Anyone seeking out the top attractions on their cheap holidays in Australia will be able to simply switch on their smartphone and receive expert guidance, thanks to a new app which the creator claims is “the definitive guide” to trips Down Under.
Travel writer Sue Gough Henly is the brains behind the Australia: Where to Go app. She has reduced the apparently endless scope of things to see and do when visiting this unique country down to 175 places, with around 2,500 pictures to whet the appetite.
As well as the author’s own descriptions and tips, users can find video clips and photo slide shows for each destination, plus a full range of Google maps and directions to all the attractions and wherever possible links to other online guides such as tourism agency websites and Wikipedia.
For those who have yet to get the app, or who don’t have a smartphone at all, here’s my top five must-see destinations for Australia holidays:
1) The Great Barrier Reef
Lying off Australia’s eastern coast, the visitor will find one of the greatest natural wonders in the world. Some 1,200 miles long, the reef houses over 1,500 different kinds of sea creature and an incredible 400 different species of coral. Diving on the reef or taking one of the many boat tours will also give visitors the chance to see turtles, sharks and manatees – plus birthing humpback whales in the winter months.
2) Sydney Opera House
Sydney is an excellent destination in its own right, being a lively and cosmopolitan city with great food and the joys of Bondi Beach. But perhaps its most famous landmark is the unique opera house designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon. Impressive merely upon viewing, it plays host to opera, classical music, dance and rock concerts – with free Sunday afternoon outdoor performances.
3) The Gold Coast
Near the Queensland capital of Brisbane, with 40 miles of beautiful sandy beaches, plus oodles of luxury hotels, high-rise apartments, theme parks, shops, restaurants, golf courses and casinos, the Gold Coast is a great place to go and spoil yourself.
4) Uluru/Ayers Rock
Arguably the single most iconic image of Australia is the sacred monolith of Uluru, otherwise known as Ayers Rock. Rising from the outback like something fallen from another planet, this amazing natural wonder is an incredible sight – and even more so if you visit at sunset.
5) Kakadu National Park
In the Northern Territory, not far from the city of Darwin, lies Australia’s largest national park, Kakadu, covering some 6,000 square miles. With scenery ranging from wetlands to dry sandstone cliffs, visitors will be able to see more than 200 species of birds and around 75 species of reptile.