Things to do in Australia
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is spectacular. The terrain of sandstone and water vistas merge to form a spectacular landscape. Relics of Aboriginal life are preserved through 800 sites. These artifacts include rock paintings, middens and cave art.
Royal Botanic Gardens is one of the finest botanic gardens in the world. The gardens feature a global selection of plantings and specific Australian gardens. Mini eco-systems, including cacti, an herb garden and indigenous rainforest also dot the landscape. In addition to the landscape features, the Observatory offers tours of night time constellations and the nature-based Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden, a whimsical and child-scaled place that invites kids and their parents to explore, discover and imagine.
The Sydney Opera House is interesting in terms of both sights and sounds. This most recognizable icon of Australia underwent a four year construction period. Inside this modern structure, there is are six auditoriums where dance, concerts, opera and theater are staged. There is also the left-off-center is for emerging artists.
Like the Promenade des Anglais, St. Kilda Foreshore gleams with palm-fringed promenades. While strolling the boardwalk, stop in for a bite at the two popular dining establishments which are located in historic foreshore buildings: the sleek Donovans and the Edwardian teahouse Stokehouse. The breakwater near the pier was built in the ‘50s as a safe harbor for boats competing in the Olympic Games. Today, it is home to a colony of little penguins that have, incredibly, chosen the city’s most crowded suburb in which to reside.
For a contrast to the arid outback landscape, plan a hike at Mt. Wellington. The road to the mountain’s center was carved out of the mountainside during the Great Depression. Along the way, it passes through forest, and lunar rockscapes.