With a population of 22.8 million and counting, Australia chases back a glorious and artistic history of more than 60,000 years. Be it sports, architecture, culture or the serene natural beauties, Australia has everything in place for you. Amongst a hundred tourist destinations across the country choosing the top 10 was a herculean task. Let’s see how each one can impress you in its own unique way as a legendary tourist destination.
1. Opera House, Australia
Built by the famous Danish Architect John Utzon in 1973, this giant piece of architecture will certainly not fail to impress you. Located in Sydney, this iconic building has largely been acclaimed and awarded several times which successfully makes it the grand symbol for the entire country.
2. The Great Barrier Reef
One of the seven natural wonders of the world, this unique creation of nature is the world’s largest coral reef system. Located off the coast of Queensland, this reef structure can be seen from outer space and is also recorded as the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms.
3. Gold Coast
If you are often called as Mr. Beach King then this is certainly heaven for you. With 10 million tourists visiting the Gold Coast and the extended beaches every year, the coastline has some of the most popular surf breaks in the world. You shouldn’t miss out on the Gold Coast 600, the famous car racing event held in October each year.
4. Whitsunday Islands
Often a dream destination for the beach lovers, Whitsunday is a group of 74 islands in the heart of Queensland. With close to 7 million visitors every year, this beach destination has a huge pool of activities in store for you starting from yachting to kayaking, sailing or power boating. The most well known ones boils down to Hamilton Island, Hayman, Daydream Island etc.
5. Ayers Rocks
Ayers Rock, locally known as Uluru, is one of the most remarkable natural heritage sites of Australia. Being a large sandstone rock formation in Central Australia, Uluru is considered sacred to the Anangu, the aboriginal people of Australia. This landmark is famously known to change its color during different parts of the day, strikingly being bright red during dawn and dusk.
6. Great Ocean Road
If you are a long-drive lover, south-east coast of Australia gives you miles and miles of thrills to share. Originally built for the returning soldiers during World War-I, this 243-km road engulfs everything from beaches to rainforests in one go. If you visit the place, don’t forget to walk on the Great Ocean Walk which connects Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles.
7. Kakadu National Park
Located in North Australia, this exquisite national park is also the largest national park in Australia. Having a huge reserve of flora and fauna, this park is also noted for the best aboriginal rock art in Australia. The falls, the wetlands and certainly the beautiful gathering of birds are a must watch in Kakadu.
8. Sydney Harbor Bridge
The world’s largest and tallest steel arch bridge, famously called ‘coathanger’ is the Sydney Harbor Bridge. If you visit Sydney on a New Year’s Eve, this is the place to be. Be it Olympics or the Google doodle, this bridge truly holds an integral part in Australia’s history of all times.
9. Frazer Island
It’s a crime to be in Australia and not visit Frazer Island. Known to be the largest sand island in the world, this island also has the reserve of some of rarest species on earth such as dingoes and ferns of the Central Station.
10. The Blue Mountains
A hot favorite among family tourists, this heritage destination has a host of recreational activities as well as panoramic view for you. The edge cinema, the giant stairway, Jenolan caves, Katoomba scenic railway, the Leura toy museaum, the zig-zag railway, the apple orchard are just to name a few. If you love mountain biking, this has to be the destination for you.
I can name a hundred other notable destinations in Australia but this article binds me. I am sure your tourist guide will do their best. Till then, Happy Journey!