Sydney Opera House
Combining the elegance of ancient influence with that of modernists, Sydney Opera House remains one of the top historical places in Australia. The sculpture was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon but was completed by an architectural team headed by Peter Hall.
Today Sydney Opera House stands tall in pride as it has committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal with different community action plans for Accessibility, Environmental, and Reconciliation.
Location: Sydney Harbour in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
- For tours:
From Monday to Saturday – 9 a.m to 8:30 p.m; Sunday: 10a.m to 6 p.m.
9 a.m to 5 p.m
- For adults: AU$42,
- Family (2 parents + 2 children): AU$105.
Mungo National Park
It is also famous for the remains found of the Mungo Lady, the oldest person to be ritually cremated. Scientists have discovered artefacts that date back to over 50,000 years. It is a highly protected national park, with landscape unlike any other, resembling the surface of Mars, moulded by the climatic change since last ice age.
Of all the Australia historical places, Mungo Park attracts thousands of visitors for its strikingly majestic sights.
Location: South-western New South Wales, in eastern Australia
Timing: The park is open 24 hours. However, if there are poor weather conditions or fire danger, the authorities might close it at times.
Pricing: AU$8 per vehicle per day. However, it might differ for commercial vehicles with 8 seats or more.
It was one of the eleven remnant penal sites, now recognised as a part of World Heritage property. With stories of hardships and punishment written in every piece of stone and brick, Port Arthur remains one of the most significant historical sites of Australia.
Today, the panoramic view of the Tasman peninsula from Port Arthur attracts tourists from all over the world. While some visits just to enjoy the scenic beauty and others visit for the stories that the walls of the museum hold.
Location: It is located in the Tasman Peninsula, 97 km southeast of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
- Grounds and Gardens: 9 a.m until dusk
- Adult: AU$40
- Child: AU$18
- Family: AU$102 (2 adults and a maximum of 6 children)
- Concession: AU$32
It is one of the oldest homes in Australia, surrounded by orchards, 1,000 acres of semi-cleared land. This historical site is considered to be a museum and features a colonial bungalow with a veranda and a garden that resembles those of the 1830s.
While Elizabeth farm witnessed various events as the British colony grew in Australia, the owners also played an important role in the birth of the wool industry in the country.
Location: 70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW 2142, Australia
Timing: Wednesday to Sunday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m
- Adult – AU$15
- Family – AU$38
- Concession – AU$12
The rock art galleries at Ubirr lie along the easy circular walking trail that stretches only up to 1 km. Witnessing tropical sunset over the woodlands, floodplains and dark ribbons of rainforest will give you an unforgettable memory for a lifetime. Most of the paintings at rock faces at Ubirr were created about 2000 years ago and have been painted and repainted ever since.
Location: Kakadu Northern Territory 0822, Australia
Timing: Monday through Saturday 8:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Closed on Sundays.
Pricing: Entry is free
What used to be an unruly and raucous settlement of European colonizers, that received ships full of convicts, sailors, and soldiers from England has now turned into a thriving, lively place. It is the oldest city in Australia, a cultural and art destination and home to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
Location: Southern shore of Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia.
Timing: 24 hours
Pricing: Free Entry.
Sovereign Hill is an open-air museum, an acclaimed tourist attraction. Span over 61 acres of land, the site has over 60 historically recreated buildings. Once you enter the site, it would take you back in time, with every staff member you meet on-site dressed as if it is the 19th Century. All of the items that are present in Sovereign hill are recreated to resemble the said century.
Location: Bradshaw St, Golden Point VIC 3350, Australia
Timing: Monday through Sunday - 10 a.m to 5 p.m
- Adult: AU$58.50,
If you are akin to immerse yourself in the history of what prison life was like then, the Fremantle Prison gives you various tours. The tunnel tours will take you on an adventurous trip through the tunnels built by the prisoners.
The torchlight tour will make your hair at the back of your neck rise, as you walk past the prison walls echoing the stories of pain and suffering and many times executions gone wrong.
Location: 1 The Terrace, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia
Timing: Saturday through Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m to 5 p.m, Wednesday and Friday: 9 a.m to 9 p.m
Depending upon the tour you decide to take, the packages may vary anywhere from
- Adult: AU$22 to AU$75,
Old Melbourne Gaol
The Gaol is famous for the execution of Australia’s many infamous criminals like serial killer Frederick Bailey Deeming and bushranger Ned Kelly. The museum now displays information and memorabilia of prisoners and staff members, death masks of executed criminals. The gaol has also seen the first judicial executions in Victoria as a consequence of the conflict between Aboriginal People and European settlers.
Location: 377 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Timing: Monday through Sunday: 9:30 a.m to 5 p.m
- Adult: AU$28
Melbourne Royal Exhibition Building
The building represents the pride and money of Victoria, and remains to be one of the oldest exhibition pavilions. Not only is it a museum that preserves the memory and culture, but it also hosts major gala dinners, top fashion shows, and other star-studded events. Designed by architect Joseph Reed, the building’s architecture displays heavy influences from Byzantine, Romanesque, Lombardic and Italian Renaissance styles.
Location: 9 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
Timing: If there are no special events scheduled in the museum, the opening hours are from 9 a.m to 5 p.m
- Adult: AU$10
National Museum of Australia
It also is home to the world's largest collection of Aboriginal bark paintings and stone tools. It is situated with a picturesque view of Canberra, stunning architecture by Howard Raggatt represents the theme of knotted ropes. Every collection of the museum tells a story of moments that shaped Australia to be what it is today.
Location: Lawson Cres, Acton ACT 2601, Australia
Timing: Monday through Sunday: 9 a.m to 5 p.m
Pricing: General admission is free. However, an amount of AU$5 may be applied to special exhibitions and events.
Hyde Park Barracks
Another one of the 11 pre-eminent convicts sites that UNESCO has listed in World Heritage sites. Along with a few other oldest buildings that survived, this barrack has seen the changing face of Sydney, from convict beginnings to various landmark decisions.
To transform the barrack into a world-class museum, the site was closed in January 2019 for restoration work. It is scheduled to reopen on 21st February 2020 for visitors to immerse themselves in the experience, so rich and new, like no other.
Location: Queens Square, Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Timing: Monday through Sunday: 10 a.m to 5 p.m
Pricing: General admission is free.
During the early 1790s, Bennelong approached Governor Philip to build a brick hut on the point and give it his name. As time passed, people forgot about the tidal island and its rubble fill, until the excavation for the construction of the Sydney Opera house began in the 1950s. That is when the island was rediscovered and now has become one of many top Australia historical places.
Location: Port Jackson, City of Sydney, Australia
Darwin Military Museum
However, RAAA gradually added more guns, vehicles, weapons, and uniforms to the collection so did the area covered by the museum. From 2009, RAAA solely operates the museum, for the visitors who are interested in learning history and about the role of Australia in the war that reshaped the world. The museum video footage shows Japanese raiding Darwin for almost 2 years, 64 times during WW2.
Location: LOT 5434 Alec Fong Lim Dr, East Point North Territory 0820, Australia
Timing: 9:30 a.m to 5 p.m during the dry season, 10 a.m to 3:30 p.m during wet seasons.
- Adults: AU$20
- Children: AU$10
- Family (2 adults and 3 children): AU$45
However, the guns in the installation were never fired until 1942, when the shelling of Newcastle happened. The fort was closed for reconstruction in 2004, to attract more tourists. The fort has a special place in the military history of Australia. The museum was reopened in 2009.
Location: 1-3 Nobbys Rd, Newcastle East NSW 2300, Australia.
Timing: Wednesday through Monday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m, closed on Tuesdays.
The museum is now open for visitors to visit and experience the history of the longest run prison, as they walk through the hallways while witnessing the prison cells that once held notorious assassins, an underworld figure, serial killers and bank robbers. The various tours included in the Gaol packages are Psychic experiences, Escapes Torchlight tours, Ghost Hunting, and many others.
Location: 6/18 John St, East Maitland NSW 2323, Australia.
Timing: Monday through Friday : 9 a.m to 4 p.m, Sunday & Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
Pricing: Depending upon the tour package, the pricing may vary from AU$19 to AU$45
Kakadu National Park
The park offers some of the most beautiful picturesque walking trails, waterfalls, rock art, and bird watching opportunities. For people who want to spend a leisurely weekend away, the fishing spots at the park allows you to relax. With rock art that dates back to 20,000 years ago, art lovers can witness art galleries carved at the rock depicting aboriginal life, expressing their cultural identity.
Location: Kakadu Hwy, Jabiru NT 0886, Australia.
Timing: Open 24 hours.
Pricing: AU$25 per person, who is over 16 years old.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
The Uluru sandstone monolith stands tall at 348 metres high and has become a focal point of the indigenous culture of the country in the world's eyes. Kata Tjuta is considered sacred by the residents' ancestral being ages ago. The formation of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta dates back to some 350 million years ago.
Location: Southwest of Alice Springs along the Stuart and Lasseter Highways.
Timing: 5 a.m to 9 p.m
Pricing: AU$25 per person.
You can explore the town on foot, walking down the heritage siege precinct and visit local breweries, the Warby-Ovens National Park. There is not much to do in this town, apart from visiting occasional festivals and events. However, if you are looking forward to having a relaxing weekend away, this is the perfect place to go.
Location: Glenrowan, Victoria 3675, Australia
Timing: 24 hours
Wiebbe Hayes Stone Fort
Later when the mutineers launched a series of attacks on the soldiers, they fought back. They built defensive walls and stone shelters under the command of Wiebbe Hayes. The remnants of those structures are now known as Wiebbe Hayes Stone Fort. It is one of the oldest European buildings in Australia.
Location: Houtman Abrolhos WA 6530, Australia
Timing: 24 hours
Pricing: Not available.