A flight to Australia takes a lot of time, but don’t be afraid: you will soon forget about being bored on the plane, once you reach Australia. Everyone who visits this country is simply fascinated by the art of human creativity, from the original rock art that dates back tens of thousands of years to the modern Sydney Opera House with its world-famous architecture.
There are so many famous landmarks in Australia to discover — not even mentioning the loving koalas and the beautiful jumping kangaroos! Let’s check some of these places out, make sure you include them on your itinerary!
Kata Tjuta is a series of 12-mile-old massive rock formations at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Northern Territory, Australia. Here, you can also find Ayers Rock: sandstone rock formations, believed to be about 500 million years old. The highest mountain dome is called Olga, in honor of Queen Olga. Kata Tjuta is a sacred area for the aboriginal Anangu people, who have lived in the region for 22,000 years.
Featuring 13 miles of magnificent white sand beaches, Cable Beach is one of Australia’s world famous beaches. Located in the Kimberly area of Western Australia, it is a place you don’t want to miss out on, especially if you love golden beaches and sunbathing. Cable Beach is located between red cliffs and stunning blue waters in the Indian Ocean.
You can take a walk along the beach at sunset — trust us, this is an unmatched experience. Or if you are a shopping lover, the nearby town of Broome is just the right place to grab some South Seas pearls, gathered by pearl divers.
Some of these rocks date back more than 40,000 years. These five thousand drawings have been painted and repainted over thousands of years, and this place represents one of the world’s largest rock art collections.
The drawings represent the lives of the aboriginal people who used to live here. The drawings, some of which were painted some 2,000 years ago, are detailed representations of men, animals, fish and plants, basically, the things that ancient people used to deal with in their everyday lives.
The Great Barrier Reef runs over 1,200 miles along Australia’s northeast coast, and is another great place to enjoy nature at its best. It is the largest coral reef in the world, and consists of 2,500 coral reefs and 800 islands. The coral reefs have been created millions of years ago, and they truly are an underwater miracle.
In addition to the magnificent coral formations, here you can see whales, dolphins, sea turtles, saltwater crocodiles, hundreds of birds and amphibians.
If there is one thing that truly represents modern Australia nowadays, it is the Sydney Opera House. Completed in 1973, the building has become a very important landmark, not only in Australia, but also around the world. It is backed by heavy concrete and pillars columns, 82 feet under water. The Sydney Opera House is a center for arts and many various talent events around the world.
Located in the Northern Territory, the Kings Canyon may not be as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA, but this scene is nevertheless magnificent. It also serves as a sacred site for indigenous peoples.
The Ayers Rock, or Uluru, is without a doubt the most popular rock in Australia. This limestone cliff stands 1,148 feet high, and is located in the south-western region, close to the country’s geographical center. In order to get the best views and take the perfect pictures, it’s best to take the time and climb the rock, either at sunrise or sunset.