Australia Tourism has to be divided and subdivided in order to write about it and this is what we are doing here. Australia, a country-continent, is very big and has a lot to see.
The Sydney Opera House is one of Australia's Landmarks
Australia Travel Destinations
The diversity of landscapes is mind boggling; the change in weather is extreme between on corner in the southeast to another corner in the tropical southwest.
In Australia you’ll see the Australian Alps and on the other side Fraser island with its unending sand dunes. Cities like Sydney, Perth or Adelaide. It is a real melting pot when it comes to culture and ethnicities. Whether you want outback adventure, islands and nature; reefs or rainforests, you’ll find all you want in Australia.
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The modern city of Melbourne Australia
Discover Australia’s cities, from Sydney’s famous harbor to Melbourne’s cultural precincts and Darwin’s laid back ambience. Visit Canberra, the national capital and many attractions, lie on Perth’s white beaches or wander Adelaide’s expansive parklands. In all Australia cities, the skyscrapers and shopping strips are just a short drive from mountains, ocean, river and bush.
Melbourne is a maze of hidden laneways, opulent bars, exclusive restaurants and exclusive boutiques. Visit Federation Square, the city’s landmark cultural space. Shop till you drop on funky Brunswick Street or rich Chapel Street. Visit and enjoy the Southbank’s cafes, bistros and bars and get a world tour of cuisines in Carlton, Richmond and Fitzroy.
Ride a ferry across Sydney Harbour, learn to surf at Bondi Beach or swim in the calm waters of Coogee. Lose yourself in the cobblestone streets of The Rocks or in the markets, boutiques, cafes and pubs of Paddington. Sydney offers fabulous food, festivals and non-stop fun.
Explore the nation’s capital; visit the Museum of Australian Democracy and Parliament House. Find out more about Australia’s sporting heroes at the National Institute of Sport and Science. Get into the great outdoors of this culturally rich capital that is famous for its lake, parklands and native bush land surrounds. Canberra offers stylish restaurants, hip bars and boutique shopping .
The western Australian city of Perth on the Indian Ocean
To visit Perth you most cross or maybe fly the continent from east to west. Cruise the Swan River past parks and vineyards to the Perth Zoo. Visit Rottnest Island, where you can explore history, bike ride to secret beaches and kayak to secluded bays. Discover the lookouts, landscaped gardens and Aboriginal heritage of huge Kings Park.
Visit the gardens of South Bank; then bike ride in the City Botanic Gardens and abseil the cliffs of Kangaroo Point. Glide down the river on a majestic paddle steamer or take a high speed ferry to vibrant inner city villages like Bulimba and New Farm.
This elegant city is known for its colonial stone architecture, expansive parklands, lively festivals and incredible sense of space. Go bike riding in Botanic Park or row past rose gardens in Rymill Park. Just beyond the city centre you’ll find the picturesque Adelaide Hills and the world class wineries of the Barossa Valley.
This is the small and scenic capital of the Island state of Tasmania. Browse bustling Salamanca Markets and run your hands over the sandstone buildings in Salamanca Place. Climb Mount Wellington for great views of Hobart and the wide Derwent River. See bright spinnakers on the water and dine on fresh seafood from one of Hobart’s waterside restaurants.
Explore the region’s dramatic history, from World War II air raids to Cyclone Tracey, in the museums and galleries. Sail Darwin harbor at sunset, cruise next to crocodiles and bushwalk through monsoon forest. Swim in the crystal clear waterholes of Litchfield National Park and visit the colorful communities of the Tiwi Islands.
Great Barrier Reef is the # 1 in the world
This is must city when you want to visit the Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage spectacular reef of coral islands and marine life. Enjoy the oceanfront energy of the Cairns Esplanade while you enjoy the restaurants, shops and bars. Go white water rafting in the nearby rivers and take the scenic railway to the tranquil, butterfly fringed village of Kuranda.
Start your outback adventure in Alice Springs, in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre. This modern town is your stop for a day trip to Uluru, Ayers Rock and the Kings Canyon. Here you may be acquainted with the traditions of the Aboriginal Arrernte people who have lived here for 20,000 years.
Buy pearls and soak up the melting pot of nationalities in Chinatown, once the bustling hub of billiard saloons and opium dens. Ride a camel along the white sand of Cable Beach, the place to watch a blazing sun sink into the Indian Ocean.
This is the beach surfing paradise in Australia. Explore the waterfalls, rainforest, lookouts and scenic bushwalks of the lush Gold Coast hinterland.
Uluru or Ayers Rock in the center of the Australian Continent
Australia Tourism Landmarks
I am mentioning here some of the landmarks that have made Australia such an important tourist destination. We are explaining in detail in the following pages.
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The wild coasts of the Island of Tasmania, Australia
Australia’s states and territories
Explore Australia’s eight states and territories, from Tasmania’s World Heritage listed rainforests to Western Australia’s beaches, forests and national parks. Learn about Aboriginal history in the Northern Territory or dive into Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. Australia’s natural beauty knows no bounds, but you’ll find something different within each of our boundaries.
Map of Australia
History of Australia
The aborigines of Australia arrive by boat from South East Asia during the Ice Age, at least fifty thousand years ago. When the Europeans discovered Australia there were about one million of them living throughout the continent divided into clans and speaking more than 200 languages and 700 dialects. They were mainly hunters.
In the 17th Century it was known as New Holland but it wasn’t until 1770 that Captain James Cook claimed it for Britain. It was first used as a penal colony and this is how the first Europeans came to Australia, as convicts. Then free settlers started to arrive and the aborigines started to be displaced.
By the middle of the 19th Century many emancipated convicts and new settlers turned land into flourishing farms and attracted more and more immigrants as they all started to settle deeper into Aboriginal Territories. Gold was discovered in New South Wales and central Victoria in 1851, luring thousands of young men and some adventurous young women from the colonies. Australia’s six states became a nation under a single constitution on 1 January 1901. Today Australia is home to people from more than 200 countries.
Credits for australia tourism
sydney opera anthony winning
melbourne 1 hui linh truong
perth 1 chris johnson
great barrier NASA
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