Journey to Australia, and you’ll find captivating scenery, eccentric wildlife and tropical shores like no other. Australian culture doesn’t skip a beat. This country and continent run the gamut of things to do and places to go. Here are six sites to see while embarking on your Oceanic adventure.
Sydney Harbour Bridge: Sydney, Australia
Stretched out 160 feet over the harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge makes Sydney’s cityscape one of the world’s most photographed locations. The landmark is open to drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, leaving ample opportunity to snap an iconic photo for yourself.
Sydney Opera House: Sydney, Australia
Situated minutes away from the bridge, the Sydney Opera House is just as picture-perfect. But don’t stop at the picture. Tour the venue, indulge in the surrounding harbourside dining and shopping then finish your day off with one of the house’s sensational shows, which range from musical theatre to comedy and anything else in the spectrum.
The Ghan: Adelaide, Australia – Darwin, Australia
The Ghan is a train. But this train takes rail transport to a new level. It’s no ordinary rail journey, as travelers can spend up to three nights on board traversing the countryside from north to south. Train amenities include sleeping areas and delectable foods, as well as the incredible scenery outside your window. This isn’t a luxury you can get anywhere else.
Uluru/Ayers Rock – Northern Territory, Australia
This massive sandstone monolith in the central Australian desert is still considered sacred by one of Australia’s aboriginal tribes. The area around the formation is home to an abundance of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings and has been listed at a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Uluru is notable for appearing to change color at different times of the day and year, most obviously when it glows red at dawn and sunset. It’s best to plan for this trip in advance by booking an overnight stay at a nearby resort to ensure you catch sunrise and sunset.
Great Barrier Reef – Queensland, Australia
Get here as fast as you can. Coral bleaching caused by global warming is harming the world’s most extensive coral reef system at a frightening rate. The Great Barrier Reef is dying, but the 1,400-mile aquatic system remains one of the world’s most esteemed tourist destinations. Excursions are limitless. It can be admired from high up via helicopter tour or eye-level through snorkeling adventure. Don’t miss out!