Tourism continues to grow in Australia. In 2017, Australia welcomed more than 8 million visitors, who spent nearly $40 billion. The latter was a record for the Australian tourist industry. If you are lucky enough to travel to Australia in the near future, make sure to check out these three landmarks:
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House has long been the city’s number one tourist attraction. While this is a historic landmark, many people are surprised to learn that it is less than 50 years old. The House was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1973. But, it’s unique and old-fashioned architecture gives tourists an 1800’s-type feel. The views of, and around the Opera House are absolutely stunning. It can be seen from any aerial shot of the city of Sydney, and the structure is surrounded by busy waters. When it was originally built, it ended up with construction costs totaling $120 million. It was estimated to cost a mere $7 million. Today, visitors are able to enjoy indoor tours that include studios, theatres, and fine dining.
Kakadu National Park
Routinely ranked as one of Australia’s most breathtaking parks, Kakadu offers visitors with a little bit of everything. Kakadu is the largest park in Australia, and the second biggest in the entire world. This park includes rainforests, rivers, swamps, gorges, and waterfalls. There is also an abundance of wildlife – birds and reptiles can be found inside Kakadu. Tourists must make sure to visit Kakadu during the summer as the park is closed during wet season months.
Great Barrier Reef
The coolest fact about the Great Barrier Reef is that it is visible from outer space! While Kakadu is one of the largest parks, the Reef is one of the largest structures on earth. Currently, the Reef is home to several species facing extinction, making it a highly protected territory. The views under water are unforgettable as snorkelers are exposed to tropical fish, sharks, dolphins, and turtles. Tourists also have the option to view the Reef from the comfort of a boat.