The vast ‘Land Down Under’ is a treasure trove of some of the best places on Earth to see and experience. Here is our guide to the some of the must see places when you make a trip to Australia.
This one definitely tops the list of places to see while visiting Australia. Widely hailed as one of the seven greatest wonders of the natural world, the Great Barrier Reef stretches for approximately 3000 kms along the coast of Queensland. You really have to see it to believe the extraordinary beauty of more than 400 different types of coral and rich marine life that thrive in the Reef.
Snorkelling or diving is one of the best and most popular ways that visitors can experience the colourful corals and various types of tropical marine life up close. You can even chose to book a helicopter or seaplane tour for some jaw-dropping aerial views of the world’s largest coral reef system. Cairns, Port Douglas and Bundaberg are some of the coastal cities in Queensland from where you can gain access to the Great Barrier Reef.
Aboriginal culture and traditions are a very integral part of Australia’s history. At Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory Aboriginal rock art dating back more than 20,000 years can be seen. Fine specimens of ancient Aboriginal rock art give you a glimpse into the life and culture of Australia’s native Aborigines. Make it a point to visit the main galleries at Ubirr and Nourlangie.
Kakadu National Park also happens to be Australia’s largest national park where you have a chance to spot many species of birds, saltwater crocodiles and other native Australian animals like dingoes and wallabies.
No trip to Australia can be complete without seeing the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. With those massive white sail shaped exterior facade Sydney Opera House is the most recognisable structure and a modern architectural marvel, which is representative not just of Sydney but many a time the entire Australian continent. The landmark building is actually a cultural centre for performing arts with multiple venues that host plays, operas, music concerts and talk shows. Catch a performance here if possible and follow it up with grabbing a delectable meal at the Opera Kitchen.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge a short distance away not only serves to connect Sydney’s city centre with the neighbouring suburb of Kirribilli, it also offers spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and the entire harbour.
Just off the southern coast of Australia, to the southwest of Adelaide, lies Kangaroo Island. It is an easy 30 to 45 minute ferry or flight from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island. As you step on to this delightful island, you will be greeted by the sight of exotic wildlife native to Australia, all living in a protected natural habitat. You can see wild sea lions lazing on the pristine white beaches, adorable koalas perched on trees, pelicans, wallabies, echidna, little penguins and of course kangaroos.
While at Kangaroo Island, make the most of your time by exploring the numerous art galleries, museums, studios, visit the farmers markets, indulge in great food and drink at the lovely cafes, restaurants and cellar doors. If you a thrill seeker, there are quite a few adventure activities on offer as well, such as quad biking, horse riding, sandboarding and kayaking.
If these places have wetted your appetite and you are keen to know about more sightseeing places in Australia, get hold of our Australia Travel Guide. While planning your trip to Australia, ensure you purchase Travel Insurance for Australia. After all it is one of the more expensive countries to visit and a long way out from India so you wouldn’t want to take any travel risks. Buying travel insurance for your foreign trip will allow you to enjoy sightseeing with total peace of mind.