Australia is known for many things for its breathtaking natural wonders like its varied landscapes be it the stunning soft-sandy beaches, vast and limitless deserts and the famed 'Outback'. Megalopolises such as Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and their rapid development and progress put this Oceanian country on the global map. Renowned to be a developed country and one of the richest in the world, it is not surprising Australia has the globe's 12th -largest economy.
Kick-start the trip by heading over to Sydney. Some of the attractions worth visiting are: Sydney Opera House - busiest performing centers in the planet for it houses theatres, halls, studios, exhibition rooms, concert hall and cinema; Sydney Harbour Bridge - magnificent view of vehicles running across the deck below; The Rocks - city's historical place packed with winding streets, sandstone cottages and a few of Sydney's oldest pubs; Darling Harbour - entertainment plaza; Taronga Zoo - houses over 350 different species of animals and Wild life Sydney Zoo - Koala Encounter, Kangaroo Walk-about and provides visitors opportunity to experience Australian wild-life in their natural habitat.
Don't forget to explore Melbourne for it is known as Australia's cultural capital. It is a city packed with one architectural wonder after another. Some of the notable visiting points are: Federation Square (or Fed Square) - hosts social, cultural and commercial activities; Eureka Skydeck 88 - stunning observatory provides majestic views of the glittering skyline; Royal Botanic Gardens - peaceful stroll along the native and foreign trees and shrubs; State Library - for the wide collection of books as well as for being an architectural wonder; Melbourne Cricket Ground - birthplace of test cricket and site where numerous iconic international matches were played; Melbourne Aquarium - opportunity to learn more about marine life and Melbourne Zoo - over 300 animal species from Australia as well as the globe.
A trip to Down Under is not complete without heading over to the incredible and extraordinary Great Barrier Reef - not only UNESCO World Heritage-Listed but also one of the biggest living structures on the globe. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was set up to shelter its fragile ecosystems which comprises of over 3,000 coral reefs; 600 continental islands; 300 coral cays and inshore mangrove islands. Diving and snorkelling are magnificent and be sure to view some of the best aquatic life out there with tropical fishes, sharks, dolphins, turtles, rays and giant clams. One of the most popular tourist haunts is the Bondi Beach. Lazing down on this golden-sand beach is in the bucket list for many. It is a fantastic place for a relaxing sea-side stroll as well as home to one of the most ancient surf life-saving clubs in the globe.
Don't forget to spend some time at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park for it is the core of the Australia's Red Center. The name is such because of the bright red dome-shaped rocks known as Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Other significant national parks are Blue Mountains National Park - comprising of eucalyptus trees, stunning gorges, fiercely gushing waterfalls, aboriginal rock paintings and 140km of hiking trails and Daintree National Park - 18,000 plant types and a wide array of animals species such as cassowary, crocodile, giant blue Ulysses butterfly and the secretive Bennett's tree kangaroo.
When it comes to shopping, be sure to be on the look-out for local wines, wool, clothing, leather, sheepskin products, precious or semi-precious stones, modern art sculpture and paintings. Other items also popular are surfing goods especially if you're around coastal towns and resorts. The clubbing scene is shimmering for there is an array of glittering watering holes spruced around the country.
The stay options in Oz are abundant for it is brimming with the best luxury hotels and private apartments, the country can boast of. At the same time, tourists have the option to check into cheap and budget accommodations as well.
The climate in Australia differs from region to region as the country is so vast. Overall, the best time to visit the nation would be during spring (September-November) and during autumn (March-May) when the temperatures are pleasant.