Australia is a country and continent, surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities are coastal. The Sydney Opera House is regarded as a 20th century architectural masterpiece and was designed and built by architect, Jørn Utzon, to reflect the image of a huge sailing ship. It houses multiple venues that together host more than 1,500 performances each year and is one of Australia’s most famous landmarks.
The Great Barrier Reef, is one of the top destinations for underwater explorers and scuba divers. Located in the Coral Sea, it encompasses a huge area of more than 2,900 coral reefs and hundreds of islands and cays. The best way to explore the Reef is by one of the numerous boat cruises that run along the northern coast of Queensland.
Ayers Rock is located within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This large sandstone formation stands more than 340 meters (1,100 feet) high. One of the rock’s peculiarities is that it changes colors dramatically at sunset from terra cotta to blue, violet and red. The local Aboriginal tribes regard it as a sacred site. Kakadu is the country’s largest national park which includes a large concentration of Aboriginal rock art; some of which are estimated to be up to 20,000 years old.
Cable Beach is a stunning beach, known for its white sands, beautiful sunsets and the brilliant blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Cable Beach is also famous for its camel rides on the beach.
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE tour
DIVE THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
CABLE BEACH CAMEL RIDES
Milford Sound offers some of the world’s most staggering coastal scenery with its dramatic peaks and dark blue waters. The area’s frequent downpours only enhance this South Islands beauty by sending numerous waterfalls cascading down the cliffs.
The Bay of Islands is a picturesque area that contains 144 islands, many secluded bays, and some great sandy beaches. This beautiful bay has an abundance of marine life including whales, penguins, dolphins and the big marlin. It is a popular spot for sailing yachts on world cruises and international sport fishermen.
The first national park of New Zealand, Tongariro, is known for its surprises and extremes. The park’s diverse range of ecosystems includes tranquil lakes, active volcanoes, herb fields, untamed forests and desert-like plateaus. The city of Rotorua is known as the thermal wonderland of New Zealand. There are numerous geysers and hot springs in and around the city. Natural eruptions of steam, hot water and mud occasionally occur in new locations throughout the city.
MILFORD SOUND TOUR
THE BAY OF ISLANDS EXPEDITION
Tongariro NATIONAL PARK