A guide to the most iconic sights in Australia

January 17, 2014 by Flight Centre UK

There are certain images that always spring to mind when you start to fantasise about a trip down under. Australia has some truly inspiring iconic sights that should be at the top of every visitor’s to-see list. From the sacred to the naturally beautiful, the majestic and the architecturally spectacular; Australia boasts quite a few instantly recognisable icons.

Here are some of the iconic sights in Australia we think you should prioritise, over, let’s say…a jar of Vegemite.

Sydney Opera House

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It has been 40 years since the strikingly modern expressionist masterpiece of the Sydney Opera House was opened to the world. It is one of the crown jewels of the beautiful area of Sydney Harbour, and quite simply the most famous opera house in the world; no visit to Sydney is complete without a visit to this particular sight.

Tip: Take a boat ride across the harbour during the day and another at night to get a great vantage point of the building from a multitude of angles.

Ayers Rock

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This UNESCO World Heritage Site, also known by its traditional Aboriginal name of Uluru, is one of the more mystifying and recognisable natural treasures in the country. The VERY large sandstone rock formation is located in the middle of the Northern Territory desert and is surrounded by an incredible and desolate landscape. The rock holds a hugely significant role in Aboriginal beliefs and traditions, and is believed to have served as a settlement for over 10,000 years.

Melbourne Flinders Street Station

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Arguably one of the defining landmarks of Melbourne, Flinders Street Station is a Victorian Heritage train station that has been serving passengers since 1854. The main entrance is famous for being adorned with numerous clocks, and serves as a popular meeting point for locals.

The station acts as a gateway directly into the heart of Melbourne and is very photogenic, so don’t forget to snap away.

Three Sisters

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The Three Sisters is a rock formation found within the beautiful Blue Mountains of New South Wales. It consists of three towering sandstone mounds sitting side by side overlooking the breathtaking Jamison Valley. An Aboriginal legend states that the Three Sisters (named Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo) were in love with three men from a rival tribe. They were turned to stone in order to protect them from a bloody battle. Unfortunately, the elder that turned them to stone was killed in the ensuing battle, and nobody has been able to turn them back since.

Great Barrier Reef

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The largest coral formation in the world boasts a spectacular array of marine life, offering some of the best diving and snorkelling opportunities on the planet. The formation sits in the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Queensland and is mainly accessed from the city of Cairns. The entire reef consists of 2,900 individual reefs and stretches over an area of 133,000 sq miles. The reef is also smattered with various beautiful islands, all waiting to serve your rest and relaxation needs.

Whitsunday Islands

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One of the more popular stops on the east coast backpacker trail, The Whitsunday Islands are a paradise-hunter’s ultimate fantasy. Situated off of the coast of Queensland, the 74 islands that comprise The Whitsundays are all blessed with pristine beaches, warm water and an abundance of marine life. Whitehaven Beach is one of the picture perfect destinations within The Whitsundays, and is used for the majority of promotional photos. The sand on this beach is 98% pure silica and is considered a precious element in itself.

Bondi Beach

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All the surfer dudes and gals flock to this iconic stretch of sand in Sydney to hit the fantastic waves and indulge in seaside activities. The beach is extremely popular with locals, tourists, and day trippers who help to contribute to Bondi’s unique atmosphere and appeal. Between sitting on the sand, eating a picnic and getting through your third ice cream of the day, you can dart back into the streets around Bondi and check out some of the decent local shops and great bars.

Great Ocean Road

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One of the world’s greatest driving experiences, the Great Ocean Road is an absolute must for petrol heads and nature lovers alike. The 151 mile stretch of road slaloms along the south-eastern coast of the country, providing stunning ocean views as well as passing through numerous charming towns. The road’s main party piece can be found in the Twelve Apostles; twelve towering limestone stacks sitting just off the shore from the road. Look out for the koalas on route, but keep your eyes on the road!

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