Sights and Attractions - Australia

Last Updated: 18th Jun 2013

<p><img src="" class="rightwise" title="surfers paradise beach" alt="surfers paradise beach" /></p> <h2>Beaches</h2> <p>Summertime in Australia provides an absolute beach extravaganza with opportunities to swim, rest, relax and soak up the sun available to anyone visiting the coastal regions. Some of the most famous beaches in Australia include:</p> <p><a href="/contikipedia/articles/bondi-beach">Bondi Beach</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/gold-coast-and-surfers-paradise">The Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/byron-bay">Byron Bay</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/noosa">Noosa</a></p> <h2>Islands and The Great Barrier Reef</h2> <p>Australia&#8217;s sensational <a href="/contikipedia/articles/east-coast">East Coast</a> is home to what is undeniably one of the most incredible natural wonders in the world: the Great Barrier Reef. While the islands amongst the reef are slices of pure paradise.</p> <p>Contiki visits: <a href="/contikipedia/articles/great-barrier-reef">The Great Barrier Reef</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/fraser-island">Fraser Island</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/whitsundays">The Whisundays</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/daydream-island">Daydream Island</a></p> <h2>World Famous Cities</h2> <p>The laid back cosmopolitan style of Australia is reflected in cities such as:<br /> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/sydney">Sydney</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/brisbane">Brisbane</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/cairns">Carins</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/alice-springs">Alice Springs</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/darwin">Darwin</a></p> <h2>The Outback</h2> <p>The rugged heart of Australia is where you will find the desolate beauty of the almost mythical Australian Outback in places like:</p> <p><a href="/contikipedia/articles/uluru">Uluru</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/kakadu-national-park">Kakadu National Park</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/kings-canyon">Kings Canyon</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/alice-springs">Alice Springs</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/devils-marbles">The Devils Marbles</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/farmstay">Contiki&#8217;s exclusive Farmstay</a></p> <h2>Animals and Wildlife</h2> <p>Australia&#8217;s isolation since the time of Gondwanaland has blessed the country with incredibly diversity range of unique animal and plant species. Some of the &#8216;locals&#8217; you&#8217;ll encounter on Contiki tours of Australia include:</p> <p><a href="/contikipedia/articles/dingoes">Dingoes</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/crocodiles">Crocodiles</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/cassowaries">Cassowaries</a></p> <h2>Rainforests and Desert Oasis&#8217;</h2> <p>No where is the diversity of Australia&#8217;s plant life more evident in it&#8217;s incredible rainforests and amazing Oasis&#8217; in the heart of the outback. Some of the hot spots visited by Contiki include:</p> <p><a href="/contikipedia/articles/daintree-rainforest">The Daintree</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/kuranda">Kuranda</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/cairns">Cairns</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/port-douglas">Port Douglas</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/fraser-island">Fraser Island</a> | <a href="/contikipedia/articles/kings-canyon">Kings Canyon</a>.</p> <h2>Food and Drink</h2> <p><a href="/contikipedia/articles/australian-food">Australian food</a> is influenced by the multicultural nature of Australia&#8217;s cities ensures that there is a huge selection and variety of foods to choose from. The Aussies are also famous world-wide for their excellent wines (from places like the Hunter Valley) but you&#8217;re just as likely to meet the locals having a beer or two in their local pub.</p> <h2>Sports</h2> <p>Many Australians are sports crazy and will watch or participate in almost anything. Activities the country is most famous for however surfing, cricket, rugby and Australian Rules Football. Any opportunity to witness sporting matches in Australia should be relished.</p> <p>Just some of the professional sports you can sample in Australia include:</p> <p><a href=""target="_blank">National Basketball League</a> | <a href=""target="_blank">National Soccer League</a> | <a href=""target="_blank">Australian Rules Football</a> | <a href=""target="_blank">National Rugby League</a> | <a href=""target="_blank">Cricket Australia </a> | <a href=""target="_blank">Super 14 Rugby</a></p> <h4>For information about accommodation in Australia, check <a href="/m/ausaccommodation">this</a> out</h4>