Top 10 iconic places to see in Australia

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Top 10 iconic places to see in Australia

Australia is an incredibly diverse island, continent, and country. Australia teems with natural and cultural treasures. Australia is world famous for its iconic cityscapes, natural wonders, marine wildlife, beaches, a vast interior desert wilderness called the Outback, and unique animal species like kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses. Australia is home to the world's largest and longest coral reef system. Australia is a wild and beautiful place. A visit to Australia guarantees amazing attractions, sightseeing, nightlife, and adventurous experiences to remember forever.

Here is the list of the Top 10 iconic places to see in Australia:

1. Sydney Opera House

Cover Photo: Sydney Opera House
(Image Source: Wikipedia)

Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is not only Australia's most famous landmark, but this unique structure is one of the world's most instantly recognisable and iconic buildings. In general, it is an Australian icon. The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Danish architect Jørn Utzon designed it.

Today the Sydney Opera house attracts visitors from all over the world to admire the building itself and attend the stellar performances held within.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 9:00 am to 8:30 pm (Monday to Saturday)
                10:00 am to 6:00 pm (Sunday)
Entry Fee: Fee for the show booking
Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

2. Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Cover Photo: Uluru (Ayers Rock)
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Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, is one of Australia’s most iconic symbols and best-known natural landmarks. Uluru is the world's largest monolith (a stone separated from its strata) located in the heart of the Northern Territory’s arid "Red Centre" in Australia. Uluru is sacred to indigenous Australians, named by William Gosse in 1873 after Sir Henry Ayers.

Uluru is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Uluru is 348 m (1141 ft.) high, rising 863 m (2,831 ft.) above sea level. It is an ancient landscape, rich in Australian aboriginal culture and spirituality. This largest sandstone rock formation is thought to have started forming around 550 million years ago.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fee: $25 per adult (16 years and over) for a 3-day pass.
                   Free entry for children under 16 years of age.
Address: Petermann NT 0872, Australia

3. Kakadu National Park

Cover Photo: Kakadu National Park
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Kakadu National Park is one of the most weed-free national parks on the planet. It is an enormous, biodiverse nature reserve located within the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory in Australia. Listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kakadu National Park is recognised for both cultural and natural outstanding universal values.

Kakadu National Park is a whopping 19,804 km2 (7,646 sq. mi), which is about half the size of Switzerland. The park contains a multitude of diverse and vibrant habitats, from estuaries, rivers, woodlands and wetlands to rugged gorges and rocky escarpments. It is especially famous for its flora, fauna and rock art. One of the richest National Parks in Australia, about 74 species of mammals, 117 species of reptile including the Salt Water Crocodile, and around a third of the bird species of Australia can be seen here.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: Open 24 hours
Entry Fee: $40 per adult (16 years and over)
                   Free entry for children under 16 years of age
Address: Kakadu Hwy, Jabiru NT 0886, Australia

4. Australian War Memorial

Cover Photo: Australian War Memorial
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The Australian War Memorial is Australia's national memorial to the members of its armed forces and supporting organisations. The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have served and died in a war. The Memorial is located in Canberra, the capital of Australia and is perhaps one of Australia's most important memorials and a must visit sight for those visiting Canberra.

The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. It is widely regarded as one of the most significant memorials of its type in the world.

Days Open: Daily (Closed on Christmas Day)
Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Entry Fee: Free
Address: Treloar Crescent, Campbell ACT 2612, Australia

5. Great Barrier Reef

Cover Photo: Great Barrier Reef
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The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living thing on Earth, located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef is a marine miracle. It is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms and can be seen from outer space.

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. The iconic Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breath-taking beauty of the world's largest coral reef. The 2,300 kilometre (1430 miles) long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made up of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. It is home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins and sharks.

Great Barrier Reef is a place of excitement, beauty and adventure. A visit to the Great Barrier Reef can be an emotional and unforgettable experience. Whether you fly over it, cruise on top of it or dive or snorkel one of its many famed sites, the size and beauty of this natural wonder will stay with you forever.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: Open 24 hours
Entry Fee: $6.50 per head (4 years and over)
                   Free entry for children below 4 years
Address: Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

6. Port Arthur

Cover Photo: Port Arthur
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Port Arthur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the best-preserved convict site in Australia and among the most significant convict era sites worldwide. It is one of Australia’s most popular and scenic heritage attractions. It is an open-air museum.

The Port Arthur Historic Site houses Australia's most intact convict settlement, including restored buildings and homes, ruins, a harbour, a coal mine, a factory and even an Isle of the Dead. With a museum, interactive experiences and a bistro serving fresh Tasmanian produce, a trip to the Port Arthur Historic site is one trip you will remember. It is officially Tasmania's top tourist attraction.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Entry Fee: $39 per head Adult (16 years of age or over)
                   $17 per head Child (4–15 years)
                   $99 for Family (2 adults and up to 6 children)
                   Concession $32
Address: Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia

7. Kangaroo Island

Cover Photo: Kangaroo Island
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Kangaroo Island is Australia's third-largest island, after Tasmania and Melville Island. Kangaroo Island lies off the mainland of South Australia, southwest of Adelaide. The island is home to native wildlife like sea lions, koalas and diverse bird species. The nature and wildlife of Kangaroo Island are the crowning glories of this famous Australian landmark.

Kangaroo Island caters to all kinds of travellers. With one-third of the island declared a conservation area or National Park, a thriving culinary culture, a unique art scene, all steeped in a rich history, there is something for everyone at Kangaroo Island.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Entry Fee: $73 per head Adult (16 years of age or over)
                   $43 per head Child (4–15 years)
                   $193 for Family (2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult with 3 children.          
                   Extra children are 50% of the child rate)
                   Concession $59
Address: Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia

8. Three Sisters

Cover Photo: Three Sisters
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The Three Sisters are an unusual rock formation representing three sisters who according to Aboriginal legend turned to stone in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. Their names are Meehni, Wimlah, and Gunnedoo. Each of the Three Sisters stands at 922, 918 & 906 metres tall, respectively. That's over 3000 feet above sea level!

The Three Sisters are one of the Blue Mountains' best-known sites and most spectacular landmark, towering above the Jamison Valley.

Days Open: Daily (closed on Christmas Day)
Timings: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Entry Fee: Free
                   $8 per vehicle per day for parking
Address: 23-31 Echo Point Rd, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia

9. Sydney Harbour Bridge

Cover Photo: Sydney Harbour Bridge
(Image Courtesy: © Ilya Genkin)

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world's largest (but not longest) steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the north shore. It stands next to the Sydney Opera House as one of the city's most iconic landmarks and has become a renowned international symbol of Australia.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is nicknamed (lovingly called) "The Coathanger" by locals because of its arch-based design. Made of steel the bridge contains 6 million hand driven rivets. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Opera House is an iconic image of Sydney, and Australia itself.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: Open 24 hours
Entry Fee: $200 for bridge climb
Address: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia

10. The Twelve Apostles

Cover Photo: The Twelve Apostles
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The Twelve Apostles are the iconic golden cliffs and crumbling pillars made of a collection of limestone stacks. These rocks are collectively known as the Twelve Apostles but are not individually named for the biblical Apostles. They are located on the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia.

The Twelve Apostles were originally called “The Sow and Piglets”. The Sow was Mutton Bird Island, which stands at the mouth of Loch Ard Gorge, and her Piglets were the Twelve Apostles. Their proximity to one another has made the site a popular tourist attraction.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Entry Fee: Free
                   $12 per vehicle per day for parking
Address: Great Ocean Rd & Booringa Rd, Princetown VIC 3269, Australia

So these are the top 10 iconic places to see in Australia, listed by Travelxo.

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