Australia: Top 5 Must Sees

Australia is a vast and diverse country to explore and it can be overwhelming for a first time visitor to decide what areas to visit, so we have put together a list of 5 must sees for any visitor to Australia to help with planning your holiday Down Under.

Sydney Opera House - One of the most prominent landmarks in Australia, this is not surprisingly at the top of our list of attractions. This iconic building was opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1973 and since then has become the busiest public venue in Australia with more than 40 shows each week. With its striking sail like arches and fantastic waterfront location, tourists are naturally drawn to this famous landmark. Why not take a backstage tour that gives access to the real-life dramas behind the scenes at this celebrated performing arts centre.

Great Barrier Reef – With its clear blue waters and colourful underground gardens, a wealth of marine life including Clownfish like Finding Nemo call the Great Barrier Reef home.  One of the seven natural wonders of the world no visit to Australia is complete without a visit here.  There are many Great Barrier Reef excursions to choose from offering something for everyone, from first time snorkelers to experienced divers.  Take an insight into marine biology as a guide takes you on a glass bottomed boat to some of the most unique coral spots or simply relax onboard a catamaran and take in the spectacular views.

Uluru - One of Australia’s most recognisable natural landmarks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also known as Ayers Rock this sandstone monolith lies in heart of Australia’s Northern Territory and forms part of the Red Centre, an area of unique culture and history.  There are many Uluru tours and excursions available; learn about Aboriginal culture at the Uluru Cultural Centre, watch the sunset over the Rock or alternatively you might want to get up early and catch the amazing light as the sun rises.  Whichever you choose, a visit here will be sure to immerse you in the true outback culture of Australia.

Kangaroo Island - Australia’s third largest Island known as ‘KI’ by the locals. It is home to soaring cliffs, dense forest, towering sand dunes and some of the most stunning and unique wildlife in the world.  Located close to Adelaide, Kangaroo Island should be high on your list of must-sees in Australia.  There are lots of activities and attractions; explore the native bush, experience the Penguin centre, see Cape Willoughby Conservation Park and take a visit to the ever popular Seal Bay.  There are a choice of tours from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island from a simple day trip to a two night wilderness retreat.

Great Ocean Road - One of the world’s most scenic coastal drives stretching 151 miles along the south-eastern coast of Australia between Melbourne and Adelaide.  Along the route you will witness some of the most stunning ocean views including the dramatic rock sculptures of the 12 Apostles. Perhaps pay a visit to Tower Hill and see some of Australia’s most beautiful wildlife nestled in this extinct volcano. If driving doesn’t take your fancy then why not take a guided tour or even take part in the Great Ocean Walk, tailored to what you wish to see and the distance you want to walk.

First Class Holidays can help create your perfect tailormade holiday to Australia which can incorporate as many elements listed above and much more.  Get in touch with us by email at enquiries@fcholidays.com or call us on 0161 888 5608 and we can make your dream holiday Down Under a reality.

by Laura Kirton - Web Department at First Class Holidays

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