Australia – popularly known as the ‘land of dreams’. Filled with both cultural and natural attractions worth exploring. A popular choice among backpackers and thrill seekers, Australia offers numerous outdoor and nerve-wracking adventures. If you’re planning a trip here, read on for the top things to do in Australia.
Visit the Sydney Opera House
The Opera House is an iconic attraction not to miss while in Sydney. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is among the great architectural icons in the world. Located in a mind-blowing area, it is surrounded by water on three sides and also borders the Royal Botanic Gardens in the south. Some of the best things to do here include enjoying a performance, dining at the numerous restaurants or go on a tour of the building. If you want the best views of the Opera House, you can head to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, or go on a nearby boat cruise.
Snorkel or Dive in the Great Barrier Reef
Another World Heritage site in Australia and one of the largest living structures on the planet. The Great Barrier Reef park was established in 1975 for protecting it’s fragile ecosystems. Consisting of 3000 coral reefs, 600 continental islands and the magnificent Whitsunday group, the Great Barrier Reef cannot be missed. Also considered to be among the seven wonders of the natural world, it stretches for 2,300km along the east coast of Australia. The best things to do here include diving, snorkelling or glass-bottom boats. These activities will enable you to see a wide array of marine life from corals, to tropical fish, turtles, sharks, giant clams, and rays.
Explore the Blue Mountains, National Park
This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and can be found 81 kilometres west of Sydney. The park protects over 664,000 acres of wilderness and is surrounded by waterfalls, hiking trails, dramatic gorges, and aboriginal rock paintings. A highlight of the park is the towering sandstone rock formations known as the Three Sisters. Other attractions not to miss are the Katoomba Scenic Railway, Scenic Walkway, and the Skyway. Some of the top things to do here are hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, abseiling, and more.
Appreciate Melbourne’s Street Art
Melbourne is popularly known for its street art is regarded as one of the world’s street art capitals. A certain area was even designated by the city council for street artists to regularly showcase new and stunning street art. This area offers budding street artists the chance to experience the artistic side of graffiti and also aims to reduce the levels of graffiti elsewhere. It also adds to the urban vibe of the city and the best way to explore the area is by joining the Melbourne street art tour which is run by street artists. This tour allows you to learn more about what you are seeing and the inspirations behind it.
Go sightseeing at Kakadu National Park
This park is located at the Top End or the Northern Territory and another World Heritage Site. The park covers over 19,840 square kilometres and is the largest national park in Australia and the second largest in the world. The park is dotted by monsoon rainforests, rivers, mangrove swamps, waterfalls, and ancient rock paintings. It also homes an array of wildlife and is the perfect place to go bird spotting. You can explore the park by air, car, boat, or go hiking on the network of hiking trails.
Visit Kangaroo Island
Finally, this naturally stunning island is located off the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. Here, you will find Kangaroos hopping around the powdery shores and penguins or sea lions in its crystal-clear waters. Diving is recommended here, as you will get to spot sea dragons and numerous offshore boat wrecks. While you’re here, don’t miss the wind-sculpted ‘Remarkable Rocks’ and Admirals Arch in Flinders Chase National Park. Luckily, this place is also known as ‘foodie heaven’. After a tiresome day of exploring, indulge yourself in fresh seafood, creamy cheeses, and Ligurian honey at the local restaurants.