The Land Down Under is a country with many places waiting to be discovered. Traveling across Australia feels like walking around a big museum filled with numerous works of art. With a single land mass consisted of deserts, tropical forests, mountains and a unique set of flora and fauna, Australia is a land of many wonders to visit. If ever you decide to go visit the Australia, here is list of the places you must visit any chance you get:
1. Great Barrier Reef
Have you seen the movie Finding Nemo? Of course you have! Finding Nemo features the Great Barrier Reef as the home of father and son clown fish, Marlin and Nemo. As depicted in the movie, the reef is home to a great number of varied marine animals and plants. The Great Barrier Reef covers more than 2,900 coral reefs and hundreds of islands and cays (a cay is a low bank or reef of coral, sand or rock). The best way to travel around the reefs is through the many boat cruises offered that sail the coast of Queensland.
2. Sydney Opera House
Another Australian hotspot featured in famous movies is Sydney Opera house is designed by Jorn Utzon, a Danish architect. Before the structure was fully built, however, Utzon has already left the country. Designed to imitate the billowing of sails of boat, but looking like a huge dome shell from other perspectives, the Sydney Opera House is now one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Sydney Opera House is now a center for artistic excellence, serving as the home for concert halls, theatres, exhibit rooms and cinemas
3. Uluru/Ayers Rock
Ulurru, also formerly known as the Ayers Rock, is a big red rock found in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park of the Northern Territory. This rock is sacred to the aborigines of the tribe Anangu. It stands at 340 meter (1,100 feet) high. The rock is not only famous for being one of the world’s largest monoliths, it is also well known for its shift of colors at sunset.
4. Blue Mountains National Park
This national park got its name from the blue haze emanating from the many eucalyptus trees. It is another UNESCO World Heritage Site with various rock formations that tourist visit every day. The most famous rock formation may be the Three Sisters: three spire-like rocks towering over the Jamison Valley at 900 meters (3000 foot). This national park protects over 664,000 acres of bush lands and includes gorges, waterfalls, aboriginal paintings and 140 km hiking and biking trails. Many adrenaline sports are also featured in the park like rock climbing, rappelling, and mountain biking and horseback riding.
5. Fraser Island
Another World Heritage-lister, Fraser Island features sand dunes, rainforests, colorful sand cliffs and over 100 freshwater lakes. Located in Queensland, it is the largest sand island in the world. Tourists have many places to see and activities to do. The Seventy Mile Beach displays rusted ships, the Cathedrals shows colored sandstones and the Champagne Pools houses fish-filled rock pools.