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50 Famous Landmarks of Australia to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Australia is such an incredible country to explore with tormenting natural beauty, rich wildlife and pristine beaches. This post is a collection of 50 famous landmarks of Australia to inspire you to discover more of this diverse country!  

This page is divided into sections to make browsing for the landmarks easy. In the first section you’ll find the most famous landmarks in Australia list, followed by a handy Australia landmarks map. In the next two sections there are collections of man-made and natural landmarks including Sydney Australia landmarks, famous landmarks in South Australia, West, New South Wales and Victoria. After reading this post, I guarantee you will find out a lot of fun facts about Australia!   

10 Most Famous Landmarks of Australia

What are the famous landmarks in Australia? Here are the top 10 landmarks in Australia to get you started, you probably know them all very well!

#1 Twelve Apostles 

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There’s a reason why the Great Ocean Road is one of the most beautiful and one of the top 10 Australian landmarks. The ocean’s relentless wave action has carved out some of the most dramatic scenery in the southern hemisphere. 

The whole road has lovely beaches, lighthouses and waterfalls. But the main attractions are the Twelve Apostles. 

These limestone stacks were formed by the gradual erosion of the nearby coastline. An even though they are called the 12 Apostles, there are really only 8 Apostles, but they are still dramatic and certainly worth visiting. 

The stacks are located near Port Cambell, which is a four-hour coastal drive southwest of Melbourne. 

There are three different ways to see the 12 Apostles (and we recommend doing all of them). The most popular option is to walk out on the viewing platform. This accessible pathway takes you out onto a peninsula that overlooks the stacks. You can do this any time of day, but they are particularly lovely at dawn or dusk. It’s worth waiting for the right time of day when the light really sparks up the stacks. 

If you’d like a ground-level view, take the Gibson Steps down to Gibson Beach. This spot is located just east of the Visitor Center. And if you want a bird’s eye view, take a helicopter tour over the stacks. From the air, you can see not only the 12 Apostles but the whole coastline. 

By Carol Guttery from California Crossings

#2 The Great Barrier Reef

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The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world and one of the most famous landmarks of Australia. The reef contains over 3000 individual reefs and hundreds of islands encompassing an enormous 344,400 square kilometres. In fact, it is larger than the Great Wall of China and is the only living structure on Earth that is visible from outer space.

Located off the coast of Tropical North Queensland, a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the best things to do in Cairns. It can be enjoyed in a number of ways, including snorkelling, scuba diving, glass-bottomed boat viewing, aircraft or helicopter tours. However, it is well worth getting in the water to truly experience the reef. A diverse range of marine critters calls the Great Barrier Reef home, including whales, dolphins, turtles, sharks, and millions of brightly coloured tropical fish!

For those with more time, consider spending a night on the reef to witness the sunset over the ocean, then watch the sky come alight with a blanket of twinkling stars. There are options to stay on a life aboard boat or pontoon overnight, both of which are guaranteed to be an experience you won’t forget.

By Sophie and Adam from We Dream of Travel 

#3 Sydney Opera House 

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Photo Credit: Paula Morgan aka Sydney Expert

Did you know that a state lottery funded the building of the Sydney Opera House? Or that they chose its design from over 200 entered into a competition? These are just two of the facts you will learn on a tour of this architectural wonder that sits on Bennelong Point at the centre of Sydney Harbour. 

The Sydney Opera House is hands down one of Sydney famous places, if not the most famous and a super famous landmark of Australia!

Whether you choose to visit on a one-hour tour, attend a performance or simply walk around the building taking in the beauty of its angles against the blue sky and water, a visit to the Sydney Opera House is something you won’t forget. 

Sadly, the architect Jørn Utzon had a disagreement with NSW Government and returned home to Denmark before he managed to finish the opera house, one of the famous buildings in Sydney, Australia. He never visited the building after completion. 

Make sure you get up close to the shells, also known as the sails covered in over a million tiles. It may surprise you to find that they are not a harsh white, but in fact, two off-white shades that alternate and give it some added dimension.

There are several places to dine at the Opera House, from the fine dining restaurant Bennelong to the casual but very popular Opera Bar, which is the perfect place to head for afternoon drinks. With live music most days and a sunset view that is hard to beat, it’s as popular with local office workers as it is with visitors to Sydney. 

Another highlight is Badu Gili; a projection played 2-3 times each night on the eastern side of the small shell. Be sure to check when you arrive in Sydney for the times, as they change according to the season. If you can, try to visit during the annual Vivid Festival when the Opera House looks her absolute best. 

By Paula Morgan aka Sydney Expert

#4 Bells Beach 

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In a country known for its fabulous beaches, Bells Beach is one of the surfing world’s most famous landmarks in Australia. Located along the Great Ocean Road (another well-known Aussie landmark), Bells is home to the world’s oldest surfing carnival the Rip Curl Pro. This much-loved event is held during the Easter long weekend, and Bells Trophy is one of the most sought after titles on the ASP World Championship Tour.

Besides the booming surf that crashes against its shore Bells Beach is known for its dramatic cliffs that form a natural amphitheatre of the beach below. It’s best seen from the cliff top car park where you can watch both the locals and pros catch a wave before making your way down the steps to the beach. 

This part of coastal Australia has played a huge role in the development of surfing culture around the world. The three fin setup that’s widely used by elite surfers today first came to light when its creator won the Bells Beach Classic in 1981. While the famous surf brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver were founded in nearby Torquay a great place to explore after your visit to Bells. 

This part of Australia is home to some amazing landmarks, and Bells Beach is up there with the best of them.   

By Audrey Chalmers from See Geelong 

#5 Byron Bay

Byron bay Australia landmark

A famous landmark in Australia – Byron Bay, is situated in the furthest northeastern corner of New South Wales, almost 800 km north of Sydney.

Near the Byron Bay town, there is the easternmost point of mainland Australia called Cape Byron. It was named by the probably world-most famous traveller – James Cook after royal navy officer John Byron and a grandfather of the famous poet – Lord Byron. 

Today, the small town of Byron Bay attracts many visitors with its still chilled vibe and cool surfing culture. The best time to visit Byron Bay is in the winter months between March and August, when the weather is great, along with surfing conditions and lesser crowds. If you’re a nature lover, consider visiting between May and October, when you can spot humpback whales in the Bay! 

One of the best things to do in Byron Bay, apart from surfing and beach lounging, is a sunrise walk to Cape Byron through the grass-covered cliff tops with some jaw-dropping scenery. The loop is 3.7 km, and the walk is suitable for any fitness level. At the end of the walk, you will see the iconic lighthouse marking the easternmost point of Australia dating back to 1901. 

All in all, Byron Bay is one of the best places to visit in Australia for a chilled vibe and surfing. 

#6 Icebergs Bondi Beach Pool, Sydney

Icebergs Bondi Beach Pool

Bondi Beach Rock Pool is probably one of the most iconic Sydney landmarks! If you’re thinking of Bondi Beach, you probably have an aerial shot of the Icebergs pool in mind! 

Swimming in this salty water pool is an experience in its own right. The pool has a rich history and was a part of the Iceberg Swimming Club founded in 1929 to provide lifeguards with a place to train even in the winter months. The club still exists today and is the largest club of this kind. 

Luckily, this iconic pool is also open to the general public. To have the best experience of the Bondi Beach Pool, one of the most photographed landmarks in Sydney, Australia, visit in the early morning to have the pool to yourself and witness the incredible sunrise. At high tide, you may get an extra thrill of the splashing waves hitting the pool!

#7 Hutt Lagoon

The Hutt Lagoon

The Hutt Lagoon Pink Lake in Western Australia has become one of the most iconic landmarks Australia boast for local and overseas visitors alike. Located five hours north of Perth, Hutt Lagoon is a bright shade of pink all year round.

Visiting Pink Lake is free. Look for the Pink Lake Lookout parking spot on Google Maps. From here, you can walk around this section of the lake. As there are minimal facilities near Pink Lake, make sure to bring water and snacks with you, and take all rubbish home with you.

The lake gets its colour from the presence of a certain type of algae. You can swim in the lake, but the water is very salty. It is recommended to bring along a pair of reef shoes if you do go in to prevent your feet from getting scratched by the submerged rocks.

Tip: For the best pictures of this epic landmark of Western Australia, visit between 10 am-2 pm on a sunny day when the sun is overhead. If you have a drone, the pink lake looks even better from above. Alternatively, scenic flights are available from Geraldton.

The closest accommodation to Pink Lake is the caravan park in the nearby small town of Port Gregory. The seaside city of Geraldton is only an hour’s drive away with a much larger range of accommodation and restaurants available.

By Tess from Tessomewhere

#8 Great Ocean Road

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The Great Ocean Road is not only one of the best man-made Australian monuments and landmarks and part of the Australian National Heritage List but one of the best scenic drives in the world! 

This coastal road is 151 miles long and built by soldiers after World War I in memory of the killed soldiers during the War, making it the world’s longest war memorial. The road is found in the state of Victoria in Southern Australia and is located between the cities of Torquay and Allansford. A great starting point is the city of Melbourne, as it’s only an hour away and also the best route to drive from Melbourne to Adelaide in South Australia. The Great Ocean Road is one of the famous landmarks in Melbourne and one of Adelaide landmarks too. 

Visiting and driving along the Great Ocean Road is, in itself, a must-do in Australia, but there’s lots to do along the way, including skydiving, visiting quaint coastal towns and spotting wild Koala Bears, Emus and Kangaroos! 

There’s also fun camping opportunities along the Great Ocean Road, like camping with Koalas and near gorgeous Ozzie beaches. Other activities include learning about Aboriginal culture, stopping for a photo at the Great Ocean Road sign and wandering along with the Twelve Apostles, which are natural limestone stacks rising up out the ocean and said to be between 5 and 15 million years old! Whatever your interests are, Great Ocean Road can accommodate you. 

By Shireen from The Happy Days Travels

#9 Shark Bay, Denham 

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​​Dazzling with pristine beaches, turquoise lagoons, abundant wildlife and unique coastline, Shark Bay is one of the fascinating Australian landforms and famous landmarks Australia boast in the West. 

Shark Bay was named by an English explorer William Dampier who came to the bay in 1699 and saw many sharks in the bay’s waters. Toda, Shark Bay is a World Heritage Site that encompasses over 2.2 million hectares of unspoiled wilderness. 

One of the best things to do on your trip to Shark Bay is walking along the boardwalk in Eagle Bluff. On your walk, you will be able to spot many animals, including turtles, dugongs and sharks. If you can, stay for sunset, and you won’t regret it! Another must-see place is the Francois Peron National Park, where you can enjoy the pristine lagoons with exquisite turquoise waters, white powdery sands contrasting with red rocks. And, last but certainly not least of the best experience to enjoy in Shark Bay is spotting reef sharks swimming in the clear lagoon waters!

#10 Ayers Rock

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Photo Credit: Aquarius Traveller

Ayers Rock or the Aboriginal Name “Uluru” rises to 348 metres (1142 Feet) above the desert plains of Northern Territory in Australia. It’s a red sandstone rock formation, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Ayers Rocks is one of the most popular northern territory landmarks, with over 300,000 tourists visiting each year. 

It’s located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and is often explored along with the Olgas ( Kuta Tjuta). There are fees to enter the park and conveniently starts with a 3-day National Park Pass. This gives you plenty of time to explore the sites and hiking opportunities.

The base walk surrounding Ayers Rock is almost 10 kilometres long and will take a few hours to complete. You will spend this time exploring the waterholes, rock caves, ancient paintings, and sacred sites. As well as viewing this magnificent rock up close and seeing millions of years of weather conditions forming it. Additionally, there are allocated locations for sunsets and sunrise viewpoints, balloon or helicopter flights, along with a 50,000 solar light bulb art display to enjoy.

There are extreme temperature conditions in Outback Australia. It’s advisable to always carry lots of water and complete hikes in the mornings. Consequently, winter is a better time to visit anywhere from March to October each year. It’s also great to pack several clothing layers, as nights can get a little cooler.

The Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal people own this wonderful area and have leased it back to the National Park for tourism. This means that Ayers Rock (Uluru) can be enjoyed for many years to come.

By Chris Fry from Aquarius Traveller

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Natural Landmarks in Australia 

#11 Wave Rock

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Located in southern Western Australia, Wave Rock is a remarkable landmark that looks just like a wave about to break. A 15m high and 110m long granite cliff, it surprisingly wasn’t created by water. Instead, it is part of the larger Hyden Rock inselberg and formed from a combination of chemical weathering and subsequent erosion.

The landmark shot to fame when it was the subject of an award-winning photograph in 1964, subsequently published in the National Geographic magazine. Since then, Wave Rock has been a destination for tourists from around Australia and the world, despite being in a rather isolated spot, almost a four-hour drive from the state capital of Perth. 

To visit Wave Rock, it’s best to stay at the Wave Rock Caravan Park, just a 5-minute walk from the base of the rock, or the Wave Rock Hotel, in the nearby rural town of Hyden. An overnight stay means that you can also revisit the rock at sunset or sunrise. An entry fee per vehicle applies to visitors who aren’t staying at the caravan park.

While visiting this Western Australia landmark, it’s also worthwhile seeing the nearby Hippo’s Yawn, just a short walk away, and driving to the Humps, another granite outcrop 16km to the north. The Humps contains Mulka’s Cave, one of the most significant Aboriginal rock art sites in southern Western Australia.

By Shandos from Travelnuity: Dog-Friendly Travel

#12 Kangaroo Island 

kangaroo island, southwest of Adelaine

Situated southwest of Adelaine, the Kangaroo Island is one of the most biodiverse landmarks South Australia boasts. It is also referred to as Karta Pintingga by the Kaurna people, which means ‘Island of the dead.’ But, there is nothing dead about this island, as it is inhabited by an abundance of different species such as kangaroos, koalas, penguins and seals! 

The Kangaroo Island is one of the off-beaten track and unspoiled natural landmarks in South Australia. If you enjoy nature away from the crowds, this is the perfect destination for you. A lot of the animals lead a nocturnal life, so to be able to spot them, go on a night tour with a guide. Another place not to miss is the island’s dune called Little Sahara that is so worth paying a visit! 

The best way to get to the island is to fly from Adelaide to Kingscote or take a ferry from Cape Jervis. The best time to visit is in spring, between September and November. 

#13 Whitsundays Islands

Whitsundays Islands

Situated 55 km off the central coast of Queensland, Whitsundays Islands are one of the most iconic Australian landmarks natural type! The Whitsunday archipelago encompasses 74 islands, with Whitsunday Island and Hamilton Island being the most popular. 

The Whitsunday Islands are a must-see bucket list position in Australia. They are located next to the Great Barrier Reef and boast abandoned sea life. The islands are the perfect destination for scuba diving, snorkelling and sailing! One of the best beaches to visit is the award-winning Whitehaven Beach. It stretches for 7km being the largest beach in Whitsunday Islands, and it boasts one of the purest white silica sands in the world, which makes swimming in its waters a paradise-like experience! 

These natural famous landmarks in Queensland are best visited in September when the weather is consistently sunny and the humidity low, and winds light. 

#14 Cathedral Gorge 

Cathedral Gorge, Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park

Situated in Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park, Cathedral Gorge is one of the most striking geological landmarks of Western Australia! 

To fully appreciate this stunning place, one of the most amazing western Australia natural landmarks, take the 4 km return hike through the gorge. The hike is moderately easy and suitable for any fitness level. On your way, you will pass the iconic beehives and some bizarre rock formations, and in the gorge itself, you will be stunned by its natural acoustic properties! Some group tour guides even bring a guitar to show the beauty of the sounds created by the amphitheatre! 

In the rainy season, water flows in between the rocks, and over time it has created an amphitheatre made of red rock with a pool inside. 

#15 Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay in Tasmania is one of the most beautiful landmarks for Australia Bucket List. The white beach at Wineglass Bay creates a perfect crescent shape against the turquoise waters of the Bay. With a backdrop of forested granite mountains, Wineglass Bay is truly stunning to behold. It’s known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and is a lovely place to visit.

Wineglass Bay can be found on the Freycinet Peninsula on the island of Tasmania at the most southern tip of Australia.  It takes about 2.5 to drive there from Hobart or Launceston, and you’ll find Wineglass Bay inside the Freycinet National Park.

The short hike to the Wineglass Bay Lookout is one of the most popular walks in Tasmania. The track is well-maintained with some steep sections, and it takes an hour or more to return to the car park.  At the lookout, you have the option of continuing down the steep path to the pristine Wineglass Bay Beach.  But you’ll have a steep climb when you return, and it takes around 2.5 to 3 hours.  You can also take a 5-hour track across the isthmus and through the forest back to the car park.

For more stunning scenery in the Freycinet National Park, visit the Cape Tourville Lighthouse. There’s a short boardwalk around the cliffs to the lighthouse, and the coastal views are simply breathtaking, especially at sunrise.

By Linda from Muy Linda Travels

#16 Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
Photo Credit: Australia Obsessed

Cradle Mountain is one of the most remarkable Tasmania natural landmarks. Rising tall in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, it’s a mecca for travellers looking for an outdoor escape. 

Home to incredible wildlife, including wombats and wallabies, towering King Billy trees and the iconic Dove Lake boatshed, there’s no denying that it’s one of the most famous landmarks in Australia and a bucket list destination. It’s also the gateway to the Overland Track, a world-famous multi-day hike that covers a total of 65km. 

The best way to explore the area is by doing one of the many Cradle Mountain walks, which meander through temperate rainforests and grassy moorlands. The Dove Lake Circuit and Enchanted Walk are favourites for families, while more adventurous travellers will prefer the Cradle Mountain summit hike, which is a tough yet rewarding 8-hour walk. No matter which you choose, you’ll be spoiled with picturesque viewpoints, remote trails and scenic landscapes.

To enter the National Park, you’ll need to purchase a pass from the visitor’s centre. This costs $25 and gives you access to the free shuttle within the park.

It’s best to spend at least two days in Cradle Mountain. While March is said to be the best month to visit, the weather in Tasmania is notorious for being unpredictable. One minute there’s sunny skies, the next it’s snowing! Either way, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable time.

By Carryn Beard from Australia Obsessed

#17 Fraser Island 

Fraser Island

Fraser Island, or K’gari as it is now known, is the world’s largest sand island and one of the most fascinating landmarks of Australia. When you visit, you will discover a place that is filled with mystery and outstanding natural beauty. 

The first thing to think about when planning a visit to Fraser Island is that it can only be accessed by 4 wheel drive vehicle. You will find an island crisscrossed with thin, deeply rutted sand tracks, which can be daunting. Fortunately, there are Fraser Island tours available which take the stress out of visiting the island. 

The story of Fraser Island is nothing short of miraculous. From sand, the island transformed into a paradise filled with lush subtropical rainforest, crystal clear freshwater lakes and one of the longest beaches in Australia. 

Fraser Island is known as K’gari to the Butchulla people, the traditional owners of the land. K’gari means paradise in the Butchulla language, and for over 5,000 years, the people lived here in harmony with nature, taking only what they needed and allowing the land to rejuvenate by moving with the seasons.

You can learn more about the ways of the Butchulla people as you walk along the pristine white beach of Lake McKenzie and explore the rainforest shrouded Wanggoolba Creek.

Be filled with excitement as you drive along the seemingly endless Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Understand the force of nature as you visit the wreck of the S.S. Maheno, which is stuck fast within the sands of the beach or relax enjoy the afternoon floating down picturesque Eli Creek.

Fraser Island is a short ferry ride from Hervey Bay, the whale watching capital of Queensland.

By Rosalind Cuthbertson of Road Trip Australia

#18 The Grampians, Victoria 

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For anyone who loves the great outdoors, the Grampians, one of the most famous monuments in Australia of a natural sort, should be at the top of your list. This stunning, picturesque piece of Victoria is amazing.

Many people will make the town of Halls Gap their base when they visit the Grampians. The magnificent Grampians National Park surrounds the small town in every direction, making it not only the best place to see all of the Grampians but the most beautiful as well.

From Halls Gap, the options of what you can do are endless. 

Hiking around the National Park is something people visit the area for. From hikes that take little time to ones that are suited to experienced hikers, there is a walk for you. Some will only lead you through the most amazing Australian bush others will lead you to a waterfall or to a lookout where you can see for miles on a clear day. If you are unable to hike, you will find some of the waterfalls have easy access from a car park.

If you love food, you are in the perfect spot. There are plenty of places to stop and enjoy a meal or a snack with some of the most beautiful views. If you love wine, then a visit to Fallen Giants or Pomonal Estate have delicious wines that will have you stocking up for home. 5 Ducks Farm is a must for anyone who loves fresh, homemade jam. This tiny shop packs a punch with the most delicious jams! Craft beer lovers will require a stop at Paper, Scissors, Rock for a sample. The traveller is a personal favourite!

But in the end, you must not forget a trip to the Balconies and Reed Lookout. These are views that feature in many tourism pamphlets and for very good reason. They are simply amazing.

By Mark from Wyld Family Travel

#19 Bridestowe Lavender Estate, Tasmania 

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Bridestowe Lavender Estate is one of the most special Australian man made landmarks in Tasmania, where one can enjoy the views of lavender flowers and fields. The estate is around 45 minutes by road from Launceston city, and the best way to get there is by driving. There are plenty of free parking spaces at the estate.

Opened in 2007 by Robert Ravens, the farms have around 14 varieties of lavender, and they sell a wide range of products made from lavender. The lavenders planted in the fields are from the seeds picked specifically from France. 

The best season to visit this fun Tasmania landmark and see the lavenders in full bloom is between December and January. One needs at least two to three hours to visit the estate. There is an entrance fee of AUD 20 per person. The estate has a shop where one can buy products, a café for light snacks, and also get their branded bear called Bobbie. 

The fields are a great place to take stunning pictures with the purple flowers, especially during the flowering season. It is best to visit in the morning or during sunset for spectacular pictures. Be careful of snakes while walking between the flowers and fields.

 By Raksha Nagaraj from Solopassport

#20 Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park
Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu National Park

Stretching over 20,000 square kilometres, Kakadu National Park is one of the largest Western Australia natural landmarks with so much to offer!

Early signs of life of Aboriginal people in this area are as old as 65,000 years, making this park one of the oldest natural landmarks in Western Australia. Kakadu has some exciting rock art to explore; some of them are as old as 20,000 years. Don’t miss the first contact painting depicting tall ships that brought the Europeans to Australia. 

Kakadu National Park boasts rich fauna and flora with 2,000 different plant species, 280 bird species, flatback turtles and over 10,000 saltwater crocodiles, all living in the park. 

The park is best enjoyed during a hike. There are various paths to choose from where you can climb stunning waterfalls and hike along escarpments high above the ground with some jaw-dropping panoramic vistas over the surrounding landscapes. 

#21 Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef is the longest fringing reef in Australia. It stretches for 260 km between Coral Bay and Exmouth, being one of the major landmarks of Australia in the Northwest. 

A key characteristic of a fringing reef is how close it is to shore, and this is one of the best things about Ningaloo. From as little as 30m from shore, you can be snorkelling over coral and sea turtles.

Listed as a World Heritage site in 2011, Ningaloo Reef is recognised for its diverse and abundant marine life. While the reef is home to over 500 species of fish, it is the areas larger inhabitants that make it such a special place. Sea turtles, dugongs, manta rays, whale sharks, and humpback whales all call Ningaloo Reef home.

Coral Bay and Exmouth are the best places to base yourself for a reef adventure. Coral Bay is a small holiday town where you can snorkel with colourful fish and turtles just minutes from your accommodation. At the northern end of the reef, Exmouth has several top-class snorkelling sites like Turquoise Bay and Lakeside Sanctuary. To be closer to the reef in Exmouth, consider staying in Cape Range National Park or Yardie Creek Caravan Park. 

Besides snorkelling the inner reef, wildlife cruises to swim with the whale sharks, humpback whales, and manta rays are also available. In peak season, May to September, tours and accommodation should be booked well in advance. Coral Bay is especially busy during the holiday period. You can fly to Exmouth from Perth, but you will still need a car to get around. A Perth to Exmouth road trip is a great way to see the region. Allow 10 – 14 days to explore this unique and beautiful part of the Australian coast.

Natalie & Steve from Curious Campers

#22 Cape Leveque, Western Australia 

Cape Leveque, Western Australia

Being the northernmost tip of the Dampier Peninsula, Cape Leveque is one of the most famous western Australia landmarks. Cape Leveque is located 240 km from Broome, and it’s largely isolated from any sort of civilisation. It is a place of outstanding natural beauty with rich fauna.

You can spot here many species of sea birds, wild turtles, and it is where humpback whales come to give birth to their offspring. Cape Leveque also boasts a dramatic landscape with crystal clear water washing of the red rock cliffs. This area also has a rich history with Indigenous Australians settlements as old as 3,000 – 5,000 years. If you decide to visit this remote place, there is a campsite and a restaurant. The only way to get here is by 4×4 car or a plane. Make sure you visit the lighthouse for the panoramic views of the shore!

#23 Gippsland Lakes, Victoria

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Lakes Entrance Lookout

For the perfect seaside town holiday, you must visit Lakes Entrance and experience the magnificent Gippsland Lakes. Lakes Entrance is located in Eastern Victoria and is the largest coastal town on the Gippsland Lakes, which makes it the perfect place to get the very best visit to the Gippsland Lakes

The Gippsland Lakes are made up of more than 350 square kilometres of marshes, lagoons and lakes, which hold some fantastic boating, fishing and unique wildlife opportunities. The Gippsland Lakes system is home to the Burranan dolphin, which is only found in the Gippsland Lakes and Port Phillip Bay. Seals are known to rest on the rocks of the Entrance or play in the waves on a choppy day. You can find yourself watching them from a jetty or the shore if you are unable to get out on a boat. 

For people who love being out on the water, this is the perfect place. There are two areas where you can enjoy the water while you are visiting Lakes Entrance, one being the Gippsland Lakes and the other being the 90-mile beach that feeds into the Lakes system. The Lakes system is calm and easy to swim in, whereas the 90-mile beach can be rough and suitable for surf. Fishing is also a favourite for people visiting with options from the shore and going out offshore to try their luck.

Visiting towns on the Gippsland Lakes is a great way to see more of the area around it. Towns like Metung and Paynesville are full of restaurants and cafes that proudly use locally grown produce in their menus. On the weekends, you can also find a brilliant farmers market to ensure you are fully loaded up with some of the freshest produce in the State.

Most people visit the Gippsland Lakes in the summer months when they are at their busiest, but they are spectacular at any time of the year.

By Bec from Explore Victoria

#24 Daintree National Park, Queensland

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One of the most famous Queensland natural landmarks, Daintree National Park, is another amazing destination for nature lovers! Daintree rainforest is located 1,757 km northwest of Brisbane in Far North Queensland.

Daintree Park boasts exceptional biodiversity, including many endangered and rare species such as cassowary. For that reason, it’s been proclaimed a World Heritage Site. The park features many beautiful boardwalks perfect for hikes varying in difficulty and pristine, wild beaches to discover!

You can either take a guided tour through the rainforest or go on a self-driven trip with prior research of the most spectacular spots in the park. Don’t miss Mount Alexandra Lookout, Thornton Beach, Marrdja walk and Cape Tribulation. There are a few restaurants and shops in the park. 

#25 Pink Lakes, Victoria

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If you want to experience one of the truly unique and big landmarks in Australia, surrounded by raw, untouched nature, you need to add these Pink Lakes in the Murray Sunset National Park to your bucket list.

This national park is one of the largest in Victoria and home to what is considered the region’s most untouched and diverse landscapes. It’s a great place to go if you’re looking to escape the crowds, camp – for free – in the Australian outback, and have a chance to spot some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife from one of the many walking tracks in the area.

The biggest attraction in the Murray Sunset National Park is by far the naturally occurring Pink Lakes. Previously mined for their salt, they are now a popular weekend spot for locals and backpackers alike. These lakes get their colour due to a unique combination of salt, water, and algae, which makes it possible for them to remain pink all year round. After the rain, and on an overcast day, the vibrant pink colours are only magnified – so there’s really no need to worry about the weather on a trip to the Murray Sunset National Park.

By Leah from Officer Travels

#26 Cathedral Rock in Kiama

Cathedral Rock in Kiama

A New South Wales landmark – Kiama beach is a gorgeous beach located in the charming town of Kiama. This town is about a three-hour ride by train from Sydney’s Circular Quay station, and the train journey itself is another reason to make the trip. The train passes through gorgeous beach towns, and you have a fantastic view of the coast along the way. Kiama is just past Woolongong.

Once you reach Kiama, head straight to the majestic lighthouse, explore the famous blowhole. Grab some food from one of the restaurants near the lighthouse and take a break along the beach to gaze into its deep blue waters while enjoying your food.

Stop by the Visitor Centre and grab a map. Pack a sandwich and snacks and start the easy hike from Kiama Beach to Minnamurra River that is highly recommended when you visit Kiama. Along the way, you can see the majestic Cathedral Rock, a famous photo-stop and one of the most famous NSW landmarks. It is a beautiful basalt rock structure that is so much more beautiful at sunrise if you can make it the first stop. The neighbourhoods you pass through to reach the river as so calm and beautiful. The folks are super friendly, if you need help with directions, you will definitely get it. Just keep in mind that in winters, it gets dark quickly, so plan the hike early because you can take about three and a half to four hours to walk to the Minnamurra River. Add in more time if you plan to take a lot of photo breaks!

By Priyadarshini Rajendran from Glorious Sunrise

#27 Horizontal Falls, Talbot Bay

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Called by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest wonders of the natural world”, Horizontal Falls are one of the most peculiar AUS landmarks. 

The falls, also called the ‘Horries’, are located in Talbot Bay within the protected area of Horizontal Falls Marine Park in Kimberley, Western Australia. The phenomenon is created by a powerful tidal movement that pushes the water through a narrow gap between two gorges. The gap is so narrow that the water builds up, creating a horizontal fall that is 4 meters long. What’s interesting is that with the change of tide, the fall also changes direction! 

Due to its remote location, getting to Talbot Bay is not easy. The best way is to take a scenic seaplane ride from Broome. The trip normally includes a cooked breakfast, an opportunity to swim in a cage with small sharks and of course, a ride through the fall on a speed boat. 

The best time to visit Talbot Bay, one of the most famous landmarks in Western Australia, is in the winter months between May and July and during the low tide if you want to be able to go through both gaps. At high tide, although the experience may be more exhilarating, you will only be able to go through one of the gaps. 

#28 The Pinnacles Desert

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The Pinnacles Desert is one of the famous sights in Australia West, 250 km from Perth, and it’s a part of Nambung National Park. This peculiar Australian landmark rock formation was created over 25,000 years ago by the erosive powers of the Indian Ocean’s coastal wind. 

The Pinnacles Desert is an excellent destination for a day trip from Perth. A great idea to explore the desert is going on a 5 km Pinnacle Walk Trail that takes you through the Nambung National Park to the Pinnacle Lookout. From this viewpoint, you will have a fantastic panoramic vista over the pinnacles, the Little Painted Desert and unusual white dunes formations. Another way to explore the park is by driving the 4 km loop through the Pinnacles Desert, but it’s only possible for light vehicles.  

Various organised tours operate from Perth if you rather visit in a group. One of the most interesting ones is the sunset tour that includes stargazing through a telescope at the Pinnacles Desert!

#29 Rottnest Island 

Rottnest Island AUS
Photo Credit: Guide your Travel

One of the most Perth landmarks, Rottnest Island, is located only 17 kilometres off the coast of Perth, just 19 km2 in size, and inhabited by around 300 permanent residents. Several ferry routes go to Rottnest Island, but the cheapest is the one from Northport in Fremantle. The return ticket costs 70 AUD (52$ US), including the entrance fee of 19 AUD (14$ US). The ferry takes about 30 minutes, and the ride can sometimes be bumpy, so double-check the weather before you go. 

Rottnest Island is one of Perth famous places to visit for a weekend. It’s highly recommended to explore the island by bike. If you have one in your accommodation, take it with you; if not, you can rent one on the island for 30 AUD (22$ US). There is, of course, also the option of taking the shuttle bus to strategic points around the island, but you are always dependent on the bus schedule and not so flexible. The island offers a lot to see and explore. 

Besides the pristine beaches, bays with crystal clear water, Rottnest Island is also known for its animal inhabitants. There are about 12,000 quokkas on the island, which look a bit like a cross between a rat and a kangaroo. The animals are usually harmless and always look like they’re smiling. However, you should never touch them or upset them because they can bite. For your day on Rottnest Island, you should definitely bring enough water, sunscreen, and your camera.

By Victoria from Guide your Travel

#30 Cable Beach, Broome

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Stretching over 20 km, Cable Beach is one of Australia’s best beaches near Broome in the West of the country. 

Cable Beach is famous for camel rides, yes you heard me right, camel rides, crystal clear water with perfect turquoise shade and red rock formations surrounding the white sands of the beach. The waters of the cable Beach are super calm and perfect for a relaxing dip! 

For history enthusiasts, there are also dinosaurs footprints towards the southern end of the beach at a place known as Gantheaume Point. Choose low tide time to visit, as, during the high tide, the seawater covers the prints. 

#31 Karijini National Park

famous landmarks of australia, Karijini National Park

The spectacular gorges of Karijini National Park are a must-see natural landmark of Australia. Located in the Pilbara region in the north of Western Australia, the deep gorges were formed by erosion over 2 billion years ago.   

Hamersley, Joffre, Weano, and Dales gorges are just some of the formations waiting to be explored. Remember to pack your hiking boots; there are plenty of stunning valleys to adventure down into and hike trails to follow through them. Heading down into the massive canyons, visitors can discover hidden pools and rushing waterfalls.  

There are plenty of activities to suit all interests. Visitors can canoe through the peaceful waterways, go canyoning down the cavernous gorges, take a dip in the waterholes, or participate in sunrise yoga in nature.   

Visiting the park, you will get to see some of the best flora and fauna that WA has to offer. Keep your eyes peeled for rock wallabies, echidnas, red kangaroos, goannas and plenty of bird species. From June to September, the wildflowers bloom, adding to the beautiful scenery.  

There are two locations in the national park where you can stay. Karijini Eco Retreat, located in the heart of the national park, provides accommodation options, including campsites and glamping tents. They have toilet and shower facilities and even a restaurant where you can grab a meal and a drink after your big day of exploring. Dales Campground offers simple campsites for visitors to relax.  

The best time to visit Karijini is during the cooler months of May – September. Summer brings days that reach over 40 degrees Celsius and the possibility of cyclones. The park is closed from December – early February each year due to the possibility of the gorges flooding.  

By Nadia Cuthbertson from Perth Weekend

#32 Lord Howe Island

 Lord Howe Island, famous landmarks of australia

Perhaps not one of the major landmarks in Australia, Lord Howe Island is a tinny island located on the Tasman Sea. 

If you’re after pristine beaches, unspoiled nature, peaceful lagoons and coral reefs that are teeming with life, Lord Howe Island is perfect for you. 

To protect the wilderness of the island, only 400 visitors at a time are allowed to visit this one of the most famous landmarks in Tasmania Sea. 

The island’s stunning natural beauty and incredible biodiversity were recognised by UNESCO and given the World Heritage Site of the natural world title. 

Over 200 birds species and 1600 terrestrial insect species inhabit the island, and 60% of the insects are found nowhere else on our planet! The island is home to the world’s southernmost coral reef, a delight for divers and snorkellers that can enjoy the warm waters without the stingers. 

When visiting the island, don’t miss Ned’s Beach. Its waters are full of sorts of fish that come close to the shore. 

#33 Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley, Melbourne

Rolling hills, sleepy towns and scenic drivers, Yarra Valley is an iconic region, a must-mentioned when talking about Melbourne landmarks!

Yarra Valley is located 60 km from Melbourne in Victoria. It is one of the most Melbourne famous places to go for a weekend trip for Melbourians for wine tasting and nature.  

The region boasts a long history of winemaking dating back to 1838, and today, Yarra Valley is one of the world’s renowned cold climate wine-producing regions with famous wineries such as Oakridge and St. Huberts. 

One of the best things to do in Yarra Valley is joining a wine tasting tour! There are so many excellent wineries to visit, and it would be rude not to sample any wine in the Yarra Valley! Other fantastic activities include a balloon ride over the valley, driving through the moody Black Spur covered by an ever-present mist, wildlife spotting at Healesville Sanctuary and gorging on mouthwatering chocolate at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. 

#34 Lake St. Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain

Lake St. Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain
Dove Lake

Lake St. Claire National Park is located in the Cradle Mountains, 163 km northwest of Hobart, Tasmania. 

Lake St. Claire is Australia’s deepest freshwater lake shaped by glaciers over millions of years. Today, the lake is the iconic part of the park’s mystical scenery. 

The park boasts many different walking paths with some epic viewpoints. One of the best hikes you can do at Lake St. Claire Park is Dover Lake Circuit and Ronny’s Creek to see wombats. There is a visitor centre and a handy shuttle bus connecting different parts of the park. 

#35 Lake Hillier in Middle Island 

 Lake Hillier in Middle Island

Situated on the Middle Island, off the Western coast, the bizarre pink Lake Hillier is one of the peculiar ones on the map of Australia landmarks. 

Scientists haven’t really agreed on what causes the pink colour of the lake, but one of the most popular theories it’s caused by Dunaliella salina microalgae. Unlike other pink lakes in the world, the water from Lake Hillier is still distinctively pink even when put in a glass. 

Another interesting fact is that there are no fish in Lake Hillier as its water is super salty, almost as salty as the water in the Dead Sea. 

In the past, the lake was used for salt extraction, but today is mostly kept as a tourist sight. 

There are two ways to visit the lake – you can either take a helicopter tour or book a boat trip with Esperance Island Cruises. It is possible to swim in the lake as the water is not harmful to the human skin. 

#36 Phillip Island 

Phillip Island, AUS

Phillip Island is a cruisy 2.5-hour drive from Melbourne, and it’s a great place to visit for a day trip or, better spend a whole weekend there. The main tourist attraction at Phillip Island is the Penguin Parade, voted Victoria’s Number 1 tourist attraction many years in a row. International tourists regularly visit each night to watch the little penguins (formally referred to as fairy penguins) waddle their way from the water to their little nests up in the beach scrub. During the COVID pandemic, the penguin parade was live-streamed for all the world to enjoy. 

Phillip Island has much more than the penguins though, Churchill Island is a working farm where city folk get to experience what life on the farm would have been like in the 1800s. The historic homestead is as it was in the late 1800s and is an excellent insight into life for our ancestors. They run daily activities for people to participate in, such as whip cracking, cart rides, milking a cow and picking homegrown veggies from the garden.

Visit the Koala Conservation Centre and see our favourite furry creatures up close. It’s a home for sick and injured koala’s. Arrive early and you might see these furry little favourites up and about and not asleep! They do sleep 22 hours a day, though!!! Phillip Island is a great destination so give yourself at least a few days to check out all it has to offer. 

By Sally from Our3kidsvtheworld 

#37 Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains, Australia
Photo Credit: Claire Pins Travel

The famous Blue Mountains region of Australia features dramatic scenery characterised by ancient rugged rock formations and spectacular natural attractions like waterfalls, caves and eucalyptus forests. 

Visitors often notice a distinctive blue haze suspended above the mountains. This is caused by eucalyptus tree oil in the air, which reflects blue light and gives the mountain range its name. 

Start your journey from the main Blue Mountains Visitor Information Centre at Echo Point in Katoomba, which has some short walks to different lookouts, including one of the more famous views of the ‘Three Sisters’ Australia rock landmark along with a souvenir and gift shop. Katoomba is a major town in the region that offers many options for dining and accommodation and is known for having colourful street art murals. 

A notable nearby attraction is Scenic World, which features the world’s steepest train that descends to walking trails on the forest floor of the Jamison Valley. You could also opt for the Scenic Skyway cable car to see highlights like Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters, and Mount Solitary.

Another popular walking trail is the Wentworth Falls Track which descends alongside a three-tiered waterfall using a steep staircase. You can additionally stop by the Govetts Leap Lookout for memorable views of the eucalyptus trees.

The Blue Mountains area has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and this famous natural attraction is certainly worth a stop if you are planning a road trip from Sydney into the surrounding region. As the Blue Mountains are only about 60 km or a two-hour drive from the centre of Sydney, this is an ideal destination for day trips or a nature-inspired weekend getaway. 

By Claire from Claire Pins Travel

#38 Blue Lake in Mount Gambier

Blue Lake in Mount Gambier
Photo Credit: Exploring South Australia

The Blue Lake is located right in the city of Mount Gambier on South Australia’s Limestone Coast and it’s one of the most exquisite South Australia natural landmarks. This area is well known for its volcanic past, and there are many sinkholes, caves and remnants of volcanoes in the area. 

The Blue Lake is one of the biggest lakes in the area and was created with the last volcanic eruption around 6000 years ago. If you visit the lake during much of the year, from April to November, it will just look like a plain, boring, steel-grey lake. But if you visit from December to March, you will find a beautiful lake that is an intense cobalt blue.

The Blue Lake sits in the crater of an old volcano, which is thought to be 72 metres deep. While it’s not definitively known why the lake changes colour, it is believed that the warmer weather over the summer changes the chemical composition of the water, allowing it to reflect its signature blue.

The lake is not used for water activities, and with the temperature at a constant twelve degrees year-round, most people would not want to get in the water. Instead, the best way to enjoy the lake is to take the walking path around the rim and see it from all the different angles. Stop at the multiple viewing platforms along the way. There are also some grassy areas around the banks for you to enjoy a picnic or to simply relax.

By Josie Kelsh from Exploring South Australia

#39 Jenolan Caves 

famous landmarks in australia, Jenolan Caves

The oldest known cave system in the world can be found just west of the Blue Mountains. The limestone cave system of Jenolan Caves is part of the Great Dividing Range and has been dated to approximately 340 million years old. It holds a special significance to the local Indigenous peoples, the Gundungurra and the Wiradjuri. They believe that the waters have healing properties, and their sick would bathe in the underground waters, while the crystal formations were used in ceremonies. 

Jenolan Caves have been a tourist destination since the 1880s, and today a number of the caves are open for tours, each one containing a unique feature such as cathedral-sized chambers used for music performances, crystal pillars and glimpses of the underground river. 

Tours can be arranged from Sydney, approximately 200 kilometres away, or from the Blue Mountains town of Katoomba. For those so inclined, one of the oldest bushwalks in the mountains, the six-foot track, also reaches its conclusion here. 

It’s also worth taking a stroll around the above-ground to check out the geological features and the unique Australian wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled as you walk around the Blue Lake, and you might even catch a glimpse of the elusive Platypus that reside there!

By Holly from Best of The Blue Mountains

Man Made Landmarks in Australia

#40 Sydney Harbor Bridge

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The Sydney Harbor Bridge is one of the most famous Sydney landmarks and an iconic image of Australia. Nicknamed “The Coat Hanger” by locals due to its shape, it is the largest steel arch bridge in the world. It has eight lanes of traffic, two train lines, a footpath and a cycle lane! 

The bridge has dominated central Sydney since it was built in 1932. These days, there are several ways to enjoy it. The obvious one is to find a great spot to sit, relax and soak in the view of the bridge. A place that’s hard to beat is the Opera Bar at the base of the Sydney Opera House (one of the Sydney iconic buildings). You can relax with a coffee or cocktail and enjoy the view. The bridge is to the west of the Opera House, so the light is best for photographs in the morning or after dark. 

If you’re there in warm weather (which is most of the time!), you can even go for a swim at the North Sydney Olympic Pool, which is right next to the bridge’s towers and has an incredible and unusual view of the bridge from below. 

The other way to enjoy the bridge is to walk on it. While there is a footpath over the bridge, the views are not the best due to the fence. However, you can also climb and walk along the top of the arch! There are several different options for a bridge climb, varying in length and price. The view of the Sydney CBD skyline is second to none from the very top of the bridge.

No matter how you choose to enjoy this famous landmark in sydney, it is impossible to miss. 

By James Ian from Travel Collecting

#41 The Australian Silo Trail 

The Australian Silo Trail
Photo Credit: Australia Your Way

The Silo Art Trail in Australia is a collection of large-scale murals that have turned boring grey silos into beautiful artworks and are one of the most unique landmarks of Australia. Beginning in Western Australia in 2015, there are now over 50 silos across the country, creating Australia’s largest modern outdoor gallery. Along with old grain silos, many local towns have also painted their water towers, adding 80 more structures to the map.

The idea behind these country artworks is to draw travellers into small rural and outback communities to view the art created by famous Australian and international muralists. At the same time, they encourage visitors to spend some time and hopefully a little money in town staying for a meal or even extending to an overnight stay. 

Many towns have added extra murals across buildings in their town centre. A great example of this is the small town of Tumby Bay on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. Once you have seen their beautiful silo mural, you can wander the main streets of the town and find more than a dozen more stunning artworks. 

The Australian Silo Trail is a unique tourism experience and a fabulous way to sting together an Aussie road trip. There are silos in all Australian states, however, one of the best ways to see a lot of Silos in a short time is to drive a section of the Victoria Trail, which is centred around the northwest of the state. Beginning just 300 km from Melbourne, you can visit at least 10 silos on a single 200km road trip from Rupanyup to Patchewollock. A similar trip can be made in South Australia, driving from Adelaide to Tumby Bay and ticking off five of the most beautiful silos in the country along the way. 

By Paula from Australia Your Way 

#42 Port Arthur, Tasmania

Port Arthur, Tasmania

Port Arthur is an important heritage site of Australia and one of the most famous landmarks in Tasmania. It originated in the 18th and 19th centuries as a convict site for the British Empire. It consisted of 11 penal sites, including most feared by the prisoners – Separate Prison where mind punishment replaces physical punishment. Life wasn’t easy as a prisoner of the Port Arthur settlement. Some convicts were forced to work on timber extraction. Other convicts could learn shipbuilding as a part of the reformation programme. 

Today, Port Arthur is one of the Tasmania landmarks where you can learn about the hardship of prisoners’ lives and the colonial past of Australia. 

#43 Gordon Dam, Tasmania

landmarks for australia, Gordon Dam, Tasmania

Gordon River Dam, located in South West Tasmania, was erected in 1974 to generate hydroelectric power. The project was completed within three years, and it cost around 5 million Australian dollars. It has an arch shape, and it controls the spillway on the River Gordon. The dam is an awe-inspiring construction measuring 140 meters in height and 198 meters in length. What’s also interesting about this Australian landmark is that the power generated at the power station below the dam covers 13% of the demand in Tasmania!

It is possible to visit this Australia land mark. A 196-step staircase will take you to the top, where there is a viewing platform with incredible vistas of the dam and the surrounding landscape. 

#44 Australian War Memorial, Canberra 

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One of the Canberra landmarks – the Australia War Memorial, is one of the most important meaningful landmarks in Australia. It was opened in 1941 to commemorate all the members of the armed forces and other organisations that died in wars involving the Commonwealth of Australia. The memorial can be found in the suburbs of Campbell in the capital city. It consists of the Hall of Memory with the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier, the museum and the research centre that looks after the records. 

#45 ​​Parliament House, Canberra

​​Parliament House, Canberra, man made landmarks in australia

Parliament House ( also known as Capital Hill) is one of the most prominent and famous ​​landmarks in Canberra and also New South Wales landmarks! It is where the Australian Parliament resides, as the name suggests. 

The Parliament House was opened in 1988 by Queen Elizabeth II, with a whooping construction cost exceeding $4 billion! Canberra not always was the capital city of Australia, and during the Commonwealth times, the two largest cities Sydney and Melbourne, were competing for that title. After long deliberation, being most neutral, Canberra won the honour!

The best way to enjoy this impressive monument is embarking on a 3.4 km Parliament walk that connects the city of Canberra with the parliament building. It starts from Jolimont Centre and during the walk you can learn some interesting facts about the cultural institution of Australia, the history of the Parliament House and the Parliament Triangle through the information signs installed along the path. 

#46 Serbian Orthodox Church, Coober Pedy

Serbian Orthodox Church, Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy, a small outback town about 800 miles north of Adelaide, is known as Australia’s underground town. Because summer temperatures can reach above 40C and winter can be chilly, around 50 per cent of the people who live in this opal mining community live in homes dug into the cliffs. But it’s not just homes that are underground, there’s subterranean bars, underground hotels – and even the churches are below ground. 

The most beautiful of these and one of the most quirky south Australia landmarks is the Serbian Orthodox Church. Considering the entrance is a simple set of wooden doors in the cliff, you really don’t expect what you’re going to find as you wander down the sloped corridor to the main hall. 

Built in 1993 by Serbian opal miners who had relocated to the town, it’s famous for its beautiful scalloped walls, 7 metre high ceilings and ornate interior. 

The sculptures inside are by Australian sculptor Norm Aston, who fell in love with Coober Pedy after stopping off here for a few days on the drive between Adelaide and Alice Springs. Enamoured by the red earth, bright blue sky and solitude of the place, he ended up living in the town for eight years.

Full of quirky touches, the Serbian Orthodox Church is definitely one of the unusual landmarks of south Australia and a must-see sight in Coober Pedy and is open to visitors 24 hours a day. There’s no entrance fee, although there is a donation box. You’ll find it on Ponch Gulley Road, a short drive from the town centre. 

By Helen from Differentville

#47 ​​Central Deborah Gold Mine, Bendigo

Central Deborah Gold Mine, Bendigo

Underneath grand banks and buildings, opulent botanical gardens, and attractive, wide streets is one of Victoria’s less obvious landmarks in Australia map – Central Deborah Gold Mine, located in the town of Bendigo. Less than a two-hour drive from Melbourne, a weekend in Bendigo is an ideal amount of time to explore this history-rich region.

But out of sight underground does not mean out of mind. Nearly 930 kgs of gold was extracted from this fruitful mine during its operation in the 1900s. Consequently, the resulting wealth was reinvested into the former tent shanty, quickly turning it into what it is today – an affluent and pretty town.

A tour of the gold mine is a must-visit activity on a trip to Bendigo. The most basic tour will take visitors an incredible 61 metres below ground to level 2 to experience what the conditions were like for miners. You’ll also hear some pretty gruesome and heart-wrenching stories, see original mining equipment and, of course, ogle at gold in its natural state.

The ticket to the underground experience also includes entry to the above-ground museums and points of interest such as the Blacksmith’s Shop, the First Aid Room and the Engine Room.

Once you’ve finished your mine tour, jump on the vintage talking tram right outside the entrance for a hop-on-hop-off service to the main points of interest around Bendigo, such as Lake Weeroona and the Golden Dragon Museum & Water Garden. With so much to see and do at (and from) the mine, to make the most of your day, make sure you start it early as the last tram service back to the mine is around 4 pm.

Central Deborah Gold Mine is a fascinating and thought-provoking insight into Australia’s booming colonial past and a modest but important local Australia landmark.

By Tammy from Travelling Tam

#48 Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway is one of the most fun man made landmarks in Queensland! The railway is 127 years old, part of the Heritage listing and a significant National Engineering Landmark. It offers a fabulous 2-hour trip through the jungle of the Australian rainforest with some spectacular views, iron bridges and tunnels, including the epic Barron waterfall. The area is known as the Barron Gorge National Park. 

You can catch this historic train in Cairns and take it all the way to the picturesque town of Kuranda. Pop into the Kuranda Tea Rooms for some tasty refreshments and interesting souvenirs!

#49 The Gold Coast Skyline 

The Gold Coast Skyline

The skyline of the Gold Coast city is one of the most recognisable Queensland landmarks and most iconic landmarks in Australia that are man-made. 

The Gold Coast, located 66 km of Brisbane, is famous for its vast stretch of golden-sand beaches, world-class surfing spots in the Surfers Paradise district, skyscrapers – most iconic gold coast landmarks, theme parks including Warner Bros Movie World and excellent nightlife. 

No wonder the Gold Coast is a popular tourist destination in Australia with a myriad of activities you can do! The Gold Coast is also a perfect base for exploring the local rainforest, including the ziplining and adventure parks for the adrenaline seekers!

#50 Sovereign Hill, Victoria 

Sovereign Hill, Victoria

Situated in Ballarat, the Sovereign Hill open-air museum is one of the most famous landmarks in Victoria and one of Australia’s most popular tourist sites. It’s a whole historical town set in the 1850s when this part of Australia experienced a great gold rush! 

Interestingly, the gold diggers found the world’s second-largest gold nugget here in Ballarat in the Red Hill Mine. It weighed a whopping 62 kg and is worth at least 3 million dollars today! 

The museum was created to preserve the historic buildings and the history of gold-digging in this region. Today the museum comprises over 60 buildings and a team of costumed staff wearing clothes from that period. Sovereign Hill is a fun destination to visit for the entire family, packed with super cool activities and hands-on experiences, including sweet-making and coach rides. 

 

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