Top 7 attractions in Australia
There are many reasons why one may yearn to visit the vast and spectacular country of Australia. Some of the star attractions are the beautiful islands, wild deserts, fascinating cities and towns, rich cultures and traditions and the huge variety of wildlife and aquatic life. These are the highlights.
1. The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
The Great Barrier Reef is situated off the northeastern coast of Australia and is the world's largest coral reef system. It has millions of fantastic aquatic features, which form some mesmerising underwater scenery. The reef is home to over 400 different types of corals and a seemingly endless array of beautifully coloured marine creatures.
2. Uluru (Ayers Rock), Northern Territory
This is another astounding attraction due to the presence of a huge touchstone called Uluru or Ayers rock. The rock is one of Australia's great icons of the Outback and is considered a sacred site by its aboriginal custodians. The famous monolith in the Northern Territory is part of Uluru-Kata-Tjuta National Park, which also features Kata Tjuta or The Olgas (a group of huge red rounded rock formations).
3. Sydney Harbour, Sydney, NSW
Sydney's harbour is one of the most popular attractions in Australia and must be one of the most iconic on the planet. Its eye-catching features include the Sydney Opera House and the bridge, which you can actually climb.
4. Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
This is the largest national park in Australia and should definitely be on your must-see list because of its beautiful flora and fauna, along with its rich and ancient aboriginal culture. There is much rock art to explore, beautiful walks and 280 different types of bird species. Pictured is the popular Twin Falls in the park.
5. Canberra's museums and galleries, ACT
Australia's capital is home to many interesting museums and galleries, including the National Museum of Australia (pictured) and the National Portrait Gallery. They include a rich collection of artefacts, relics, photographs and other displays, which portray a fascinating culture and heritage. The work of Australia's finest artists is also showcased, including many important aboriginal cultural paintings.
6. Fraser Island, Queensland
This is the largest sand island in the world and Fraser island forms a precious part of Australia's natural and cultural heritage. The island has long uninterrupted white beaches, strikingly coloured sand cliffs and over 100 freshwater lakes.
7. Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW
This is one of the most elegant beaches in Australia and its only 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre. This beach is incredibly popular due to its many attractive features including, bronzed bodies, white sand, backpacker hostels and of course the surf.
Australia is a place where many people want to visit and its often a once in a lifetime trip. However, before travelling to see the country's many beautiful sights, one must obtain a valid Australian Visa from the nearby Australian consulate. The relevant authorities should be consulted about your requirements for obtaining the correct visa.