19 Mar 10 destinations to definitely visit when in Australia
Touring is about finding that buzz that makes you want to stay on and on or come back over and over again. Well, Australia has it and not just in a single location. The tourist scene is ablaze with glittering cities that bear big names as well as less popular cities that should be getting more publicized.
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
The last century or so has painted a picture of this location as a playground for politicians and government officials. Those with a keen eye for history will appreciate the state institutions, museums, and heritage buildings. The fresher scene offers high-end restaurants, world-class hotels and unique boutiques. Such a spectacular blend of attractions offers plenty to see and much more to anticipate. If you have time to have an out of town tour, you will appreciate the over 30 cellar doors and more than 40 vineyards.
Adelaide, South Australia
The stunning vineyards that adorn the vast lands make for best locations to hold festivals and engage in eco-adventure. Foodies will love the vibrant food culture at this destination that has been accentuated by intense art. Did you know that Adelaide was named in honor of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen? Visitors get the feeling of being in a vast kingdom as opposed to being at the heart of a busy city. Whether you are here to soak in the splendor of the green hills or sit among other cricket lovers in the 50,000 capacity Adelaide Oval, very minutes is a special moment.
This city was used by the British colonial government as a penal colony for convicts. Much the life here is built around the Brisbane River and it is only now that the rest of world is starting to notice it. If you are not enjoying the kangaroo point cliffs, scaling the story bridge or gliding your rollerblades over walkways floating in the air, you must be enjoying the splendor that modern hotels have to offer. The city is also coming up as a music stop and creative space for those who appreciate the arts.
Darwin, Northern Territory
Do not be surprised to find quite a heavy Asian influence here – this location is probably closer to Asia than it is to the rest of Australia. As such, the climate is tropical and very rich culturally speaking. The waterfront has done great justice to this destination by giving it a luxury look. The harbor in this destination can only match what is there in Sydney. Look out for the Kakadu and Litchfield parks as many events are organized around them.
Gold Coast, Queensland
This is the perfect destination for a beach holiday; the surf, sea and sea will treat you like royalty. When you are tired with being too close to water, indulge in gourmet dining. There is so much to see in an area that was host to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
The origin of this city can be dated to as far back as 1803 when it was used by the colonial government for penal isolation. After Sydney, this city ranks the second oldest in Australia but that is no way to say that it is still sleepy. The most dominant feature in Hobart is Mount Wellington but the region is still dynamic for daring art most popularly known as Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).
The fact that the city of Cairns is the doorway to some of the greatest wonders in Australia is reason enough for getting the amount of attention it receives from world travellers. When all the sights have been exhausted, it is time to get wowed by snorkeling, bungee jumping, paragliding and scuba diving. Did you know that the Great Barrier Reef is visible from outer space? Well, you can connect with this natural wonder by soaring over it in a helicopter or skimming the ocean beneath.
Perth, Western Australia
This is inarguably one of the most isolated cities on the planet but it is still way ahead some other parts of the world. The city appears busy with projects coming up in all corners perhaps to upgrade it. When not admiring the half-finished projects, tourists can participate in festivals, buy items from local markets and take pictures against the Manhattan skyline.
Melbourne is popular for its cool metropolis. Travellers not only get an opportunity to indulge in gourmet food offerings but the thriving art scene creates a vibe that captivates everyone. Melbourne is traditional venue of the Australian Open Tennis Championships, as well as the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Sydney, New South Wales
Sydney is where dreams come true with the top of the range entertainment spots, surf beaches and trendy atmosphere. The icons in Sydney are spectacular and people spend hours taking pictures and appreciating architecture.
Before you get your itinerary drawn up, get your travel documents in order. https://www.australiaonlinevisa.org is a great resource for guidance on Australian visa application.