Australia has much to see and do, no matter who you are. There’s the Indian Pacific Train which is a three day journey across the Outback. The Outback is endless miles of absolutely nothing, so the scenery may not impress you, but the 296 miles of vast, undeveloped land might. This trip makes the list of the top rail journeys in the world, going across the Nullarbor Plain, from Sydney to Perth or from Perth to Sydney.
Although Sydney is known for it’s beautiful Harbour Bridge and the Opera House there is much more to see and do there. The Rocks is probably the oldest portion of Sydney with cobbled streets and colonial buildings. Be sure and visit the weekend market and the Earth Exchange geological and mining museum as well as the many gift shops.
The Domain is a large, grassy, recreational area favored by locals for lunching and picnicking. On weekends soapbox speakers entertain those who pass through the area. There are many free events that take place here throughout the year such as the Festival of Sydney and the Carols by Candlelight at Christmas.
The Royal Botanical Gardens is an awesome display of plant life, rose gardens and Pyramid glass houses. Darling Harbour is a must-see tourist and leisure park of museums, casino, aquarium, gardens, restaurants and gift shops.
Another famous tourist site is the Great Barrier Reef. Over twelve hundred miles long the coral reef is popular among snorkelers and scuba divers. Colorful fish, warm waves and even giant clams – as big as a person – are the main attractions.
Hike, four-wheel, or parasail over, but go see the Wet Tropics Rainforest in Queensland. Miles and miles of peaceful nature stretches north, south, and west of Cairns. Also in Queensland is the perfect spot to charter a yacht and see the sites. You’re the skipper, after you pay for a quick lesson or two, then it’s sails away while you take in the small islands and reefs or fish, snorkel and scuba dive while anchored in one of the many deserted bays.
Discover the Kimberley, Australia’s final frontier. Here you’ll see reddish mountain ranges, Aboriginal rock art, crocodiles, the bluest-of-blue seas, and farms that span millions of acres. You’ll see waterfalls and wilderness, beaches and surfs. This place has everything for tourists.
Explore Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Uluru (Ayers Rock) during your visit to Australia, or your trip will be wasted. Just about everyone who visits Australia takes a day to go see the gigantic red stone of Ayers Rock. The rock seems mysterious, sitting all alone, right in the middle of nowhere. Many tales surround the mysterious area – which ones are true and which ones aren’t remains for you to decide.
Take a state the size of Texas, triple it, and you’ll get an idea of how many wild flowers cover Western Australia from August to October. Book tours for this tour early since thousands of people do the same.
The Great Ocean Road takes you on a trip past beautiful beaches, massive forests, and awe-inspiring cliffs, including the Twelve Apostles which consists of twelve red rock pillars standing all alone in the Southern Ocean.
You’ll find much to do in Australia but if you plan your itinerary in advance you can see as much as possible in the limited time you have. Check traveling brochures or agents to find prices, book excursions and locate area lodging.