The Top 10 Sights of Australia

Travel to Australia without any tourist traps! Here you will find a list of the top 10 sights of Australia! Which highlights and attractions should you not miss on your holiday in Australia?

Australia is a fantastic treasure chest full of breathtaking surprises that can be found nowhere else in the world. There are magical Aboriginal sites to discover, entire cities underground, vibrant metropolises, sandy paradise beaches and the world's largest coral reef.


Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Formed over hundreds of millions of years from deposited and unfolded layers of rock, Ayers Rock is now 348m high, 3km long and 2km wide, Australia - © ezk / franks-travelbox
© ezk / franks-travelbox

Uluru in the middle of the Australian outback is probably the most famous landmark in Australia. As the crossroads of the Dream Paths, it is regarded as sacred by the Aborigines. The national park surrounding the magical red rock is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and received its highest award, the Picasso Gold Medal.

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Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef off the northeast coast of Australia is the largest coral reef in the world and attracts 2 million visitors annually - © ezk / franks-travelbox
© ezk / franks-travelbox

The Great Barrier Reef off the north-east coast of Australia is - nomen est omen - the largest coral reef in the world. It is four times as long as Austria and can even be seen from space. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is under strict protection, but can still be explored by glass-bottom boat or on snorkelling and diving trips. The best starting point for this is Cairns.

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Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon is located in the middle of Australia in the Northern Territories and offers spectacular views of the gorge on hikes - © Paul Liu / Fotolia
© Paul Liu / Fotolia

Kings Canyon is located in the heart of the Northern Territories and has earned its title "Australia's Grand Canyon". The almost vertical steep walls of the mighty canyon are up to 300 metres deep. Numerous viewpoints and the spectacular Kings Canyon Rim Walk present Kings Canyon in all its glory.

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Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road in the Australian state of Victoria is probably the most famous scenic road in Australia and runs for about 250km between Geelong and Warrnambool, Australia - © ezk / franks-travelbox
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The Great Ocean Road on the south coast is one of the most beautiful panoramic roads in Australia. A breathtaking coastal landscape of picturesque bays and spectacular rock formations, including the famous "Twelve Apostles", stretches along a distance of around 250 kilometres.


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Purnululu National Park

The original Bungle Bungle mountain range in Purnululu National Park was formed about 20 million years ago and was polished into rounded sandstone towers, Australia - © Keith Wheatley / Fotolia
© Keith Wheatley / Fotolia

The remote Purnululu National Park owes its fame above all to the Bungle Bungle Range. The globally unique "mountain range" with the catchy name consists of huge sandstones that resemble enormous beehives. The national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and can only be reached by four-wheel drive vehicle. By the way, the Bungle Bungle are also worth seeing from the air!

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Noosa in Queensland

View of the beach at Alexandria Bay near the town of Noosa, Queensland, Australia - © StrangerView / Fotolia
© StrangerView / Fotolia

Located on the Sunshine Coast, the popular holiday resort of Noosa on Australia's east coast spoils its guests with a dream holiday feeling. Fantastic beaches, national parks and shopping miles, the "Wine and Food Day" and the "Noosa Festival of Surfing" make the "little Saint Tropez of Australia" worth a visit all year round.

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Sydney Opera House

Night view of the world-famous Sydney Opera House - part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Australia since 2007 - © ezk / franks-travelbox
© ezk / franks-travelbox

Who doesn't know the famous Sydney Opera House? Thanks to its extraordinary architecture and picturesque location directly on the harbour, it adorns countless postcards, travel catalogues and posters. The Sydney landmark is considered an architectural masterpiece worldwide and has even been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Melbourne on the beautiful south coast of Australia is one of the most beautiful cities in the world - © Gordon Bell / Shutterstock
© Gordon Bell / Shutterstock

After Sydney, Melbourne is the largest and most visited city in Australia. No wonder, after all, the metropolis on the gorgeous south coast is also one of the world's most liveable cities. Its exquisite mix of modern skyscrapers and Victorian era paired with idyllic parks and interesting museums attracts hordes of tourists every year.


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Kangaroo Island

The "Remarkable Rocks" are artfully shaped rocks by nature, in which the most bizarre things can be recognised with imagination, Kangaroo Island, Australia - © sbgoodwin / Fotolia
© sbgoodwin / Fotolia

Almost untouched by civilisation, a fascinating natural paradise has developed on Kangaroo Island. Australia's third largest island attracts holidaymakers with a mild climate and a breathtaking wealth of wildlife, which has already been called "Australia's Galapagos".

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Coober Pedy

Panoramic view of the town of Coober Pedy in Australia's outback, also called the Opal Capital of the World - © marcos81 / Fotolia
© marcos81 / Fotolia

The 1,500-strong village of Coober Pedy in the middle of the Australian desert is also known as the opal capital, because 70% of all opals in the world come from its rich gemstone deposits. The comparatively pleasant temperature in the mine shafts caused its inhabitants to move entire houses, churches and hotels underground as so-called "dug outs". The Aboriginal name for Coober Pedy is therefore extremely appropriate "white man in the hole".

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