Australia commonly referred to as ‘The land down under’, is as big as mainland United States and packs a lot of interesting sights and wonders to see. Located in Oceania, Australia is a country surrounded by the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. From exploring the wildlife exclusive to Australia to the marine life at the Great Barrier Reef, Australia has a lot to offer for a nature enthusiast. If you’re not much of a nature fan, exploring the cosmopolitan cities would be a great thing for you to do in this developed third world country. Australia is a haven of natural beauty, relaxation, adventure, wonderful sights and great shopping. Let’s talk about some of the must-see places while you’re on a trip to Australia.
Gold Coast – Canals and waterways
Gold Coast is the entertainment capital of the country. Filled with stunning sandy beaches preferred by surfers, a well laid out system of canals and waterways, Sea World, and Movie World, Gold Coast will give you a complete experience of the city life. At the Sea World, you can witness dazzling and daredevil stunts by the parks ski team and dolphins performing circus-like acts. You can see the sharks from both, above the water and underwater at Shark Bay. The Movie world gives you a chance to meet your favourite stars and catch some behind the scenes action.
Gold Coast is a great place to watch humpback whales migrating to and fro from Antarctica, along with bottlenose dolphins and loggerhead turtles. This sunny city is also home to the world’s tallest residential tower, Q1. The tower’s observation deck is by the beach and that makes the view all the more interesting.
Cairns – Skyrail (Pic Credit: flickr.com)
Cairns is a tropical paradise. The Cairns Seaport is operated by the Cairns Port Authority. It serves as an important port for tourist operators providing daily reef trips. There are large catamarans capable of carrying over 300 passengers, along with smaller operators that can take around 12 tourists. Cairns Port is also a port of call for cruise ships on the South Pacific Ocean. The marina there houses private yachts and boats used for tourist operations.
The Royal Australian Navy has a base in Cairns with fourteen warships and all six ships of the Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic Service beside the other patrol boats and landing crafts.
Located close to Cairns, the village of Kuranda houses the world most beautiful rainforest. The Skyrail journey immerses you in an intimate rainforest experience where you will relax and enjoy the stunning rainforest scenery, panoramic views of the Cairns’ tropical region and the glittering waters of the Coral Sea.
Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef – Coral reef system (Pic Credit: flickr.com)
A trip to Australia is probably incomplete if you do not visit the Great Barrier Reef. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is home to a diverse marine life of the most vivid colours. The 2300 kilometre long Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world.
The reef contains an abundance of marine life and over 3000 individual reef systems. There are literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands.
You can experience the reef either on a cruise boat or on a hot air balloon ride. You can stroll through a magical rainforest, laze on the white coral sands, swim, dive or snorkel amongst an amazing display of tropical fish and coral gardens. You can swim, snorkel, dive and sail this living masterpiece.
Sydney – Sydney Opera House
Sydney is also known as The Harbour City. One of the greatest and biggest cities of Australia, it is best known for the harbour-front Sydney Opera House.
The city is a mixture of the beach life and vast metropolitan life. There are several sports and adventure activities like yacht races and festivals all over the year for tourists to enjoy. Sydney hosted the 21st Commonwealth Games in April 2018.
The Gold Coast is the third largest film production center in Australia and has been the filming site for major motion pictures including Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Thor: Ragnarok and Aquaman.
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