Australia, a country and a continent
Wish to visit a country and a continent in one? Australia is one of the largest countries in the world with very peculiar nature and lanscapes. With the country so vast, you will definitely need to pick attractions, and a good travel agent can be invaluable asset in this.
In Australia, one will not find many historical monuments, as the biography of the country is not very long. However, there are many wonderful examples of modern art and architecture. And you can start with one of the most recognizable buildings in the world, the Sydney Opera House. It has long been a hallmark of the Red Continent. Here, in Sydney, you can go to the Harbour Bridge, which has the largest metal arch in the world. From here, you can admire the view of the city, sprawling below. Sydney Aquarium is well known far beyond the borders of the southern continent and presents all sorts of marine and freshwater fauna of Australia. |
Sydney is rightly recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is the most cosmopolitan, most cheerful and most beautiful city in the country. The city was founded on the bay of Port Jackson, the first European settlement in Australia, and has evolved from a small settlement of convicts into a huge city.
The unique contrast of skyscrapers and old buildings of the Rocks and King's Cross districts, souvenir shops in Yorks and Elizabeth, Asian neighborhoods of Chinatown and Liverpool Street, the vast green parks and boulevards, and the ultra-modern building of Olympic facilities make Sydney an unbelievable place to visit. During lunch at the Sydney Tower on Market Street, at an altitude of 305 meters, you can not only see the layout of the city, but enjoy a lot of Australian and Asian dishes, exotic seafood, meat, kangaroos and emus. In Oxford Street, there are a lot of bars and restaurants. In Darling Harbour district one will find hundreds of galleries, bars, hotels and restaurants, and George Street and Market Street are the best shopping areas in the city. You can spend a whole day in a huge Victorian House shopping complex or in a luxurious Royal Botanic Garden, where an extensive collection of plants has been gathered from around the world.
The city has a lot of interesting cultural attractions, such as the famous Sydney Museum of History and Anthropology, the Australian War Memorial Art Gallery, the National Maritime Museum, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Australian Wild Animal Park and Hyde Park.
In the vicinity of Perth it is interesting to see the world's largest gold deposit discovered in the area, as well as mines of the world's largest diamond-bearing district of Kimberley. This is a region of large rivers and magnificent scenery, quaint nature and relic plants and animals. It is said that here are the most characteristic Australian landscapes: the red earth, rocks, trees and blue skies.
Darwin is a small but modern city, the center of the northern provinces and the main 'gateway' of the country into Southeast Asia. This city is the place where you can get acquainted with the beauty of wildlife, which can hardly be found elsewhere. In Kakadu Park, which is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage, there is a fine collection of wildlife, flora and representatives of Australian birds. In the vicinity of Darwin, there are beautiful Litchfield and Katherine Gorge parks.
The main attraction of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef, stretches along the entire east coast of the country. It also stands on the UN World Heritage list, due to the world-famous coral reefs and islands, Layzard, Bedarra, Hayman, and Hamilton resorts, etc. This is the largest reef system in the world and the largest structure, 'created' by living organisms.
Along the coasts, there are hundreds of islands protruding from the ocean depths to the surface, with only two dozen of them being inhabited. The Great Barrier Reef is the 'U-Mecca' of all the divers in the world.
Magnetic Island is probably the best place on earth for diving and yachting. Here are marvelous beaches of coral sand, fine hotels and virtually untouched wilderness; there is even a colony of koalas.
Contact a travel agent in Australia to get professional assistance to prepare your journey. For particular travel needs, visit our page with the list of Australian tour operators.