It's Summer in Australia! These Are The Top Things to See in the World's Sixth-Largest Country

Marc Gordon
Dec 25, 2021

It’s currently rainy and cold in the northern hemisphere – which means it’s the perfect time to travel to the other side of the world for a change in the weather. If you are tired of adding endless layers of clothing to your outfits and avoiding going outside unless extremely necessary, you might want to consider packing your bags and traveling to Australia. Located in the half hemisphere of Earth that is south of the Equator, the country has so much to offer when it comes to tourism.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera house and city center with skyscrapers and buildings

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Whenever anyone mentions the word “Sydney”, we automatically think of the Opera House. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list, this beautiful building is one of the world’s greatest architectural icons. Surrounded by water and the Royal Botanic Gardens, the structure features theaters, studios, exhibition rooms, a concert hall and a movie theater.

Blue Mountains National Park

The Three Sisters, near Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, Australia.

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Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Blue Mountains National Park is only a 50-mile drive west of Sydney. This makes it a popular day trip for tourists and locals alike. Among the 664,000 acres of wilderness, the park offers beautiful waterfalls, gorges, Aboriginal rock paintings, and 87 miles of hiking trails.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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One of the most photographed natural wonders of Australia, Uluru is a large sandstone formation sacred to the Aboriginal people of the area.┬áMeaning “shadowy place” in the local Aboriginal dialect, Uluru stands 1,142 ft high, rising 2,831 ft above sea level while most of its bulk lies underground.