If you want to visit all the interesting places in the land ’down under’, one trip is certainly not enough. Even after several trips, you may not have discovered all of the most beautiful places in Australia. In this article, you will learn more about the sights in Australia that you should not miss, and how to apply for an Australian visa.
Anyone travelling to Australia should definitely visit the metropolis of Sydney. Sydney may not be the capital, but it is the largest and oldest city in Australia. In this city, you can, for example, lounge around on the famous Bondi Beach or visit Sydney Harbour where you can admire the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background. Those who are not afraid of heights can even climb this iconic landmark. After two hundred steps, you will reach the top of the bridge, where you have an unobstructed view of both the city and the harbour.
The Sydney city centre with The Sydney Opera House in front with the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the background
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is a reflection of Australia’s natural beauty. The coral area extends over an area as large as Germany and can even be seen from the moon. This area is 1400 miles long, making it the largest reef in the world. It is also home to three hundred types of coral, as well as more than nineteen hundred species of fish. If you go diving in this area, which is certainly possible, make sure that you do not grab or break the coral. The coral can die immediately on contact, and it may take years to grow back.
The red rock formation Uluru, which means big rock in Aboriginal language, is the largest monolith in the world at 300 metres and is the symbol of Australia. Uluru has a sacred meaning to Aboriginal people. For them, it is a symbol of the strong connection they have with the spirits of their ancestors.
Therefore, out of respect for the Aborigines, climbing the rock has been prohibited since 2019. However, it is possible to walk the many paths around Uluru and admire the many shades of red that light up at sunrise and sunset. For a truly magical experience, roll out your sleeping bag on one of the many camping sites around the rock and sleep under the stars.
Tasmania is an island to the south of Australia and is named after the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, who discovered the island in 1642. The island is mainly known for its pristine nature. Since only a mere 1.5 million people live on this island, nature has been given plenty of space and the island consists mainly of nineteen national parks and over eight hundred nature reserves.
It is possible to travel to Tasmania with an Australian visa. Travellers from the United Kingdom and the European Union generally meet the requirements for the electronic visa, the eVisitor visa Australia. The visa allows you to stay in Australia for up to three consecutive months, giving you plenty of time to visit Tasmania.
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. But don’t worry, there is more to this island than just sand. Besides the white sandy beaches, you will also find dense rainforests, meandering rivers with crystal-clear water, freshwater lakes and high dunes. By Australian standards, it is a true tropical paradise.
Kakadu National Park
Want to learn more about the settlers’ arrival in Australia through the eyes of the locals? If so, it is a good idea to visit Kakadu National Park in the north of Australia, near Darwin. This park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 because of the many archaeological sites that have proven that civilisation existed here 40,000 years ago. In Ubirr, you can see the rock paintings that are thousands of years old and that the local population made after the arrival of the Europeans.
Kangaroo Island, off the coast of Adelaide, is an absolute must-see for true animal lovers. There are no natural predators on the island, so you will find many indigenous species, including wallabies, sea lions, koalas, platypuses and, of course, kangaroos. If you do not have enough time to explore every part of the island, it is recommended to book a tour with someone who really knows the island, and knows exactly where to find the animals you are looking for.
Apply for your Australian visa
If after reading this article, you feel like making a trip to Australia, you should apply for an Australia visa. Travellers from the United Kingdom and the European Union can easily apply for the Australia eVisitor visa online. This visa has a validity of twelve months, which starts from the moment the visa is granted. Please note that although the Australia visa is valid for twelve months, each visit may only last three consecutive months. It is also important to mention that you should check in time whether you meet the requirements for the visa.