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What Attractions Should I Visit in Australia?

Tourists who are interested in exploring the coast of Australia can call upon the nation's highly experienced scuba diving community for advice.
Australia's University of Sydney, with its unique architecture, was built in 1850.
Australia is just as large as the United States, though it only has a tenth of the population.
A waterfall on the island of Tasmania, part of Australia.
The Great Barrier Reef, a coral reef like this one, is found off the coast of Australia.
Koalas, which are arboreal marsupials, are popular with visitors to Australia.
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Many people are surprised to learn that the country of Australia is just as large as the United States, though it only has a tenth of the population. If you're planning a visit to Australia, you would need months to cover the entire continent. So what Australian attractions are worth a visit?

Australia's largest city, Sydney, is famous for housing the 2000 Olympics, and is a large, vibrant, diverse metropolis. There are many great activities available in Sydney, but two of the most famous Australian attractions are found here — the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. For a fee, you can climb to the top of the Harbour Bridge, which gives a wonderful view of the whole city.

The capital of Australia, Canberra, is the seat of the country's government. Here, you can see some of the more political Australian attractions, like the House of Parliament. There is also a wonderful War Memorial museum, with war planes, military equipment, and much more. The Canberra Zoo is also a great place to visit, with many animals unique to Australia.

In the Outback, you'll find another of the most famous Australian attractions. Uluru, once known as Ayer's Rock, is a massive natural stone structure in the middle of the desert. Uluru is a beautiful sight, and is definitely worth visiting and photographing.

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Australia is also home to one of the world's natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef. Here, you can snorkel or scuba dive to see a huge variety of tropical fish and other marine wildlife. You can also go for a ride in a glass-bottomed boat, if you'd rather not get wet, but still want to see some amazing Australian attractions underwater.

Finally, don't miss the city of Melbourne, which features great shopping, beaches, restaurants, and museums. It would take months to explore the thousands of Australian attractions that you'll find in the country, but these suggestions should help you get started.

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geekish
Post 6

My Grandmother was lucky enough to get to travel quite a bit when she was retired and there were two places she said I just had to see, and one was Australia and the other was Alaska.

I was young when she was giving me this wisdom traveling tidbits; however, I do remember her being in love with the koalas in Australia (but it also helped that she gave me a stuffed koala to try and really implant that memory).

I personally would love to see the Great Barrier Reef, part of it is just my desire to have a little Australian adventure and going scuba diving sounds like an adventure to me (my oxygen relying on a single tube is quite adventurous to me) but the other part is my need to see such blue water.

I grew up on the Ohio River... not exactly blue... at all...

Has anyone traveled with a Australian sightseeing tour?

dfoster85
Post 5

Uluru is beautiful and definitely one of Australia's greatest attractions, but surprising difficult to get up. My parents went t Australia for their 25th anniversary and they dutifully went out to Ayer's Rock, as it was then known. Apparently, it's very steep and for the first quarter mile or so, you have to be roped in a big line with your group!

Well, my mom thought my dad wanted to go, and she thought *he* wanted to go, and they darn near did just out of politeness. As they stook there regarding the monolith, my father, no spring chicken and never svelte, finally said, "Are you sure you want to go?"

Evidently the local indigenous people never climb the rock because they believe it is sacred. So my parents got T-shirts with a picture of the rock that said "Anangu never climb." In other words, "We respected the rock."

wander
Post 4

I was actually just in Sydney last week and spent a lot of time on Australian websites trying to figure out what to do with just the 8 days I had. Sydney is a really vibrant city and you don't have to go broke to enjoy. I stayed in a Australian backpacker hostel near the famous Bondi Beach, and spent a lot of the time roaming the city by CityRail.

I suggest if you go to Sydney you take some time to visit the Botanic Gardens, they're free. From here you can get great shots of the Syndey Opera House. Another hot spot is Circular Quay. Skip the expensive harbor cruises and just take the ferry over to Darling Harbor and you'll see the city as it was meant to be seen. You could also catch a movie at the big IMAX there that hosts the world's largest screen.

If you're looking for day trips from Syndey, the famous Blue Mountains are linked to the city by the CityRail, and you can visit the Three Sisters and hike through the forests. Another fun spot is the Featherdale Wildlife Park, which is much cheaper than the zoo, where you can actually get up close to cute wallabies, kangaroos and wombats.

Glen Godfrey
Post 3

This information is good about Australia attractions. Attractions in Australian are here in the Sydney city and its Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, Bondi beach and much more.

Glen Godfrey
Post 2

Sydney is beautiful part of Australia. The Harbour city is famous for its natural beauty, culture, iconic colonial and contemporary architecture. Bondi beach,Tumbalong Park. Crocosaurus Cove is also one of the attractions in Australia. Many tourists are sporty and love adventure. I think this is a good destination for a tourist for spending some adventurous times.

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