Discover Australia's Nature and Adventure

There's nothing like Australian adventures. Find yourself exploring the Great Ocean Road, diving the Great Barrier Reef, going to the Outback and meeting local wildlife.

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Sydney Harbor Bridge

Sydney Harbor Bridge

The British firm, Dorman Long and Co Ltd. of Middlebrough, built and designed the Sydney Harbor Bridge. It’s the tallest steel arch bridge, and the 5th longest spanning-arch bridge in the world. The Bridge opened in 1932. Adventurous travelers can climb the bridge. Prices range from $200 to $300, depending on the day of the week and time of day. 960 1280

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Koala Park Sanctuary

Koala Park Sanctuary

Cuddle with a koala at the Koala Park Sanctuary, a safe environment for these friendly, furry creatures, since 1930. More than 70 years ago, founder Noel Burnet decided to create the sanctuary after a high numbers of koalas were killed for the large export fur trade. Visitors can learn about the koala and see them living in the rainforest, eucalyptus groves and gardens, with other Australian native animals and birds. 960 1280
Hyde Park

Hyde Park

This large park, named after London’s Hyde Park, was once the hot spot for rugby games, boxing matches, horse racing and cricket. Located on the eastern side of Sydney’s central business district, Hyde Park’s centerpiece is the Archibald Fountain, designed by Francois Leon Sicard. Take a stroll through the park’s northern end to see the Nagoya Gardens, which features a giant outdoor chess set. 960 1280

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Sydney Tower

Sydney Tower

The Sydney Tower is the city’s tallest free-standing structure and the second tallest in Australia. Make sure you go to the top of the 1,014-foot tower for a great view of the city. Afterwards, shop at some of the stores located at the base of the popular tourist attraction. 960 1280

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Sydney Olympic Stadium

Sydney Olympic Stadium

ANZ Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium located in the Sydney Olympic Park, hosts national rugby games and also hosted the 2000 Summer Olympics. It holds 110,000 spectators, making it the largest Olympic Stadium ever built as well as the largest stadium in Australia. We suggest tourists check out Olympic Park, and take advantage of dozens of outdoor activities offered there, including extreme biking on the BMX and Mountain X Monster track. 960 1280

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Sydney Harbor

Sydney Harbor

Sydney Harbor, also called Port Jackson, is located on the East Coast of Australia. It’s also the location of the famous Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. You may not know it, but there are several islands inside the harbor, including Shark Island, Cockatoo Island and Berry Island. 960 1280

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Cronulla Beach

Cronulla Beach

Catch some sun on Cronulla Beach, located on Bate Bay. This beach is the birthplace for the first surf club in Australia. The Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club, established in 1907, is one of the largest and strongest clubs dedicated to providing beach safety and rescue. 960 1280

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Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art lovers should visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the 4th largest museum in Australia. It’s free to get into the general admission space, which displays Australian, European and Asian art. 960 1280

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Coogee Pool

Coogee Pool

Visit Coogee, a beachside suburb of Sydney. Take a refreshing dip into the Coogee Tidal Pool, just inches away from the beach. 960 1280

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Australian Reptile Park

Australian Reptile Park

Get up-close and personal with some of Australia’s indigenous animals, including wombats, death adders, kangaroos, cockatoos, dragons, dingo, crocodiles, flying fox bats and more! The Australian Reptile Park offers tours and children’s parties, too. 960 1280

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Sydney Observatory

Sydney Observatory

Located on Observatory Hill, the Sydney Observatory is a fun museum where visitors can observe the stars and planets at night, through a modern telescope and a historic telescope, built in 1874. 960 1280

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Sydney Wildlife World

Sydney Wildlife World

It’s more than just a zoo; it’s Australia’s most unique park. Wild Life Sydney has interactive displays, entertaining shows, daily-feeding sessions and close encounters with some of the most loved and feared animals that call Australia home. Wild Life Sydney is located on Darling Harbor, next to the Sydney Aquarium. 960 1280

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Vanucluse House

Vanucluse House

Visit the Vanucluse House if seeing historic sites suits your travel taste. It’s one of the most treasured estates, and it has picturesque gardens and grounds stretching down to Sydney Harbor. The sandstone mansion, built in the 1830s, was the home of barrister and explorer William Charles Wentworth and his family. 960 1280

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Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

We love sexy Australian actor Hugh Jackman and his portrayals of superhero Wolverine in X-Men and rugged ranch hand Drover in Australia. Other notable Aussie actors include Sam Worthington, Eric Bana, Simon Baker, Geoffrey Rush, Errol Flynn and Heath Ledger. 960 1280

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Sydney Harbor Bridge

Sydney Harbor Bridge

We love the picturesque view of Sydney Harbor at night. Adventurous travelers can climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Or, if that’s not your thing, check out a performance at the Sydney Opera House, which is also located on the harbor. 960 1280

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Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach

We love Bondi Beach and the Aussie beach culture. Surfing and saving lives is so important that there’s an annual competition called the Surf Life Saving Championships, in which surf lifesavers or lifeguards showcase their skills. 960 1280

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Koalas

Koalas

What’s not to love about this furry creature? Koalas, which are native to Australia, are found along the country’s eastern and southern coasts. The government has already taken precautions to protect the friendly marsupial by adding it to the list of priority species for conservation. 960 1280

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Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia Nuts

Australians call them Queensland nuts, bush nuts or bauple nuts, but in the US, we know them as macadamia nuts. They are the only plant food native to Australia that is produced and exported in significant quantities. 960 1280

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Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

Aussie actress Nicole Kidman has been in a few movies that we love, including The Hours, Rabbit Hole, Cold Mountain and Moulin Rouge. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention other Australian actresses, including Naomi Watts and Cate Blanchett. 960 1280

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Uluru or Ayers Rock

Uluru or Ayers Rock

We love the Outback and Australia’s rugged landscape, including Uluru, which is also known as Ayers Rock. The large sandstone rock formation, located in the southern part of the Australia’s Northern Territory, is home to several springs, water holes, rock caves and ancient paintings. Ayers Rock is sacred to the Aboriginal people in the area, and it’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 960 1280

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Didgeridoo

Didgeridoo

Hearing the sound of a didgeridoo is a clear sign that you’re in the land Down Under. The wind instrument, which was developed by Australian Aborigines more than 1,000 years ago, is described as a natural wooden trumpet or drone pipe. Traditionally, only men play the didgeridoo and sing during ceremonial occasions. 960 1280

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Kangaroos

Kangaroos

The kangaroo is the national symbol of Australia. It’s used on the Australian coat of arms, on some of the country’s currency, and in the logos of some well-known organizations, including the Australian airline Qantas. We think they’re cool because they’re the only large animals that hop as a means to get around. 960 1280

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Australia Wallabies Rugby Team

Australia Wallabies Rugby Team

We enjoy watching the competitive spirit of the Australia Wallabies, the national men’s rugby team. Cricket, soccer, netball, hockey, motorsports and swimming are other popular sports in Australia. 960 1280

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Vegemite

Vegemite

Real Aussies eat Vegemite, a dark brown food paste made from yeast extract. You’ll be surprised to know that Kraft Foods, an American company, produces the tasty paste in mass quantities. So why not try it yourself on (of course) a piece of Melba toast? Other popular foods Down Under include meat pies and sausage sizzles at barbecue stalls. 960 1280

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Celebrity Chef Curtis Stone

Celebrity Chef Curtis Stone

Listed as one of the sexiest men alive, celebrity chef Curtis Stone has made us fall in love with the joys of cooking. The Melbourne native began cooking with his grandmother at age 5, and now he’s a star, making guest appearances on Iron Chef America, The Biggest Loser, Top Chef Masters and The Apprentice. 960 1280

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The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles

Take a trip down the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia, to see the 12 Apostles — limestone rock stacks off the shore of Port Campbell National Park. We love communing with nature, taking road trips and strolling along the beach. 960 1280

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The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef

We also enjoy exploring new territory, especially if it’s the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system. It’s located in the Coral Sea near Queensland and stretches more than 1,600 miles. The reef’s diverse marine life consists of thousands of species, including saltwater crocodiles, humpback whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and 400 coral species. 960 1280

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Foster's Beer

Foster's Beer

We love beer, and so do our Australian mates. There’s nothing better than ending a long day by sipping a glass of Foster’s Lager, an internationally distributed Australian brand. 960 1280

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Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter

Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter

We love the fun-loving, adventurous attitude that sometimes characterizes what we like to think is the typical Aussie. A good example is the late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, who lived on the edge. 960 1280

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast

We love the Gold Coast, a major tourist destination in Queensland. The coastal city makes a lot of money from its booming tourism industry. The Gold Coast is known for its sunny subtropical climate, beautiful surfing beaches, intricate canal and waterway systems, lush rain forest, and hopping nightlife. 960 1280

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Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue

And of course, there's pop and dance-music diva Kylie Minogue and other great Australian music makers, including the Little River Band, the Bee Gees, Olivia Newton-John, Midnight Oil, Air Supply, AC/DC and INXS. 960 1280

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Wet Tropics of Queensland

Wet Tropics of Queensland

Plunge into the sights and sounds of the Wet Tropics of Queensland, Australia. This 280-mile stretch of wet tropical rainforest holds plenty of natural wonders. Among them is Wallaman Falls, Australia’s highest waterfall. 960 1280

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Australian Convict Sites

Australian Convict Sites

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the British Empire shipped 166,000 men, women and children (as young as 9) to Australia -- some for serious crimes, others for petty offenses or for expressing political dissent. Convict sites like Port Arthur (pictured here) were the end of the road. 960 1280

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island

Ah, sun, surf and sand. Head to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, which stretches more than 75 miles along Queensland’s southern coast. Park your four-wheeler on the beach and get in some surfing (if you want to take on “Shark Alley”). On the safer side, check out the island’s sand cliffs, rainforests and freshwater lakes -- they won’t bite. 960 1280

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Purnululu National Park

Purnululu National Park

Ready, set, hike. In Western Australia’s Purnululu National Park, two hikers head toward the Bungle Bungle Range. This series of quartz sandstone mountain ranges -- what some have called Australia’s Grand Canyon -- eroded over a period of 20 million years; today, the ranges look like beehive-shaped cones. 960 1280

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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Pucker up! In the Great Barrier Reef -- the world’s largest coral reef system -- you’ll encounter your share of colorful friends. Here, a diver shares a moment with a potato cod (an endangered, native fish in Australia) found beneath one of the reef’s best known dive sites, Cod Hole. 960 1280

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

It’s one of Australia’s most iconic images -- Ayers Rock. This spectacular sandstone rock formation, more than 1,000 feet high, is yours to see at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, located in Australia’s Northern Territory. 960 1280

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Macquarie Island

Macquarie Island

Penguins, penguins everywhere. Four types breed on this Australian island halfway between Australia and Antarctica. Macquarie Island was discovered by seal hunters in 1810 (who soon wiped out the island’s seal population). But the penguins have endured -- helped by the lack of permanent human settlement and the island’s relative seclusion. 960 1280

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Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park

A hiker takes in the view at Kakadu National Park. The area (about the size of Slovenia) has been continuously inhabited by the Aboriginal people for more than 40,000 years. Cave paintings and rock carvings attest to this astonishingly long track record. 960 1280

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Gondwana Rainforest

Gondwana Rainforest

Australia is also home to lush rainforests. The Gondwana Rainforests, which stretch along Australia’s New South Wales-Queensland border, showcase the world’s most extensive area of subtropical rainforest. The habitat is home to more than 200 rare or threatened plant and animal species. 960 1280

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Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is known for its prime location, at the tip of a peninsula that glides into Sydney Harbour. As one of the 20th century’s great architectural works, the building's centerpiece is three groups of interlocking “shells” that make up its distinctive roof. 960 1280

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Greater Blue Mountains Area

Greater Blue Mountains Area

You’re looking at the Greater Blue Mountain Area’s most striking feature: the three Sisters. These sandstone rock formations, formed over time by erosion, tower over a valley in a mountainous region -- twice the size of Brunei -- that includes plateaus, cliffs, rivers, lakes and swamps. 960 1280

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Australian Fossil Mammal Sites

Australian Fossil Mammal Sites

View the extraordinary evolution of mammals over 20 million years at Australia’s two greatest fossil sites: Riversleigh and Naracoorte Caves National Park. Both are located in eastern Australia, and are among the world’s 10 greatest fossil sites. Here’s the skeleton of a marsupial lion, which died off 46,000 years ago. 960 1280

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Ningaloo Coast

Ningaloo Coast

A whale shark cruises the waters off Ningaloo Coast -- the remote western coast of Australia. The area’s star attraction is its reef, which spans more than 160 miles. Along with its famed whale sharks, Ningaloo Reef is home to hundreds of species of fish, coral, mollusk and other marine life. 960 1280

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Tasmanian Wilderness

Tasmanian Wilderness

Australia’s Tasmanian Wilderness is one of the last great expanses of temperate rainforest in the world. Deep in the wilderness is Franklin River, which offers some of Australia’s best wild river rafting. 960 1280

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Shark Bay, Western Australia

Shark Bay, Western Australia

These tar-looking things -- known as stromatolites -- are among the oldest forms of life on Earth. They can be found at Shark Bay, Australia’s most westerly point. The bay also showcases the world’s largest known area of seagrass (flowering plants), as well as a significant number of dugong (sea cows). 960 1280

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