Sydney is the largest city in Australia and one of the most popular. There is so much for visitors to enjoy in this amazing city: take a walking tour in the historic Rocks area; cruise through the harbor and photograph the two icons: the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge; get a birds eye view of the city and glittering harbor after climbing to the top of the Harbor Bridge; explore the Sydney Aquarium at Darling Harbor; and relax or take a surf lesson on Bondi Beach. Outside of the city, travel to the beautiful Blue Mountains to learn about the aborigines and marvel at the Three Sisters Rock Formation. Taste the award-winning wine and food in the Hunter Valley.
Cosmopolitan Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city. It is known for its food, wine, and shopping. Meet the locals at the Queen Victoria Market or take in a show at the magnificent Princess Theater. Float on the Yarra River or take a walk through the Royal Botanical Garden. Outside of the city, travel to Philip Island to witness the nightly penguin parade or drive on the Great Ocean Road past beautiful beaches, forest and view the intriguing rock formations known as the Twelve Apostles. Wine lovers may want to go to the vineyards in the Yarra Valley.
The largest city in South Australia is Adelaide, it is becoming the lifestyle capital of Australia. It is known for the many festivals that occur here yearly. It offers a lively bar scene, world class art and music. There are wine regions in the surrounding area, the most well-known is the Barossa Valley. It one of the largest producers of wine to be exported, mostly Shiraz. Adelaide is also your gateway to Kangaroo Island. The third largest island off the coast of Australia. It is one of the best places to see animals such as kangaroos and koalas in their native habitat. A third of the island is protected national parks where you can marvel at the untouched landscapes.
Cairns, located in the ‘Sunshine State’ of Queensland, is your gateway to the tropical North. This laid-back city has outdoor cafes, bustling markets, and beautiful beaches. Visit the Tjapukai Cultural Centre for an interactive introduction to aboriginal weapons, tools, food, song, and dance. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway glides about the rainforest canopy to the town of Kuranda which is known for its vibrant arts community or maybe get a photo taken of you cuddling a koala. Then return to Cairns on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. No trip to Cairns is complete without visiting the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system. The Daintree Rainforest, located north of Cairns is home to the most diverse range of flora and fauna on earth, including the rare tree-dwelling kangaroo and the endangered cassowary. Both the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest are listed as World Heritage sites, this is the only place in the world where two sites meet.
The Red Center in Australia’s Northern Territory is the spiritual and cultural center of the country. The gateway is the city of Alice Springs or ‘Alice’ to the locals. In Alice Springs, learn about the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air which services the remote communities in the Outback. Visit the Aboriginal Art Galleries. Travel out to the magnificent monolith, Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock). This area is rich with heritage and wildlife. To the west, is a collection of rocks called Kata Tjuta (formerly known as the Olgas). Though not as well known as Uluru, some say, they are more picturesque.