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68 Places to Visit in Australia

 
  • 01Visit Sydney

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    One of the largest cities of Australia as well as the capital of New South Wales region is one of the exciting cities with Mediterranean climate, sunny beaches, impressive skyline and sparkling harbour. With throbbing and consistent buzz, the city is full of entertainment and places to visit without which a holiday to Australia is incomplete. A unique feat of architectural magnificence is Sydney Opera House hosting thousands of performances and attracting millions every year.

     

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    Just like the Opera House, The Botanical Garden of the city is equally beautiful with array of plants and verdant greenery. Apart from this Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains, Bondi Beach, Sydney Aquarium are few of the must visit places in the city. Sydney cannot be explored fully without gracious shopping experience and the city provides luxurious shopping destination at the Queen Victoria Building with modernised stores selling suits, jewellery, accessories and a lot. Sydney Tower offering 360 degree view of the city and National Maritime Museum is also worth visiting. 
  • 02Visit Adelaide

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    Being the fifth largest city of Australia, the proud city of Adelaide was primarily founded by Britain immigrants at the foothills of Mount Lofty. Adelaide today has been progressed and the prosperity is majorly based on agriculture and mining industries. The greatest attraction of Adelaide is the awe striking private mansions, the grand public buildings, museums, galleries, gardens and lovely opera with flourishing music.

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    For the lovers of sea side attraction there is Glenalg, a seaside village away from the city hustle. One can enjoy relaxing ambience amidst harmony of nature. Even wildlife can be explored in Adelaide with the popular Adelaide Zoo and Cleland Wildlife Park and enjoying the sight of Aussie animals. Apart from this North Terrace, State Library, South Australia Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia all are famous sightseeing spots of the city. 
  • 03Visit Brisbane

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    Being the third largest city of Australia and existing on the banks of the winding Brisbane River, this place is the jewel in the crown with unlimited attractions that make it a popular tourist destination. Boosting its rich heritage and modern elegance, the city caught the eye with its hosting of Commonwealth Games way back in 1982 and subsequently World Expo in 1988. Having mild subtropical climate, this is one of preferred places of the country both for the natives as well as the visitors.

     

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    It projects a new world with loads of opportunities in terms of commerce, industry, tourism and development. There are plenty of good places to see in Brisbane and some of them include Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Cultural Centre, Mount Coot-Tha, South Bank, Custom House, Queen Street Mall and Moreton Island. Apart from this huge activity entertainment is also available here making the city a sought after destination.
  • 04Visit Perth

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    Being the capital city of Western Australia, Perth is designated as one of the best cities to live. Flushing with money from mining, this beautiful city is based on the south west coast is a thriving rich place with a modern outlook. The sterling beaches and the meandering Swan River form the source of many activities and the greatest attraction of this place. One can enjoy sailing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, boating, diving and many other things that guarantee entertainment unlimited.

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    Camping at the national parks and visiting Rottnest Island is also quite entertaining here. Some of the major attractions here include King’s Park, Botanical Garden, Perth Zoo, Hillarys Boat Harbour, Aviation Museum, St Mary’s Cathedral Cultural Centre and many others. Cycling through the bike tracks beside the Swan River is one of preferred pastime of people here. 
  • 05Visit Art Gallery of NSW

    Art Gallery of New South Wales is one of the most iconic public gallery and among the largest art museums in Australia. The gallery was established long back in 1874, over a century ago. It's one of the best galleries to explore the beautiful artwork from across the world.

     



    Location: It is located in Art Gallery Road, The Domain in Sydney, Australia. Public transport is easily available to reach this amazing place.

    Highlights: Extensive collections like Australian art, Aboriginal art, Asian art, Contemporary art, European art are displaced in the art gallery. One can also enjoy various programs and facilities that are held in the gallery. Tourists love to visit the art gallery to come close to Australian culture and heritage.

    Best time to visit: The place is open everyday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm except on Wednesday when it's open till 10:00 pm. The Art Gallery is closed on Christmas Day and on Good Friday.

    Price: The entry to this Art Gallery is completely free, both for adults and kids.

  • 06Visit Sydney Harbour Bridge

    Sydney Harbor bridge is also known as Coat hanger and is the world's largest steel arch bridge. It is also one of the iconic symbol of Australia. The bridge carries eight vehicle lanes, two train lines, footway and a cycle way too. The bridge helps in connecting the Sydney central business district and the North Shore.

     



    Location: Sydney harbor is located at Sydney New South Wales and is in close proximity with most of the transportation facilities. For tourists, it is great to get along to different famous places from here.

    Highlights: The place looks beautiful and the scenery is just amazing overlooking the waters. The bridge and the river together look more beautiful and captivating. The design of the bridge is inspired from the Hell Gate bridge in New York City, USA.

    Best time to visit: The bridge looks beautiful at night so you might choose to visit it after dusk for capturing good pictures.
  • 07Visit Sydney Opera House

    Sydney Opera house is a multi venue performing art center located in the prime destination of Sydney. It is one of the most prominent tourist attraction place with over eight million people visiting it every year. The opera house has been included under UNESCO World Heritage List on 28th June 2007.

     



    Location:
    Sydney Opera House is located at Bennelong Point in Sydney, Australia. The building structure and its surrounding occupy the whole of Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbor which lies between Sydney Cove and Farm Cove.

    Highlights:
    The opera house is home to some of the best performing arts that happen in the country. The place was designed by famous Danish architect Jorn Urton. Multiple events in all sorts of art happen in the Sydney Opera house so tourists can enjoy them. For recreational purposes, there are various bars, cafes, and restaurants inside it.

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    Events keep happening at different times so you need to be there at the decided timings if you don’t want to miss them.
  • 08Adelaide Hills

    Adelaide hills are actually part of the Mount Lofty. In contrast to the warmer Adelaide plains, these hills have cool and crisp air and pleasant climate. There are a number of summer houses in the region with prominent European architecture. But the hills are most famous for their wineries and cellar doors. In fact, it is reputed as the one of the most prominent wine producing region across the world.



    Highlights: The wineries are the major highlight of the area. There are a number of guided tours for food, fine dining and wine experience. It is also the way to reach the Mount Lofty Summit which is more than seven hundred meters above sea level, and enjoy the panoramic view. Visit the Cleland Wildlife Park to witness the native Australian wildlife.

    Location: Adelaide hills are just half an hour drive from the Adelaide central business district.

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  • 09Hahndorf

    Hahndorf is a small town and a famous tourist spot located in the Adelaide hills. Nestled in the heart of the region, this oldest German civilization in Australia has many attractions for visitors. This town has a quaint charm about it. Apart from the beautiful vistas, it has several boutiques, shops, restaurants and gift shops. It also houses several museums, antiques and antiques shop. The main street is bordered by century old elm and plane trees.



    Highlights: Visit Beerenberg Farm to see the strawberry and mixed vegetables crop. You can also buy jams, sauces and pickles. For your kids and for those who are kids at heart the Misty Hollow Fantasy cave is a delight. You can also visit The Cedars, earlier the home for popular artist, Sir Heysen, and now houses a nice collection of his artworks.

    Location: 20 minutes drive from Adelaide city centre.

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  • 10Barossa Valley and Winneries

    Barossa Valley is one of the oldest wine regions of Australia. It has around hundred and fifty wineries and celler doors. The region was first occupied by Europeans in nineteenth century. The wineries are mostly open for the tourists. At some wineries you will have to take prior appointment. The valley is also renowned for its world class restaurants, fresh and seasonal agricultural products, and skilled food manufacturers. Motorbike, bicycle and hot air balloon tours are available.



    Highlights: The valley has meticulously designed wine and food trail which you can traverse through bicycle. Enjoy mouth watering meal of smoked meat and fresh bread at Butcher, Baker and Winemaker Trail. You can also visit the antique shops and galleries. Hire a tour guide for the spectacular experience of the valley on a hot air balloon.

    Location: Barossa Valley is located around 70 kilometres from Adelaide city centre.

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  • 11Cleland Conservation Park

    If you want to experience the natural and cultural beauty of Adelaide, the visit to Cleland Conservation Park is a must. The area includes the renowned Cleland Wildlife Park, the Mount Lofty Peak and the famous Waterfall Gully. There are walking as well as cycling trails that let you enjoy the varied wildlife and picturesque view of Adelaide hills.



    Highlights: Cleland Wildlife Park is the habitat of hundred and thirty native Australian species. These include the kangaroos and koalas. Stop by the Cleland Cafe for a refreshing meal and coffee. The cafe uses fresh and seasonal produces for their cuisines.

    Location: The protected area is located twenty two kilometres from Adelaide.

    Timing: The Cleland Conservation Park is opened 24/7. The Cleland Wildlife Park is open from 9:30 AM to 5 PM.

    Price: The entry fee to Cleland Wildlife Park is $22 for adults. The fee for children is $11. 
  • 12Questacon

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    Questacon is a National Science and Technology center, which being an interactive science centre was opened in 1988, and was developed by the noted professor of the Australian national university Mike Gore, who was also a physics lecturer and later on also became the founding director of Questacon. Its building was presented by Japan to the Australia for 1988 bicentenary and being opened on 23rd November 1988 with the contribution of ¥ 1 billion nearly being half the cost of an A $19.64 million. It was formerly housed at the old Ainslie Primary School..

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    Questacon is a part of the Australian government with department of Innovation Industry Science and Research since 3rd December 2007 and its current director is Professor Graham Durant. Its vision is "a better future for all Australians through engagement with science and innovation”. On Thursday 18 September 2008 a Questacons review was released. This review was commissioned by Minister Kim Carr and also chaired by John Simpson of National Australia Bank.

    Location: Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
  • 13Floriade

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    Floriade a flower and entertainment festival held annually in Canberra's Commonwealth Park featuring extensive displays of flowering bulbs integrated with sculptures and other artistic features. Florida comes from the Latin word floriat, which means designing with flowers. The festival attracts the tourists from around Australia and overseas in the spring from mid September to mid October every year, and is considered as the most important regular event for tourism in the Australian Capital Territory.

    It is being called "Australia's Celebration of Spring”. After some controversy regarding an entry charge, admission to Floriade has been free for many years. Floriade was the idea of Christiaan Slotemaker de Bruine, Landscape Architect with Department of Capital Territory in Canberra. He commenced the design in 1986 and based it on the world famous 'Keukenhof' garden in The Netherlands.

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    Floriade started in 1988 as a one off celebration of Canberra's 75th birthday and Australia Bicentenary of European settlement. Due to the success and popularity of the event, it has run every year since then with every year having a new theme and is currently the largest flower festival in the Southern Hemisphere

    Location: Canberra's Commonwealth Park, Canberra, Australia.
  • 14Telstra Tower

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    Telstra Tower is also known as a black mountain tower and was formerly known as a Teleco Tower is a telecommunications tower lookout that is situated above the summit of Black Mountain in Australia's capital city of Canberra. Rising 195.2 meters (640 ft) above the mountain summit, it is not only a landmark in Canberra, but also offers panoramic views of the city and its surrounding countryside from an indoor observation deck and two outdoor viewing platforms.

    In April 1970, the Postmaster General at the time commissioned the Commonwealth Department of Housing and Construction to carry out of feasibility study in relation to tower on Black Mountain accommodating both communication services and facilities for visitors. The tower was about to replace the microwave relay station on Red Hill and the television broadcast masts already on Black Mountain.

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    William Roy, at the time in charge of Canberra ABC radio and television transmitters, was employed to supervise the installation of technical support equipment in the Tower and became a first Principal Technical Officer. Black Mountain Tower then was opened on 15 May 1980 by Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser. It was officially being named as Telecom Tower, and when the telecommunications company was re branded in 1993, became Telstra Tower.

    Location: Canberra, Australia.
  • 15Namadgi National Park

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    Australian Capital Territory, bordering Kosciuszko National Park in New South Wales. It lies to 40 kilometers which is 25 miles to southwest of Canberra. The national park protects the part of the northern end of the Australian Alps with its spectacular granite mountains. Its habitat ranges from grassy plains over the snow gum forest to alpine meadows. The fauna is also much varied, consisting of Eastern Gray Kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, magpies, Rosella and ravens which are commonly seen.

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    The water catchments area of the park supplies to approximately 85% of Canberra's water. In this sub-alpine region the weather range from the cold winter nights on warm summer days, and it can change too quickly. Snow normally falls on the Bimberi and Brindabella Range during winter, and is not an uncommon throughout most of the park. The highest mountain is Bimberi Peak at 1,911 meters, which is 6270 feet, which is the highest peak in the Australian Capital Territory. The national park is classified as an IUCN Category II protected area.

    Location: 40 kilometers southwest of Canberra, Australia.
  • 16Machans Beach

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    Compared to other extravagant Cairns beaches, Machans is modest. Being closest to the city of Cairns it is easily accessible by most modes of transport. The kind of people that usually come here are those who are looking to get away from the madness of most Cairns' northern beaches. Machans offer a tranquil hippy style beach experience, much like the locals at the nearby Kuranda village.

    The locals appreciate a quiet peaceful atmosphere as most of them are humble working class folks. They like the pristine natural beauty in their locality and have made great efforts to keep it that way. It also has a unique community centre which reflects the attitude if the locals that sets them apart from other communities at Cairns. You can enjoy the local salsa and mother /daughter nights held at Machans.

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    Location: It is a suburb in the city of Cairns.

    Highlights: Come here for the hippy style beaches and the eclectic local fare.

    Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.
  • 17Holloway's Beach

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    A Cairns residential beach, Holloway's is gaining popularity due to the establishment of a beach resort by the waterfront. It is an extremely narrow beach, with only two meters as its width. It is extremely apt for fishing as on a good day you can see many locals out with their fishing nets at Holloway's. There is also a popular cafe and hotel which makes Holloway's a brilliant destination. If you are looking for some privacy, turn right when you see the Holloway's beach sign.

    There is a quite little spot only frequented by couple and artists. A turn left ahead is a shack, easily recognizable with its bluish yellow interiors, which is famous for its local alcohol made from various fruits. The friendly staff is sure to please you with their wide smile and Pleasant demeanor. There is a safety net for you during the stinger season, please be within it to avoid unnecessary complications.

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    Location: Holloways Beach is north of Cairns City.

    Highlights: A small quite beach to explore your personal space.

    Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.
  • 18Rottnest Island

    A few miles away from Perth, lays the Rottnest Island, a place of picturesque beauty, abundant sea life and sandy beaches with emerald green water. The island consists of a number of beaches and bays. There are walking and biking trails to explore the island.

    Highlights: Relax on the sandy beaches or swim in the emerald water, enjoy surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving or come close to the nature and wildlife by exploring the island on bike. Take a tour to the museum, gallery and heritage buildings to learn about the history of the island. To enjoy the panoramic view of the island, climb the Wadjemup Lighthouse. You can take a guided tour to the island or you can hire a bike to explore the area on your own.

    Location: The Island is located eighteen kilometres off the Fremantle harbour, Perth. It can be reached by a short ferry ride. 
  • 19The Pinnacles

    The Pinnacles are one of the wonders of Mother Nature. Thousands of these spires like limestone formations are scattered all over the desert area in Nambung National Park. Millions of year old, these intriguing structures are one of the most fascinating places of attraction in Western Australia. Some of them are more than three and a half meter high.

    Highlight: The view of the landscape is magnificent during the sunset. There are some secluded and pristine beaches in the park where you can enjoy swimming and snorkelling. A number of idyllic beaches can be found in the beautiful coastal town of Cervantes. Visit the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre, located in the park, from where you can learn more about the formation of these natural sculptures and the habitant wildlife.

    Location: The Pinnacles are found in Nambung National Park, which is located roughly two hundred kilometres from Perth. 
  • 20 AQWA - Under Water World

    Visiting AQWA Under Water World is a unique way to discover the distinctive marine life of Western Australia. It is the largest aquarium of Australia with more than four hundred different species of sea life. Built in 1988, the aquarium has five different regions, representing the different marine life and their environment in different parts of the Western Australian shoreline. The aquarium has one of the largest living coral reef exhibits.



    Highlights: If you are a qualified snorkeler or scuba diver, you can join AQWA’s Divemaster and discover the sea life from close. After exploring the unique aquarium, you can enjoy delicious meals and snacks with a cup of hot coffee at AQWA Café.

    Location: The aquarium is located in Hillary, the northern suburb of Perth.

    Timing: 10am - 5pm

    Price: The entry ticket price of the aquarium is $79 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children.

  • 21Coolangatta Beach

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    The southernmost suburb of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia is the Coolangatta Beach having a population of 5,193. It shares its economy with its neighboring twin town Tweed Heads situated in New South Wales. The Gold Coast Airport has some of the runway crossing the border into New South Wales The delicious food served by the clubs and the restaurants of the holiday region at the Coolangatta Beach includes local seafood that tastes amazing. The Tweed River supports the fishing fleet of the region and the Greenmount Hill offers a perfect spot for swimming. It is connected to Rainbow Bay from where a point named the Point Danger can easily be reached. Coolangatta has worldclass oceanfront hotels, clubs, restaurants, and much more for the entertainment of visitors. The famous Twin Towns Services Club serves as the home to various international as well as local acts.

     Highlights: Tweed Heads New Year’s Festival.
  • 22G: link

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    Also famous by the name Gold Coast Light Rail, G: link is the light rail system serving the city of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. It is a 13-kilometer 16-station line connecting the Broad Beach and the Gold Coast University Hospital. It contains 14 air-conditioned trams each having a capacity to carry 309 passengers. These trams have ample of space for prams as well as wheelchairs and include surfboard racks feature. It operates every 7.5 minutes at peak times. The time that it operates is from 5 am to midnight on weekdays, and 24 hours on weekends i.e. Friday and Saturday nights. The G: Link route takes the tourists to some of the major attractions of Gold Coast like Southport CBD, Griffith University, New Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Pacific Fair, and Broadwater Parklands.

     Highlights: air-conditioned trams, space for prams and wheelchairs, covering destinations of Gold Coast.