Tourists should look no further than this list of ten iconic landmarks when deciding where to visit during their Australian Holidays. These sites provide a wonderful opportunity to experience all the beauty that the country has to offer.
The Sydney Opera House is a world-class musical venue. Situated near the picturesque harbor, this modern wonder evokes the image of a ship under full sail. When completed in 1973, the opera house instantly became an iconic landmark.
The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage Site located off the coast of Queensland. The world’s largest coral reef system, it consists of 900 islands, approximately 3,000 individual reefs and is the largest structure comprised of living organisms.
One of the world’s largest monoliths, Uluru stands over 345 meters tall. The distance around the base is almost 10 kilometers. Only one-third of the rock formation is visible. Similar to an iceberg, two-thirds of Ayers Rock is below the surface.
Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage Listed cultural landmark located in the Northern Territory. This unique archeological and ethnic reserve has been inhabited for more than 40,000 years. The site is home to the Arnhem Land Escarpment, cave paintings and waterfalls. The park’s various ecosystems support a myriad of animal and plant species.
Known to the indigenous Aborigines for centuries, Bungle Bungles has only recently become known to outsiders. The shapes and colors of this Western Australia landmark depict the power of time and water. The vibrant colors reveal the various mineral contents of the mountains.
Horizontal Falls in Western Australia is considered to be one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. The large difference in tidal levels of the inlet is created by immense currents crashing through the narrow openings of the coastal gorge. This twice-daily event produces one of the world’s largest tidal changes.
The Swan Bells in Perth are one of only three change-ringing 16 bell peals in the world. It is one of the largest sets of bells in the world. The set contains 18 bells, but only 16 are rung at any one time. Twelve bells come from historic Trafalgar Square.
The Twelve Apostles are a famous rock formation along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. These spectacular rock formations were created by the erosive power of the sea. Because this natural consequence continues, only eight of the twelve remain.
Lake Eyre is situated in South Australia. When filled, it becomes the country’s largest lake. Located in one of the driest regions of Australia, the lake is normally dry and, as a result, is a gleaming sea of white salt.
Port Arthur, in Tasmania, was founded as a penal colony and became home to many of Australia’s most hardened criminals. Surrounded on three sides by shark infested waters, access was only possible by way of a narrow isthmus. Today, tourists use Port Arthur as a gateway to the magnificent, natural wonders of Tasmania.
You should visit one or more of these iconic cultural landmarks during your Australia holidays.