‘Travel; as much as you can, as far as you can, as long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place.’ This adage propels you to make a bucket-list of places that you want to visit & explore at least once in a lifetime and Australia has to feature somewhere among the top 5 destinations on your list.
One of the world’s most diverse holiday destinations, Australia has a vast expanse of sunny coasts and golden beaches, scenic mountains, wildlife, large reefs, sandy deserts, blue lakes and cosmopolitan cities. Your holiday is incomplete without a visit to Sydney harbour, Cairn rain forest, theme parks of Gold Coast, Tangalooma for the dolphins, Melbourne for the penguin parade and of course you wouldn’t want to miss the drive on the Great Ocean Road. Also, you will be spoilt for choice with Australia’s range of accommodation – luxury resorts, self-serviced apartments, boutique hotels, rustic country pubs, camping…the list is endless.
The country of unmeasurable space and laid back people will make you feel at home in no time! Extreme sports or relaxing on the beach, Australia has plenty to offer.
Here’s an overview of the best places to visit in Australia:
`The Queen of the Pacific Rim', Sydney is Australia's largest- and oldest- city. Ever since Captain Cook dropped anchor at Botany Bay, way back in 1778, Sydney's been an important city. This is one city which manages to combine a little bit of everything. Sydney is a city of Aborigine art galleries, of golden beaches and of pulsating nightlife; a cosmopolitan city where Asian, Greek, Italian and Oriental cultures fit neatly into one irresistible package. Split in two halves and linked to each by the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Harbour Tunnel, the city centre and places of tourist interest lie south of the harbour. This central area encompasses the Rocks and Circular Quay, two big attractions in Sydney. Darling Harbour gives Sydney its picturesque beauty and the Opera House on the sea front makes an instantly recognisable landmark. The sea, bays, coves and beaches, pretty parks and gardens provide wonderful natural vistas and make Sydney a very attractive city.
The Great Barrier Reef
Australia's biggest attraction is undoubtedly the Great Barrier Reef, now a protected marine park. The World Heritage Site lists the Great Barrier Reef as a rare heritage area and a marine sanctuary. The different hues of the corals, the strange vividly coloured fish and swaying plant life creates a kaleidoscope for divers, snorkelers and people viewing from underwater observatories and glass-bottomed boats. Nothing we say can prepare you for the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. You have to experience it yourself!
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road or the B100 is one of the most majestic drives in the world. Running right along the southern coast of Victoria, it meanders along the sea from Melbourne to Adelaide and is witness to changing landscapes, spectacular views and charming seaside towns. The second most favourite destination for travellers to Victoria after picturesque Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road wends its way along roughhewn cliffs, past windswept beaches and coves and through thick rainforest and wood tracts. The sheer cliffs and wind buffeted rocky formations in the deeply indented coastline have gained it notoriety as 'the shipwreck coast' with over 100 ships sinking to a watery grave after straying onto the rocks during storms or in the thick mist that shrouds the shoreline. To get a grand view of Australia, don't miss this drive. Rent a car and drive the distance. The roads are relatively safe, and for the most part sealed, though speed limits are high on the highways. Just keep the blood alcohol level under 0.05% and you shouldn't have a problem. All kinds of fuel is available but distances between service stations can sometimes be long and fuel could be expensive, so carry extra. So take a trip along the Great Ocean Road and get beguiled by charming little towns on the coast. It’s a heady experience.
Go to Phillip Island if you want to ride the waves or watch a Penguin parade! Phillip Island is situated off the far south of the picturesque Gippsland region of Victoria. Amazing beaches line the shores of Phillip Island and whether you are looking for a secluded spot where you can sunbathe and go skinny dipping or a bustling beach where there is a lot of action, you are sure to find one to your liking in Phillip Island.
The island is an area of enormous diversity, offering everything from sandy beaches for swimming and sunbathing on the leeward northern side to rugged cliffs, strange rock formations, blowholes and pounding surf. Phillip Island’s proximity to Melbourne and its salubrious climate makes it a popular city getaway.
The Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is literally the golden goose of tourism in Australia. It is the one place where the excitement never wanes and the partying doesn't stop.
The Gold Coast, so called because it was and is prime real estate, gets more than two million tourists every year. The entire area is geared to providing the perfect holiday whatever be the choice. So you can enjoy a vacation, with family or alone, shop till you drop or sail, dive, snorkel and surf till your muscles cry stop.
For the three million people who call it home, Melbourne is a city of Victorian-era buildings, parks, gardens and leafy boulevards of which the inhabitants are justifiably proud. A city that is known for its multicultural coexistence, it’s vibrant yet doesn’t have the brash Sydney culture. Melbourne is located on the banks of the Yarra River which meander its way through the city of Melbourne past glass high-rises and proud old houses, wide tree-lined boulevards and pretty green parks. The city has a pleasant weather throughout the year and there are no extremes in temperature. Fall is the best time of the year to be around because the days are long and warm – the perfect time to stroll in Melbourne’s many parks, gardens and watch the leaves wear autumnal colours.
Other interesting must visit cities of Australia include Queensland, Perth, Brisbane, Cairns and Adelaide that offer unlimited shopping, adventure and leisure opportunities. Even after listing all the must-visit places, there’s still so much to see and do in Australia that you’ll be spoilt for choice. The varied climatic conditions in different parts of Australia makes it a year round destination. So get planning your own Australian Odyssey!
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