Australia – Top 10 places to visitPosted By jai hanu on June 13, 2015 at 7:59pm | Australia, Blog, Cities of Australia
You might come to Australia for reasons such as holidays, sightseeing, social or recreational reasons, to visit relatives, friends, to be a business visitor or for other short-term non-work things like medical treatment or medical consultations. Or you might just be passing through on your way to somewhere else. Whether you are visiting for less than 72 hours or planning on a stay of several years you must have a valid Australian visa.
1. Adelaide, Australia
The capital of South Australia, Adelaide is Australia’s fifth largest city, with a population of over 1.2 million. More than three quarters of South Australians live in the Adelaide metropolitan area. The city is located on a plain between the rolling Adelaide Hills and the Gulf St Vincent and is bordered by many of Australia’s famous wine regions. Historically known as the City of Churches much of the architecture in the inner city is retained from the colonial era.
2. Melbourne, Australia
More than three million people call this big small town home. Yes, it’s a big small town, and no, it’s not an oxymoron. See, it contains all the trappings of a major metropolis—vibrant neighborhoods, prize-winning cuisine, notable things to do—but Melburnians manage to do their urban hustle at a leisurely pace. Burrowed in wine country beside the Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne’s natural landscape anchors its laid-back personality. When you’re sipping wine in the nearby Yarra Valley or listening to waves roll into St Kilda Beach, there’s no way you can’t relax. The capital of the state of Victoria, Melbourne is Australia’s second most populated city. Located near the southeastern tip of Australia on the large natural bay of Port Phillip, Melbourne is considered the nation’s cultural capital as well as an important port. A well-planned city known for its shopping, fine restaurants and sports venues, Melbourne is the ideal destination for travelers who appreciate the good life.
3. Cairns, Australia
For its tropical climate, easy-going ambiance and close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is one of Australia’s most popular vacation destinations. Located on the northwest corner of Australia, Cairns is a provincial but stylish city with a population of around 150,000 people. Few coastal destinations feature more wildlife diversity and more opportunities for travel adventures than pretty Cairns.
4. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
One of the top destinations for underwater explorers and scuba divers, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest barrier reef system. Located in the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia’s state of Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef encompasses a huge area of more than 2,900 coral reefs and hundreds of islands and cays. Formed by millions of living organisms over a period of millions of years, the Reef is now one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world and of the best places to visit in Australia.
5. Sydney, Australia
Located on Australia’s southeastern coast, Sydney is the capital of New South Wales. A modern city with a long history, Sydney is defined by its scenic harbor. The region’s first inhabitants lived along the harbor’s bank for thousands of years. The harbor was also the landing site for convicts sent to Australia during the 1780s. Today, ferries take visitors for cruises under the famed Sydney Harbor Bridge and past the iconic Sydney Opera House.
6. Brisbane, Australia
When mapping out your Australian vacation, a visit to Queensland’s capital may not be your first choice. The country’s third largest metropolis is often overlooked in favor of Australia’s more well-known tourist hot spots, like Sydney and Melbourne. But Brisbane’s subtropical climate, thriving arts and live music scene and bevy of outdoor to-dos make it a worthy destination for your next trip Down Under.
7. Hobart, Australia
Hobart is the capital city of the Australian island of Tasmania, as well as Australia’s second oldest city after Sydney. With a population of about 250,000 Hobart is small and intimate compared to larger mainland Australian cities, reflecting the small size of the state. There are many fine examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture in Hobart, such as Salamanca Place, which has a terrace of warehouses dating back to the whaling days of the 1830s. It has a mild temperate oceanic climate, with four distinct seasons.
8. Alice Springs, Australia
Located in the heart of Australia about 1500 km (900 miles) from the nearest major city, Alice Springs is comprised of cavernous gorges, boundless desert landscapes, remote Aboriginal communities and a charming pioneering history. It embodies the hardy outback of the Red Centre, and is a travel hub for sights and hikes in the region, such as Uluru/Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kings Canyon. Since the start of the tourist boom in the early eighties, the population has substantially grown to about 28,000.
9. Darwin, Australia
Hugging the coastline of Northern Territory, Darwin has long been the most international of the country’s major cities. Its close proximity to other countries in the Indian Ocean has made the city a transportation hub since its earliest days. Devastated during WW II, Darwin is a resilient town with a spirit that can’t be defeated. Today, the city of around 75,000 people is a popular holiday destination.
10. Byron Bay, Australia
Managed by Byron Bay Holiday Rentals. Experience luxury right by the beach in beautiful Byron Bay in a 4 bedroom architecturally designed house (6 available) with shared pool within a private, secure complex. The accommodation is ideal for a private getaway, extended family holiday or wedding/corporate events.
GETTING TO AUSTRALIA :
Australia is a very well connected country with the rest of the countries in Europe, America and Asia by air. Qantas, the national carrier is one of the best airlines in the world. The have several Airbus A380 in their fleet which helps them connect several major cities of the world with Australia.
Air Asia, Cathay Pacific, Air India, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Srilankan Airlines, Etihad Airways, Emirates and Thai Airways from all metropolitan cities in India and other countries.
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