When it comes to travelling, it’s hard to take chances with your hard-earned money. There’s no need to go on long-haul flights or thousand-kilometre road trips just to find out that the place you wanted to go just doesn’t match what it looked like on the postcards.
We want every hotspot you visit, truly worth your time, energy and resources. That’s why, here at Apollo Motorhomes, we make sure that you discover and experience the best of the bests in top destinations across Australia. So, without further ado, here are the 10 must see Australian Icons.
Uluru (Ayers Rock)
We’ve talked about Uluru many times in our previous blog posts so in case you’re wondering why we still bother to add it here, we’ll be honest and say that we just could not imagine a trip to the Outback without seeing this dramatic sandstone monolith. The largest rock in the world changes its colour based on weather conditions. Some of the things you can do in this World Heritage Listed landmark found in the Northern Territory are guided Aboriginal walks, rides in hot air balloons, or riding across the desert on a dirt bike.
Sydney Opera House
Type the name “Australia” on Google and without fail, one of the most prominent photos (aside from the maps) that will appear is that of the Sydney Opera House. The multi-venue performing arts centre has cemented itself to the ranks of global icons—able to carry the country as its symbol. People flock here to get even just to catch a glimpse; the architecture is so splendid that nothing else compares. When you do plan to visit, make sure you do it when the Vivid Sydney festival takes place. See just how even more spectacular the centre can become even more beautiful with a cutting edge display of lights partnered with great music and wonderful energy.
Great Barrier Reef
If the fact that the grandeur of Grekakaat Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space still does not suffice as a reason to visit here, then know that this UNESCO World Heritage Listed site is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms and is the world’s largest coral reef. If that is still not enough, then you should also know it has been countlessly referenced in pop culture because of its marvel. A dive will welcome you to a spectrum full of lovely corals and lively aquatic wildlife. It consists of nearky 3000 reefs, and hundreds of thousands of variou types of marine flora and fauna. Who knows? You might even find a Nemo all to yourself!
If you feel like spending more time along the Great Barrier Reef, have a look at this article: Road Tripping Along the Great Barrier Reef Drive
Kakadu National Park
In Darwin, the capital of the tropical Northern Territory lies Kakadu National Park, a world renowned natural icon. It may be overshadowed by more popular Australian destinations but the park has a charm of its own that makes hundreds of people go the distance to be here. Kakadu National Park spans almost 20,000 square kilometres full of enviromental beauty like the Katherine, Arnhem Land, Litchfield National Park and other breathtaking landscapes like valleys, gorges, falls, and unending views of emerald green land.
One of the gems that is found in the coast lines of Queensland the city of modern city of Gold Coast. What makes it truly a worthy destination is that you don’t have to worry about the extra miles just for vacations. The city is married to the sea; only a few minutes from home or work, you’ll be greeted by idle waves crashing the shores and golden tan sands. The famous Surfers Paradise can also be found here. Plus, enjoy the thriving nightlife, the urban spirit and the family friendly international theme parks.
If you enjoyed Uluru and are craving for more outdoor adventures, you don’t have to go too far—nothing spells Australia like the Outback. The Pinnacles found in Nambung National Park in Western Australia are sharp and craggy formations made of shells that jut out from the desert ground.These ancient wonders eerily mysterious said to resemble alien-like landscapes. And yes, that’s only one of the reasons why you should drive over here with a campervan.
Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road
Otherworldly and awe-inspiring, the Twelve Apostles are almost like The Pinnacles jutting from the ground except, this time, we get the added bonus of pristine beaches. Sitting in Victoria, the stacks of limestone were formed by soil erosion brought about by extreme weather conditions from the Southern Ocean. Though there are only eight “Apostles” standing after collapses through the years (the ninth only in 2005), they are still a favourite tourist attraction. In the Great Ocean Road, meanwhile, enjoy scenic routes, surf beaches, resort towns, rainforests and waterfalls. Now top that!
Food in Australia is divine but what’s even better is its wine. Quality is never compromised as wine is taken seriously here. The various wine regions spread out across the country and its many states proves this but if there is one that truly sticks out, it is the Barossa Valley of South Australia. Visit the 80 wine cellars and 150 wineries and get an overdose on the exquisiteness of it all. Find your perfect match from many variants while enjoying expansive structured plantations surrounded by wondrous idle landscapes. If you need an escape from all the busy, here is the place to be.
There are plenty things Australia is known for but one that truly carries the brand is the Kangaroo. Visit our marsupial friends in Australia’s third largest island, picturesque and always relaxing, and find even more exotic wildlife such as wallabies, koalas, quokkas and many bird species. The Island is also a destination for some of Down Under’s pristine beaches and underground caves! While you’re in the area, go on a road trip to see other destinations like Seal Bay Conservation Park or the nature reserve that is the Flinders Chase National Park.
It’s as clear as the water that if you’re looking for a quiet time out and about in the sand, Bondi Beach is not the destination for you. There’s no denying that Bondi Beach is one of most crowded beaches in Australia so what’s the point? Well, extroverts, it’s time we celebrate! International recognised and iconic, the beach found in Sydney is the perfect place to ogle and go people watching, if you enjoy it. There’s more to it everyday; great gastronomy, buzzing shopping markets, vibrant coastal walks and entertaining nightlife can be found here.
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