A glimpse of Australia’s beauty in 10 amazing sites

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Australia, both a country and a continent, is a place where tourists can experience great travel diversity. “Gifted” may even be insufficient a word to describe its wide-spanning ecology, intermingling culture, and varied geography—three aspects that shape the different activities and experiences in store for local and foreign travellers.

There are seven regions and many modern cities and business districts that make picking the locations to visit challenging. But TripAdvisor did it again by outlining the best Australian destinations for tourists in its Travellers’ Choice 2013.

A glimpse of Australia's beauty in 10 amazing sites

1. Sydney

Home to the iconic Sydney Opera House, the capital of New South Wales draws over 10 million visitors every year, allowing it to contribute greatly to the outcomes of the Australian visitor visa program. Two notable sites to see are the Sydney Tower for a 360-view of the city and the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a feel of the country’s architectural prowess. The 40+ beaches are sure to delight sand and surf lovers, while the roster of museums and parks will endear the city more to culture and leisure buffs. Shop in the Rocks district, cuddle koalas in the Taronga Park Zoo, and look up-close at Grey Headed Flying Foxes in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

2. Melbourne

This city that developed around the bay of Port Phillip has its exciting share of attractive locations and activities. Go up the observation deck of the Eureka Skydeck for a fantastic panorama of the city; visit the Royal Exhibition Building for its colourful garden and ornate fountains; see various marine wildlife at the Melbourne Aquarium; gamble at Crown Casino on the Yarra River; or marvel at the largest collection of Australian art at the National Gallery of Victoria. Do not forget to experience the city at night, when a visual treat of the illuminated State Library of Victoria and Melbourne Luna Park holds tourists spellbound.

3. Cairns

Many holidaymakers travel Australia for a close encounter of the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns. Aside from this massive natural wonder, the city is also a gateway to the Daintree National Park, which hosts an expansive rainforest and several protected species of plants and animals. Visit Cape Tribulation located within the national park and see the pristine tranquility offered by this World Heritage site. Whether it is sunbathing on the beach or a trek into the Atherton Tableland, Cairns is perfect for off-beat travellers and backpackers with a working holiday visa.

4. Perth

Situated on the banks of the Swan River, Perth offers both the wonders of the sea and the greatness of the hinterland. On the Sunset Coast on the north lie several beaches and the Marmion Marine Park, where sea lions, humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, and tropical fish are protected to swim freely. On the south lies Perth Zoo which holds orangutans, giraffes, numbats, and other wildlife mostly found in Australia. Shop on Murray Street and Hay Street in the CBD; pose before old sites like the Round House and The Old Mill; and roam around Kings Park that has in itself numerous landmarks and attractions.

5. Brisbane

The third most visited location in the country, Brisbane pulls crowds with its Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point; the former is famous for the adventure climb and its nightly illumination, while the latter for rock climbing up steep cliffs. Four parklands and four museums also let tourists see the unique ecology and culture of this Queensland capital city. Adventurers can choose to take pictures with koalas and kangaroos at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, or mingle with locals on the suburbs on top of Mount Coot-tha. Those who want a leisurely tour of the city’s centre around Brisbane river can ride a bicycle on the city’s 27-kilometre-long bike pathways.

6. Surfers Paradise

Although only a local suburb within Gold Coast City in Queensland, Surfers Paradise is a favourite of wave-lovers or common ray-catchers. The place has a bustling central business district with stalagmites of high-rise buildings, creating a picturesque background for the tourist-flocked coastal area. After enjoying the beach during the day, head to Cavill Avenue where shops and restaurants throb until late at night. Cavill Mall, the main feature of the locale, is frequented by locals and tourists for its array of commercial offerings.

7. Byron Bay

This trendy beachside town abounds with a variety of land activities and a beautiful and famous lighthouse, but more captivating are the creatures of the sea that visit the beach surrounds: rays, whales, sea turtles, and bottlenose dolphins. Whale watching contributes much to the local industry as well as water activities like surfing, scuba diving, and snorkeling. The inland stretches deep to the subtropical rainforests that form part of the Nightcap National Park, which is a must-see for the Minyon Falls. Environmental tourists will appreciate the fact that the local government encourages cycling and walking around town to minimise carbon impact.

8. Port Douglas

Another Queensland entry, Port Douglas is an idyllic town famous for kite-surfing and its several restaurants, golf courses, and five-star hotels. Due to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, tourism in the locale continues to increase year on year. Between May and November, Port Douglas also holds festivals—Port Douglas Carnivale, The Sunset in the Park Music Festival, Porttoberfest, Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival—that attract both locals and tourists. Famous for grabbing the third spot in the list of 100 Best Towns in Australia by Australian Traveller Magazine, this town is also a must-visit for its four heritage-listed sites: Court House Museum, Wharf and Storage Shed, St. Mary’s by the Sea, and FDA Carstens Memorial.

9. Adelaide

The capital of South Australia amazes its visitors with a two-week drive of its South Australian Loop. The drive crosses important points in the region, including the Flinders Ranges, Kangaroo Island, Fleurieu Peninsula, and Barossa Valley. Pit stops allow tourists to taste aged wine and delicious gourmets, visit wineries and vineyards, play with seals and penguins, experience busy beaches and shopping centres, and breathe fresh air in parks and rainforests. In the city centre, classic and modern structures like the Parliament House, St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, Adelaide Convention Centre, the Town Hall, and the Art Gallery of South Australia offer visual delights.

10. Hobart

Be brought back to the 19th century by visiting the capital city of Tasmania. A picture of old sandstone houses and cobblestone streets, this city on the region’s south-east offers treks to Mount Wellington and trips to its 17 national parks. The bustling heart of the city, Salamanca Place, offers not only gastronomic adventure, but also musical and artistic appreciation. Wait for yachts to loom over the horizon as they reach the end of their week-long sail for the Sydney to Hobart yacht race to celebrate the New Year. Unlike other cities in the mainland, Hobart fills memories with images of waterside restaurants and shops and the salty breeze sweeping its waterfront.

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