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The Lure of Australia

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Sydney aerial view with the Sydney Opera House in the foreground

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The lure of Australia lies in the great number of unique Australia attractions.

Right in the heart of the continent, for instance, lies Australia's iconic rock monolith, Uluru, once better known as Ayers Rock, with its shifting colors as the day progresses. It is one of the Outback’s amazing attractions.

Close to the north Queensland coast and extending for some 2000 kilometres lies another of the many Australia attractions: the Great Barrier Reef and its many coral beach islands, an underwater haven of colorful reefs and marine life and a paradise for divers and romantics.

Sydney itself is home to that architectural wonder, the Sydney Opera House. Close to it is the famed Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can even do the BridgeClimb to its high arches not only as an adventure but also for a clear bird’s-eye view of the city.

From the Northern Territory to Canberra

Consider these other Australian attractions:

In the Northern Territory there are Kakadu, Arnhem Land and Katherine Gorge to visit for their rainforests, crocodiles and other wildlife, unique land formations, rivers and gorges, and an insight into Aboriginal life.

In Queensland, there’s not only the Great Barrier Reef but also the Gold Coast, Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, and Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island, as tropical Australian attractions and destinations. Also visit the Darling Downs for a taste of country.

In New South Wales, Australian attractions include Sydney with its famous landmarks, the Rocks (birthplace of Australia), the South Coast, the Blue Mountains, limestone caves, white sand beaches. Or enjoy a day at the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Royal National Park or travel farther north to the Hunter Valley for its vineyards and wines.

Among the Australia attractions in the Australian Capital Territory are the Australian Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the Australian War Memorial.

From Victoria to Tasmania

In Victoria there’s the charm of Melbourne itself, the Melbourne Museum, the Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles, Phillip Island for all those fairy penguins coming home from the sea at dusk,

In South Australia, major destinations include the Adelaide Hills, the Barossa Valley wine country, Kangaroo Island, Fleurieu Peninsula, and the stark desert landscape of Coober Pedy where half the people live underground.

Western Australia has Perth, Fremantle, Rottnest Island with its quokkas, Monkey Mia where you have close encounters with dolphins, and Ningaloo Reef where you can swim with the sharks. Or go the Kimberleys and visit the color-striped rock towers of the Bungle Bungles.

In Tasmania visit the bloodied convict settlement at Port Arthur, trek to the wilderness areas of Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair and Freycinet. Don't overlook the charms of the cities of Hobart and Launceston.

And, yes, there are more Australia attractions to suit every budget and every taste.

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