Top 10 Tourist Destinations in Australia
The top 10 places to visit in Australia are scattered through the country's states and territories. People who take Queensland holidays can visit the Great Barrier Reef, the Gold Coast and Fraser Island. Sydney is in New South Wales. Tourists can drive along the Great Ocean Road or shop in Melbourne in Victoria. The state of Tasmania has beautiful scenery. The Kimberley Region and the city of Perth are in Western Australia. Kakadu National Park and Ayers Rock are in Australia's Northern Territory.
The Great Barrier Reef is off Australia's northeastern coast. The water here is home to hundreds of tropical islands and the largest coral reef in the world. People who go snorkeling and scuba diving here will be able to see hundreds of species of marine life. Those who prefer to relax during their Queensland holidays will find plenty of beaches for sunbathing. The closest airport to the Great Barrier Reef is Cairns International Airport.
The Gold Coast is on the eastern coast of Australia south of the Great Barrier Reef. This is a great place for a family vacation. The area has miles of beaches and acres of rainforests. Tourists can surf at Currumbin Beach or look down on a rainforest from the Tamborine Mountain Rainforest Skywalk.
Fraser Island is off Australia's eastern coast near the Gold Coast area. The spectacular scenery on this large sand island includes white beaches, freshwater lakes, creeks and rainforests. Wildflowers bloom here during the spring and summer.
Sydney is on the southeastern coast of Australia. Attractions in this large city include Sydney Harbour and the Royal Botanic Gardens. There are four floors of shops in the Westfield Sydney Shopping Center.
The Great Ocean Road runs between the coast and mountains along the southern coast of Australia. This road is 150 miles long and takes visitors past rainforests and through coastal towns. There are viewing platforms and lookouts along the road.
The city of Melbourne is about a three-hour drive east of the Great Ocean Road. It is the second largest city in Australia and offers a variety of attractions. There are historic sites, designer boutiques, an aquarium, a zoo and a planetarium.
The island state of Tasmania is south of Melbourne. The scenery here includes mountains, beaches and lagoons. Some historic sites here date back to the 1830s.
The Kimberley Region is close to the northwestern corner of Australia. People who like the outdoors will enjoy this region's mountains, waterfalls, national parks and beaches.
Perth is near the southwestern corner of Australia. Its location on the Indian Ocean and the Swan River make it a great place for sunbathing, swimming, boating and fishing.
Kakadu National Park is near Australia's northern tip close to the town of Darwin. The park has wetlands, a river, waterfalls, mountains and gorges.
Ayers Rock is slightly southwest of the center of Australia near the city of Alice Springs. This huge rock is surrounded by desert. It takes approximately two hours to walk around the rock's base.