Australia is the place to visit for anyone looking for adventure, exotic sites, friendly people and breathtaking nature. The Land Down Under has it all and then some, but there are a few locations that take priority on the list of things to see and do.
Experience The Great Barrier Reef
A short boat ride from Cairns, North Queensland is The Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage site since 1981 and a bucket list item waiting to be checked off. This submarine archipelago is the largest coral reef system in the world, made up of over 2,000 individual reefs.
While Cairns is the most popular city to head out from, there are a number of others freckled along the coast. In fact, The Great Barrier Reef extends along 2300 km of coastline. It is home to 600 types of corals, 3000 types of molluscs, 1625 different types of fish, 133 varieties of sharks and rays, and over 30 species of whales and dolphins, in addition to a number of jellyfish, worms and crustaceans (shrimp, crabs and crayfish).
Choose to snorkel or dive, the experience will be magical either way. Scuba diving, however, is the best way to visit this underwater community.
Get face to face with one of the world’s greatest predators
Cage diving with Great White Sharks isn’t for everyone, but certainly worth the time if you have a thirst for adventure. During these underwater trips, Scuba divers may even get a chance to get close enough to see the rows of 300 serrated teeth.
Calypso Star Charters is a tour company that takes groups from Port Lincoln in South Australia, a prime spot close to the creature’s natural habitat. When heading out, be prepared to be away from land all day; this excursion lasts around 12 hours from beginning to end.
Don’t miss the culture and natural beauty in Kakadu National Park
The second World Heritage Site on this list is Kakadu National Park. This is the place for nature-lovers and anthropologists, alike. Kakadu is not widely known, which may be a shame or not depending on how one looks at it. This natural environment is a haven for animals and plants, some which are unique to Australia, the only of their kind in the world, and others that are endangered.
Kakadu is also home to the oldest living community of people in the world. The lineage of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu extends 50,000 years, and they still live on and help preserve the environment today. The opportunity to witness another culture, and one with deep roots, is a no-brainer.
Whether you prefer a guided tour or exploring on your own, a visit to Kakadu is a must-see adventure worth planning.
Visit Uluru in the outback
Ending the list with one more World Heritage Site is Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock. Many travel sites claim that this is the most iconic natural landmark in the entire country.
This orange-red rock (that seems to change hues as the sun moves across the sky) is 2.2 miles wide and 1.2 miles high. For the average visitor it would take around 3.5 hours to walk around Uluru. Whilst you are allowed to climb the rock, its frowned upon as the landscape holds spiritual significance to the locals.
Relax on one of Australia’s finest beaches
Off the coast of North Queensland is Fraser Island, an oasis to visitors and home to yet more biological diversity. This is the third World Heritage Site on this list, protected to maintain its sand cliffs, stretches of beach and the only rainforest to grow on the sand and 100 freshwater lakes.
This is the place for anyone who desires rest and relaxation. Fishing, 4-wheel driving sunbathing, swimming and exploring the rainforest are the main activities that take place. The lakes are also worth a visit, like Lake McKenzie.
The country, in and of itself, is a must-see destination. Only a few places in the world serve as home to the rich diversity, culture and breathtaking views as Australia.
About the authour
Bill Gordon is a freelance writer who likes writing articles that cover family, travel and environment related topics. He has written numerous articles and contributed to several other blogs. When he is not writing, he enjoys spending time with his wife and riding bikes.