Sydney Opera House. Feature image by Jong Soo (Peter) Lee.
With excellent cleanliness, incredible quality of life and abundant cultural and historical contributions, it is no surprise that Australia is one of the most popular tourist destinations around the world. Being a very developed country, it is never short of attractions catering to visitors around the world, which in effect helps strengthen Australia’s overall tourism. There are hundreds of attractions that are there to see and experience and in this article, you can read on five famous Australian tourist attractions.
Sydney Harbor Bridge
The Sydney Harbor Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in the world and a trademark of Australia. It has a measurement of 134 meters (440ft) from top to water level, making it the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge and the tallest steel arch bridge in the world. The bridge, the harbor and the Sydney Opera House situated nearby has a very histrionic view and feel to it. The bridge is a prestigious image not only of the city of Sydney, but Australia as a whole. Because of its arch-based blueprint, the bridge is labeled as ‘The Coathanger’ (image by LJ Mears).
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is one of the most famous attractions not only nationally but on a global level as well. The opera house is also one of the most notable performing arts centers in the world. It is usually the Australian tourist attraction that most visitors would first go to, all because of its unique and complex structure. Visitors are given the opportunity to have a tour on both the front and backstage of the house. This iconic opera house, located not far from the Sydney Harbor Bridge, was built way back in the twentieth century by the well-known Danish architect John Utzon and it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is another popular Australian tourist destination. It is the largest coral reef system in the world that includes over 3000 individual reefs and 900 islands. Located in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland, the construction of the reef includes tiny organisms that are known as coral polyps. It was chosen as a World Heritage Site in 1981 and was considered as one of the seven natural wonders of the world by CNN. Tourists, be it citizens of Australia and others from around the world, will most certainly relish the beauty and splendor of this natural marine site.
National Gallery of Australia
If you are an art fanatic want a complete fill of Aussie art when visiting Australia, then head on over to the National Gallery of Australia, the home of some of the finest art collections in the entire country. It is also the largest art museum in the country that holds 166,000 art works and more. The museum was started in 1967 by the government of Australia and serves as the country’s official art museum (image by Robert Montgomery).
A visit to Australia is never complete without a visit at one of the country’s finest beaches, and Bondi Beach, or Bondi Bay as it is often referred to, is the perfect beach to go to in order to make your stay in the land down under well and truly fulfilled. Bondi Beach is a famous beach in the city of Sydney and is also a surrounding district in the New South Wales capital.
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