Australia is a spectacular continent featuring exotic wildlife, scenic landscapes, and modern cities. The list of things to experience in Australia is almost endless, but several stand out and are considered must-see attractions. There are many things to do and destinations to experience as advised on Totally Australia, however here the 7 best things about a holiday in Australia.
1. The Sydney Harbour
Not only is Sydney the largest city in Australia, but it offers several unique attractions for travelers to enjoy. The Sydney Opera House is the highlight of the harbour, with visitors allowed to go backstage as well as along the front of the this magnificent structure. Visitors can also experience the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge via railway, cycle way, or a pedestrian path. For those with a sense of adventure, jet boats provide thrill rides through the water under the bridge. Visitors can also enjoy the harbour at a more leisurely pace when taking a harbour cruise.
2. The Gold Coast
Those on holiday in Australia should plan to spend several days in this city along the southeast area of Queensland. The Gold Coast provides a diverse selection of activities that range from the major amusement parks to vast nature preserves. Visitors can explore the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary one day and visit Dreamworld Park the next. For rest and relaxation there are beautiful beaches set against the backdrop of a seaside metropolis. After enjoying the day along the water, travelers can take in a wide variety of night life.
3. The Great Barrier Reef
A holiday in Australia wouldn’t be complete without exploring this world famous reef. This is the world’s largest reef system with over 2,900 separate reefs. The reef is home to a variety of sea life that includes dolphins, porpoises, sea snakes, and at least 30 different species of whales. Ways to enjoy the reef include cruises, scenic flights over the water, and diving trips.
4. The Kimberley
Situated in Western Australia, The Kimberley is a spectacular destination that features breathtaking waterfalls, rugged mountains, and elaborate gorges. A holiday in Kimberley could include a camel ride along the beach or an extensive wilderness adventure in a four wheel drive. There are also several small towns surrounding the wild beauty of the Kimberley. Broome is a town that has a rich history of pearling. Visitors can take rides on restored pearling luggers and hear tales of past pearling adventures. A boat cruise down the Prince Regent River will bring travelers to the place of the King Cascade, an exquisite terraced waterfall in the eastern region of Kimberley.
5. The Great Ocean Road
Travelers can enjoy one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world along Australia’s Great Ocean Road. Approximately 150 miles of road is situated along the south-eastern coast with several attractions to enjoy along the way. There are a few stops along the road that travelers should make sure not to miss. A few include the fantastic view at Bells Beach, Port Campbell Village, and the limestone structures known as the Twelve Apostles.
6. Kakadu National Park
Located in the Northern Territory, Kakadu National Park is a diverse refuge to over 280 bird species and approximately 60 types of mammals. The park features a rich source of Aboriginal rock art as well as several main attractions visitors must see. A few include Jim Jim Falls, Gunlom Plunge Pool, and Nourlangie Rock Art Site.
7. Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island and provides a protected, pristine wilderness for many of Australia’s native animals. Visitors don’t want to miss the boardwalk that goes down through Admirals Arch to enjoy the stunning geological formations as well as the seals lounging on the rocks. Other sites to see include Raptor Domain, Cape Willoughby Lighthouse, and Paul’s Place Wildlife Sanctuary. Besides the gorgeous scenery and wildlife, Kangaroo Island is known for its many wineries, particularly Bay of Shoals.