Australia is a country full of history, diversity and culture. From their rich history to beautiful sceneries and adorable animals, here are 16 reasons to visit Australia at least once in your life.
- Great Barrier Reef
This living organism is the world’s largest as it spans 344,400 square kilometres which is approximately the size of 70 million football fields. It is also one of the seven natural wonders of the world which is made up of 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands. This place is also home to 1,500 other living creatures such as fish and birds.
- This country has one of the world’s most liveable city
Melbourne has been named the world’s most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Index in terms of education, health care, infrastructure, research and development, tourism, entertainment and sport. This place is also a leading financial city in the Asia-Pacific region and recognised by UNESCO as a City of Literature.
- Amazing wildlife
Australia is home to some of the most amazing wildlife creatures in the world such as kangaroos, emus, koalas and quokkas making this place an animal lover’s paradise.
- Aboriginal culture
Australia’s indigenous culture which is about 52,000 to 61,000 years ago makes it the world’s oldest culture and civilisation. The indigenous culture believes in the spiritual connection to the land and the belief of the Dreamtime. This unique culture is preserved today through sacred sites, music and art.
- Sydney Harbour
This harbour is in Port Jackson and is home to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. It is also the starting point for the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. To get an excellent view of this harbour, take a ferry from Circular Quay or climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a bird’s eye view.
- Australia has more than 500 national parks covering an excess of 28 million hectares accounting for four percent of the total land area while another six percent is designated to nature parks, state forests and conservation reserves which ranges from deserts, alpines and marine areas. Australian national parks are the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kakadu, Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Purnululu to name a few.
This place is also known as Ayres Rock and it is a 600 million year old sandstone rock formation in the Northern Territory. It is a scared place to indigenous Australians which gives out an atmospheric and a spiritual heir. Standing in its golden shadow gives you a sense of great admiration. It is also taller than the Eiffel Tower as it is 348 meters in height and 9.4 kilometres in circumference.
- 10,000 different beaches
Australia has 34, 218 kilometres of beautiful coastline making Australians love the beach. Some good examples are Bondi Beach and Whitehaven Beach. Australia has 10,000 beaches for visitors and it would take about 27 years to visit every single one of them.
- Big attractions
There are about 150 massive roadside attractions in every state and territory of Australia. The first ever built in 1963 is the Big Scotsman in Medindie, Adelaide. Other attractions are like the Big Banana, the Big Merino and the Big Pineapple.
- Wonderful architecture
Australia is also well-known for its beautiful architectural sites like the UNESCO World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House, The Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne and the controversial Federation Square.
- Dreamy islands
Australia is known as the world’s largest island-continent which is surrounded by 8,222 other islands. Some examples are Lord Howe Island and Kangaroo Island.
- The Australian attitude
Australians are generally very friendly and down-to-earth which ensures that others will not have a trouble fitting in with them. Australians love sports, barbecued foods, beers and have their own sense of humour. Australians also value mate ship comprising of loyalty and friendship.
- Australians love sports
Australians are obsessed with sports like rugby, soccer and netball to name a few. The country has also hosted the Australian Open, Formula 1 Grand Prix and The Moto GP to name a few. The AFL Grand Final and Royal Melbourne Cup also observes public holidays to commemorate the occasion. The Olympics was also hosted twice in Australia. The first is during the year 1956 in Melbourne while the other one is during the year 2000 in Sydney. The Commonwealth games was also hosted on four different occasions.
- The wineries
Wine was firstly produced in Australia in 1788 after the arrival of the First Fleet. Since then, 100 different grape varieties have been planted across 65 designated wine regions. Wine connoisseurs visit regions like Barossa Valley and Hunter Valley to taste the wine there. Good examples are like Shiraz and Sauvignon blanc.
- Adrenaline rush
People who love adrenaline experiences would love scaling the Sydney Harbour Bridge, diving with Great White sharks in Port Lincoln and also going for a jet ride in Australia.
- The great Outback
Australia is the world’s sixth largest country and the world’s smallest continent. It is however the world’s largest island with 80% of the population living on the coast. This country is also known as the red centre as Australia has harsh climates and wonderful sceneries.