There is too much to do and see in Australia to compress it into a simple list. This article will attempt to provide a brief description of some of the author’s personal favourite places to be in Australia to help you understand the variation of experience available to you when visiting.
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- The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road stretches across 243 kilometres of South-Eastern Australia. It follows the coast all of the way along and runs through the many varied environments that Australia is famous for. Driving down this road or joining a Great Ocean Road Tour will enable you to appreciate it in its full beauty.
- Surfers’ Paradise
Surfers Paradise is a long golden beach in the Sunshine State of Queensland. The beach sits on the Gold Coast and is famous for one thing… surfing. The beach is the best place to practice your surfing skills amidst pros and amateurs alike. The wave conditions are perfect to appreciate this truly Australian past-time. Alongside Surfers’ Paradise, and further down the Gold Coast, are located numerous bars and nightclubs. This region of Australia is a party all of the time, so prepare for days of surfing and nights of dancing.
Sydney is far too impressive to list as a single must see part of Australia. The many varied places to visit mean that you will have to stay for a few a few days in a serviced apartment in Sydney to even scratch the surface of all there is to appreciate. These are some of the main attractions of Sydney:
o Mrs Macquarie’s Chair
Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is a bench carved out of sandstone in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. It was carved at her request by convicts in 1810 and it commands what are still some of the most amazing views in the city. The chair which is at the end of a peninsula overlooks the City’s Central Business District, the Sydney Opera House, and the iconic Harbour Bridge. It is both a historical relic from the colonial beginnings of Australia and a picturesque location from which to appreciate the beauty of Sydney.
o The Harbour Bridge
Standing atop the Harbour Bridge at sunset will provide you with a view which is difficult to rival in any city. With the Sydney Opera House below you, illuminated with spot lights, you will hold a commanding view of this powerful city as it bursts into life for the evening. There are frequently fireworks in Darling Harbour for various occasions, so if you are lucky you will be able to appreciate the beauty of the city alight with sparkles.
Manly is a peaceful beachfront part of Sydney. The shopping opportunities around the bay are excellent and have everything from swimming shorts to authentic Aboriginal Art available. The beaches are fantastic but the real wonder of Manly is the coastal walks which wind around the shore. The walks are practically endless and every corner will allow you to behold a further view of fantastic beaches and shoreline.