Top 50 famous attractions in Australia you should definitely visit

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The world’s smallest continent and the largest island, Australia is a traveler’s paradise. From being home to some of the quirkiest wildlife and revered tales of the aboriginal tribes, Australia is a complete package with its coral reefs, picturesque rain forests, red-earthed national parks, stunning beaches, and scorching deserts.  Australia is also a land of staggering contrasts and spectacular beauty. Along the coast, you can explore vibrant multicultural cities, rainforests, and planet’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. In the Outback, rugged national parks and red-earthed deserts offer the ultimate in adventure travel. Top it all off with a laid-back feel and friendly people. Here are our Top 50 famous attractions in Australia you should definitely visit

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1. The Sydney Opera House

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Located at Bennelong Point in Sydney, the Sydney Opera house is a multi-venue performing art center located in the heart of the city. It is one of the most prominent tourist attraction places with over eight million people visiting it every year. The opera house has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 28th June 2007. The opera house is home to some of the best performing arts that happen in the country. Multiple events in all sorts of art happen in the Sydney Opera house so tourists can enjoy them. For recreational purposes, there are various bars, cafes, and restaurants inside it.

Read more: Sydney Travel Guide: 30 things you need to know for an awesome trip

2. The Great Barrier Reef

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The World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef is one of the largest living structures on the planet. In 1975, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was established to protect its ecosystems, which include more than 3,000 coral reefs; 600 continental islands; 300 coral cays; and inshore mangrove islands. One of the seven wonders of the natural world, the park stretches for 2,300 kilometers along the state of Queensland, on Australia’s east coast. The astounding array of marine life includes soft and hard corals, more than 1600 species of tropical fish, sharks, dugongs, dolphins, turtles, rays, and giant clams. If you prefer to stay dry, you can see the reef from underwater viewing stations and glass bottom boats.

3. Sydney Harbor

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Home to one of the world’s most famous landmarks, the Sydney Harbor is the center for a variety of land and water-based activities. Located in Sydney New South Wales, it is in close proximity to most of the transportation facilities. The harbor bustles with locals and visitors enjoying the water from ferries, yachts, and kayaks,… The harbor, surrounded by miles of pristine shoreline, historic sites, and national parks, is home to an array of restaurants, cafés, and bars providing a vibrant nightlife and entertainment. Enjoy scenic ferry cruises, relax on a chartered yacht, or visit one of the islands in the harbor, including Fort Denison, Goat, or Cockatoo Islands.

4. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Deep in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock), is one of the most photographed natural wonders in the country. The striking red monolith forms the centerpiece of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Area jointly managed by Parks Australia. Uluru, meaning “shadowy place” in the local aboriginal dialect, rises to a height of 348 meters from the surrounding plain, with most of its bulk hidden beneath the earth’s surface. Also in the park are the red dome-shaped rocks called Kata Tjuta (the Olgas).

5. Blue Mountains National Park

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, beautiful Blue Mountains National Park lies 81 kilometers west of Sydney. This stunning park protects more than 664,000 acres of wilderness and encompasses dramatic gorges, waterfalls and 140 kilometers of hiking trails. The most famous attractions in the park are the towering sandstone rock formations called the Three Sisters. Other highlights include the Katoomba Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest, which whisks passengers down the Jamison Valley through a cliff-side tunnel into an ancient rainforest, and the Skyway, Scenic Cableway, and Scenic Walkway, which all offer elevated views of the dense forests. Hiking, abseiling, rock climbing, mountain biking, and horseback riding are all popular things to do in the park.

6. Great Ocean Road

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Most top tourist destinations have spectacular driving routes, and for Australia, one of its best is the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne. The road stretches for 300 kilometers along Australia’s southeast coast, from the surfing town of Torquay to the town of Allansford, near Warrnambool, in the state of Victoria. The top attraction along the road is Port Campbell National Park, with the wind and wave-sculpted rock formations known as the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge, the Arch, and Loch Ard Gorge. From a helicopter tour, these rock formations look like giant puzzle pieces, lashed by the pounding surf of the Southern Ocean. Other highlights along the road include the popular holiday resort town of Lorne and Otway National Park, an area of dense eucalyptus forests, fern-filled rainforests, hiking trails, and waterfalls.

7. St. Mary’s Cathedral

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St. Mary’s Cathedral is in the center of Sydney. A lot of artists have contributed to St Mary’s Cathedral in their designs in stone and glass thereby creating a special space of solitude in Sydney. The Cathedral is believed to be the most treasured historic building here in Sydney. More importantly, St Mary’s Cathedral displays one of the most surprisingly beautiful English styles of gothic churches in the world. William Wilkinson Wardell conceptualized a gothic type structure shaped from the local yellow-block sandstone. This Cathedral is the representation of the origins of the Catholic Church. Open not only to Catholics, all people, irrespective of the religion, can make a visit to the St Mary’s Cathedral to gather some inner peace.

8. Melbourne

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Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, is a popular stop on many Australian itineraries. It’s a green city, with parks, gardens, and open spaces occupying almost a third of its total area. Highlights of the city include the Royal Botanic Gardens; Federation Square; the National Gallery of Victoria; and the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where sports fans can watch cricket in the summer and Australian Rules football in the winter. Shoppers flock to the elegant Royal Arcade on Bourke Street, as well as Chapel Street; the Melbourne Central Shopping Center; and Queen Victoria Market, which has been selling fruits, vegetables, clothes, and crafts for more than a century.

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9. Bondi Beach

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Only 15 minutes by car from the city center, Bondi Beach is home to one of the oldest surf life-saving clubs in the world. It’s also a great spot for a seaside stroll or picnic, and crowds of tourists and locals gather here to celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year. A great way to soak up the sea views is to stroll along the scenic Bondi to Bronte coastal walk, which begins at the southern end of the beach and follows the coastline for six kilometers along sandstone cliffs. Shops, cafes, and restaurants lie across the street from this famous coastal strip. Take care when swimming at Bondi. Strong riptides often sweep unsuspecting swimmers out to sea, especially at the southern end of this kilometer-long strand, so swimmers should stay between the flags.

10. Chinatown

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Located in Haymarket, between Darling Harbor and Central station, it is Australia’s largest Chinatown. Showcasing the best of China’s food and culture in Sydney’s Chinatown, this urban locality rests in the southern part of Sydney’s central business district. An enthralling experience for any food lover, you can get all of your favorite classic Chinese food right here. Chinatown is sure to give you an intensely rewarding experience as here you can immerse yourself in Chinese culture and history and partake in its many festivals that take place throughout the year. What makes Chinatown extraordinary are the specialty shops wherein one can buy things which would not normally be available elsewhere.

11. Kakadu National Park

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Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage Site and one of the planet’s great wilderness areas. Covering more than 19,840 square kilometers, Kakadu is the largest national park in Australia and the second largest in the world. Within its borders lie monsoon rainforests, mangrove swamps, rivers, gorges, ancient rock paintings, wetlands, and waterfalls, as well as an astounding diversity of wildlife. In addition to the many mammals, reptiles, and fish, more than 300 different species of birds make their home here, and both freshwater and saltwater crocodiles lurk in the wetlands. You can explore the park’s diverse ecosystems by car, air, boat, or on foot via the vast network of hiking trails. Note that during the wet season (Nov-April), many roads and attractions close due to heavy flooding.

12. Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is a national tourism treasure for nature lovers. Sparkling lakes, alpine heathland, and dense forests characterize the raw, glacier-carved wilderness here, and 1,616-meter Mount Ossa is one of the park’s most distinctive features and the highest point in Tasmania. As you might expect, hiking here is fantastic. Favorites include the Weindorfer Walk, a six-kilometer loop through dense forests, and Lake Dove Walk, with breathtaking vistas of Cradle Mountain (1,545 meters). Stand on the summit of Cradle Mountain, and you can soak up stunning views of the central highlands. Experienced hikers can also tackle the famous 80-kilometer Overland Track, which runs south from Cradle Valley to stunning Lake St. Clair, Australia’s deepest lake. Keep an eye out for Tasmanian devils, wombats, wallabies, pademelons, and platypus among the many species of weird and wonderful wildlife.

13. Sydney Tower

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Sydney Tower is one of the tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the southern hemisphere. The tower is 1,014 feet high and among the most eye-catching places of tourist attraction. It is also known as Sydney Tower Eye, AMP Tower, Westfield Centre point Tower or Sydney Sky tower. Sydney Tower is located in the new Westfield shopping center at the corner of the Pitt Street and Market Street. To reach here, the quickest and easy way is to use public transport. Views of Sydney from the tower eye provide some of the most spectacular views one will witness during their visit here. At the base of the tower, there is a shopping center that has restaurants and a coffee lounge with the revolving view of the Sydney Skyline.

14. The Rocks

Known as Sydney’s creative hub, The Rocks is a vibrant and dynamic precinct on Sydney’s foreshore that combines old and new to form a nucleus of markets, festivals, contemporary art, and ever-evolving pop-up spaces. Situated on the edge of the breathtaking Sydney Harbor with spectacular views of the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House, The Rocks boasts an array of attractions, from historic architecture and intimate cobblestoned laneways to bustling markets, busy restaurants, and stylish modern bars. Visitors can enjoy guided educational tours through the gentrified neighborhood, which showcases its rich and fascinating heritage.

15. Queen Victoria Building

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The Queen Victoria Building is a late nineteenth-century building in the central business district of Sydney that is home to a variety of businesses, shops, and restaurants. It was built as a monument to the long-reigning monarch and later became a marketplace, which still stands today. The exquisitely restored building consists of four main shopping floors, which are naturally lit through the stained glass windows of a mighty center dome. The building features magnificent design details such as intricate tiled floors, arches, balustrades, and pillars. The northern end, which was previously a beautiful Grand Ballroom, is now a popular tearoom.

16. Daintree National Park

A Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Daintree National Park in Far North Queensland is among the most ancient ecosystems on Earth. The area belongs to the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people, and many of its natural features hold great spiritual significance. The park encompasses two main sections: Mossman Gorge, where crystal clear waters gush over granite boulders, and Cape Tribulation, one of the most beautiful places to visit in Australia, where the rainforest meets reef along the white sandy beaches of the Coral Sea. This stunning stretch of coast is one of the few places in the world where two of the planet’s richest ecosystems converge. The park’s astounding biodiversity includes more than 18,000 plant species and a vast array of animal species, including the cassowary, crocodile, giant blue Ulysses butterfly, and the secretive Bennett’s tree kangaroo.

17. Fraser Island

Fraser Island, just a short ferry trip from Hervey Bay, is the largest sand island in the world and a major part of Australia sightseeing. It offers one of Australia’s most unique four-wheel-drive adventures. You can also travel by ferry from Rainbow Beach and Hervey Bay. The island has rain forests with an astounding diversity of wildlife, sand dunes, freshwater lakes and creek, multi-colored sand cliffs heaps of shipwrecks along the wonderful sea coast,  marine life including dolphins, whales, and sharks.

18. Susannah Place Museum

Susannah Place Museum is a historic museum which was built in the year 1844. The architecture of the four terrace house is something which will take you back in time. The museum stands as a sign of all the working class people in the locality. A few things were recently repaired in the museum so that it stays stable to be visited by tourists. Located in The Rocks, Sydney, getting to the place is quite easy as you can take many public transportation facilities heading to the museum. Tourists mostly visit the place for its architecture and rich heritage. It has been in existence since more than a century back so it’s definitely worth a visit.

19. Kangaroo Island

Nature takes center stage at beautiful Kangaroo Island off the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. Kangaroos hop along the powdery shores, sea lions and penguins frolic in the crystal-clear waters, and koalas cling to the fragrant eucalyptus trees. Diving is also excellent. You can spot the sea dragons in the temperate waters, and many wrecks lie offshore. The striking, wind-sculpted rock formations, known as the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch in Flinders Chase National Park are other distinctive features of the island, and you’ll find plenty of hiking trails along the soaring sea cliffs and in the pristine forests. Foodies, too, will be in heaven. Creamy cheeses, Ligurian honey, and fresh seafood grace the plates in local restaurants.

20. Royal Botanic Garden

Situated in the center of Sydney, the Royal Botanic Gardens are one of the largest botanical institutions in the world. Founded in 1816, the gardens are open to the public every day of the year and access is free of charge. Spanning 30 hectares (74 acres), the gardens are divided into four sections, namely the Lower Gardens, the Middle Gardens, the Palace Gardens, and the Bennelong precinct. These sections contain smaller gardens and wooded lawn areas, which form a natural amphitheater around a zone called Farm Cove. In the middle of the gardens is the Palm Grove Center, which has a modern visitor’s center, restaurant, and bookshop.

21. Royal National Park

Royal National Park is the second oldest and protected National Park in South Sydney. In December 2006, the park was added under Australian National Heritage List. It is also known as Nasho or Royals and was established in the year 1879. Royal National Park is located at Sutherland Shire, New South Wales in eastern Australia. Public transports like the ferry, tram, and trains are easily accessible to the national park. This place has incredible landscapes and beaches and is the best place to explore the beauty of nature. It’s also a perfect place for walking, cycling, surfing, picnicking, whale watching or bird watching.

22. Chapel Street

A shopper’s paradise, Melbourne beckons the shopaholics and the tourists alike with its magnificent shopping places which speak of elegance, style, and luxury. You can check out for extravagant, upmarket fashion boutiques, some world-class restaurants to keep you entertained in Chapel Street. Look out for the fashionable collections by the local designers on Brigade road.

23. Carlton Gardens

Carlton Buildings and the Royal Exhibition Building are the two Australia tourist attractions listed among World Heritage sites. Built in the 18th century, they are also one of the oldest sites existing as Australia tourist attractions.

24. Yarra Valley

Melbourne is one of the very few cities in the world that can be traversed in a hot air balloon, and Yarra Valley is the place to do that. Ballooning over the Yarra Valley takes you above one of Victoria’s most spectacular winery regions, offering breathtaking views of the lush landscapes and vineyards.

25. Heide Museum of Modern Art

Heide Museum of Modern Art is a combination of a contemporary art gallery, historical art museum and heritage park. The best reason to visit this unique museum is its beautiful location; it’s set upon a vast lush farmland. A major part of Australia tourism, it is a must-visit place!

Besides these 25 above destinations, we also list out 25 more places in Australia below:

26. Collaroy Beach

27. Taronga Zoo

28. Wild Life Sydney Zoo

29. Sydney Harbor Bridge

30. Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art

31. Nicholson Museum

32. Mountain Kosciuszko

33. King’s Cross

34. Sydney Observatory

35. Seaworld Marine Park

36. Macquarie Street

37. Circular Quay

38. Darling Harbor

39. Barangaroo Reserve

40. George Street

41. Purnululu National Park

42. Whitsunday Islands

43. Westfield Sydney

44. Canberra’s museums and galleries

45. Port Arthur

46. Palm Beach

47. Ku-ring Gai Chase National Park

48. The Southern Highlands

49. Berry

50. Hyde Park

 

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