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Famous Attractions

Here, you will find some of the most popular attractions of Australia, along with a brief description of each!

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system, and is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for 2,600 kilometers over a span of approximately 344,400 square kilometers. The reef is located off the coast of Queensland in Northeast Australia. Many cities along the Queensland coast offer boat trips out to the reef. People can choose whether they would like to snorkel or scuba dive!

 

The Sydney Opera House

Created in the 20th century, The Sydney Opera House is one of the most distinctive buildings in the world. It is namely one of the most famous performing arts venues in the world. Many come to Sydney just to get a breath-taking view of the Opera house, while others come to enjoy the musical performances offered there.

Ayers Rock (Uluru)

Known to many as "Ayers rock", one of the oldest and largest rocks on Earth is known as "Uluru" to the natives of Australia. Located in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, the rock is over 500 million years old. Many come just to appreciate the majesty of the rock as the sun rises, while other choose to climb it. The steep and risky climb is around a half mile, but is a very popular attraction among tourists.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is an arch bridge constructed of steel which stretches across beautiful scenic
Sydney Harbour. Tourists are allowed to climb the Southern half of the Bridge. Tours are run throughout the day from dawn to dusk. They are only cancelled because of high wind or electrical issues. The tourists (who are required to be 18 or older) are provided with protective clothing and are strapped to the railing. The whole tour takes around 3 1/2 hours. This bridge is given the nickname "The Coathanger" due to its unusual structure.

 

The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road, located in the state of Victoria is a two lane roadway which travels approximately 243 km from Torquay to Allansford. One side offers a view of the australian bushland, while the other side offers spectacular views of Base Strait and the Southern Ocean. Some of the many attractions include Surf beaches, local towns, the Great Otway National Park and the 12 Apostles at Port Campbell National Park (seen here).


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