# 10 Royal Botanical Gardens in Australia
Opened in 1816, the garden is the oldest scientific institution in Australia and one of the most important historic botanical institutions in the world. It is open every day of the year and access is free.
The Royal Garden is an inspiring and immersive display of Australian nature, landscapes, art and architecture. There are exhibition gardens within this wonderful landscape, where you can discover the beauty and richness of plants and the evolving connections between people, plants and landscapes. There is a possibility to explore inspiration and information about how to use Australian plants in your home garden. There is a special place for it.
The River Walk is a broad promenade with views across a meandering ‘river bend’ water body. This area, comprising a large, curving, treed walkway of granitic gravel and a waterside section of timber decking, connects the Rockpool Waterway with the vibrant Display Gardens and Howson Hill. The River Walk includes a generous public waterside space for gatherings, seating, functions, entertainment, and education programs. A timber-clad amphitheatre with seating for over 150 students provides an outdoor gathering space fringed by Australian plants and shade-providing trees.
There’s a place in these gardens for everybody, with space for children to explore, families to picnic, couples to canoodle, or individuals to relax and recharge in a tranquil setting. The popular Aboriginal Heritage Walk shows the land through the eyes of traditional owners. Spot bellbirds, black swans, eels, cockatoos, kookaburras and other wildlife. As summer evenings grow longer, the gardens light up with outdoor cinema screenings, theatre performance and exhibitions.
# 9 Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s most well known and photographed landmarks. It is the world’s largest (but not the longest) steel arch bridge with the top of the bridge standing 134 metres above the harbour. It is fondly known by the locals as the ‘Coathanger’ because of its arch-based design.
BridgeClimb started in 1998 and attracts tourists and locals alike to climb the monument. After climbing through catwalks and up ladders and stairs, the view is absolutely breathtaking. There are day, twilight and night climbs and a group of twelve will leave for a climb every ten minutes. The safety precautions taken include a blood alcohol reading and a Climb Simulator, which shows Climbers the climbing conditions that might be experienced on the Bridge.
By all reports, BridgeClimb is fantastic and one of the ‘must dos’ while on a trip to Sydney, with royals and celebrities such as Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark, Matt Damon, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Ferguson, Cathy Freeman, Kylie Minogue and Kostya Tszyu all having done the Climb.
# 8 Sydney Opera House in Australia
The Sydney Opera House is Australia’s most recognisable building and is an icon of Australia’s creative and technical achievement. Since its completion in 1973 it has attracted worldwide acclaim for its design and construction, enhanced by its location on Bennelong Point within a superb harbour setting. The design of the building, with its soaring white roof shell shaped sails atop a massive red granite platform, has been internationally acclaimed as an architectural icon of the 20th century. As a dominant sculptural building that can be seen and experienced from all sides, it is the focal point of Sydney Harbour and a reflection of its character.
The building, that took 16 years to build, is placed right at the end of Bennelong Point, juxtaposed to the harbour and completely to scale in relation to the Harbour Bridge, the sandstone cliff face, Macquarie Street and Circular Quay. Viewed from a ferry, from the air, or by approach on foot, the vision is dramatic and unforgettable.
These days, it is one of the most popular sights in the world and visitors can enjoy a range of activities at the Opera House including regular daily guided tours of the building and walking paths which make their way through the stunning Botanic Gardens and into the city’s centre.
Thanks to Sydney’s fantastic range of accommodation, there are also a wonderful range of hotels and accommodation options located right near the Opera House. Few hotels enjoy unspoilt views of the Opera House however those located on the harbour’s edge including Park Hyatt, Quay Grand Suites, Shangri-La and The Four Seasons are as close as you’ll get to this stunning attraction.
# 7 Australian National Maritime Museum in Australia
The Australian National Maritime Museum is a great day’s entertainment for the whole family. There’s so much to see and do with exhibitions that tell stories of adventure on the water, of navy battles and mutiny, of migrants venturing across the seas to settle on our shores, of ancient saltwater traditions, of modern beach culture and of aquatic sporting achievements.
Enter the awesome world of underwater warfare aboard a navy submarine, explore the last of the big-gun destroyers, marvel at Spirit of Australia, the boat that has held the world water speed record since 1978, board HMB Endeavour, the magnificent replica of Captain James Cook’s famous vessel of discovery or the 1874 James Craig or climb the 1874 Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse.
Beneath a soaring roof, the Maritime Museum sails through Australia’s inextricable relationship with the sea. Exhibitions range from Indigenous canoes to surf culture, immigration to the navy. The worthwhile ‘big ticket’ (adult/child $30/18) includes entry to some of the vessels moored outside, including the atmospheric submarine HMAS Onslow and the destroyer HMAS Vampire. The high-production-value short film Action Stations sets the mood with a re-creation of a mission event from each vessel. Excellent free guided tours explain each vessel’s features.
# 6 Royal Exhibition Building in Australia
The Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens were built in 1880 for Melbourne’s first international exhibition. The building gave people of Melbourne a new energy, optimism and enthusiasm in the late-19th century. Today, the Royal Exhibition Building flourishes as one of the world’s oldest exhibition pavilions, symbolising the great 19th-century international exhibition movement.
With its meticulously-restored opulent interior, rich galleries and soaring dome, the Great Hall keeps offering a magnificent setting for trade shows, fairs and cultural and community events.
The Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens were inscribed on the World Heritage list on 1 July 2004, becoming the first building in Australia to achieve World Heritage listing. Today, the Royal Exhibition Building is a campus of Museum Victoria and the gardens are managed by the City of Melbourne.
# 5 Super Pit Gold Mine in Australia
The Super Pit is also one of the only mines in the world that the other people can visit and tour. Most of visiters spend 15+ hours to get to Australia, and most of them do that to visit and see one of the most interesting sights in the worl- The Super Pt.
The visitors start in the town of Kalgoorlie, which feels nothing like it looks on the local Cops equivalent, “Kalgoorlie Cops.” The ride out to the Super Pit from town only takes a few minutes.
Pass the through the gate, and suddenly the bus feels like a toy. Lumbering dump trucks 20 feet high mess with your brain’s perception of their size, and visitors’. They make the long descent into the pit, only to return later, laden with dirt and sometimes dirt laced with gold.
The Pit itself is massive. Over 2 miles long, nearly a mile wide and currently almost 2,000 feet deep. By 2021, when the current phase is complete, they expect it will be nearly 2,500 feet deep.
# 4 Daintree Rainforest in Australia
Daintree Village, once the heart of the timber industry, nestles in a bend of the Daintree River where cruise boats glide between the jungle homes of birds animals and reptiles including large crocodiles and pythons. A naturalist’s paradise, this region is recognised for its superb wildlife.
And eco-tourism operators provide itineraries offering fascinating insights into the creatures that inhabit this remote and beautiful river system. From the river’s ferry crossing the coastal road continues north over tidal rivers and creeks and through small settlements to the renown wilderness areas of Cape Tribulation and Bloomfield Falls.
A haven for those wishing to pursue an alternative lifestyle, the freedom, untouched beauty and relaxing style of this region attracts nature lovers and backpackers seeking the perfect holiday escape.
World Heritage reef and rainforest come together along this section of the northern coast – nowhere else are these two natural wonders side by side and so accessible to travellers.
Between the Daintree and Bloomfield Rivers, the forest slopes of Cape Tribulation National Park plunge to the waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, where fringing reefs grow almost to the seashore. The mystical lowland rainforest here is a rare survivor of 100 million years of climatic changes.
# 3 Canberra Nature Park in Australia
The Canberra Nature Park is a series of thirty three separate protected areas in and around Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, ranging from bushland hills to lowland native grassland.
Canberra’s inner hills Black Mountain, Mount Ainslie, Mount Majura, Mount Pleasant, Russell Hill, Red Hill, Mount Mugga, O’Connor Ridge, Bruce Ridge, Aranda Bushland, Mount Painter, The Pinnacle, Lyneham Ridge, Oakey Hill, Mount Taylor, Isaacs Ridge, Mount Stromlo, Mount Arawang, Neighbour Hill, Wanniassa Hill, and Narrabundah Hill are protected from development by the National Capital Plan and almost all are now part of the Canberra Nature Park system. These hills provide a scenic backdrop and natural setting for Canberra’s urban areas, as originally set out in the Walter Burley Griffin Plan.
Most people in Canberra live within easy walking distance of a Canberra Nature Park area.
# 2 Australian War Memorial in Australia
The Australian War Memorial is pleased to be the recipient of TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Award for the number one landmark in both Australia and the South Pacific for 2016.
Bringing together a world-class museum, a shrine and an extensive archive, the Australian War Memorial in Canberra is a moving and insightful experience for both young and old. Discover the diverse Australian experiences of war and connect with the stories of people and events that shaped Australia.
With the purpose of commemorating the sacrifice of Australians who have died in war, the Memorial is a place to pay your respects and discover what it means to be Australian.
# 1 Parliament House in Australia
Parliament house is oper 364 days during a year, and welcomes the tourists to show the features of the nation. Visit Parliament House, Canberra, and experience Australia’s robust democracy in action.
You can watch Question Time, see bills being debated, and sit in on committee inquiries as current issues are explored in detail.
The visiters also find some of Australia’s finest historical treasures and modern art on display throughout the building, and in our permanent and temporary exhibitions.