Australia is a great country to visit at any time of year with so much to see and do whilst you’re there. This guide highlights 10 of the best places to mark down on your itinerary.
Flying to Australia
Flying to Australia from the UK can take anything from 20-26 hours, depending on where you stop off. The most popular stop offs are Dubai or Singapore, so be prepared for a long flight – remember to take some books , handheld consoles or a laptop to keep you busy. Flights can also be expensive, so find the lowest fares to Australia by looking online.
Bridges and Buildings
In Sydney, everyone should take at least one trip across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of the world’s widest long-span bridges. Eight lanes of traffic make their way across it, while its distinctive and iconic design has given rise to its affectionate nickname ‘The Coathanger’. If you are road tripping around Australia, you should definitely stop by. Plus you can easily find a cheap place to stay downtown Sydney on Expedia. It will allow you to stroll around the city and discover the incredible architecture of the world famous Opera House as well as other atypical buildings.
One building from which to view the magnificent harbour bridge is, of course, the Sydney Opera House. Designed by Danish architect John Utzon, its distinct ‘yacht sail’ inspiration makes it something of a global landmark. If you want to take a closer look, then tours can bring you backstage, while enjoying a performance there is a memorable experience.
Also in New South Wales is the Jamison Valley. One of Australia’s most beautiful natural landmarks, this valley is found in the Blue Mountains. Glass-floored cable cars and the Katoomba Falls are among its attractions.
Aboriginal Heritage and History
Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, is some 208 miles from the nearest town, Alice Springs, in the heart of the Northern Territories. This sacred rock, which in Aboriginal tradition dates back to the creation of the Universe, is a moving and beautiful place which seems to be the spiritual heart of Australia.
Another place with strong Aboriginal connections is the Kakadu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This five million acre park is home to around 300 Aboriginal people, as well as to some remarkable landscapes and wildlife.
Convict and Artists
On the island of Tasmania, visitors can find one of Australia’s most significant historical locations. This is home to Port Arthur, one of the toughest convict stations in Australia during the 18th and 19th centuries. Guided tours of the original buildings are a fascinating way to spend a day.
Canberra is the capital city of Australia and also the home of the National Gallery. This building, with its Brutalist design, is located not far from the national parliament and offers visitors around 10,000 pieces on display. Many items are from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, highlighting the essential contribution of indigenous peoples to Australia’s story.
Queensland’s Natural Beauty
There are two wonderful natural attractions off the coast of Queensland, with the more famous of the two being the Great Barrier Reef. Covering around 86 million acres, this huge coral reef is home to some magical wildlife, as well as about 30 shipwrecks.
The second of the two sites is Fraser Island, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. The dingo population here is one aspect of the wildlife which attracts visitors, but there are also beautiful cliffs, rainforests and beaches to explore.
Finally, if you are partial to a little bit of supernatural activity as well as history, then a trip to the North Head Quarantine Station near Sydney is worth a stop. This was where many immigrants to Australia first arrived in the country over the past 200 years and the original stone buildings are reputed to be haunted.