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The Top 10 Things to Do in Australia

No other place in the world combines wild, scenic beauty and sophisticated entertainment as well as Australia. Whether it's rock climbing or wine tasting, Australia offers the finest in outdoor adventure and as well as the excitement of city life.

Below is a list of 10 must-see Australian attractions:

1. Queensland's Gold Coast Beaches

Skyview of Queensland Gold Coast Beachs

With over 35 miles of coastline, the 21 Gold Coast beaches offer just the right mix of activity and relaxation. Whether you want a quiet place to lay in the sun or are ready to surf the waves, there is a beach for for you. Breath taking views and conveniently located amenities ensure a comfortable and exciting time.

2. Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Often called the face of Australia, the Sydney Opera House is a marvel of architectural design. With its exquisite acoustics and physical presence, the Sydney Opera House is widely recognized as a world class performance arts center. See a show or take a tour – the Sydney Opera House is not to be missed.

3. Royal Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens

Just a short walk from the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanical Gardens is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. More than one million botanical specimens may be viewed and there is a train available to take visitors from one spot to another.

4. Sidney Tower's 360 Bar and Dining

360 Bar and dining room at the top of Sydney Tower

Pamper yourself with elegant service and modern Australian cuisine prepared by award winning chefs at the 360 Restaurant located 80 stories above Sydney. The illuminated shell bar offers spectacular city views and a variety of cocktails and wines.

5. Australian Outback

Australian Outback

Considered one of the few remaining wilderness areas in the world, the Outback is a rugged expanse of desert and kangaroos and, in the northern part of its range, a wet/dry tropical climate with gorges and waterfalls. Driving tours for short visits and hiking tours for longer stays are available.

6. Australian Museum

Australian Museum

Everything from mummies to dinosaurs has a place in the Australian Museum. Learn all about Australia, its inhabitants, geography, and interesting wild life. Visitors may take a guided tour or get a map and explore on their own.

7. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Hug one of the world's most endearing animals, the koala. Near Brisbane, the Sanctuary is also home to Australia's native kangaroos, emus, and wallabies. Enjoy feeding the animals and learning more about Australia's wildlife.

8. Daintree Village

Daintree Village

Daintree Village on the banks of the Daintree River is a look into the past. River tours range from crocodile and wildlife spotting tours to Aboriginal culture tours. Go fishing, experience what it's like to work in a cattle station, visit museums, and enjoy the services at the Silky Oaks Spa.

9. Victorian Alps

Victorian Alps

In the summer, hike the peaks, fish, rock climb, or bike the Victorian Alps for phenomenal mountain views. In the winter, experience the best skiing Australia has to offer. Near Melbourne, there are plenty of resorts and hotels for quiet respite.

10. Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

The world's largest coral reef is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Australia. Diving, surfing, snorkeling, and fishing are popular activities. Rental equipment is available and beginning scuba diving classes are offered for those who are new to the sport.

Australia is a land rich in cultural and natural diversity. Australia boasts a distinctive landscape and unique wildlife not found in any other continent in the world. A visit to Australia is an opportunity to experience more than a vacation. It's a chance to see the world in a new way.

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