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Taking A Look At The Cities In Australia

Jul 23, 2008
I have got a question for you, mate: Where can you find desert, tropical rainforests, woodlands, grasslands, swamps and more than 10,000 beaches? The lingo might have given it away, but the answer is Australia! The 3 million square miles of this country is filled with diverse landscapes, exotic wildlife, rich culture, unique local cuisine and some of the best surfing in the world!

The Australian wine, beer, fresh seafood and local delicacies are world-renowned, so be sure to bring your appetite! With so much to explore and experience, it helps to know a little about each major city, so you can plan your tour of Australia accordingly.

Queensland Australia is a territory in the southeast corner of Australia that encompasses destinations like Brisbane, Cairns, Port Douglas, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine coast, the Great Barrier Reef and the outback region. The 70 kilometer stretch of Gold Coast City is sometimes called "the theme park capital of Australia," housing Dreamworld, Movie World, Sea World, WhiteWater World and the Wet N' Wild Water Park. Additionally, you can hang at Surfers Paradise, visit the behemoth Q1 tower, shop the bohemian markets, visit Australian wineries and eat delicious fresh seafood.

In the welcoming city of Cairns, you can snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, relax on the beach, shop duty-free, hike through lush tropical rainforests, see national parks of Green and Fitzroy Islands, ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or Kuranda Scenic Railway, experience flora and fauna at the Flecker Botanic Gardens, or take a stroll along the Esplanade, which is bordered by cafes and the Coral Sea. In Port Douglas, you can get a great view of the Great Barrier Reef, shop at Macrossan Street and the Sunday Markets in Anzac Park, visit the sugar cane farms of Mossman, or hike through the Daintree Rainforest, where impressive flora and fauna prosper.

While in Australia, you'll want to see Brisbane, which is the capital of Queensland. Here, you'll want to catch some local music, since Brisbane was hailed by Billboard as one of the "Top 5 International Music Hotspots" in 2007.

If art and culture are your cup o' tea, then you can also visit The Queensland Museum, The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), The Queensland Performing Arts Complex, The Brisbane Powerhouse, the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and the war memorials in Anzac Square.

Adelaide is a highly esteemed city in South Australia, known for its history of British Lutheran colonization, its miles of green space, Rundle Street restaurants, Hindley Street nightlife, the Festival of Arts and the Fringe Festival, Barossa Valley Australian wine, the South Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Central Market, and the Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute. This epicenter of culture can entertain and amuse for days or even weeks of your trip to Australia.

The attractions in Australia may vary, but you can find memorable restaurants and shops in every metropolitan city. For a more off-the-beaten-path experience, Australians recommend a visit to the outback. Tourist attractions include national parks like Mount Augustus and Kakadu, as well as Alice Springs, Birdsville, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Coober Pedy, Devils Marbles, Katherine River Gorge, Kings Canyon (Watarrka), The Olgas (Kata Tjuta), the MacDonnell Ranges, Mount Isa, Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, Monkey Mia and the town of Broome. In the outback, geographical wonders are everywhere and roaming kangaroos, camel and dingos can sometimes be spotted, which is sure to make your trip one-of-a-kind.
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