The First Time Guide to Australia
If you’re about to visit Australia for the first time, it’s perfectly normal to feel a little bit overwhelmed with all the possibilities that this country has to offer. But there’s no reason to break your head over it. Take a look at the following list of the best hotspots for the first time visitor to the Land Down Under. It’ll undoubtedly help you with your itinerary.
Sydney is a must
You can’t have a trip to Australia without visiting Sydney. It’s definitely the most iconic city of the country with numerous nationalities and countless places to leave you breathless. Start your visit with a nice walk to Sydney Harbour Bridge (you can take the bus if you want to) and enjoy a view of the incredible Opera House. Of course, while you’re at it, don’t miss the opportunity to check out Circular Quay, the city’s main cultural point, as well as the Rocks, which is the oldest town area. By the way, Sydney is also known for its many beautiful beaches, with Manly and Bondi beaches being two of the most popular among the tourists. You can take a bus or ferry to reach those, but coastal walks are also unforgettable.
Head to the Red Centre
Just three and a half hours away from Sydney, Red Centre is a shining example of interesting and unique nature that Australia has to offer. This national park is best to visit at sunset or sunrise, because the red colours of the place can be perfectly appreciated at those times. Ayers Rock and the Olgas are the main attractions of this area. These rock formations are unlike anything else in the world. The way they clash with the sky and nature around them seems almost impossible to comprehend.
The Great Barrier Reef
Another essential on your first time visit to Oz has to be the Great Barrier Reef. Basically, it’s the largest coral reef in the world. If you have time, definitely stay at one of the islands around the reef, because you’ll get the opportunity to experience it in many different ways. Even though scientists have declared the Great Barrier Reef dead, you should still visit it, admire its grandeur and pay your respects.
Get behind the wheel
Another must have visit on your holiday is without a doubt the Great Ocean Road. This is a perfect route for some fulfilling coastal road trip. You can easily rent a car and experience some of the most vivid natural scenery and wildlife in the whole country. Of course, there are plenty of rest stops where you can head down to the beach and enjoy the ocean air and soft golden sand. You’ll be happy to know that Aussies also drive on the left side of the road.
Paradise for art lovers
If you happen to be an artist or simply an admirer of all things artistic, there’s no country like Australia to satisfy your fine tastes. Already mentioned Circular Quay is filled with art galleries and museums with the possibility to book your stay in art hotels in Sydney as well. Red Centre is one of the many places to admire Aboriginal art together with Australian islands, but you might also want to check out Canberra where the National Gallery of Australia is located as well as Melbourne that offers incredible street art tours.
Visiting Australia, country that is so rich in history, culture and natural wonders, pretty much doesn’t leave any room for mistakes and wasted trips. With so many possibilities, it would be best to pre-plan your itinerary before you take off, because the attractions are numerous and entertainment is everywhere.
About the author
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.