Top 25 Attractions & Things To Do In Australia

Only if you're into vast open spaces of stunning landscapes, fine dining and wining and somewhat laidback Crocodile Dundee outdoor lifestyle, Australia is the place to be. And make sure you can embrace huge loads of excitement for there's plenty on the way in the prehistoric gorges of Kakadu, the barren fiery Outback or culture-rich cities of Melbourne, Sydney or Perth. Some koala cuddles and one-to-one close encounters with feisty kangaroos are available here, too. Shall we?

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    Uluru (Ayers Rock)

    Uluru (Ayers Rock)

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    Here's a lesson on Aboriginal vocabulary just in case you're unfamiliar with the word ‘uluru'. ‘Uluru' stands for ‘great pebble' and what we're talking about here is a gigantic monolith rising up from the middle of a scrubland nowhere in the Uluru National Park. This world largest rock formation is Australia's icon image mesmerizing with light and color effects to please your traveler eye. Shimmering with early morning browns, midday oranges and reds to dusky grays, Uluru attracts with its massive beauty and deep local significance. The nearby Kata Tjuta, formerly known as The Olgas, will trek you to 36 massive rock domes and a spectacular system of gorges and valleys, a site you should not leave out on your Australian itinerary.

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    Kakadu National Park

    Kakadu National Park

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    The outstanding natural and cultural values have earned a World Heritage status for this unique reserve. With the million-year-old rocks telling stories of long-extinct creatures, biodiversity one can hardly picture and Aboriginal inhabitants to narrate their 40,000 years of settlement, the Kakadu National Park is a travel jewel to be treasured. The site’s 110,000 square kilometers are hard to be trekked if you’re on a busy itinerary but do allow enough time to appreciate this amazing land of savannah woodlands, wild coastline, towering rocks and abundant fauna with some endemic species. The Kakadu has it all to illustrate the indigenous, too. Cave paintings, rock carvings as well as archaeological and ethnological sites recording the region’s inhabitants, will give you the best of lessons on Australia’s origin.

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    Lagoon Beach - Lord Howe Island

    Lagoon Beach - Lord Howe Island

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    A piece of turquoise Eden on Earth mesmerizing with crystal clear waters and beaches to suit even the pickiest of travelers. This is Lord Howe Island in a nutshell. Saying more you might find yourself at a loss for adjectives to praise the unparalleled beauty of this site. The island, with a golden ring of beaches around it, is the place to be if diving, snorkeling or mere sun tanning is what you are after. Lagoon Beach woos with coral patches overflowing with underwater marvels swarming round your ankles, unique tropical marine species and views to take your breath away. Still not convinced? Just picture yourself diving leisurely or relaxing on a glass-bottom boat exploring the reef wrapped with the blue of the water and the sky above. Heaven.

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    Tasmanian Wilderness

    Location: Tasmania, Australia

    Tasmanian Wilderness

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    Itching to do some trekking into the wilderness and leave it all behind? Tasmania - in all its craggy and tree-clad natural splendor - awaits. Expect some breathtaking vistas and picture ready views for this place must have been created to have you off your feet. The wild Tassie has it all to tickle your explorer's streak like pink granite mountains, pure white beaches, coastal dunes and dry eucalypt forests. From gentle strolls through swimming, boating and snorkeling to some more epic adventures, there is a number of action-packed possibilities to go for and experience the wild. For daredevils and dreamy ones, Tasmania has paths to challenge and views to soothe for everyone.

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    Sydney Harbour

    Location: Sydney, Australia

    Sydney Harbour

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    Vast, blue and pulsating with vibrant life, the Sydney Harbor is truly the city's jewel. Often described as one of the most scenic waterways in the world, the port is a magnet for travelers and the inhabitants alike, gasping for some relaxing air. Stretching 20km inland to the mouth of the Parramatta River and crowned by the renowned Sydney Opera House, the site invites with beaches, coves, bays, islands and waterside parks to soothe the hustle and bustle of everyday urban life. With endless sun-bleached stretches of welcoming sand, water fun ready spots and the picture ready vistas of white sails and the Harbor Bridge, the Port Jackson, as it is also called, tops the Australia itinerary.

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    Purnululu National Park

    Purnululu National Park

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    Isn't the name enough to make you want to see it? Should be, for there is a mindboggling landscape behind it, one that will make your eyes roll and camera burn. The Bungle Bungle, or Purnululu National Park as it is officially dubbed, is a relatively recent discovery of 1983. This awesome maze of curious  beehive shaped domes striped with alternating orange and grey bands is, without a doubt, one of Australia's most unusual and fascinating landforms. Why don't you follow the twists and turns of the narrow gorges running through the park and take a closer look at the colorful oxide and cyanobacteria band adornment of the rocks? And, by the way, ‘purnululu' means ‘limestone' in the Aboriginal.

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    Whitsunday Islands

    Location: Queensland, Australia

    Whitsunday Islands

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    Aquamarine, serene, pristine. The best of words to illustrate the awesome group of 74 Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland. Outdoor-loving Australians, water fun enthusiasts and mere holidaymakers find them irresistible, deservedly. The Whitsundays are there to sweep you off your feet with secluded island coves, sheltered warm waters and lush greenery. And it's just the tip of the attraction mountain. Well, in this case it's also a literal tip for the Whitsundays is a landscape of drowned mountains fringed with coral reef. Sailing yachts, motor cruisers or catamarans line the shores waiting for you to board and camping sites dotting every island guarantee enjoyable moments, so... Ahoy there!

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    Kuranda Scenic Railway

    Location: Kuranda, Australia

    Kuranda Scenic Railway

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    A must-do when visiting Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, the Kuranda Scenic Railway is a charming 1 hour and 45 minute journey up the tropically clad mountainous range. The scenic trip encapsulates the natural wonders and the outstanding engineering feat of the pioneering Australians. Just get the ticket and off you go, holding the breath in 15 dark tunnels, tiptoeing over 40 fragile bridges and trying to balance your body while the train will bend around 98 curves. Get enchanted with the picture ready scenery, lush tropical rainforest, steep ravines and cascading waterfalls. Unforgettable!

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    Great Ocean Road

    Location: Victoria, Australia

    Great Ocean Road

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    For adrenaline-powered motoring enthusiasts and sublime vista hunters, the Great Ocean Road is the one to hit! Some will call it an awesome drive and feel the kicks at the very thought of the twisting and turning, others will praise the windswept drama of the Shipwreck Coast and breathtaking views. Any reason is good enough to start the engine and drive the inspiring coastal B100. Follow its winding trail through the lush Otway rainforests, the magnificent limestone cliffs of Port Campbell National Park and the charming coastal towns of Port Fairy or Warrnambool. With every curve revealing a sight more spectacular than the last, you are sure to be thrilled.

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    Blue Mountains

    Blue Mountains

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    Just within 2 hours of the hustling metropolitan Sydney you can discover a tempting combination of breathtaking wilderness, romantic accommodation and perfect unwinding opportunities. The Blue Mountains, although not particularly high, is a renowned natural beauty highland pleasing with majestic scenery of towering sandstone escarpments, plummeting waterfalls and Eden abundant greenery. Perfect for romantic escapes or a well-deserved short break, the Blue Mountains will pamper you with awesome hiking trails, indulging restaurants famed for their creative use of fresh local produce and tranquil atmosphere to balance the everyday city life.

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    Shark Bay

    Location: Denham, Australia

    Shark Bay

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    A place where the marine mingles beautifully with the land is the Shark Bay. This World Heritage listed jewel of outstanding natural appeal is both a perfect lesson on the water marvels and indigenous Aboriginal life as well as a unique break to calm you down with beautiful beaches, rugged cliffs and charming inlets. Experience it in full by playing with the bottle-nose dolphins at Monkey Mia, go shell picking at the Shell Beach and learn about the impressive mix of fish species, corals and sponges at close up. While in the area, don't forget to pay a visit at Vaucluse Park with its historical Vaucluse House.

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    Watson's Bay - Lizard Island

    Watson's Bay - Lizard Island

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    Just 4.5km by 3.5 km in size, the Lizard Island is far more when it comes to awesome views of rugged shores, clear blue waters and the coral fringing. Named after the Gould's sand monitor lizard by James Cook during his exploration of Australia in 1770, this granite island and its Watson's Bay lure with beautiful beaches, idyllic snorkeling and diving opportunities amongst the coral reef and in the  world renowned Cod Hole where divers can come face to face with the massive Potato Cod. With the amazing surroundings of azure waters, white stretches of sand and colorful tropical fish, the Lizard Island is bound to be an Eden destination.

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    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

    Location: Brisbane, Australia

    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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    Feel like snuggling? What about some koala cuddles or petting a kangaroo? And there more in the line like wallabies, emus, lizards and even some creepy crawlers you can stroke. The happy bunch is there for you at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary nestled in the bush land on the banks of the Brisbane River. The reserve is home to 130 koala bears and at least 100 species of Australian native animals and operates an important survival breeding program of the Australia's most adorable cute-faced bear. High or not with its favorite eucalyptus munch, the koala will surely appreciate your affection!

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    Royal Botanic Gardens

    Location: Melbourne, Australia

    Royal Botanic Gardens

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    Boasting the status of an internationally renowned botanical garden, the Royal Botanic Gardens comprise more than 34 ha of picturesquely landscaped area close to the Yarra River with a mix of native and non-native vegetation. The site belongs to a larger group of parklands dubbed as the Domain Parklands and it is a truly glorious place to spend some leisurely time. The delightful walking paths and huge garden beds please the visitors' eyes with a wide variety of flora selected on an educational, scientific, research, horticultural and aesthetic basis. More than that, the gardens are also home to the National Herbarium of Victoria, which, with a million of preserved plant specimens, makes the Royal Gardens an indisputably great experience on botany.

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    Flinders Ranges National Park

    Flinders Ranges National Park

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    Rugged mountain ranges, breathtaking gorges, sheltered creeks lined with River Red Gums and bountiful wildlife are just a few of the draws that make this park one of South Australia's most popular destinations. Renowned also for its geological history, Aboriginal rock art sites, impressive fossil remains and the ruins of early European settlements, the Park makes any a trip worthwhile and unforgettable. Visit and have some bushwalking, camping, scenic touring or bird watching. Relax near tree-lined watercourses and springs, which provide habitat for skinks, geckoes, legless lizards and frogs. If you're lucky you might even see the endangered yellow footed rock wallaby. Don't forget to do some walks at the scenic Wilpena Pound.

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    Gorge Walk - North Stradbroke Island

    Gorge Walk - North Stradbroke Island

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    Affectionately dubbed as Straddie, the North Stradbroke is the largest of Moreton Bay's islands with an area of over 27 hectares. The island's Gorge Walk is a spectacular trail of the magnificent rocky headland, towering cliffs rising up to 40 meters above the sea and a variety of ocean wildlife. With the waves crashing below, humpback whales cutting the water's surface, sea eagles hunting and grazing kangaroos, the Gorge Walk is an awesome lesson on nature. Pick some binoculars and head for the Point Lookout for the best of views of sea turtles, bottle nose dolphins and the majestic tail slapping whales.

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    National Gallery of Australia

    Location: Canberra, Australia

    National Gallery of Australia

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    Australia's premier art gallery and museum with a collection of over 120,000 masterpieces, the National Gallery of Australia impresses with both its concrete cubic structure and the finest of exhibits. Established in 1967 by the Government of Australia, the venue consists of 11 main galleries located on three levels and a 2-hectare sculpture garden. With the strengths in 'white' art in Australia since 1788, South-East Asian works, the art of the Aborigines as well as African, Oceanian and pre- Columbian art topped with European masterpieces before 1850 and modern art since 1950, the gallery is a must visit for any art lover.

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    Ningaloo Reef

    Ningaloo Reef

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    Off the Norwest Cape of Western Australia, the Ningaloo Reef offers an idyllic holiday area and a fantastic opportunity for visitors to view marine marvels at close up. The calm sandy beaches are perfect for swimming and bronzing while the enormous coral reef and a large variety of colorful tropical fish will keep snorkelers and scuba divers amazed with the underwater Eden theater. For once-in-a-lifetime thrills head for the Ningaloo Marine Park where swimming next to whale sharks is just one of the endless attractions. Others include watching humpback whales, rare turtle species and mass coral spawning. The glass-bottom cruises will give you an in-depth look into the ocean mysteries while more experienced divers can discover close encounters with large sponges, gorgonians and sea whips. Unforgettable.

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    Nitmiluk National Park

    Location: Katherine, Australia

    Nitmiluk National Park

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    Owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people, the 292,800 hectare Nitmiluk National Park is a spectacular dissected sandstone land of broad valleys and numerous cultural sites. Home to the breathtaking Katherine Gorge, a series of 13 sandstone gorges carved over a billion years by the Katherine River, this amazing natural attraction delights its visitors with craggy landscapes, dramatic waterfalls and lush gorges bountiful with flora and fauna. As aboriginal culture is strong in the area you will find lots of indigenous rock art sites illustrating the land and its people's origins. The impressive gorge walls and golden sandy beaches can be explored on foot, by canoe or on a cruise and if you want some awesome bird's eye view go for scenic helicopter flights.

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    Willie Creek Pearl Farm

    Location: Broome, Australia

    Willie Creek Pearl Farm

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    About 40 kilometers from Broome, the Willie Creek can make one of your days very relaxing and eye-opening. The relaxing part includes laidback walks along the azure estuary, enjoyable moments at the local café over a light snack and perhaps, if you're not on a very low budget, some shopping for pearl jewelry. The eye-opening adventure starts at the Pearl Farm that makes use of the creek's warm blue waters to grow the Pinctada maxima oyster and produce the world renowned South Sea Pearls. This fascinating excursion will cruise you on Willie Creek to view all the pearl farming ins and outs of collecting and delicate seeding. For more pearl feel head for Broome, once the world's biggest mother-of-pearl producer, a city with a vibrant history, beautiful sandy beaches and appealing Chinatown.

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    Bondi Beach

    Location: Sydney, Australia

    Bondi Beach

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    This awesome leisure pleasure beach will surely have you relaxed, tanned and cheerful. Not undeservedly, the Bondi Beach is a popular destination for travelers and residents alike. The perfect surfable conditions, a wide variety of eateries and nightlife followed by scenic walkways act as a real magnet to many a tourist. Hit the 6-kilometer great coastal trail for some spectacular ocean vistas of sandy beaches and charming coves, join the multinational bunch of tourists gathering annually to celebrate the Southern Hemisphere Christmas of sun or take some surfing classes with the boys and a couple of smoothies on Campbell Parade. And don't be surprised to see stark naked sunbathers, either, as Bondi Beach is known for its vaguely alternative feel and tolerant attitude.

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    Australian Woolshed

    Location: Brisbane, Australia

    Australian Woolshed

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    The Australian Woolshed will give you a detailed and colorful picture of sheep-farming life served in a typically outback way. This memorable Aussie farm experience, perfect for visitors of all ages, entertains with sheep shearing and wool spinning demonstrations as well as lively performances by eight trained rams depicting the major sheep breeds on the continent. You will be instructed on the purposes each breed serves and how the wool is shorn. Don't miss out the chance to bottle feed lambs and, if you're really into farm life, to milk a cow. Followed by a hearty meal and bouncy music beckoning to the dance floor, the Woolshed is an amusing trip choice.

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    Innes National Park

    Innes National Park

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    A living showcase of Australian natural treasures, the Innes National Park amazes with its coastal landscapes, a diversity of wildlife habitats and a wide range of recreational opportunities. Located at the southern point of the Yorke Peninsula, the park provides attractions for nature enthusiasts who will enjoy hearing the waves crashing, viewing the rugged coastlines sculpted by the Southern Ocean and observing animals in their habitats. For those into more active tasks, the park awaits with perfect opportunities for some bushwalking, bird watching, camping, fishing and surfing. History and ethnology buffs will find something to quench their thirst, too, wandering through South Australia's mining and maritime remnants and discovering the local Aboriginal history.

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    Alice Springs Desert Park

    Alice Springs Desert Park

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    A must-see to experience and explore the Australian Outback is the Alice Springs Desert Park. This environmental education facility covers 1300ha of land and is home to hundreds of fauna and flora species found across Central Australian deserts. The site is like a botanic garden, a zoo, a centre for Aboriginal culture and an environmental conservation institute, all blended perfectly into multi-faceted enterprise where learning about the Australian Outback is enjoyable and done without effort. Take one of the trails to discover Desert Rivers, Sand Country and the Woodland habitat, witness free-flying birds of prey in the nature theatre and don't forget to see rare and endangered animals in the impressive nocturnal house.

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    Perth Cultural Centre

    Location: Perth, Australia

    Perth Cultural Centre

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    Placed in the heart of the city, the Cultural Center is one of Perth's key public spaces housing the most important cultural and educational institutions including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the State Library, Western Australian Museum, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and more. The venue's component members have different aims but all successfully contribute to the arts and culture scene of Perth making it both entertaining and deeply informative. Surrounded by a paved public square with water feature and sculptures, the PCC is a popular tourist attraction.

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