Australia

Things to do in Australia

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has sandstone and water vistas merge to form a spectacular landscape. Relics of Aboriginal life are preserved with artifacts including rock paintings, middens and cave art. The Royal Botanic Gardens is one of the finest in the world. The gardens feature a global selection of plantings and specific Australian gardens. In addition to the landscape features, the Observatory offers nighttime tours of constellations and the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden, a whimsical, child-scaled area that invites kids to explore their natural surroundings. The Sydney Opera House, arguably the most recognizable icon of Australia, holds six auditoriums where dance, concerts, opera and theater are staged. A bar and restaurant are attached nearby, so visitors can take a break and enjoy the view of the Harbor Bridge.

St. Kilda Foreshore features lively promenades. 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 penguins that have, incredibly, chosen the city’s most crowded suburb in which to reside. Bondi Beach is quintessential Sydney, and one of the best things to do in Australia. Its bright blue waters and perfect waves are ideal for local surfers and beachgoers looking to cool off. Finally, head up to Mark’s Park for a view of the beach from the cliffs nearby.

The modern gallery represents top Western Australian artists, including Peggy Patrick and Phyllis Thomas.

This Darlinghurst neighborhood gallery has dedicated itself to promoting the provocative and edgy works of artists, both well-established and up-and-coming, within the Contemporary art form.

Must-try: 2005 Block 6 Shiraz.

The eclectic Gallery Sorrento has rotating exhibits by Australian artists such as Rick Matear, whose moody paintings often feature the Mornington Peninsula.

An agent since 2006, Cassandra Bookholder, who works with Camelback Odyssey Travel, specializes in custom trips to Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. One of Bookholder’s current favorite places to send clients is Australia’s Pretty Beach House hotel, located 60 miles north of Sydney.

This settlement on the Tasmanian Peninsula was where convicts were sent when they committed yet another crime while in Australia. As a secondary penal colony, Port Arthur was designed to be a place of unremitting subjugation and hardship. As Robert Hughes

Located in Woollahra, this gallery showcases the work of 20th- and 21st-century Australian artists.

For flirty summer dresses and linen skirts and tops, the boutique showcases up-and-coming Australian designers like Thurley and Lisa Brown.