Have you ever dreamed of going to a different world? A planet with a red, rocky landscape surrounded by clear blue skies; or a lush green forest covered in water? Did you ever wonder what the oceans on another world would look like? Feel like? Well, you won’t have to travel millions and millions of miles to see this new world for yourself. You can find it right here on Earth!
Travel to the Land Down Under to see this alien world. Australia is a whole world entirely in itself with amazing sights, awesome adventures, and an alluring culture that is completely different from anything the majority of us have ever experienced. If you want to see how alien creatures survive in their natural habitats or hear how an alien population communicates, then Australia is definitely the place for you to visit!
The city of Sydney is a hotspot for tourists looking to find as much local culture as they can. This popular location has what every urbanite expects to see in a metropolis: art galleries, fine dining, and local cuisine, museums vastly different from those of their home cities, clubs for the nightlife, and music. In fact, Sydney is home to the most recognized music hall in the world — the Sydney Opera House.
Sydney is also a destination for experiencing the outdoors. Surfing is big in the city. The Blue Mountains are just a short trip from the city and an awesome place to see the natural wonders this continent has to offer. The forest covering the mountains is home to a vast number of native animal species; you will see them as you hike or mountain bike along the trails.
The Great Barrier Reef
This is truly an alien world. Few places on Earth can compare to the beauty of this underwater landscape. With coral growing on the sea floor in every color of the spectrum, and rainbows of fish swimming about, you have probably never seen such an amazing sight as what you will see in the Great Barrier Reef! And you will probably never see anything comparable again.
Dive into the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and snorkel through this wonderful world. Or, if you prefer, you can view it all from the boat that takes you out to it. Many of them have glass bottoms so you can witness the awesome spectacle as you cut through the waters. You can even stop off on one of the hundreds of islands surrounding the reef for some additionally beautiful sights.
Melbourne is the place to go if you are into sports. The Aussies are big into cricket and football (Aussie Rules Football, that is). If you are looking for some foreign sporting action and have never seen a match played for either one of these, definitely stop to catch a game. The energy Australians have for their sports is electric!
For a more subdued urban adventure, tour the numerous shops and cafes filling the city’s laneways. The closeness of the buildings in parts of the city, from early colonial days, has created alleyways ripe for urban explorers, shoppers, and foodies. Shopping and dining are big in this part of the city and not to be missed. There are so many options here, you will run out of money before you get halfway in!
The Great Ocean Road
Make sure to have your travel insurance policy up to date because this is a long haul. Ok, not that long, only 150 miles, but there is so much to see and experience on this road, you are going to be stopping quite often. You will need to be covered as you take a road trip along the southern coast of Australia.
There are dozens of small towns to stop in and get a feel for the local community-culture; so different from the cities. With hundreds of recipes in just as many restaurants along the way, you won’t find most of these dishes in the urban areas, especially if you encounter an Aboriginal community.
Along the Great Ocean Road, you will drive (on the left side of the road) along the coast and see the Southern Ocean in all of its splendor. The region is above sea level, putting you on cliffs overlooking the sea, and you will pass through rainforest along the way. The biggest sight you’ll see is the 12 Apostles. Remnants of a prehistoric coastline that has eroded into the ocean, only eight pillars of limestone are left as they defy the ocean waves.