Australia is the smallest continent and 6th largest country in the world, located in the southern hemisphere just beside the Indian Ocean. It consists of megacities and peaceful outskirts suitable for adventure seekers.
Australia is worth visiting as it boasts incredibly diverse wildlife, state-of-the-art architecture, and a laid-back culture while offering various fun and relaxing activities for locals and tourists alike. It’s also home to the world’s most extensive collection of coral reefs.
If you’re one for adventure, this country has everything you need. From road trips to beaches to trekking or a date night at a grand opera, Australia offers an experience worth every buck. Read on to know more!
9 Reasons Why Australia Is Worth Visiting
1. Great Barrier Reef
The first thing that comes to mind when talking about Australia is that this famous reef is the site and inspiration for Disney-Pixar’s hit movie Finding Nemo. The reef consists of over 1,500 species of fish swimming around more than 340,000 square kilometers (approximately 133,000 square miles) of water.
The Great Barrier Reef was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders. This astounding reef system consists of about 900 islands with grandiose underwater diversity.
Apart from being home to some of the most beautiful and diversified aquatic creatures, some of the ocean’s deadliest animals can also be found here. Examples are the box jellyfish, stonefish, and blue-ringed octopus—not to mention sharks!
This fantastic natural attraction spans 2,300 kilometers (1429 miles) off the coast of Queensland, in the Coral Sea.
2. Great Ocean Road
If you’re up for a great road trip, this route’s for you. The Great Ocean Road is Australia’s favorite coastal tour. From Melbourne, you can ride an Uber or rent a car to Torquay in Victorias, where the scenic Great Ocean Road journey takes off.
Since the stretch is 664 kilometers (413 miles), it would take around 9.5 hours to reach its end in the small town of Allansford. But of course, you’ll have to stop once in a while to take photos of the scenic views and picturesque attractions.
The 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Erskine Falls, Great Otway National Park, Bay Of Islands, and the Port Fairy are some must-see spots along the Great Ocean Road.
3. Uluru (Ayers Rock)
The Uluru, or Ayers Rock (named after Sir Henry Ayers, a past Chief Secretary of South Australia), is part of the Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park. It’s a cultural monolith considered by the Aboriginal Australian group Aṉangu to be a sacred site—a resting place for ancient spirits.
This large sandstone stands at 348 meters (1,141 feet) with a perimeter of 9.4 kilometers (5.8 miles). It’s one of Australia’s most visited destinations. The Uluru contains waterholes, petroglyphs, caves, and beautifully odd plants and animals.
The entire park is included in UNESCO’s list as a World Heritage Site for its natural and cultural attributes.
You can visit other sacred Aboriginal sites: Wilpena Pound, Lake Mungo, Birrarung Marr, Grampians National Park (Gariwerd), and many more.
4. Favorable Weather
It’s always summer somewhere in Australia. Due to its massive land area and geographical location, northern parts of Australia, such as Darwin, Broome, and Cairns, experience only wet and dry tropical seasons as they are nearer the equator.
Lower parts of the continent observe four seasons. In some areas, there’s even snow during the winter! It’s recorded that the Australian Alps receive more snow than the Swiss Alps on average.
So whether you’re up for some winter sports or a tan at the beach, there’s always a perfect place in Australia for you.
The Land Down Under is known for many things, including beautiful virgin beaches. Because of the tropical climate in the country’s northern parts, summer never ends in this part of the world.
Whitehaven Beach in Whitsunday Island, Queensland, is one of the best beaches in Australia. Snorkeling will be a delight since Whitehaven’s waters are part of the Great Barrier Reef. Its sands are 98% pure silica and don’t retain heat, which makes it cool to walk on even during hot days. You can reach this summer getaway via ferry, seaplane, helicopter, or even sailing yacht.
If you’re looking for an R&R without the hassle of traveling long, Sydney’s Bondi Beach is definitely one for the books. This famous beach is just 8 kilometers (4.9 miles) away from the city center, and the best part is it’s free for the public to enjoy!
Australia has dozens of amazing beaches that are worth visiting. You can check out Misery Beach and Cottesloe Beach, both in Perth, the beautiful sunset in Mindil Beach in Darwin, Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand, Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay, and many more!
Check out this incredible drone footage from YouTube of Whitehaven beach.
6. Sydney Opera House
Formally opened in 1973 by Queen Elizabeth II, the opera house revolutionized 20th-century architecture. The building influenced many modern edifices because of its excellent structural engineering and design.
The structure can host a total audience of 5,738 in its different halls and theaters, and over 2,000 performances and events are held annually. In 2007, the Sydney Opera House was identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site belonging to the cultural category.
7. Fraser Island
Another World Heritage Site located in Queensland is Fraser Island. Aside from its beautiful, pristine beaches, freshwater lakes, and rainforests, the island has a rich collection of preserved ecosystems and extraordinary wildlife.
Fraser Island is known for its unique attribute, where its rainforests are the only ones in the world to grow on sand dunes. Its name came from Eliza Fraser, whose voyage with her husband ended in a shipwreck of which only she survived.
I couldn’t resist adding this YouTube video of Fraser Island for your enjoyment.
8. Exotic Wildlife
Australia is home to many weird and wonderful animals on earth. One of them is the Tasmanian Devil, which, from its name, can only be found in Tasmania. Only around 25,000 of these animals are left in the wild, making the Tasmanian Devil an endangered species.
Another mainstay in Australia is its kangaroos. These terrestrial mammals have reportedly doubled the population of humans to 50 million versus 25 million. Despite being natives of the country, the overpopulation of kangaroos has caused damage to farmlands, property, and habitats.
With a duck’s bill and a beaver’s body, the platypus definitely makes it on the list of the oddest-looking mammals on earth. Yes, they are mammals! Although they lay eggs and mostly live in water, platypuses are furred animals who feed their young with milk.
The platypus male species are also one of the few venomous mammals identified. Their poison-filled spurs hidden behind their heels can deliver an excruciating pain that could leave the victim incapacitated for weeks.
One of Australia’s most iconic animals is the koala. Endemic to Australia, it can only be found in a few zoos outside the continent. Koalas are not bears but marsupials. Like kangaroos, they carry their joeys in their pouches for around 6 months.
Other fascinating animals native to Australia are dingoes, emus, wombats, and a lot more!
It may not be widely known, but Australia is one of the world’s largest importers of wines. Some of the world’s oldest vines are in Barossa Valley, where the well-loved shiraz and cabernet sauvignon grape varieties are abundant. Hunter Valley in New South Wales is also a popular wine region in Australia.
Aside from the several fine wineries in these wine regions, they also offer exciting activities such as hot air balloon rides, gourmet meals, cooking classes, and trips to art galleries and national parks.