AUSTRALIA

Places to visit

Located between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Australia is the world’s largest island and its smallest continent. There’s room to move in the Land Down Under, and with so many sights to discover and enjoy, there’s a great incentive to go on a walkabout adventure. Whether exploring the traditional lifestyle of the nation’s Aboriginal people, relaxing on a sun-kissed beach or reveling the night away in a city hot spot, Australia has something special to offer every visitor. An overview of the best places to visit:

1. Sydney

Sydney is known as the Harbour City. It's the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia with an enviable reputation as one of the world's most beautiful and liveable cities.

Brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine, design, Sydney's set next to miles of ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches. Longterm immigration has led to the cities reputation as one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in Australia and the world. The city is also home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of the most iconic structures on this planet.

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2. Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is a site of remarkable variety and beauty on the north-east coast of Australia. It contains the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusc. It also holds great scientific interest as the habitat of species such as the dugong (‘sea cow’) and the large green turtle, which are threatened with extinction.
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3. Alice Springs

Alice Springs is the heart of central Australia with cavernous gorges, boundless desert landscapes, remote Aboriginal communities and a charming pioneering history. It embodies the hardy outback of the Northern Territory's Red Centre, and is a travel hub for sights and hikes in the region, such as Uluru / Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta / the Olgas (both geographical features are officially dual-named) and Kings Canyon.

Since the start of the tourist boom in the early eighties, the population has substantially grown to about 28,000. Although Surface water is a scarce commodity in the region, there's plenty underground! It is a great town and well worth a visit!

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4. Cairns

Cairns is the capital city of Far North Queensland. The 16th largest city in Australia, with a population of over 140,000 people, Cairns is continuing to be a favoured destination - for its rare mixture of ecological environments and its cosmopolitan, colourful coastal character.

Cairns' location is absolutely magnificent. Located 400km from the northernest part of the State of Queensland, it lies on the warm waters of Trinity Bay.

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5. Melbourne

Melbourne, city, capital of the state of Victoria, Australia. It is located at the head of Port Phillip Bay, on the southeastern coast. Although the central city is the home of fewer than 100,000 people, it is the core of an extensive metropolitan area—the world’s most southerly with a population of more than 1,000,000. In Australia it is second only to Sydney in population, and there is a good-natured rivalry between the two cities, to which geography and history have bequeathed diverse characteristics.
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6. Perth

Perth has a mixture of the Californian and Mediterranean climates, with mild winters and hot dry summers. Perth is the sunniest capital in Australia with an average of eight hours sunshine a day. The skies above Perth are often bright blue without a cloud in the sky. Combine the warm weather and beautiful beaches and it's easy to see why so many people enjoy the outdoor lifestyle of Western Australia. In summer many people can be found at one of the many beautiful white sandy beaches along the coast line, cooling down in the clean blue Indian Ocean.
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7. Birsbane

Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland – Australia’s second largest state by area. In addition to being the third most populous city in Australia, Brisbane is the largest of Australia’s six capital cities by geographic area and the third largest in the world, occupying some 1,140 km². Located on the eastern seaboard of Australia with a latitude of almost 28 degrees south and a longitude of roughly 153 degrees east, Brisbane enjoys the closest proximity to Asia than any other Australian capital city. The winding reaches of the Brisbane River are a prominent feature of the landscape, as are hilly suburban pockets and extensive parkland areas. Brisbane’s positioning in the ‘Macleay Overlap’, a mixing zone between western, temperate and subtropical ecosystems, also makes it one of the most bio-diverse regions in Australia.
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8. Hobart

Hobart is the capital of Tasmania, the heart-shaped island off the south-east coast of Australia.

It's the second-oldest of Australia's state capitals, with a wild convict past and rich history still evident in its beautifully-restored Georgian buildings and colonial cottages. The wide and elegant Derwent River sweeps up from the Southern Ocean to cut Hobart in two, with the main city on the western side and smaller centres and suburbs on the east, while majestic Mt Wellington overlooks the city from the west.

9. Darwin

Located on the Timor Sea, Darwin is smallest and most northerly of the Australian capital cities, and acts as the Top End's regional center. It is the capital of Australia's Northern Territory with an estimated population of about 113,000 people. From an outpost to a port city to one of the most modern Australian cities, Darwin has come a long way. Below are some cool facts about the city. Any tourist is certainly welcome in the city of Darwin. The locals always welcome the interruptions to their daily routine. You will be treated like royalty, fed like royalty and accommodated like royalty. Make sure you venture out in the wilds alone. It is solitary and ideal enough for meditation and yoga.
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10. Adelaide

Adelaide is not only the gateway to some of Australia's best wine country, the city centre is surrounded by parklands and is a blend of historic buildings, wide streets, parklands, cafes and restaurants. Adelaide is easy to get around with rolling hills to the east and beaches to the west.

Adelaide loves to party - especially during Mad March which is right in the middle of event season and when the weather in Adelaide is at its best.

The Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and WOMADelaide, are held then. But Adelaide has a feast of great events throughout the year. Sports fans will love the award-winning Santos Tour Down Under and Clipsal 500 Adelaide V8 car race.

From International events to pop-up parties, there is always something happening in Adelaide.