Top 10 Ultimate Tourist Spots To Visit In Australia Before You Die
Posted On April 23, 2022
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From 2016 to 2018, I’ve sailed with the Singapore-registered IVS (Island View Shipping) bulk carriers into and out of Australia several times transporting logs, coal, industrial salt (for the manufacture of plastic products) and wheat. This world’s largest island and smallest continent at the same time, located in the center of both Pacific and Indian Oceans has so many sights to discover and enjoy. One of the most fascinating and ultra developed nations on earth, it is gifted with natural wonders, unique wildlife, amazing beaches, cosmopolitan cities and vast tracks of the outback (remote and uninhabited region in Australia).
Without a doubt, Australia has always been regarded as one of the most popular destinations in the world. Regardless of what your travel preference is, your budget and your age this country can deliver an experience like no other. But so huge as it comes, seeing all its incredible sites in one trip is impossible, you have to go back again several trips, so take your time as I’ll check out with you the ultimate tourist spots to visit in Australia that cannot be missed in your lifetime.
Uluru or Ayers Rock
The symbol of the country’s outback, Uluru or Ayers Rock, an ultimate tourist spot to visit in Australia is one of the greatest natural wonders in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this giant rock towers over the flat desert plain in the southwest area of the Northern Territories (5 hours drive from Alice Springs) at 1, 142 feet high, 2.2 meters long and about 500 million years old. Don’t forget to watch Uluru change colors from milky gray to fiery-orange red during sunset and sunrise when you visit this world’s biggest monolith (standing stone).
Sydney Opera House
When you think of Sydney,what comes to mind is the Opera House, an ultimate tourist spot to visit in New South Wales, Australia. Another landmark that graces the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this architectural wonder is shaped like rolling sails (or huge shells). Situated along Sydney’s Bennelong Point, walking around it and taking in the views from the harbor as it dominates the skyline of this great city is arguably not a disappointment and will always remind you that Sydney Opera House is one of the most classical landmarks in the world.
Sydney Harbor Bridge
Affectionately called “the Coathanger” (or cloth hanger), together with the Sydney Opera House, the Harbor Bridge is also an ultimate tourist spot to visit in New South Wales, Australia. Considered the largest steel arch bridge in the world, this impressive achievement was completed in 1932, 40 years before the Opera House was built. Rising 134 meters above the harbor, you can sail under it, walk through its pedestrian path or take a guided climb above it where you can enjoy a fantastic view over Darling Harbor and Sydney.
The largest zoo in Down Under,Taronga Zoo which is located in the suburb of Mosman along Sydney Harbor,New South Wales is not just an ultimate tourist spot to visit in Australia but a great destination to see local wildlife and sparse exotic animals. Home to more than 2,600 animals of 250 different species many of which are threatened has the best vista of any zoo in the world. Meaning “beautiful view” in Aboriginal as it reflects the view of the harbor, Taronga Zoo has been operating since 1879 and is considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful zoos.
Great Barrier Reef
Of course, you have not been to this part of the world if you did not see the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Queensland. Considered one of the largest living structures on earth, the Great Barrier Reef, an ultimate tourist spot to visit in Australia is a UNESCO World Heritage List for natural wonder and a bucket list must-do for every diver, snorkeller and nature lover. Stretching at 2,300 kilometers of coral reefs, cays and inshore mangroves on the country’s east coast, you can join a helicopter tour over to admire the view of the impressive waters which is also visible from outer space or experience this natural spot by underwater.
The sight of a pink lake is not something that you see everyday and Lake Hiller, an ultimate tourist spot to visit in Australia is a marvelous endeavor of nature located in the Middle Island, Western Australia. This pink bubblegum-colored lake gets its pinkish hue from the red algae “Dunaliella salina” has high levels of salt content like that of the Dead Sea, thus it allows you to sit on the water or stay afloat. Regarded as one of Australia‘s natural wonders, even when the water of Lake Hiller is transferred to a container, the pink color does not change and despite its high salt content levels it is still safe to swim in.
If you admire creepy landscapes, The Pinnacels of Nambung National Park in the Western region is an ultimate tourist spot to visit in Australia. Located about 200 km. from Perth, these are ancient pillars formed when the region was submerged millions of years ago. Rising dramatically from the desert floor, The Pinnacles look like weathered tombstones and they make an amazing view as sand from the dunes blows through the fantastic landscape.
A seaside resort on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Surfers’Paradise, an ultimate tourist spot to visit in eastern Australia is a town and beach that symbolizes the lifestyle of the people who either come to the area to explore or live. Offering more than just great beaches and accommodation, Surfers’ Paradise is home to Queensland fantastic festivals, world class theme parks, historical places, UNESCO heritage sites and other several unique family attractions.
Karijini National Park
Located in Western Australia, Karijini National Park, an ultimate tourist spot to visit 1,400 km. north of Perth offers a unique landscape with an unforgettable outback experience. Famous for its spectacular ravines, soaring sheer sided canyons up to 100 meters deep, dramatic waterfalls and colored rocks, this area is one of the country’s most dramatic destinations. Photos cannot do justice to Karijini National Park, to see this spot in person is to believe it because as you go down to explore this area, it’s like entering into a secret world.
Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles
It is a group of rock stacks in the Southern Ocean along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. One of the most famous natural attractions of the country and a major tourist magnet in Melbourne, Victoria, the 12 Apostles is an ultimate tourist spot to visit in Australia. Standing at an impressive 45 meters above the waters of the Southern Ocean, these limestone pillars have been weathered and shaped by the wind and rain that resulted in their present height and form. On the other hand, Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most spectacular drives that has been built by returning soldiers from World War I and completed in 1932.
From sun-baked topography to jaw-dropping natural wonders, Australia is quite a land of unique and innate beauty. It is always a good idea to visit this country even for just once in your lifetime. Whether you are traveling in the cool of July or heat of December, there is always something to discover for in this vast and huge country.