Australia has to be one of the top 25 destinations in the world for tourism –hands down. The gorgeous beaches, tropical climate and rich biodiversity all have something to do with that but so do the attractions. From one coast to the other and from all the main areas, there are tons of attractions geared towards locals and visitors alike. Whether you're into extreme, thrill-seeking activities or prefer something more low-key, you won't be hard-pressed to find something to do regardless of which region you're visiting. Here's a list of the top seven things you can see and do while visiting this amazing nation and its 360° of coastline.
Go Whale Watching (Sydney)
We've all heard about going out on the ferries for a look at the Sydney Opera House from the water, but there are far better things to see when facing the other direction. Go out with a tour group like Ocean Extreme. They offer whale watching tours out of Manly Wharf and guarantee that you'll see some of the most majestic creatures on the planet. The boat ride alone is fairly exciting when guests will find themselves zipping through the waters off of Sydney's coast to where the whales swim around. The tour, whale watching, and boat ride back last two hours.
Hot Air Balloon Ride over the City (Melbourne)
If you're staying in Melbourne, then you're probably aware of how impressive the city is. It's even better from high above, and riding in a hot air balloon over the city skyline could be the best way of all to view the skyscrapers and waters on Melbourne's coast. There are several tour groups offering these rides all year round. You might be able to get a good rate if you're traveling as a group, so be sure to mark this on your itinerary if you want to marvel at the sunrise or sunset over the city.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (Brisbane)
You cannot go to Australia without seeing some kangaroos and koala bears. Luckily, Brisbane happens to have the largest zoo full of over 130 of these cuddly little guys for you to admire, photograph and learn about. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the largest of its kind in the world and boasts not just koalas but kangaroos and other popular birds and critters from all over Australia. The sanctuary often puts on events for children and inquisitive adults, so expect there to be an exhibit going on at least once during the day of your visit. This is a very family-friendly place to spend the day, so bring your kids and the camera.
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