Australia is world famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces, its beaches, deserts, “the bush”, and “the Outback”. However, Australia is actually one of the world’s most highly urbanised countries, well known for the cosmopolitan attractions of its large cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
Attractions in Australia
- Snorkelling take a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef on the Queensland coast, or the Ningaloo Reef off the coast of Western Australia. Or take a trip out to Julian rocks off Byron Bay, or just dive in off the beach to see the tropical fish in Bundaberg.
- Scuba Diving
- Bushwalking is a popular Australian activity. You can go bushwalking in the many National parks and Rainforests in the country.
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Biking. Try the trails in the Snowy Mountains or black mountain in Canberra, or cycle for days along the Munda Biddi Mountain Bike trail in Western Australia.
- Horse Riding . The horse has a rich tradition in the settlement of Australia since the arrival of the first European settlers. Relying on the horse to travel the vast distances and harsh environments of Australia was the foundation of a strong and lasting relationship between Australians and their horses. Today horse riding in Australia includes many recreational and occupational activities from cattle musters on vast stations, to the multi-million dollar racing industry. On the outskirts of towns and cities and out in the rural landscape, you will see the many pony paddocks and much loved horses that are a testament to the ongoing passion and commitment Australian horse owners have to their horses and the enjoyment they bring.
- Skiing. New South Wales and Victoria have well developed ski facilities. Tasmania can also have skiing for a few months of the year, given the right weather. See Winter sports in Australia
- Sky Diving, all around Australia
- Hot Air Ballooning, in Canberra, Brisbane or in the Red Centre.
- Casinos. Crown Casino in Melbourne is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, nicely located at Southbank, but there are others scattered in every capital city as well as Cairns, Launceston, the Gold Coast and Townsville.
Destinations in Australia
- Blue Mountains — a mountainous region in New South Wales, including the Three Sisters
- Dandenong Ranges — these beautiful ranges offer world class gardens and the picturesque villages of Mt. Dandenong
- Great Barrier Reef — off the coast of Queensland, easily accessible from Cairns, and even as far south as the Town of 1770
- Great Ocean Road — a spectacular coastal drive in Victoria past many scenic icons including the 12 Apostles
- Kakadu National Park — outback adventure travel, aboriginal culture and nature activities in the Northern Territory
- Nitmiluk National Park — the amazing Katherine Gorge, close to the town of Katherine
- Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast — beachside and national park playgrounds north and south of Brisbane]
- Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) are iconic rock formations in the Red Centre
- Watarrka National Park — most famous for Kings Canyon, a mighty chasm reaching a depth of 270 metres