As a member of the Commonwealth, Australian culture shares a lot in common with the U.K. However, in terms of wildlife and geography, Australia is completely different from the U.K. Australia is a huge country, made up of over 70% desert, with the majority of the population living along the east coast in large cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, and Cairns. Within this huge expanse of land, there are hundreds of amazing places to visit, enough to last a lifetime, let alone a short week long trip. Below are just a few of the highlights in Australia, including places of natural beauty and important historical and cultural destinations.
One of the most iconic cities in all of Australia, Sydney is a must-see for those going “down under.”
Of course, the iconic Sydney Opera House and Bridge over the Sydney Harbor are vitally important to see while in Sydney, as they offer some of the most recognizable views in all Australia.
There are also numerous art galleries and museums in Sydney, including the Australian Museum, the New South Wales Art Gallery, and the Australian Maritime Museum.
Great Barrier Reef
The largest structure single structure constructed by living beings in the world, the Great Barrier Reef is home to a huge diversity of species. It is absolutely stunning, with its crystal clear waters teeming with colorful fish of all description.
The most popular places to visit the Great Barrier Reef from are Cairns and the Whitsunday Islands, in the northern part of Australia in Queensland.
There are many different ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, but one of the best ways is to get your scuba gear on and actually get into the water.
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ayers Rock is another of the most iconic places in Australia. Although a bit remote (450 km from the closest town, Alice Springs), it is well worth going for a visit.
It may look like a big chunk of rock, but the amazingly rich color of the sandstone formation that is Ayers Rock is glorious when seen in person.
Ayers Rock is an extremely significant location for the Aboriginal people, and thus is replete with fascinating cave drawings. Of course, there is usually plenty of distinctive Australian wildlife in the park, including wallabies and kangaroos.
The Great Ocean Road
Located in western Victoria, the Great Ocean Road was originally built as a war memorial for those killed in World War I. It stretches for 243 kilometers along the coastline of Australia.
The road winds through a variety of climates, from sand beaches to sheer cliffs to rainforest. It offers amazing views of Australian landmarks, especially natural rock formations such as the Twelve Apostles and the London Arch.
These are perhaps some of the most iconic places to visit in Australia, with natural beauty in places like the Great Barrier Reef and Ayers Rock, and culturally iconic sites like those found in Sydney. Of course, these four attractions are just the beginning; there are hundreds of other places to visit while in Australia. Traveling to Australia is quite easy, since all you need is an Australian visa, which can be obtained online and will be granted electronically. Australia is a land of amazing beauty if you take the time to enjoy it and take it all in.