The country known to many as ‘OZ’ or ‘down under’ is one of the most fascinating geographical regions in the world. It has one of the hottest locations in the world, the largest living reef, cosmopolitan cities, and some of the best surfing you’ll ever find. There’s an infinite amount of reasons why Australia has been so popular with tourists and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Plus, they have koalas and kangaroos! Australia itself is massive, but if you find yourself traveling down under, you can’t miss out on these experiences.
The Great Barrier Reef
Named of the 7 Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef is something else. It’s the largest living ecosystem ever created and is home to millions of different species. Spreading itself over hundreds of kilometres on Queensland’s coast, the reef is a special experience. Take a glass boat out over to the reef to see what’s living below or get up-close-and-personal with a scuba diving trip to really see what’s going on. There’s so much to see and do on the reef, it could take you months to explore it all.
Sydney’s Bondi Beach
One of the most famous beaches around, Bondi Beach is more than just the water, it’s a lifestyle. The cute café culture that lines the beach is great for people watching and grabbing a delicious meal. The beach itself is packed with locals and tourists sun bathing, playing volleyball and of course surfing. There’s a beautiful walk along the coast from Bondi to other beaches south of it that’s picture perfect.
Melbourne is a shopping haven. Home to thousands of local boutiques and great shops, Melbourne has made a name for itself as the place to go to get your shopping fix. The street art and vibrant culinary scene make this a must do. Add a killer neighborhood by the sea and it’s no wonder people never want to leave.
The Great Ocean Road
Not far from Melbourne is the Great Ocean Road. Named the best road trip in Australia by many, this long stretch of road hugs the ocean almost the entire drive. It passes through national parks, famous landmarks and is famous for finding Koalas in the wild. The 12 Apostles are the biggest draw to the road. These columns broke off the mainland thousands of years ago and are now sprinkled down the coast, leaving for the most picture perfect snap.
In the middle of the country is Uluru or Ayers Rock. This is to be considered the most sacred and spiritual location in Oz. The Aborigine culture and community are the best part of the area, providing tours and stories of how their ancestors lived and how Uluru was believed to be the place where Australia started. Filled with the most magnificent sunrises and sunsets, Uluru is worth the effort to get out there.