In the lead up to Australia Day, Experience Oz has shared the seven best landmarks across Australia.
As part of an Experience Oz three-month campaign, more than 68,000 Australians voted for the greatest landmarks in Australia from a shortlist of 50 iconic Australian natural sites and icons. Experience Oz have shared the seven wonders of Australia with us below.
Great Barrier Reef - north-east coast, Queensland
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s single largest living organism, stretching more than 2300km from just north of Bundaberg to beyond Cape York at the tip of the state. Equivalent in size to Italy and Japan, this complex ecosystem of hard and soft coral is dotted with an array of islands, sand and coral cays. Its waters are not only stunning to look at, but incredibly rich with marine life that thrives both in the shallows and out towards deeper areas beyond the continental shelf.
Uluru – Red Centre, Northern Territory
There are few locations not only in Australia, but worldwide, that tend to resonate with both local and international communities quite like Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock). Its spiritual significance in Aboriginal culture and status as the iconic natural landmark of the Australian outback, Uluru is one of the few landmarks in the world to be dual-listed under both categories. This enormous monolith is one of the most-visited tourist sites in the country, despite its isolated location. Given its position almost directly in the centre of Australia, Uluru is often depicted as the figurative “heart” of Australia – in more ways than one.
Sydney Opera House – Sydney, New South Wales
A triumph of modern design and one of the world’s most recognisable buildings, the Sydney Opera House is one of the iconic architectural achievements of the 20th century. Designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon, who received the Pritzkey Prize – the field of architecture’s highest award – in 2003, the building has become symbolic not only of the city of Sydney, but Australia as a whole. Its sail-shaped facade forms the backdrop of one of the country’s most impressive panoramas, coupling with the Sydney Harbour Bridge to make Sydney Harbour the flagship sector of Australia’s largest city.
Cradle Mountain - Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Tasmania
The flagship attraction of its namesake Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair National Park – with its ancient rainforests and alpine heaths – combined with Cradle Mountain‘s distinctive shape and ease of access, make it one of Tasmania’s premier tourist attractions. Easily reached from Launceston, this is a pristine slice of Tasmania that offers one of its most iconic panoramas and incredibly fresh air. Its encompassing National Park is one of the state’s most special natural sites – where ancient pines fringe glacial lakes and icy streams cascade down rugged rock faces. It’s rich with wildlife as well and it’s not uncommon for visitors to encounter multiple roving wombats foraging amongst the grassland along the roadside on the way in.
The Twelve Apostles – Great Ocean Road, Victoria
The Horizontal Falls - Talbot Bay, Western Australia
One of the county’s most unique natural phenomena and a staple feature on travellers bucket lists for decades, the Kimberley region’s Horizontal Falls is one of the state’s magical tourist attractions. Located in Talbot Bay near the town of Broome and to the north of Derby, the “falls” are not actually waterfalls at all. The ‘Horries’, as they’re nicknamed locally, are an impressive showcase of the sheer aquatic power generated by one of the world’s biggest tidal variations – one that causes the waters to rise and fall by as much as 12 metres. As the water rushes through a pair of narrow gaps between two gorges of the McLarty Range, the pure volume of water pushing through creates a spectacular whitewash effect that simulates a waterfall running sideways.
The Australian War Memorial – Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
A humbling tribute to those who served in Australia’s global military conflicts, Canberra’s Australian War Memorial ranks as one of the country’s most significant buildings, from both an architectural and historical standpoint. Conveying an interpretation and understanding of war, the memorial’s sometimes-heavy content is counterbalanced by its impressive construction. Built in a Byzantine style at the end of ANZAC Parade, the sandstone building is striking to behold and highly photogenic.
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