This country has a natural beauty that is just breathtaking. Ranked as the sixth largest country, Australia is home to approximately 21 million citizens. Australia is acknowledged for its diverse landscape. From the white sands that surround the continent to the famous red deserts, Australia is just marvelous.

St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, Sydney, Australia

St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral, Sydney, Australia

The following are the top 6 reasons you should make a point to visit Australia.

1. The Sydney Opera – This is Australia’s most noticeable building. This magnificent building was a realization of grandiose design and modern technological innovation. In 2007 the building was listed as the gem for human creative brilliance. This structure of amazing beauty was designed by a Danish architect, Jorn Utzon. The building’s interlacing vaulted “ shells “ crop up to drift like wind-filled sails similar to those on the Sydney harbor. Floodlights at night time give the building a sense of motion. A well known fact about this place is that it is a world class venue for hosting performing arts. 

The Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

The Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

2. The Kakadu National Park – This world heritage site covers approximately 20,000 square kilometers. It consists of floodplains, wetlands and gorges. To truly have an unforgettable experience, one requires 2-3 days to explore the place although one day is still doable. A boat cruise on the East Alligator river known for its high crocodile infestation is among the highlights of the tour. All long the guided tour by the local Aborigines, one spots, rock art, numerous crocodiles and the local culture. There are other attractions such as scenic vistas, billabongs, bush hikes and the waters of Kakadu. However, swimming is forbidden here otherwise one could end up as food for the saltwater crocodiles.

The Crocodile Hotel, Kakadu National Park

The Crocodile Hotel, Kakadu National Park

 

3. The Great Barrier Reef – Contrary to the name, this world famous world heritage site is actually not a sole reef. The 1,616 mile (2,600 kilometer) long great barrier reef is the biggest assemblage of reefs. This delicate wonder contains about 400 different types of coral and over 1,500 species of fish of all sizes and color imaginable.

A scuba diver looking at a giant clam on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

A scuba diver looking at a giant clam on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

4. The Tasmanian Wilderness – Covering over 20 percent of Australia’s island state, this place is subject to severe weather. Severe glacial action over the years has added to the wilderness of this place. Complex geology has fashioned stunning land forms. Varied habitats for the flora and fauna which are found nowhere else on earth are found here. Some activities such as whitewater rafting, hiking, national park walks, and angling are some of the favorite past times that can be done in this wilderness. 

Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, Central Highlands, Tasmanian Wilderness

Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, Central Highlands, Tasmanian Wilderness

5. Fraser Island – Shifting sand dunes, rainforest remnants, and at least half of all the world’s perched lake made Fraser Island to be listed as a world heritage site in 1992. This place is the world’s biggest sand Island. Fraser Island is highly popular for mild adventure holidays. The place is infamous for its dingo population that has led to human fatalities.

The beach at Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island

The beach at Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island

 

6. Purnululu National Park – This place is listed as a world heritage site. Over 21 million years of weathering and erosion have resulted in the dissection of the Bungle Bungle range into bee hive shaped sandstone towers. Purnululu means sandstone in the local Kija language. This national park is famed for its wallabies, wild budgerigars and over 100 bird species.

Sunset at The Bungle Bungles, Purnululu National Park

Sunset at The Bungle Bungles, Purnululu National Park

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