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  • Top 7 free attractions in Australia

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that Australia is a paradise for tourists. You can find Downunder everything that makes a perfect holiday: museums and monuments, parks, beaches and bustling cities. You don’t need a huge budget to have fun in Australia, because luckily, the most impressive sights to see on our planet’s smallest continent are free.

    You just need a backpack, lots of sunscreen and a taste for adventure. These attractions will take you away from the safety of the big cities, so be prepared to live rough for a while. The best way to savour that Australia has to offer is to rent a car and roll down the dusty roads in search of natural wonders like you’ve never see before.

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    1. The Outback

    If we are to consider the entire Outback a tourist attraction (which it actually is), we could say that it’s the biggest tourist attraction in the southern hemisphere.

    The Outback covers most of the country’s central region, and it is of no mean size. The Outback is a place of great natural beauty, but few inhabitants and even less water, so be prepared before undertaking this journey.

    2. Ayers Rock

    Ayers Rock, also called Uluru, is a sandrock formation that is considered sacred by the aboriginal people who live in the area. Located in the wilderness of the Outback, it is easily accessible from Alice Springs (one of the few populous cities in the Outback). Although from afar Uluru looks like a gigantic rock, it has many waterholes, springs, caves and ancient paintings.

    3. Coober Peddy

    Coober Pedy is a town with less than 2000 inhabitants, in the southern part of the country. What makes it special? Well, most of the townsfolk give a new meaning to downunder – they actually live underground.

    Coober Pedy used to be an opal mining town, and due to the extremely high daytime temperatures, the inhabitants had the great idea of refurbishing the mines and moving into them.

    4. Kangaroo Island

    Like its larger counterpart, Tasmania, Kangaroo Island is famed for its wildlife. If one of the reasons you went to Australia is to see kangaroos (as it should be), then there’s no other place on the continent where you can see more kangaroos, wallabies, possums and echidnas than anywhere else.

    5. Purnululu National Park

    What sets apart this national park from all other national parks is the presence of the Bungle Bungles, a range of mountains in the shape of beehives. These striped, colourful sandstone domes are not the most unusual thing to see Downunder, but they are certainly high on the list.

    6. Australia’s Big Things

    These oversized statues of fruit and animals are not exactly natural wonders, but they certainly are worth a look. They started out as tourist traps, but eventually gathered a cult following among locals and tourists alike. The big things are scattered all over the country, so if you happen to see a huge apple on the side of the road, you’ll know that you’ve just encountered one of Downunder’s famous works of folk-art.

    7. Sydney

    Big cities often hide some very interesting little treasures, but all this is merely a figure of speech in Sydney, where the important landmarks and neither small, nor hidden. As cliche as it might seem, the Syndey Opera is definitely a must-see, as is the Harbour Bridge. Also, there are tons of free museums and galleries in the city, and in the end, taking a walk in the old part of the city is a great touristic experience.

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    chuck TgAvatar
    chuck wrote on January 20, 2011:

    Where can I see some croks in Australia?

    erato wrote on January 25, 2011:

    Mostly in the tropical part Northern Territory of Australia. The safest place to see them would be the Australia Zoo in Queensland. But there are some more authentic places like Mary River and Adeleide River near the Kakdu National Park.

    Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park in Western Australia and Hartleys Creek Crocodile Farm in Queensland are also great places to safely watch some of these cuties, just make sure they don’t confuse you with dinner. :)

    hemenaha TgAvatar
    hemenaha wrote on March 5, 2011:

    umm so like is Australia coolio?

     
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