It’s palm-lined esplanade is very popular and the place attracts everyone from back-packers to families.
Situated around a stunning harbour, Sydney is the cultural capital of the country. The Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are major attractions. If you are brave enough, its possible to climb too the top of the bridge to enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the city and harbour. The world-famous Bondi Beach is also within the city limits.
The Giant Stairway
The Blue Mountains are a popular destination close to Sydney. The Giant Stairway comprises over 800 stairs and walkways which rise over 1000 feet close to the Three Sisters Rock formation. Some of the stairs were hand-hewn out of the cliff face.
With Kings Park, one of the biggest urban parks in the world, and an easily accessible waterfront, Perth is a popular place for those who enjoy the great outdoors. The city is bordered by Swan Valley which features dozens of vineyards offering some of the best Australian wine.