With nearly 3 million square miles and 24 million inhabitants, Australia is the smallest continent and the largest island in the world. It is home to 19 UNESCO World Heritage sites including some of the oldest tropical forests and one-third of the world’s protected marine areas. And as many know the majority of its population sits in the coastal cities, and curiosity, still the Confederation of Australia is a constitutional monarchy, with a parliamentary system of government, in which Queen Elizabeth II is currently the Australian State and uses the formal title of Queen of Australia.
#MacroTravellerFacts: Australia is the smallest continent and the largest island in the world!
Australia is one of those destinations that is visited once in a lifetime because it is far and expensive. For this reason, it is essential that, when planning the trip, take into consideration: the budget, length of stay and places you want to visit.
If you have decided that this part of the world is your next destination, I give you the top 10 places that you cannot miss on your tour to enjoy tourism in Australia. Making a list, I will tell you that they are:
Sydney, Cairns, Gold coast, Fraser Islands, Magnetic Island, Whitsundays, Ayers rock, Great ocean road, Kakadu National Park and Tasmania.
And now we go, one by one:
Sydney, the bay that opens Australia!
Sydney’s Bay is one of the most beautiful in Australia, and the authentic gateway to the country. The capital is the most populated city and was founded in 1788. This city is home to some of Australia’s most important tourist attractions such as Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and Cockatoo Island, which is a historic prison designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Some of the places that you cannot miss in this cosmopolitan city, with a full nightlife centered in the Newtown and Annandale area, are the opera, that icon built in 1973. With which we identify the town, city hall, City Recital Hall, State Theater, Royal Theater, Sydney Theater and Wharf Theater.
Beyond these cultural visits, I recommend the sunsets over the bridge of the bay and its aquarium.
Cairns, the most famous destination!
Although Cairns is a small city, it receives about 2 million tourists a year and is a popular destination for foreigners because of its tropical climate and its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef less than an hour by boat, Daintree National Park and the Cape Tribulation, about 130 kilometers.
This is the recommended place to start tourism in Australia and start here the routes to Cooktown, the Cape Peninsula, and the Atherton Plateau.
Gold Coast, the perfect beaches for surfing!
Gold Coast is a city in itself, and also the area of beautiful beaches and giant waves perfect for surfing on the Pacific. Surfers will know a lot more about this, but they say that at Snapper Rocks Superbank, near Coolangatta, they have given some of the highest waves in the world. You can also make a stop at Currumbin, Palm Beach, Burleigh Heads, Nobby Beach, Mermaid Beach, and Broadbeach. To have clean and uncrowded waves, we recommend the Sunshine Coast in Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Coolum Beach and Noosa Heads, where the forests reach the shore.
MacroTraveller had visited Gold Coast as part of the regional media FAM trip organised by AirAsia X along with Tourism and Events Queensland and Gold Coast Tourism in conjunction with AirAsia X 10th anniversary
Fraser Island, World Heritage Site!
Fraser Island has been a World Heritage Site since 1992 and is the most significant sand island in the world with 1,630 square kilometers. Its name in the language of the aborigines, K’gari means paradise, and as you can imagine it is. With a unique ecosystem, the tourism that has developed conserves the charm and the biodiversity proper of the island. If you visit, they will give you a series of instructions while you are there, such as not feeding the dingoes. In fact, the motto of the island is that as long as you stay in it, your presence should be the least visible and least damaging possible.
Magnetic Island, the island of the alterations in the compasses!
Its name of Magnetic Island comes from when James Cook in 1770 noticed that the compass of his ship was altered when passing near, reason, why called “magnetic effect,” since then the origin of the event, has been investigated, but no explanation has been found. Personally, I think this “magnetic effect” comes from its 23 beaches and 300 sunny days a year, who do not allow themselves to be magnetized by them or by the koalas? And more than half of the island has been declared a national park, to protect these animals.
Whitsundays Islands or Great Barrier Reef!
The Whitsunday Islands are a group of 74 islands bordered by the Great Barrier Reef, and by the protected waters of the east sea, some of these are strips of beautiful coral sand, joined by the roots of a single palm.
This tropical paradise is the romantic destination with more marriage proposals and honeymoons per square meter, so if you plan to travel with your partner, you already know what corresponds. The aborigines of the islands are the Ngaro who are among the oldest recorded in Australia.
#MacroTravellerFacts – In Australia there are strict limits to the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Ayers Rock, the stone of the aliens!
The film Encounters of the Third (1977) popularized this rock, the world’s most massive stone, a sacred place for Aboriginal A N Angus whose name is Uluru.
The rocky formation rises 348 meters above the ground, and 863 meters above sea level, although most are underground. The contour of the monolith, which changes color according to the inclination of the rays of the sun, measures 9.4 kilometers. The traditional inhabitants of the area organize guided tours of the fauna, the local flora, and the indigenous legends.
The Great Ocean Route!
Another of the typical sites to enjoy tourism in Australia is the vast ocean route that nothing to envy to the United States 66.
The Great Ocean Road runs from Melbourne to Adelaide on the south-east coast of Australia bordering the sea and its giant monoliths. You will pass between waterfalls through the lush forest of Otway National Park, and you can even see whales in Warrnambool, passing the cliffs of Cape Bridgewater. Watch out, and you will also give tempting vineyards and wineries with the best Australian wines. The bottles you buy leave them for when you have arrived at your destination.
Kakadu National Park, older paintings of mankind!
The Kakadu National Park in the North can only be visited 100% in the dry season, from May to September, in the rainy season; it is not possible to access many areas. Its extent is equivalent to that of the State of Israel and is believed to contain 10% of the world’s uranium reserves.
The most exciting part of the park is the floodplain, with its marine crocodiles and Johnston crocodiles, which fortunately sleep most of the day. Also outstanding are the cave paintings of Ubirr, Nourlangie, and Nanguluwur inhabited by man uninterruptedly for more than 20,000 years.
#MacroTravellerTips – If you travel to Australia, remember that it is a tropical destination to which you must wear sunglasses, hat, long-sleeved beach shirts and a layer of water.
Tasmania, adventure tourism!
Tasmania is a state of Australia, made up of the entire island of Tasmania and other small adjacent islands. This region is rich in legends of presidios, pioneers, lumberjacks, miners and, recently, environmental activists.
It emphasizes its virgin nature, gastronomy, and wines, with small cities of clean air. The west coast of Tasmania is excellent for adventure vacations, descending the rapids of the Franklin River. I love the idea of the historic train from Queenstown.
What sites would you recommend #MacroTraveller in Australia? Would you add any more than I have quoted? Leave a comment below as your experience.
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