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Australia is a land of dreams. From the sacred legends of the aboriginal Dreamtime, when the great spirits conjured the coral reefs, rainforests, and scorched red deserts, to armchair travelers who describe Australia as their

dream destination, the Land Down Under deserves all the hype. The world’s smallest continent and largest island, Australia is almost the same size as the United States but with a population the size of New York State and some of the quirkiest wildlife on the planet.

Australia is also a land of staggering contrasts and spectacular beauty. Along the coast, you can explore vibrant multicultural cities, vast sand islands, ancient rainforests, and one of the planet’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders – the Great Barrier Reef. In the Outback, rugged national parks and red-earthed deserts offer the ultimate in adventure travel. Top it all off with a laid-back feel and friendly people, and it’s no wonder Australia scores top billing on bucket lists around the world. Create your own adventure with our list of the top attractions in Australia:

1 Sydney Opera House

 

Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House
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Mention “Sydney, Australia” and most people think of the Opera House. Shaped like huge shells or billowing sails, this famous building on Sydney’s Bennelong Point graces the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is one of the world’s great architectural icons. The location is stunning. Water surrounds the structure on three sides, and the Royal Botanic Gardens border it to the south.

Danish architect, Jørn Utzon won an international competition for its design but withdrew from the project after technical and financing problems. Construction was finally completed in 1973 at a cost ten times the original budget. By this time, Utzon had left the country never returning to see his magnificent creation.

Today, you can enjoy a performance here; dine at one of the restaurants; or take a tour of the building, which encompasses theaters, studios, a concert hall, exhibition rooms, and a cinema. But it’s far more impressive viewed from a distance. One of the best sites to photograph the Opera House is Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens, or you can hop aboard a harbor cruise or ferry for yet another picturesque perspective.

 

 

 

Cruise with Carnival Australia

 

 

 

 

DAY ONE – DREAMWORLD :

 

 

Ancient Aborigines used to call this Gold Coast suburb “good fish” and you’ll hear no argument from anyone on this apt name. For Tallebudgera is best known for its sparkling creek which is framed by the Burleigh Heads National Park on one side and Palm Beach on the other. This is the focal point for any visit to Tallebudgera where the lifestyle is all about camping, swimming, picnicking, kayaking and a spot of fishing or two.

So popular is the campground here, that generations of families return each summer to claim their favourite spot at the Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park which is perched on the edge of this estuary. For those looking for a little luxury there’s also two and three bedroom waterfront villas, or basic lodgings for those on a budget.

While the waters in the creek are renowned for their relative calm, those seeking surf need only walk to nearby Tallebudgera Beach for a few waves. For a true taste of this part of the coast, head to the Tallebudgera Surf Lifesaving Club for a meal at Club Talle. Tally-ho and all that.

or dad can take you for a spin round the track. Our daughter’s favourite ride turns out to be the vintage cars and she can’t drive round that track often enough.

Then I was coerced into the “extreme excitement” of the Wipeout which made me squeal… lots.

There are lots of silly things to do at Dreamworld too, like go in a giant cage and shoot spongy balls at your family or even at complete strangers. I ended up staying in there far longer than planned.

Then I got tired just watching the energetic Shrek show. Both my children wanted a photo with Puss in Boots afterwards and Fiona got in on the action too. Shrek had vanished after getting mobbed by his many pint-sized fans.

 

DAY TWO – DREAMWORLD :

 

 

 

Then I was coerced into the “extreme excitement” of the Wipeout which made me squeal… lots.

There are lots of silly things to do at Dreamworld too, like go in a giant cage and shoot spongy balls at your family or even at complete strangers. I ended up staying in there far longer than planned.

Then I got tired just watching the energetic Shrek show. Both my children wanted a photo with Puss in Boots afterwards and Fiona got in on the action too. Shrek had vanished after getting mobbed by his many pint-sized fans.

 

Sam

Ramada Resort Dunsborough is a beachfront resort located in the heart of Western Australia’s South West. Overlooking Geographe Bay, this Dunsborough resort is the perfect base for WA stays, allowing guests to discover the best of the surrounding areas, including Busselton and the acclaimed Margaret River wine region.