Attractions in Australia
Looking for breathtaking scenes and sites or landmarks of natural or geographic beauty? How about unique architecture, the likes of which can not be seen anywhere else in the world? Or perhaps getting up close and personal with cute or prehistoric wildlife tickles your fancy? Whichever form of attraction you are interested in, Australia's inherent diversity means there is one that will cater to your tastes. With a huge range of climates and weather conditions, landscape that ranges from arid desert to fertile crop-growing soil, and cities that vary from bustling metropolises down to country towns with populations in the double digits, the possibilities for a special "sight to see" in Australia are nearly endless. While different cities and entry points throughout the country may offer entirely different atmospheres or dynamics, there will no doubt be at least one inspiring place of interest for tourists to visit, whether its value be cultural, historical natural or amusement. From Darwin in the Northern tip of the country to Hobart in Tasmania's distant South, here are some of the most popular attractions in the entire country of Australia according to feedback from our customers:
Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck - Gold Coast
Located on top of the Q1, which upon completion several years ago became the tallest residential building in the entire Southern hemisphere, the Skypoint Observation Deck offers one of the most breathtaking views of any vantage point in the country. With views that stretch along the entire 100km+ length of the Gold Coast and beyond, taking the ultra-speedy elevator from the ground flood to the 77th and 78th floors on which the Skypoint is located will provide you with a 360 degree spectacle that stretches from Byron Bay in the South to Brisbane in the North and the vast Gold Coast Hinterland in the West - with the East gazing out over the picturesque blue oceans of the Gold Coast region. While up top, you can grab a tasty beverage bite to eat at the Skypoint bar, or hit up the Q1 in the weekend evenings where it becomes an impressive nightclub where you can party the night away above the clouds!
Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary - Sydney
One of Australia's best aquariums, Oceanworld is one of the premier attractions for sightseers and tourists in Sydney and offers fun for families with kids of all ages. Featuring a range of different sized tanks including sharks, giant stingrays, sea turtles and teeming with fish of all kinds, OceanWorld also allows guests to take part in their "Shark Dive Xtreme" attraction, where visitors who have a touch of the daring in them can take the opportunity to swim with sharks! OceanWorld is also home to the world's longest aquarium tunnel, a 110m in length. Located just 200 metres from Manly Wharf in Sydney, its' proximity to the city centre as well as several other popular tourist attractions makes it both easy to access and to drop by for a day of aquatic-themed entertainment for tourists old and young alike!
Jenolan Caves - New South Wales
While not technically "in" Sydney, the Jenolan Caves are still one of the most popular attractions for those who visit the city, drawing people's interest due to the sheer size of the spectacular ancient system and network of caves, underground rivers and other amazing formations of rock and stone. Long regarded as the finest cave system in Australia, there are 11 specifically impressive "show caves" in this network located within the Blue Mountains (approximately 175km West of Sydney's city centre.) Consisting mainly of limestone, the Jenolan Caves are the oldest discovered open caves in the world and include numerous ancient fossils of great interest while calcite formations of both stalagmites and stalactites - which sometimes approach a beautiful, pearly-white colour - and are wondrous to behold. The cave network is enormous, with over 40km of multi-level passages that are still undergoing exploration. Several kilometres of the caves have now been made easily accessible to customers and are well lit, making this one of the most unique and magical geographic attractions in Australia.
The Australian Outback Spectacular - Gold Coast
A show that has gained huge popularity over the past several years, the Australian Outback Spectacular on Queensland's Gold Coast is a dramatic outback theatre-style experience delivered in a large amphitheatre that allows guests to experience the heart, soul and true Aussie outback spirit! Created as a dedication to the Australian Light Horse Brigade that performed valiantly in World War I, the show is filled with outback music, drama and action as skilled horse riders and stock men (and women) delight the crowd with feats of horse handling and stunts while surrounded by an engrossing narrative that is not only highly entertaining but educational as well. With a cast of larger-than-life characters and a selection of amazing animals, the Outback Spectacular has become a staple attraction of visitors to the Gold Coast, entertaining millions and injecting a true Australian atmosphere into the tourist attraction scene.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway - Cairns
Providing one of the best views of the tropical natural environment in the country, Cairns' Skyrail Rainforest Cableway allows you to ascend over the canopy of the lush rain forests in a safe, windowed sky gondola and truly appreciate the splendour of this World Heritage listed collection of trees and wildlife. Taking you on an eco-journey that few places in the world can come close to equalling, riding is a unique experience as you venture over, within and under the rooftop of the tropical forest allowing you to smell, see and hear the essence of the diverse environment that exists within the various levels of this spectacular habitat. Lasting for a distance of 7.5kms extending from the base station, you ascend to the Red Peak mountain station deep within the forest, and disembark and stroll along the 175 metre boardwalk while listening to the guide's commentary. A ten minute ascent to Kuranda completes one of the most intriguing and fascinating 2 hour journeys of your life!
Kangaroo Island - South Australia
One of the most opportune places to view animals outside of a zoo in Australia is iconic Kangaroo Island, home to native creatures such as the wallaby, goanna, koala, kangaroo and echidna as well as other marine wildlife such as New Zealand's fur seals and sea birds. With most of the island being labeled Wilderness Protection Areas, and its isolation from the Australian mainland removing predators and pests such as foxes and rabbits, the Island remains a prime example of untouched natural beauty that has allowed this array of wildlife to breed and develop unhindered over many generations, producing habitats that are a safe haven for multiple species, including the unique and incredibly cute Kangaroo Island Dunnart. Koalas have flourished on the island since being introduced, and can be seen in abundance. The island also consists of a number of architectural and geographical attractions, such as the famed Admiral's Arch and Remarkable Rocks, and many shipwrecks that have accumulated over the centuries making for haunting and beautiful reminders.