What Is Australia Famous For? 21 Travel Facts About Australia
I enjoy traveling around the world. Beyond the fact that I really enjoy the change of scenery, getting to know about other cultures is very interesting.
The beautiful diversity that unites humanity makes me desire to experience the cultures of other people.
Before I embark on any journey, especially for the purpose of tourism and pleasure, I undertake personal research, in order to have enough information concerning the country being visited and concerning the places that I must visit before I leave the country.
What is Australia famous for? Australia is a country that comprises the continent of Australia, the island of Tasmania and some smaller islands that surround the mainland of the Australian continent. Australia is a multicultural society with various religious practices and lifestyles. The effect of cultural transplantation is very obvious in Australia, as almost every city portrays cultures that are typical to other parts of the world, like Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Australia is famous for its plentiful natural attractions, which range from its exotic animals to the beautiful water bodies that display the colorful marine life. Even more, the awesome constructions in the cities cannot be ignored.
In Australia, there are large regions of dry land that cover most places located in the center of Australia.
These drylands are called the Outback. The Outback features a wide variety of flora and fauna that has made it one of the tourist’s favorite locations and a major location for wildlife expeditions and documentaries.
The peculiar beauties that Australia has to offer has made it one of the countries most visited for the purpose of relaxation and site-seeing.
Therefore, I would love to share with you what Australia is famous for and to tell you places that you cannot afford to miss when you visit Australia.
Table of Contents
- The Great Barrier Reef
- Sydney Harbor Opera House
- Sydney Harbor Bridge
- The Outback
- Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
- Australian Pink Lakes
- Bondi Beach
- The Blue Mountains
- Australian Cuisine
- The Twelve Apostles
- The Great Ocean Road
- Daintree National Parks
- Fraser Island
- Kakadu National Park
- Kangaroo Island
- Cable Beach
- Great Actors
The Great Barrier Reef
This is the biggest coral reef that exists on this planet, with over 2900 reefs. The Great Barrier Reef is located off the coast of Queensland, Australia. There is no single living structure in the world that is as big as the Great Barrier Reef.
The size of the barrier reef is so immense that it can be seen from space. It is so extraordinary that it was listed amongst the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
The body of water around the reef contains different sea creatures swimming in the beautiful network of colors projected by the corals, which serve as graceful ornaments on the reefs. When you visit the Great Barrier Reef, you will be awestruck at the terrific natural beauty that stares you in the face.
Sydney Harbor Opera House
In this location, there are two breath-taking sites that you must see—the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. The Sydney Opera House is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, as it is a very popular landmark in the world.
In order to enjoy the tour around the Sydney Opera House, it is advisable to get a tour guide, who can provide the historical details of the Opera House
However, a tour of the beautiful awe-inspiring structure with a fin-shaped roof is enough to captivate your mind. Having a guide to lead you will give you access to different parts of the opera house; you will also get to know the stories behind those different areas and how they contributed greatly to the completion of this masterpiece.
Sydney Harbor Bridge
Sydney Harbor Bridge is a beautiful and iconic site, with a very dramatic appearance. The bridge makes a provision for transportation by vehicles, bikes, trains. On the bridge, a walkway was also made for pedestrians.
This bridge is the tallest steel arch bridge in the world. The highest point of the bridge’s arch is approximately 440 feet above sea level.
From that highest point, the uninterrupted view of Sydney Harbor is wholesomely gratifying.
Certain animals are native to Australia and this simply means that you never get to see these animals in the wild, except in Australia. In other parts of the world, they are mostly in zoos and confinements; however, that reduces the fun of seeing the animals in their primordial state and habitat.
If you desire to see these animals in their natural habitat, interacting with their environment, you can join a wildlife tour. You would be led by a wildlife expert, through Australian parks where you get to see these creatures that you have always desired to see, exploring the grasslands that happen to be their natural habitat.
Apart from the kangaroo, there are other creatures that are native to Australia—koala, echidna, platypus, wombats, macrotis, wallabies, sugar glider, tiger quoll, thorny dragon, Tasmanian devil and dingo. Feel free to join any wildlife tour to see some of these fascinating animals.
Concerning surfing, Australia is one of the famous destinations, as it is surrounded by a body of water. Surfing has become a very popular activity in Australia that everyone wants to participate in.
In Australia ingenious innovations are being adopted into the designing of surfboards by Australian surfboard companies—some Australia surfboard brands are Billabong, Quiksilver and Rip Curl.
As proof that surfing is deeply etched in the heart of the Australian culture, many surfing tournaments take place on different beaches in Australia.
If you are a surfer and you desire to have some good surfing time, the next time you come to Australia, take advantage of the awesome Australian wave and have some fun time, surfing.
There are so many great places to surf in Australia, like Bells Beach, Victoria; Surfers Paradise, Queensland’s Gold Cast; Byron Bay, New South Wales.
The Outback is one of the few places on earth that has retained its natural form over the years, away from the grips of urbanization. The Aboriginals inhabited the Outback for more than 50,000 years and survived the harshest of conditions in the Outback.
The Europeans explorers chose to settle at the coastal areas, which were more fertile and the weather conditions were more conducive than the Outback’s weather condition. The Aboriginals, however, lived in these areas, leaving some drawings and carvings that point back to them and to the history of Australia.
In the Outback there are museums, where you can get to know more about the history of Australia and the Aboriginals. The Outback has a beautiful display of flora and fauna that you would love to see.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Uluru is an immensely big single rock that is situated in the heart of Central Australia.
It is estimated to be about 600 million years old and it is one of the most famous sights in the country.
It is an iconic location in the country. The large body of stone is 348 meters tall, which is about 24 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower.
Kata Tjuta is a cluster of rock formations that are dome-shaped. This marvel of the earth is about 546 meters above sea level.
In the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you get to observe these beautiful creations of nature. The park, according to the Aboriginals is considered sacred. Plan to visit this park, the next time you visit Australia.
Another activity that is typical of Australia is skiing. The states located in the southeastern region of New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria have different skiing locations that are constructed uniquely.
If you want to have the best skiing experience ever, then make Australia your next place of visit and you will totally enjoy the experience.
Australia has a very skiable terrain that has been developed to meet the need of every tourist, despite their skiing experience.
There is a list of resorts that are devoted to giving you superb skiing experience.
Some of them include Perisher Ski Resort, Mount Buller, Thredbo, Mount Hotham, and Falls Creek.
Australian Pink Lakes
Australia has so many beautiful wonders of nature that have set it apart as one of the most beautiful and widely visited places on earth. Some of such beautiful wonders are the Pink Lakes. The pink color of the lake is due to the effect of algae on the salt in the lakes.
Sometimes, the colors of the lakes change from bubblegum pink to lilac, at certain times of the year.
To protect these beautiful lakes, tourists are not allowed to swim in them; however, if you see a pink lake that you can swim in, feel free to take a dive.
Some of the pink lakes in Australia are Lake Hillier, Lake Warden, Hurt Lagoon, Quairading Pink Lake, which are all located in Western Australia.
There are other pink lakes outside of Western Australia like Westgate Lake in Melbourne, Pink Lakes in Victoria, Lake Eyre in South Australia, Lake Albert in South Australia and Lake MacDonnell in South Australia.
Bondi Beach has a very captivating and beautiful scenery that makes it an iconic tourist attraction and a cultural representation of Australia. The temperature of the beach is very conducive all year round.
For those who are interested in riding the wave, Bondi Beach is the best place to enjoy this pleasurable experience.
At the southern side of Bondi Beach, there are the Bondi icebergs, where there is a pool that projects into the larger body of water.
Just above the pool, there is a clubhouse, where you can catch a breathtaking view of the pool and the Bondi Beach itself while observing the scenery from the clubhouse balcony with a drink in hand.
On Bondi Beach, there are many accommodations available that are suited to meet your individual needs—hotels, motels, and apartments. If you want to have a fun time, enjoying the beauty of nature, then Bondi Beach should be on your next holiday plan.
The Blue Mountains
Australia has so many natural wonders that would make your vacation fun. One of such wonders is the Blue Mountains—which is a UNESCO Heritage Site, by the way.
This is one of the iconic and most visited landmarks in Australia. A tour of the Blue Mountains, which is supposed to eventually lead you to the Three Sisters, would reveal some really interesting landmarks like deep valleys and very high cliffs that often have sparkling waterfalls showering down from their tops.
The tour guide can lead you into caves where you can observe some carvings and drawings on the walls made by the Aboriginals.
The tour features some beautiful gardens, a wide variety of plant and birdlife, as well as charming scenery that you would not be quick to forget.
I assure you that you must visit this place.
Normally, I would have chosen one particular meal as the meal that you should try but I could not choose a favorite. To seal off your tour experience, you should try out the traditional cuisine of the Aussies.
Below is a list of popular cuisines to try:
- Chicken parmigiana
- Meat Pies
- Grilled Kangaroo
- Vegemite(Careful with this one!)
When you get the chance, you should try one of these Australian favorites.
The Twelve Apostles
Taking a ride along the Great Ocean Road would leave you awe-struck. This road features beautiful sights that were carved by nature.
One of the most iconic sights is the Twelve Apostles, which features, originally twelve, now eight, limestone structures built some 20 million years ago. These structures rise 45 meters above sea level, casting a shadow of awe on its admirers.
If you can, you should take time out to go and enjoy this beautiful landmark.
The Great Ocean Road
Apart from the Twelve Apostles, the Great Ocean Road still has some natural beauties to offer tourists. The Loch Ard Gorge is a beautiful and captivating beach on the Great Ocean Road.
On the same road, there is the Arc, which is 8 meters long on the West of Port Campbell. A little further to the South, towards Peterborough, sits the Bay of Islands and Bay of Martyrs, which is as beautiful a sight as the Twelve Apostles.
The next time you plan a trip, try to include a road trip along the Great Ocean Road as part of your plan. You would not regret the beautiful sights you will see.
Daintree National Parks
This is one of the oldest marvels of the earth. The tropical rainforest is believed to have survived for over 110 million years, making it the oldest rainforest in the world.
This World Heritage Site is believed to belong to the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal, who believe that everything in the forest has some spiritual significance.
Even more, the biodiversity in the Daintree National Parks is amazing. It features an enchanting display of flora and fauna.
There are so many beautiful creatures that you would see nowhere else but in the Daintree National Park.
This is a beautiful place to enjoy the amazing embrace of nature, in all her glory.
This is an exceptional beauty that you must visit. Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island and it dazes you with an array of attractively colored sand cliffs—The Cathedrals.
Surprisingly, it offers you a tall rainforest that has adapted to the poor condition of the beach sand. On Fraser Island, there are beautiful dune lakes and coastal dunes all for your amazement.
On the island, there are rock pools called the Champagne pools which are filled with fishes. This island features an extraordinary ecosystem that brings exotic animals such as aquatic and terrestrial, and plantlife together, in one of the most captivating places on earth.
Kakadu National Park
The amazing Kakadu National Park is the second-largest park in the world and the largest in Australia. For one park, this park has everything that you can think of.
Within the park, there are sparkling waterfalls, mangrove swamps, rivers, rock paintings, rainforests and there is an abundance of diverse wildlife. Different species of mammals, reptiles (saltwater and freshwater crocodiles in the wetlands) fish and abundant species of birds inhabit this ecosystem.
Take out time to explore this ecosystem, to discover the beauties in it. You could go by car, boat or by air; just ensure to enjoy every bit of it.
Kangaroo Island is nature's canvas, on which you can behold some of its most amazing creatures. On this island, there are kangaroos hopping around, enjoying the sand on the beach.
Sea lions are seen on the seashore while dolphins are having fun in the clear waters. The ecosystem is diverse and has so many distinctive features like the Admirals Arc and Remarkable Rocks, formed by the erosive power of the wind.
If you are a wildlife lover, you would have fun observing these extraordinary creatures. And if you are into hiking, this is one of your favorites hiking spots too.
Australia's second-largest city is Melbourne. It is very beautiful with an undeniably soothing ambiance. If you are big on knowing more concerning the culture and history of Australia, then you should try visiting this city.
The city is green, with so many enchanting green gardens and mountain ranges. By all means, these green parks contribute largely to the aesthetics of the environment and the clean air of Melbourne.
Melbourne has some parts dedicated to street arts. The drawings are remarkable and very beautiful; it contributes to the aesthetics of the city.
Lastly, you must go on a coffee tour in Melbourne. It is believed to be the Coffee Capital of the world and you would be doing yourself a great disservice to not enjoy the awesome taste of coffee, served in Melbourne.
During your visit, stop by at the Melbourne Museum too and get to know more about the cultural heritage of the city, it will be worth your time.
The thoughts of experiencing sunset on this beach can crack a smile on my face anytime. Cable Beach has beautiful scenery that soothes the body and mind.
First of all, there is a long stretch of white sand, just by the water; the water varies in colors based on the position of the sun throughout the day.
As the sun slowly sets, the skies turn to gold or fiery red, while the sun creates an illusion of drowning itself in the water.
The gentle waves on the beach could be really relaxing. Also, the distinctive features of the beach like the sand dunes and the ochre red cliffs, are unforgettable sights that you should see.
Finally, there is the iconic camel ride, which gives you a different angle to view this beautiful layout.
Australia is famous for being the birthplace of many great actors who are breaking and making records in the movie industry. These actors are so great that they have drawn attention to Australia.
Chris Hemsworth is a great actor who acts the Norse god, Thor, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Presently, in 2019, he featured on one of the Highest-Grossing Movies of the year, Avengers Endgame, acting the same character.
Hugh Jackman, one of the fans’ favorites is a great actor, who has carved his name into the hearts of fans, with his energetic performances, as he played the character of Wolverine for more than 15 years. He has expressed the character so flawlessly that the fans find it difficult to see another person act the same character and act it as good as Jackman did.
Heath Ledger was a phenomenal actor, who died after acting the character of the Joker in The Dark Knight. Ever since he acted joker, there has not been anybody who played the character so well. Although Joaquin Phoenix did a good job in the 2019 movie, The Joker, Heath Ledger still remains in our hearts as our favorite Joker.
Other great actors include Russell Crowe, Mel Gibson, and many others. Knowing that some of these actors grew up in Australia and had the opportunity to sharpen their skills in Australia, it is always fun to experience what their childhood might have been like.