Sydney is not the capital of Australia, it is Canberra, but the visit is not to be missed! In addition to the mythical opera house and the superb bay of Sydney, many neighborhoods with varied atmospheres deserve to stroll there and take your time: the CBD (Central Business Service), the historic district of The Rocks, the restaurants of Darling Harbour, Chinatown.
Few cities have found such a balance between urbanism and nature, building and beach, surfers can indulge their passion at Bondi Beach. Immerse yourself in the stories of the first inhabitants by visiting the Royal Botanic Garden. If you still have a little time, do not hesitate to explore the surroundings of the city which will inevitably lead you to the Blue Mountains 100 km away, ideal for hiking between mountains and vertiginous gorges.
Karijini National Park
Visiting this Pilbara National Park (northwestern region of Australia) is like stepping back 2 million years. Formerly occupied by three aboriginal tribes (the Innawongas, the Kurramas and the Banyimas), this park is the second in the country in terms of area (6274 km²). With its canyons and red rocks, it is very reminiscent of certain landscapes of the American West.
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A popular spot for kangaroos, wallaroos and many species of birds, a hike will allow you to familiarize yourself with the fauna and flora of this part of Australia. Oxer Lookout is the most famous panorama in all of Western Australia: it gives a 360° view of the three gorges in this portion of the park. For lovers of water, waterfalls and gorges, dive into the natural pools of Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool.
The Daintree Rainforest
Located 100km north of the city of Cairns, this forest is one of the oldest tropical forests in the world. It is home to an endless variety of lush plants and animals such as crocodiles, bats, marsupials or cassowaries. To get there, drive along the Pacific coast via the Captain Cook Highway and stop at Cape Tribulation where the Captain Cook ran aground in 1770.
Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Uluru is a sacred site for the Anangu aborigines and therefore must be respected if you go there. 600 million years old, it is one of the oldest monoliths in the world, after Mount Augustus. Accessible by simple hikes (walking around the monolith is an extraordinary experience), you can also sign up for helicopter or small plane excursions. Most departures are at sunrise or sunset: the light that changes intensity on the red rock is one of the most beautiful things in the world. When the spiritual and the sublime collide, welcome to Uluru!
The 12 Apostles and the Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road, also called B100, runs along the southeast coast of Australia in the state of Victoria for nearly 250km between Torquay and Allansford. This rugged and frequently storm-swept coast has been the scene of many shipwrecks over the centuries. Near the town of Port Campbell, the “12 Apostles” are now only 8 limestone towers about 45m high detached from the cliffs due to erosion. The 9th apostle collapsed in 2005.
Coral Coast (Pinnacles Desert, Shell Beach, Coral Bay and Exmouth)
240 km from Perth, enter the Coral Coast. From the start, you will dive into another temporality by stopping at the Pinnacles Desert: these limestone rocks sculpted by the winds stretch as far as the eye can see and can reach 5 m high!
Another atmosphere, 45 km from Denham where your feet sink into a sandless beach. The 60 km of beach are made up of clam shells nearly 10 m deep. Impossible to skirt the Coral Coast without scuba diving in the “Little Barrier Reef” of Coral Bay or trying to see whales from the top of the Exmouth lighthouse.
Island located 240 km south of Australia, so closer to Antarctica, it is called “Island of Inspiration” or “Natural State” for its preserved natural state. The island was inhabited by Tasmanian Aborigines for nearly 35,000 years and settled by the Dutch in 1642 (the expedition captain was named Abel Tasman). To visit Tasmania is to oscillate between the greatest wonders of nature and the most brutal history: Port Arthur Penitentiary, which housed more than 12,000 prisoners between 1833 and 1877, had the reputation of being the most hard of the whole British Empire.
For more serenity, venture into the “jewel of Tasmania”: the Frecynet National Park where the Hazards nestle, impressive granite mountains. And, just past the town of St Helen, take in the Bay of Fires, famous for its white sand beaches, turquoise waters and granite rocks covered in orange granite that make a sunset look like the bay ignites.
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