Australia Tourism, Tourist Attractions
Australia is known for a lot of things – wine, food, beaches, breathtaking landscapes and of course the great barrier reef. Visited by thousands of people from around the world, Tourism in Australia has partnered with The Times to promote commonwealth series to be held in November and December 2013.
Australia Tourism – Top 10
Below are the major tourist attractions and reasons why people visit the country.
1. Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most beautiful natural wonders in Australia and contributes hugely to Tourism in Australia. This reef offers a spectacular view of the breathtaking world’s largest coral reef. Picturesque tropical islands with its pristine golden beaches are surrounded by an abundance of marine life that includes coral cays and individual reefs.
2. Great Ocean Road
Located between the cities of Warrnambool and Torquay in Victoria, the Great Ocean Road stretches to over 243 km. A drive along this road offers a beautiful scenic view of the surrounding coastline. Striking sandstone rock and limestone formations can be found at particular areas of the coastline that can be accessed from Port Campbell by helicopter or even by foot.
3. Sydney Harbour Bridge
One of the most popular landmarks in Australia, Sydney Harbour Bridge is the largest of its kind in the world and makes it one of the top attractions in Australia Tourism. Also called the ‘coat hanger’, the topmost portion of this arched bridge made of steel is 134 meters above the ground level.
4. Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island can be accessed by plane or a ferry from south west Adelaide. This island is filled with fascinating wilderness dotted with charming townships. Being the third largest island in Australia, Kangaroo Island covers a total area of 4400 square kilometers and attracts thousands of tourists every year.
5. Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park is a very popular tourist attraction in Australia. Located in the remote, wild regions, this park is located within Australian Northern Territory’s Alligator River Region. Today, this beautiful park holds a lot of ethological and archaeological interest.
6. Barossa Valley
Barossa Valley is characterized by quaint stone cottages, old churches and rolling countryside dotted with ancient vineyards. This is one of the most scenic locations that offer visitors a host of accommodation options. Barossa Valley today is a tourist hub where visitors come to enjoy exploring its boutique wineries.
Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and features a culturally diverse population. This city is known for its harmonious ambience and is the state’s prominent recreational, cultural, administrative and business hub. The weather here is generally temperate with cool winters, balmy autumns and springs and warm to hot summers, which makes it a favorite destination in Australia Tourism.
8. Uluru National Park
Popularly known as Ayers Rock, Uluru is located in central Australia’s southern part of the northern territory. This park features a beautiful sandstone rock formation and lies about 450 kilometers away from Alice Springs, a large town and attracts tourists from across the world.
9. Cape Tribulation
Located about 110 km north of Cairns, northern Queensland, Cape Tribulation is a popular headland in Australia. This locality features a lot of rare plants and is within the Wet Tropics World Heritage area and inside the Daintree National Park. Attracting a lot of tourists through the year, Cape Tribulation has a plethora of tourism resorts, bed and breakfast eco lodges and backpacker hostels.
10. Jamison Valley
A part of the Coxs River canyon system, Jamison is located in New South Wales’ Blue Mountains about 100 kms west of Sydney. This valley is also close to the main town in Blue Mountain called Katoomba. The valley attracts a lot of visitors who enjoy camping and bushwalking.