Ultimate Australia traveller's checklist
A trip down under may well be a once in a lifetime opportunity. After a 24 hour flight, and potentially huge costs, you want to make the most of your trip to Oz - the home of the Great Barrier Reef, the Sydney Opera House, and Uluru. Australia truly is one of the most special, unique, and stunning countries in the world, decorated with a whole host of treats.
On your Aussie adventure, you don’t want to miss anything, whether it be the well trodden ground around Uluru, the well travelled gold coast, Oz’s shining cities, or the hidden gems, well kept secrets, and lesser known treats dotted around this wonderful island nation.
So if you’re going on an adventure to the land down under, buckle up, put a shrimp on the barbie, and get ready for the trip of a lifetime. Here’s a guide to the things you don’t want to miss down under.
The Great Barrier Reef
One of the most at risk natural wonders in the world, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest network of coral in the world, and makes Australia’s gold coast, off of Queensland, that bit more golden. The reef spans thousands of square miles - 133,000 to be precise (344,400 square kilometres). It is one of the few landmarks visible from space, and is home to thousands of species of fish and other sea creatures.
But it’s also threatened by bleaching (the process by which coral loses the algae it relies upon to feed), and extreme weather events. Conservationists are working hard to save this natural marvel. The money you spend by going to feast your eyes upon this gorgeous network of coral, will help to pay for the efforts which will safeguard it for future generations. Help yourself, and the coral, and go and savour this remarkable sight before it’s too late!
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is another marvel of nature, located in the midst of the Australian outback, miles from the nearest civilization. A giant red dome, poking out of the Earth, four and half hours by car from the nearest town, Alice Springs, the rock is millions of years old and dominates the predominantly flat, desert landscape.
Burning red, Uluru acts as a beacon for tourists who flock to the national park every year to admire this seemingly out of place mound, rising 348 meters above the surrounding landscape, providing much needed relief to the constant plains and desert. After a long fight in the 1950s, the land is owned by its original aboriginal owners, Anangu, who lease the land back to Parks Australia.
The Sydney Opera House
Jørn Utzon was an unknown Danish architect when he won a competition in 1957 to design a new opera house for Sydney, Australia. His entry is now one of the most famous, and iconic, buildings, not just in Australia, but in the world. The fusion of modern and classic architecture, makes this a unique building. It was, however, until recent works were undertaken, also infamous for its awful acoustics. If you’re in Sydney, consider seeing a show, or just eying up, this architectural masterpiece, in the flesh.