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Top 10 Australian Tourist Destinations


Do you fancy a trip to the land down under? Or are you living down under and need a quick holiday? Well, we’ve got your travel suggestions right here! Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Australian tourist attractions. For this list, we’ve chosen those monuments, buildings, sights and regions in Australia that draw many tourists per year. and have either historical, cultural, architectural or archeological significance as opposed to just specific cities that are popular for tourists to visit. So sit back and get your vegemite toast ready as we give this country a fair shake of the sauce bottle. Number 10: Melbourne Cricket Ground Found in Yarra Park a few steps from downtown Melbourne, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is nicknamed by some as the spiritual home of the Australian sport. Opened in 1853, its the southern hemisphere’s largest stadium, with the capacity of just over 100,000. As the name implies, MCG houses most of the Australia’s international cricket matches during summer. In winter months, The G as the natives call it, hosts one of the country’s unofficial national sports, Australian rules football, and is packed to the brim for that league’s Grand Final at the end of September. Number 9: Shark Bay Located at country’s westernmost point in Ocean Coast, Shark Bay is the 10,000 square kilometer or over 3800 square mile area that houses an abundance of aquatic life, like dolphins, whale sharks and over 200 species of birds. It’s listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, namely because of its lush beds of sea grass, its dugong or sea cow populations and its stromatolites. In fact, the crown jewel of this sanctuary is Hamelin Pool and its stromatolites, which are living fossils that date as far back as 3 billion years, preserved along the secluded coastline. Number 8: Fraser Island The world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island for the most part has avoided modern development to remain relatively untouched. Because of its natural state, this island of Australia’s east coast is an ideal destination for camping, canoeing, fishing and four-wheel driving. Its picturesque freshwater lakes provide the type of scenic landscape you’re likely to see as a desktop image. Named as a World Heritage Site in 1992, its sand dunes, lakes, rainforests, and other vegetation make this spot a natural paradise. Number 7: Bondi Beach If you’ve ever been to Sydney, then you’ve probably been to Bondi. One of the most popular recreation locations in the city, the beach draws large crowds that are keen to get in on the sunbathing, surfing or beach cricket, all found just a few kilometers or miles from the bustling downtown core. Also a hot spot for backpackers, this golden beach with its glittering waters and craggy coastline is also a desirable spot to call home, with its residential area housing some of Australia’s national celebrities. Number 6: The Twelve Apostles & the Great Ocean Road This is one road trip you must take if you’re ever in the area. The Great Ocean Road lines along Australia’s south-eastern coast and as you make the trip down the ocean shoreline, the limestone stacks known as the Twelve Apostles set up a memorable scenic route. Found near the Port Cambell National Park, the Twelve Apostles have fallen victim to erosion from rough ocean waves and today there remain only eight limestone columns. So, be sure to check out this popular Australian destination while you still can. Number 5: Port Arthur Preserved from Australia’s days as a penal colony for British convicts, this historical site is the part of the Australian convict sites property. During the mid-1800’s, Fort Arthur was a prison for convicts that reoffended upon arriving in Australia. Today, because of its history and its parkland location, the site has been turned into an open-air museum and a tourist hot spot. Despite its stirred past, which includes a 1996 gun massacre that devastated the country, Port Arthur remains and important site to the country’s history. Number 4: Surfers Paradise Located right in the heart of the city of the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise is where natural and man-made landmarks come together to form an entertainment and tourism hot spot. As the name suggests, the pristine beaches that stretch as far as an eye can see, create the perfect conditions for surfing. But its high rises and skyscrapers are also a well-known element of the skyline. The shopping, arcade and nighclub precinct keeps the area alive 24/7, making it a party hot spot for locals, travellers and graduating high school leavers. Number 3: Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock Known as the red center of Australia and the most sacred location of the Anangu, the area’s indigenous population, this mountain-sized rock structure stands out from the surrounding arid flatlands of the Australian outback. Part of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this monolith is dotted with Aboriginal artwork and encircled by springs, waterholes, caves and more. Found 335 kilometers, or 208 miles away from the closest large town, Uluru’s location may be a bit remote, but the trip is worth it for the scenery and culture. Number 2: Sydney Harbour This is a recognizable location even to those who’ve never visited the area. Sydney Harbour is an important spot in Australia, because of its role in the city’s development as the site of important celebrations and as the home of the iconic Sydney Operahouse and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Opened in 1973, the Opera House is an unforgettable feat of 20th century architecture. Together with the Sydney Harbour Bridge, these two landmarks greet visitors arriving to the area by ship, docking at its lively harbour, Circular Quay. Before we end the Australia’s best destination, here are few honorable mentions. Number 1: The Great Barrier Reef What else could’ve taken the top spot but one of the seven natural wonders of the world? Spending the Queensland coastline and visible from space, this coral system holds thousands of species of coral and marine life, from sea turtles to sharks, to millions of multicolored fish, which make up the vibrant world beneath the ocean. Sadly, it’s also home to many endangered species, thanks to climate change, shipping and and chemical runoff from industrial development that caused irreversible damage. So, see this colourful sight while you can, ’cause it won’t be around for ever. Do you agree with our list, mate? What spots would you like to see in this great southern land? For more, as the Aussies would say, “fair dinkum”, Top Tens published every day, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.

Stephen Childs

100 Comments

  1. The video is made by a person from Melbourne. Haha. When I saw MCG, I didn't believe but when I saw Ballarat.

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  3. Aye! I live in Ballarat and I can't believe we even got an honorable mention.. I didn't even know people knew this place existed. This city is a piece of trash if I'm honest

  4. stuff bondi come to manly or freshie on the northern beaches of sydney its way less crowded than bondi

  5. Im Australian but I think a good torrest attraction would be going to football game in a Australia and learn how to play and a new sport. It would be fun going and knowing none of the rules and trying to firgure them out. Then afterwards biting a ball and going home if you like the sport you can play it at home and have fun

  6. Apex Street
    Dandenong North VIC should be no.1
    Like if you know what I'm talking about ^

  7. I don't know about Australia, how to get good tour to their beaches.

  8. My top 12:
    1) Sydney Harbour (including both Opera House and Harbour Bridge), New South Wales
    2) Uluru (Ayers Rock), Northern Territory
    3) The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
    4) The Great Ocean Road and The Twelve Apostles, Victoria
    5) Bondi Beach, New South Wales
    6) Wave Rock, Western Australia
    7) Great Australian Bight, South Australia
    8) Three Sisters, New South Wales
    9) Q1, Queensland
    10) The Pinnacles, Western Australia
    11) Port Arthur, Tasmania
    12) Surfers Paradise Sign, Queensland
    13) Kakadu National Park
    I'm from Sydney

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  11. If you go to Australia I also recommend Kangaroo Island, it's a small village like island with lots of kangaroos, wild birds (like Australian hawks I forgot the name) and a lot more other animals. There is also a honey farm, zoo where you can handle our birds and a lot more interesting history and much more fun for the family (I have been there and it was sooooo much fun, one time I was a wild wallaby right outside my window)

  12. Uluru circled by water springs? Good one ๐Ÿ˜‚ itโ€™s in the middle of a 700 square kilometre desert

  13. Talks about scenic landscapes and shows a shot of a woman's butt in swimwear….

  14. Australia were people play football with their hands !!! hahah
    I am Australian (immigrant) and the worst time in my life is when world cup play out and here no body watching it.
    No one to celebrate when your team win or feeling sorry for you when your team lose.
    And if your team win world cup, nothing happen here at all ….. like dead place ….
    Even when Australia team qualified , still nothing

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  16. I m Indian and I really wants to visit Australia…it's my dream place ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  17. The only thing they got wrong was giving Ballarat an honorable mention……it's a drab shit hole.

  18. There might have been 8 Apostles when this was uploaded in 2014 but now there are only 7 and that could change at any time.

  19. Do not go to the barrier reef as tourism is on of the contributing factors of its destruction

  20. 5:01 If u r going to surfers paradise or the Gold Coast in general Don't go at the end of November as it is filled with 17/18yr olds getting wasted or doing something stupid and there is a shit ton of them so try not to go at that time.

  21. Aww beautiful video ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm moving back to Australia next week and will be living on the Gold Coast. I lived in Brisbane before but this time it will be great to be near those stunning beaches. Australian beaches really are paradise and I have so many memories of surfing there. Can't wait to be back ๐ŸŒŠ ๐Ÿ„ ๐ŸŒŠ ๐Ÿ„

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  23. I love the look of the Great ocean road and the twelve apostles but I live in Australia and I know it's easy to get sick

  24. I'm a construction subcontractor and my girlfriend is dental assistant in the usa. We want to make a change and Australia seems to be an attractive option. Any advice or tips anyone can give us? Is this a good choice?

  25. How did the Whitsundays no make this list?! It's my favourite thing on the whole east coast!

  26. Port Arthur and The Great Ocean Road are amazing!
    So is Uluru
    Sydney harbor is cool, but not my favorite…
    Ballarat is really amazing (what horrible grammar)
    The Great Barrier Reef is beautiful, but I am worried about it.
    As an Autralian, at the end that was nothing like how we speak. Hardly any people i know have a clichรฉ Australian accent. Not a strong one, anyway

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  30. I'm really feeling the vibe of Queensland….๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’ซ

  31. Lil' bit pricey but the Pilbara region is pretty interesting to see on a whole. Oldest continental crust on the planet, mining centre of australia, reddest dirt I've ever seen and tonnes of things to go out and see / explore, just aren't well advertised/known.

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  33. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-ZIFlISqmg
    Beautiful tourist place in india.
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  34. Worst part in Australia is we have the most venomous snakes in the country.

  35. I'm from Cairns so I'm happy to see the Great Barrier reef take number 1.

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  37. Nothing about Adelaide?

    Well duh! there's nothing good about Adelaide.

  38. I just came back from my holiday to Tasmania and Iโ€™m from Sydney. I visited Hobart, Mt Wellington, Port Arthur, Richmond to see the oldest bridge in Australia and then I went to the MONA museum. 10/10 would go again. For those who donโ€™t say that it doesnโ€™t snow in Australia then you should see Mt Wellington because it snows up there all the time.

  39. I went to Port Arthur and it was amazing! It was cheap as well but I recon it should be pretty exspensive.

  40. A pretty accurate list although MCG and Parliament House are for a specific audience. I myself have visited at least half of the places mentioned and would also add the three sisters in Blue mountains, especially in blooming season.

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