Located in Western Australia, Broome is an exotic mix of colors, sights and sounds. The indigo blue water of Roebuck Bay provides a mesmerizing backdrop for the pearly white sand of Cable Beach and the luminous, red seaside cliffs. This carefree, cosmopolitan city is a haven for adventurers, artists and entrepreneurs. Established as a center for pearl diving, Broome’s experienced divers once harvested the majority of the world’s mother-of-pearls. A unique optical illusion occurs in this area from March to October. On the days that follow a full moon, the nighttime glow that reflects off the mudflats appears to be an iridescent “Stairway to the Moon.” The pristine water makes Cable Beach a top destination for water enthusiasts on the quest for sun, sand and waves. In nearby Gantheaume Point, you can survey a dinosaur footprint that is millions of years old during low tides. Map
The Gold Coast, Australia
The Gold Coast has a marvelous year-round climate and some of the best surfing locations in the world. This resort area definitely lives up to its reputation as a place for fun. There are numerous miles of sandy, white beaches and natural and man-made wonders for tourists. The Gold Coast is a destination that is custom-made for families. It also offers the glitz and glamour of chic eateries and trendy night spots. You can ride the waves of Burleigh Heads or explore the undersea coastal areas off Main Beach. Roller coasters and other exciting rides await thrill seekers in the area’s theme parks who prefer to remain onshore. You will find an assortment of eclectic shops and eateries on Cavill Avenue in Surfers Paradise. After a day of exploring the city, you can enjoy a fine meal and wine from one of the area’s boutique wineries. Map
Ayers Rock is one of the planet’s largest geological formations. Also known by its Aboriginal name of Uluru, it stands over 345 meters above the clay of the Red Center. The circumference of the base is almost 10 kilometers, and it contains sites that are sacred to the Aboriginal people. Geologists believe that nearly two-thirds of the rock is hidden beneath the ground. When the light changes throughout the day and shifts from one season to the next, Urulu and the perspective of the surrounding landscape is altered. The color palette includes ochre-brown, bright orange and various shades of red that are highlighted and offset by the black and gray of shadows. The dramatic transformation of colors as the sun rises or sets over Urulu is breathtaking. Map
Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park is the largest national park in Australia. Located in the Northern Territory, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has witnessed human activity for almost 50,000 years. The cultural landmark is home to steep slopes, jagged cliffs, rock art and monsoon forests. Kakadu National Park is a unique archeological and ethnic reserve. It has various ecosystems that support a wide array of native animal and plant species. You can explore the parks, woodlands, tidal flats and billabongs. The park’s natural historical record reveals information on the culture of its native inhabitants as well as giant kangaroos and other animals from the past. The park contains the largest collection of rock art on the planet. It also has one of the world’s longest unbroken archeological records.
Sydney is the oldest and most populated city in Australia. This dynamic city draws visitors from all over the world. Known as the Harbour City, it is a treasure trove of history, culture, art, fashion and cuisine. The city is home to the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, two of Australia’s most familiar landmarks. The Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s premier musical venues. The view from the top of the bridge is a unique experience. The city is encompassed by parks and filled with restaurants, museums, fashion boutiques and an exciting nightlife. You can tour the historic citadels and the Rocks neighborhood where Europeans first settled in Sydney. There is a wealth of cultural and recreational opportunities awaiting everyone who visits the country.
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