Australia can be regarded as a paradise for lovers of extreme relaxation. You can take a trip to off-road vehicles, horseback riding, whale watching and surfing or diving.
Though the capital of the country is Canberra, it’s a small town, which can be hardly found on the map. That’s the main reason why people always recall Sydney or Melbourne to be its capital city.
Sydney, the biggest city of the continent, is rightly recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is the most cosmopolitan, most cheerful and most beautiful city in the country. This is the city of contrast, which is evident due to the simple conflict of skyscrapers and old buildings of the City Rocks area and King’s Cross, souvenir shops in the Yorks and Elizabeth, and Asian neighborhoods of Chinatown and Liverpool Street, the vast green spaces, parks and boulevards, and the ultra-modern building of Olympic park of Kronos Hill, and Superdome Olympic Stadium near Homebush, majestic (and one of the largest in the world) Bay Sydney Harbour and the unique single-span Harbour Bridge thrown over it.
Sydney Opera House is recognized as one of the most outstanding works of contemporary architecture in the world. It’s the calling card of Sydney and Australia, one of the most photographed buildings of the continent.
Sydney Tower is the tallest building in Sydney and the second highest in the whole of Australia. It is open to public attendance and is one of the most popular attractions in Sydney. On the tower you will find an observation platform and a restaurant.
Anyone who plans to visit Sydney, must also visit Sydney Aquarium. This aquarium is one of the largest in the world. It is amazingly diverse. Aquarium is so big that if you have a full visit for each exposure it can go up to 3.5 hours. Most of the inhabitants of the aquarium are found in coastal waters of Australia! Aquarium is divided into thematic sections.
The modern resort town of Brisbane is the capital of one of the most prosperous states of Australia – Queensland, as well as one of the major cities of Australia and the “gate” to Gold Coast. Built up with ultramodern skyscrapers, the downtown area is framed by this colonial mansion on the banks of the Brisbane River. The abundance of cafes, bars, bistros and restaurants in the open air, as well as extensive industry of entertainments combined with excellent climate make this town an important center for conferences, seminars and exhibitions of worldwide importance.
Gold Coast is the main resort of Australia, one of the best and most popular resorts in the world, located between Sydney and Brisbane. The soft tropical climate, the beautiful 42-kilometer-long beach of golden sand and endless entertainment make Gold Coast a perfect place to relax, as well as one of the best places to surf. Here you can enjoy the warm sun and warm ocean, visit the national parks and zoos with exotic flora and fauna, the world-famous theme parks, such as “The World of the Sea” – a huge water park with marine animals, “World Cinema”- a real “Australian Hollywood” including stunt shows, entertainment centers, Surfers Paradise and “The World of Dreams” – the local Disneyland with many attractions and theme shows.
Another noteworthy feature of Australia travel is the exotic and alien cuisine of the country. This is one of the few places on the planet, which offers some crocodile fillet or carefully roasted piece of ostrich meat, let alone the incredible dishes from fish and shellfish.
The number of tempting choices facing the traveler who first comes to Australia, is inspiring and frustrating at the same time. And it is quite normal – in fact choosing between a modest charm of Australia’s “capitals” and a visit to the desert of the continent is not an easy task. Ready to witness wide open skies, dramatic landscapes and enjoy the friendly attitude of the locals, countless activities, fine wining and dining? It’s in your hands to let the amazing journey into the world of Australia begin. Trust your feelings and it will charm you!
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