Top Sites in Australia to Explore and Create an Adventurous Journey
With its enormous variety of natural landscapes, unique biodiversity, dreamy beaches, and a warm and welcoming culture, Australia is one of those countries that every traveler should visit at least once in their lifetime. But as they say; the best things in life are the most difficult to reach and the continent of kangaroos is one of the most remote and extensive countries in the world, so if you want to visit it thoroughly, you will need many days to explore.
In this article, I want to show you some of the best places to see in Australia so that you can prepare a spectacular trip. Australia lends itself easily to exploration by nomads and working travellers. If you already live in Australia then moving to another area would be like moving to a new country as it is so huge. In that case, you would need to look at local movers for some assistance. From the east coast of Australia to the west, here are some of the top sites to visit.
Sydney Opera House
When we think of Australia, one of the main images that come to mind is the famous Sydney Opera House, an imposing building designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. Today it is the main hall in the country for concerts, theater, opera and many other shows. The radically innovative style of this building has made it one of the most distinctive buildings of the 20th century and has led it to be considered a World Heritage Site. For all these reasons, it is something to see in Australia that should not be missing on your list.
If you want to visit the Opera House you can do so by attending one of the many shows scheduled throughout the year or, if you prefer, you can hire an excursion and tour inside the building, which will show you some of the most interesting curiosities that can be found.
Two hours from Sydney are the incredible natural landscapes of the Blue Mountains region (Blue Mountains), one of the places to see in Australia totally essential. The ranges and forests of the Blue Mountains were inhabited from time immemorial until the arrival of European colonization. The Europeans considered this area impenetrable and therefore created prisons in the environment with the idea of dissuading the prisoners from escaping. The funny thing about the story is that an ex-convict who was released in the forest was the first person, of which it is known, who managed to cross the Blue Mountains. In fact, he lived with aboriginal tribes for a time and when he returned to Sydney, he was an intermediary between the settlers and the local tribes. In addition to the wonderful eucalyptus forests that we can find in this place, other of its main tourist attractions are the Giant Stairway, the three sisters, the Jenolan Caves and the Katoomba railway, one of the steepest in the world.
This island inherited its curious name when the famous British explorer James Cook realized that the compass of his ship had altered while passing through this area, and to this day no explanation has been found for this mystery.
But what does have great magnetism are the beaches of the island, about 23 in total, where you can enjoy more than 300 days a year of the sun, see koalas and attend the Full Moon party with 3000 people, that is celebrated every month on its beaches until dawn. You can also enjoy beautiful forests, as most of its space is a national park. Australia is a treasure!
Daintree National Park
Daintree National Park belongs to the joint designation of the Wet Tropics of Queensland which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is considered the oldest tropical forest on earth with 135 million years and in turn is one of the forests with the greatest diversity of plants and animals. One thing we can assure you: it is an essential place to see in Australia! This forest is crossed by the Daintree River, a navigable river that can be used for various excursions. But if the mainland is your thing, don’t worry, there are plenty of routes to hike and enjoy (with a bit of luck) animals such as the imposing cassowary, the curious muskrats or one of the 13 endemic bird species of this forest.
For a fully immersive experience, you can count on the explanations of a local guide from the Kuku Yalanji tribe who will tell you how their ancestors lived, fed or even healed themselves thanks to what this forest provided them.
Escape to Uluru!
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is one of Australia’s natural icons. A place of landscapes that leave you breathless, of rock formations that seem from another planet, and an aboriginal culture that have occupied these lands for a millennia, it is an outback land that should not be missed. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is considered a World Heritage Site by Unesco and is undoubtedly one of the essential places to see in Australia. Anangu legends tell of how these desert landscapes were created at the beginning of time by their ancestors and how Uluru, a monolith almost 350 meters high, has been protecting these sacred lands and their inhabitants ever since. The formations of Uluru previously known as “Ayers Rock” and Kata Tjuta also previously called “The Olgas”, are the main points of interest in this national park that can be enjoyed in different ways depending on the type of adventure you are looking for. You can travel to the park on the back of a Harley, a camel, or even being accompanied by an aboriginal guide who will tell you all the legends of their culture.
Cape Le Grand
The Cape Le Grand National Park, about 45 minutes from Esperance, impresses with its coastal landscape of huge granite cliffs, heavenly beaches of fine white sand, and intense turquoise waters. This park is also home to two very friendly Australian animals, pygmy possums, and western gray kangaroos, animals to see in Australia that you will fall in love with. The latter is easy to find on the beaches and if you have a bit of luck (and experience with photography) you will be able to obtain images as emblematic as those illustrated in this section. Along the coasts of this park, you can enjoy activities for all tastes, from taking a simple walk on the sand to surfing or snorkeling.