Australia is one of the most popular tourism spots in the world with 2018 seeing 9.2 million visitors to the country up from 8.7 million in 2017, according to Tourism Australia. There are many different locations in Australia to discover when you are a tourist in this stunning country in the Pacific with tourists arriving in the country from China, the U.S., and the U.K. in large numbers. When you explore the stunning beauty of Australia, you will have the chance to see some of the most amazing and unique sights in the world.
The Sydney Opera House
Perhaps the most iconic building in Australia and one of the world’s most recognizable buildings, the Sydney Opera House overlooks the stunning Harbor and its bridge. Sydney Harbor offers a large number of visitor attractions including the chance to see the local ocean life including Oz Whale Watching in Sydney. OPened in 1973, Sydney Opera House was designed to reflect the sails of the tall ships passing into the city’s port and has become the top tourist destination in the country.
It is difficult to discuss your trip to Australia without looking to explore the lives and history of the indigenous people of the nation. Getting back to nature often means heading to the Greta Barrier Reef to explore this stunning area off the coast of Queensland. However, a more intimate and less crowded exploration of the nature and tribal history of Australia is on offer to you at Daintree Rainforest. The rainforest is the oldest on the planet with an estimated lifespan of 180 million years to date. Two and four-hour guided tours are available with members of the Kuku Yalanji Tribe offering an insight into nature and the Dreamtime walks through this ethically-managed attraction.
While the majority of tourists flock to Uluru, often referred to as Ayer’s Rock, there are many different stunning locations to explore the beauty of Australia. The South Australian community of Adnyamathanha people have called this area home for tens of thousands of years in a history of the region dating back over 800 million years. The natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound covers more than 80 square kilometres and is home to a national park and resorts set within the stunning natural landscape.
Hamelin Bay Stingrays
Hamelin Bay is a beautiful part of Western Australia where the local fishermen have been befriended by hundreds of stingrays who have made the bay their home over the last few decades. The stingray population can be found in the clear, blue waters of the bay where fully grown and just born rays look for fish scraps from tourists and fishermen alike. The majority of the stingrays of the community are friendly and gentle, allowing an intimate experience for you when you arrive at the bay.
The desert of Western Australia is one of the most amazing places in the world to explore with its stunning moonscape. The Pinnacles are limestone pillars reaching up to three meters in height which are within a day trip of the city of Perth. Not only is the desert and Pinnacles a stunning backdrop to your photographs, but the Ocean Drive route also takes in many of the most stunning portions of the regional landscape.
Exploring the many different areas of Australia will often feel as though you are stepping into the landscape of another planet. Whether watching whales breach in Sydney Harbor or exploring some of the oldest landscapes in the world, the nation of Australia will leave you lost for words at the beauty of its locations.