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Dear Down Under – a love letter of best things to do in Australia

From pristine white sand beaches to red rocky mountains to untamed greenery filled wildlife, Australia is a showcase of nature’s best. A major backpacking destination, a trip down under is always on the cards and this is why you have to be on the toes with all the best things to do in Australia. Read every bit of the article, bookmark this, and share it with your friends. Here we go, mate!

1. Dive into the Great Barrier reef

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Vivid with over a thousand colours, Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Stretching over 2,000 kilometres, the naturally exotic wonderland is woven together by living organisms and surpasses all man-made attractions. Boasting of a rich ecosystem, Great Barrier Reef is abundant with marine organisms and is visited by nearly 1.5 million tourists every year. Book on a boat tour from Cairns and try snorkelling or swimming in the waters. Lunch is generally served onboard and while returning, there is also music on the deck.

Location: Queensland, Australia

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2. Catch a performance at Sydney Opera House

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Even a half-hearted look at the Sydney Opera House is sufficient for you to recognize the iconic attraction. Uniquely built, the structure is eye-catchy and in the nights during special days, it just shimmers & grabs more attention. Wait, we need some attention as well (turns on the light). A performing arts venue, Sydney Opera House is always seen buzzing with one event or the other. Grab the tickets for one of the many shows and soak in the grandeur. On the way out, do stop for a quick photo. Sydney Opera makes for a great backdrop.

Location: Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

3. Bask in the Sun at Uluru

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Sacred to the aboriginal people of Australia, Uluru is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Central Australia. Easily one of the recognisable landmarks in Australia, the massive rock formation is teeming with ancient wall paintings, hot springs, and rock caves. As you walk, you feel the distinctive presence of a spiritual aura in the ancient landscape that captivates your senses. The perfect time to get the best out of Uluru is at sunrise and sunset. This is also the time when the attraction glows with multiple shades of bright red.

Location: Petermann NT 0872, Australia

4. Take a stroll across Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Nicknamed the ‘Coathanger’, Sydney Harbour Bridge is the one constant in all Australian travel pictures. Why? you ask. The bridge is that famous you can’t avoid it even in a single frame! A perfect vantage point in the city with unparalleled views of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney coast, the harbour bridge is timeless. Explore the bridge either on a walk or cycle around. For an unforgettable experience in Sydney Harbour Bridge, try the Bridgeclimb Sydney and you will be spellbound with 360 degree-views of pure magic.

Location: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia

5. Enjoy the splendid view from Three sisters

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The name can easily make you think of any fun-filled Hollywood movie with Amy Schumer. But you are nowhere close. Formed over time by erosion, Three Sisters is an unusual rock formation in the blue mountains. Named Meehni (922m), Wimlah (918m), and Gunnedoo (906m), the natural site is breathtaking. Casting shadows during sunrise and sunset, the rock formations can be best viewed from the Echo Point Lookout. Try visiting Three Sisters as early as possible in the morning to escape from the tourist crowd. Hiking shoes, backpack, and water are a must.

Location: 23-31 Echo Point Rd, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia

6. Commemorate the lost souls at Australian War Memorial

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Built in remembrance of the armed forces who lost their lives in the wars, Australian War Memorial is a significant monument in Australia. Opened in 1941 in Canberra, the war memorial includes a military museum, a shrine, and an extensive archive making it more than just a memorial. Glance through the intriguing display of tanks, aeroplanes, and a miniature version of the battlefields which are a delight to watch. At the Australian War, you can easily spend a whole day Memorial and the experience is definitely moving.

Location: Treloar Cres, Campbell ACT 2612, Australia

7. Experience the buzz at Darling Harbour

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Named after the then Governor of New South Wales – Ralph Darling, Darling Harbour is a water-side precinct dedicated solely to tourism and entertainment. Extending along the city centre of Sydney, Darling Harbour is at the prime spot and is a tourist magnet. Crowded with restaurants, entertainment centres, shopping spots, and other popular attractions, a stroll across Darling Harbour can be really exciting. Thanks to the variety of things to do along the harbour, everyone has something in store for them. Tired to walk around? Ride on the motorized train.

Location: Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

8. Go Koala and Kangaroos at Taronga Zoo

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When you are in the land of Kangaroos, you have to experience the wild side of Australia. And the best place to do that is at the Taronga Zoo. In close proximity to the Circular Quay along the shores of Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo is where you’ll find native & rare species along with a splendid view of the Sydney Harbour. You have the wildlife and the views, what more can you ask for? Must tries in Taronga Zoo include riding on the ferry from the Circular Quay station clicking wonderful photos along the way and nailing the Koala experience.

Location: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088, Australia

9. Unwind at the Whitehaven beach

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Australia and beaches go hand-in-hand. There are over 10,000 beaches in Australia and there is no way you can explore every one of them during your vacation. While most people suggest Bondi beach, we would not. Bondi beach is overcrowded with tourists and is a bit shabby lately. Instead, head out to the Whitehaven beach. You will fall in love with the beach on first look itself. A piece of paradise, the white sandy beach is stunning and is a great place to unwind. Given the intimate location, the beach can be reached only by a boat, seaplane or a helicopter. Some tours provide delicious buffet lunch along with the transit.

Location: Whitsundays QLD 4802, Australia

10. Go on a family outing to Warner Bros. Movie World

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The movie based theme park on the Gold Coast of Australia is a great place for a family outing. Featuring movie-themed rides & attractions, active film studios, motion simulators, and roller-coasters, a day in the theme park is a slice of the movie world. Exhausted trying out all the rides? Wander around the park saying ‘hello’ to all your favourite characters and clicking photos. Visit the park early in the morning and try your hand on all the rides before lunch as it gets really crowded in the afternoon.

Location: Pacific Mwy, Oxenford QLD 4210, Australia

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