Australia is located between the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. It is the largest island in the world and the smallest continent. If you want to explore the traditional indigenous lifestyle, relax on the beach or in a hot city, Australia has something to offer everyone.
With stunning national parks throughout the country and fantastic islands, visitors to Australia can set out to explore the pleasures of Tasmania. The beautiful beaches and turquoise waters that line its shores are home to the Great Barrier Reefs; one of the wonders of the natural world and one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations.
5 most beautiful beaches of Australia
We will show you the 5 most beautiful beaches that you should definitely not miss when visiting Australia.
Only a 15-minute drive from the city center, Bondi Beach is home to one of the oldest surf clubs. It is also a great place for a walk along the sea or a picnic, and crowds of tourists and locals gather to celebrate Christmas and New Year. Shops, cafés and restaurants are across the street from this famous coastal strip.
It is a 7 km stretch along Whitsunday Island, Australia. The island is accessible by boat, seaplane and helicopter from Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island. It is opposite Stockyard Beach, better known as Chalkie’s Beach, on Haslewood Island. The beach is known for its crystal white silica sands and turquoise colored water.
Watching qualified surfers ride the waves at Manly Beach, where the Australian Open of Surfing takes place in February. You can also buy fish and chips on the lively Corso and head to the beach to enjoy and watch all the action.
There are plenty of beach cafés, bars and restaurants. Popular pubs on the Corso are such as Ivanhoe Hotel Manly or Hotel Steyne. Overlooking Sydney Harbor, Manly Wharf also has quality restaurants such as Papi Chulo.
Hamilton Island is one of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia, near the Great Barrier Reef. They offer tours of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and kookaburras. To the east, trails lead to Passage Peak, overlooking the surrounding islands.
Fitzroy Island was declared a national park in 1992. The entire island off the northeastern coast of Australia (Queensland) has an area of 339 hectares, while the local national park covers 329 hectares. It is originally a continental island, not a coral island. But along the shores you can admire the coral reefs with characteristic fauna, which are part of the famous Great Barrier Reef. This area has been part of the Australian Institute of Marine Science’s Great Barrier Reef monitoring program since 1986. In Fitzroy Island National Park, we find various types of vegetation, including the involved forest (rainforest). Many species of plants and animals are used by the indigenous people of the Gurabana - Gungganji tribe, as a source of livelihood, medicinal substances or for the production of various objects, even with symbolic significance. Fitzroy Island hosts many important plants and animals conserved. The area offers opportunities for research activities in a wide range of natural, cultural and social topics. At the same time, scientific studies and monitoring programs can provide valuable information for improving land protection.
Tips for trips and places of interest in Australia
Opera house in Sydney
This famous building in Sydney, Bennelong Point, in the shape of huge shells or fluttering sails, adorns the UNESCO World Heritage List and is one of the largest architectural symbols in the world. The place is awesome.
Along with the Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge is one of Australia’s most famous tourist attractions. This impressive structure is affectionately called the “Coathanger” and is the largest steel arch bridge in the world. It was completed in 1932, 40 years before the Sydney Opera House. The bridge rises 134 meters above the harbor and spans 500 meters, connecting the northern coast of Sydney with the central business district. In addition to the pedestrian route, there are two railway lines across the bridge.
Great Ocean Road
Most of the best tourist destinations have spectacular routes and for Australia one of its best is the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne. The road stretches 300 kilometers along the southeast coast of Australia, from the surf town of Torquay to the town of Allansford, near Warrnambool, Victoria. The biggest attraction along the road is Port Campbell National Park with its wind and wave formations known as the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge, Arch and Loch Ard Gorge. From the helicopter, these rock formations look like giant pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Other places of interest along the way include the popular holiday resort of Lorne and Otway National Park, an area of dense eucalyptus forests, hiking trails and waterfalls.
Byron Bay is a coastal town located on the far northern coast of NSW in Australia. Home to Australia’s easternmost point and the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse, this region is known for its spectacular beaches, unique shopping and dining experiences, world-class festivals and vibrant community spirit. In addition to the Byron Bay township, the region includes many seaside villages, picturesque towns and large regional centers, all with their own unique character.
Nature is concentrated on the beautiful island of Kangaroo outside the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. Kangaroos bounce on the dusty shore, sea lions and penguins go crazy in crystal clear water, and koalas cling to fragrant eucalyptus trees. Diving is also excellent. You can see sea dragons in the mild waters. Remarkable, wind-shaped rock formations, known as Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch in Flinders Chase National Park, are other features of the island and you will find plenty of hiking trails along steeply rising sea cliffs and pristine forests. Cream cheeses, Ligurian honey and fresh seafood decorate plates at local restaurants.
Tasmania is an Australian federal state located on the island of the same name and 334 surrounding islands. The area of the state is 68,401 km2. Tasmania has a population of 519,100, almost half of whom live in the capital. The capital and largest city is Hobart, located in the southeast of the island at the mouth of the River Derwent. Other large cities are Launceston, Devonport and Burnie. Tasmania is governed by the sub-Antarctic island of Macquarie.
Blue Mountains National Park
Blue Mountains is a mountain range located 100 km to the west of Sydney. It is an elongated chain of mountains, characterized by massive sandstone mountains torn by gaps and gorges. The highest peak of the mountain is Birds Rock (1180 m). The landscape of the Blue Mountains is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List thanks to a large, mostly forested area of a sandstone plateau. Rare species of eucalyptus are found here. The first crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1812 was recorded by an expedition of researchers Gregory Blaxland, William Charles Wenthworth and William Lawson. Currently, the only Great Western Highway almost accurately follows the difficult route of these courageous researchers.
Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park is a huge biological reserve in the northern part of Australia. With terrain including wetlands, rivers and sandstone cliffs, it is home to about 2,000 species of plants and wildlife, from sea crocodiles and flat turtles to birds. Indigenous rock paintings from prehistoric times can be seen in places like Nourlangie, Nanguluwur and Ubirr.
Fraser Sandy Island
Fraser is the largest sandy island on Earth with an area of 1,630 km2. The island is 122 kilometers long, on average 15 kilometers wide. The highest dunes have an altitude of approximately 240 to 260 meters. Fraser is located off the eastern coast of Australia, about 200 kilometers to the north of Brisbane. It is separated from the mainland by a narrow strait. It is part of the Great Sandy National Park and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992.
The Twelve Apostles
The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone chimneys from the shores of Port Campbell National Park, off the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia.
Their proximity to each other made this site a popular tourist attraction. Seven of the original eight piles will remain in view of the Twelve Apostles after one collapsed in July 2005. Although the view from the Twelve Apostles promontory never included twelve piles, other piles - not considered part of the Apostles group - are located in the west of the national park.
A large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory in Central Australia erodes. It is located 335 km (208 mi) to the southwest of the nearest large city, Alice Springs.
The area around the formation is home to an abundance of springs, waterworks, rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Uluru and Kata Tjuta, also known as Olgas, are the two main features of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park.
Great Barrier Reef
It is the largest coral reef in the world. It stretches along the coast of Queensland (North Australia). It is over 2000 km long, has about 600 islands and much of it is protected as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Since 1981, the entire reef has been under UNESCO protection (area 348,700 km²). The large barrier reef is seriously threatened by the consequences of environmental changes, especially the so-called coral bleaching and overgrowth of spiny starfish.
The highest mountain in Australia
Mount Kosciuszko is the highest mountain on the mainland part of the Australian continent and the mainland part of the state of Australia. It is located in the Snowy Mountains in the state of New South Wales on the border with Victoria. The mountain is part of the Kosciuszko National Park, which has an area of 6,469 km2.
The mountain is 2222 meters (7,310 ft) high above sea level. It is located on the main ridge of the snowy mountains in Kosciuszko National Park, part of the national parks and reserves of the Australian Alps in New South Wales, Australia. It is located in the west of Crackenback and near Jindabyne.