A trip to Australia is not complete without a visit to our world famous landmarks, places that put Australia on the map. In every State and Territory a visitor can find great tourist destinations and accommodation to suit every budget. From natural wonders to man made structures, there is plenty to see and do.
The Sydney Opera House
One of Australia’s most recognisable landmarks, the beautiful white sails of the Sydney Opera House stand overlooking the harbour. Opened in 1973 it houses over three thousand performances a year. Take a guided tour and admire the unique architecture, or better still, book a seat for a performance of either the opera, the ballet, the symphony orchestra or a play.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge
Another landmark that foreigners instantly recognise as Australia’s, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is also known as The Coat Hanger. Opened in 1932 it stands one hundred and thirty-four metres above the harbour at its highest point. Connecting the North and South shore of Sydney for both car, bike, rail and foot travel, you now can scale the bridge’s steel structure. The Sydney Harbour Bridge climb has been available to the public since 1998. There are different climbs available and is one of Australia’s top tourist attractions.
Formerly known as Ayers Rock, Uluru is the world’s largest single piece of rock. Similar to an iceberg a lot of its mass is hidden beneath the ground, but it stands three hundred and forty-eight metres high. Guided walking tours are available around its perimeter. Once you could scale the rock but it is now forbidden due to conservation. Uluru offers fantastic photo opportunities as the rock appears to change colour from sunrise to sunset, and when it rains.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the only living structure that can be seen from space as it stretches over three hundred thousand square kilometres down the coast of Queensland. The coral reef is home to a huge variety of tropical fish, marine life and beautiful coloured coral. It is a major tourist destination and is accessible from many parts of the Queensland coast. Tourists can stay in a mainland hotel or one of the many island resorts.
Located in South Australia, Cooper Pedy was first settled in 1915 with the opening of an Opal mine. A unique location, the area is devoid of trees, and most of its residents live in homes under the ground. In the early days, when there was no air conditioning, people built these underground homes to escape the heat. Today the practice continues, and visitors can stay in a motel under the ground.
For those wishing to see plenty of wildlife on their holiday then Kangaroo Island is a must see. True to its name there are kangaroos but also koalas, wallabies, platypus and colonies of seals. The island is also famous for its excellent seafood and locally grown produce. There are many caves and rock formations to explore, as well as historical locations.