An island continent with plenty of breathtaking, natural wonders to offer, Australia has always been a popular vacation destination choice by people looking to indulge in the beauty and splendor of nature. Situated between the South Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, it occupies a land mass that is just a bit smaller than the United States, and is home to some of the world’s most acclaimed, diverse, and unique wildlife, marine life, and plant life.
Just off the coast of Queensland, stretching more than 2,300 kilometers, is the Great Barrier Reef, which is the world’s largest structure created by living organisms, consisting of almost 3,000 individual reefs. The Uluru (or Ayers Rock) and the Katherine Gorge in Northern Territory, and the Pinnacles and the Bungle Bungle Range in Western Australia are just a few of the many stunning landforms and terrain that have to be seen. And, for cultural, historical, and other activities to enjoy, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and the other cities are also home to several museums (Australian Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney; Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne; and Queensland Museum and Museum of Brisbane in Brisbane), zoos (Australia Zoo, Melbourne Zoo, and Taronga Zoo), beaches (Whitehaven Beach, Turquoise Bay, and Wineglass Bay), and entertainment and shopping districts (Queen Victoria Building and Strand Arcade in Sydney; Melbourne Central and Queen Victoria Markets in Melbourne; Queen Street Mall in Brisbane; and Rundle Mall in Adelaide).