Australia Attractions

Top 10 Must-See Places in Australia

Here are some Australia attractions that everybody should know about and that are so worth a visit when in the country. To give you an idea how beautiful Australia is, see here our top ten places to visit in Australia:

10. Canberra

The capital city of Australia, Canberra, is also the country's only major city that does not lie at the coast.

Canberra was established only in 1913 and was completely planned with a chess board-type town structure. Similar to New York City, the streets run in straight lines from South to North and East to West. Here you see the Australian parliament buildings.

Australian Parliament in Canberra

9. Sydney

Sydney, Australia’s biggest city lies on the eastern coast and is the country’s most populous city.

In 2000, Sydney was the host city of the Millenium Olympic Games. Sydney’s most famous sights are the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House with its iconic architecture. Below see the Opera House at night.

The famous Sydney Opera House

8. Melbourne

Melbourne is located in the South of Australia. A cosmopolitan city and there are many street-side coffee shops and little boutiques.

The zoo and Queen Victoria Market are among the most loved attractions in the city. At the coast and on nearby Philip Island you can watch penguins parading on the beach.

Skyline of Melbourne

7. Perth and the West Coast

Whales can be seen from September to November off the coast near Perth. Further down the south-western coast, whale watching is possible  between June and September. 

The biggest city in Western Australia, Perth, is home to many immigrants from Asia and South Africa. The relaxed city and the many beaches along the West Coast attract many holiday makers. The Scitech Discovery Centre in Perth houses the biggest planetarium in Australia. 

Whale Watching in Perth

6. Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock, or Uluru as the Aboriginies call this massive rock formation, lies in the centre of Australia. This place in the outback is far from any city.

Uluru, the largest alone standing rock formation in the world, is a holy place for the Aboriginies who also do not step or climb on this mountain which can be walked up along a walkway.

Ayers Rock

5. Northern Territory

Darwin, situated in the Northern Territory, is a town with a real outback feeling.

Nearby Kakadu National Park with its wide variety of wildlife is a World Heritage Site and one of the major Australia attractions. There are various traditional tribes still living in the area.

In Kakadu National Park

4. Tasmania

Tasmania is an island in the south-east of Australia and the country's smallest province. Tasmanis is a great place for its nature walks, hiking and biking are popular activities here.

On this island of Tasmania, you might also see the 'Tasmanian Devil', a small night-active mammal. The main city on the island is Hobart.

Tasmanian Devil

3. Gold Coast

Another one of the main Australia attractions is the Gold Coast. The Gold coast is the eastern coast with Brisbane as the main tourism centre.

Brisbane has many resorts and offers lots of fun activities for an exciting beach holiday. Watersports are such as surfing and sailing are very popular or you can just relax and enjoy your Australian holiday at one of the most stunning white beaches.

Brisbane on the Australian Gold Coast

2. Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef, in Queensland, is one of the most pristine marine areas in the world and houses the world’s biggest coral reef. Great for snorkelling and diving, the reef is known for its colourful sea life.

You can spot a wide variety of tropical fishes in all colours in clear waters even close to the beach. Cairns is a popular beach resort town on the north-eastern coastline.

Barrier Reef is famous for the colourful fishes

1. Mount Kosciuszko

Have you ever thought you can go skiing in Australia? Well, remember that 'downunder', the winter season is from June to August. From Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, you have great views over the outback landscape.

The area around Mt Kosciuszko is known as Australia’s winter sports region, with numerous slopes attracting skiers and snowboarders. In summer you can also hike up the mountains and if you are lucky also can see or even touch some snow on the highest mountain peaks.

Skiing in Australia

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