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Australia Top Things to See & Do -Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre at Sydney Harbour, which together host well over 1,500 performances annually,ans more than 10.9 million people visit the Opera House every year.
House in Sydney, Australia. Arguably considered the eighth wonder of the world, the opera house has a long history behind its design.
The Sydney Opera House is situated on Bennelong Point It was named for Bennelong, one of two Aborigines (the other man was named Colebee) who served as liaisons between Australia’s first British settlers and the local population.
233 designs were submitted for the Opera House international design competition held in 1956. Jørn Utzon from Denmark was announced the winner, receiving ₤5000 for his design.
Work started on it in 1959, with 10,000 builders employed,The building is 185 metres long and 120 metres wide. The largest of the seven venues, the Concert Hall, has 2,679 seats.
The smallest is the Utzon room, which seats up to 210 people. On 28 June 2007, the Sydney Opera House became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000 c
Australia Top Things to See & Do -Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is named after two of Australia’s most spectacular sites, the world-famous sandstone monolith of Uluru and the red domes of Kata Tjuta.
Uluru, an immense monolith ( rises to a height of 348 meters, 3.6 kms long and 1.9 kms wide, with a total circumference of 9.4kms. ), and Kata Tjuta, the rock domes located west of Uluru, form part of the traditional belief system of one of the oldest human societies in the world.
Uluru is recognised as "Australia's most natural icon"and has become a focal point for Australia and the world's acknowledgement of Australian indigenous culture.In 1987, Uluru was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
As well as its world-famous geological formations and extraordinary Indigenous culture, the park is home to a fascinating array of plants and animals, including many rare species.
Uluru is known to change colour depending on the time of day, but is most impressive at sunrise and sunset when it glows stunning red.
Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000 c.
Australia Top Things to See & Do -Apostles12 Gold Coast Australia
The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road.
Created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland beginning 10–20 million years ago.
The formations on the Twelve Apostles we now see are relatively young – they have taken shape over approximately the last 6,000 years.the stormy Southern Ocean and blasting winds gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs.
These rock formation turn into colors of sandy yellow and orange under a full sun at sunrise and sunset.
Approximately 1.75 million people visit the Twelve Apostles every year.
The 12 Apostles are located 280 km west of Melbourne.
Australia Top Things to See & Do -Australia The Blue Mountains
TThe Blue Mountains are a mountainous region and a mountain range located in New South Wales, Australia. (about two hours drive west from the city of Sydney).
Blue Mountains National Park, rugged mountains, sandstone formations and escarpments, canyons.
(The Blue Mountains is home to about 1,000 canyons and Australia's greatest known number of slot canyons) , lookouts and waterfalls, historic walking tracks, mountain biking, go beneath the ground at Jenolan Caves,Aboriginal culture, adventure sports, and camping and charming country villages, and all different types of eucalyptus trees cover the hills, mountains, valleys, canyons, and plateaus.
The Blue Mountains is densely populated by oil bearing Eucalyptus trees(There are over 100 different species of Eucalypt). The atmosphere is filled with finely dispersed droplets of oil, which, in combination with dust particles and water vapour, scatter short-wave length rays of light which are predominantly blue in colour it creates a blue hue.
The blue tinge of the Blue Mountains is caused by the dispersion of volatile terpenoids (oils) released by the eucalyptus trees. When these interact with short-wave light, dust and water vapour, it creates a blue hue.
On 29 November 2000, UNESCO listed the Greater Blue Mountains Area as a World Heritage Area, is the only world heritage area in the world dominated by trees.
Blue Mountains Facts
The Blue Mountains National Park spans across 267,954 hectares of land.
In 1788 the Blue Mountains were originally named "Carmarthen Hills" and "Landsdowne Hills" by Governor Phillip, however, it wasn’t long after, that the distinctive blue haze surrounding the area when viewed from a distance.
Australia Top Things to See & Do -Pinnacles Desert Australia
Pinnacles of Nambung National Park the moonscape.
The area contains thousands of weathered limestone pillars. Some of the tallest pinnacles reach heights of up to 3.5m above the yellow sand base,The Pinnacles are ancient rock formations were formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago, and there are thousands of them.
These limestone pillars protrude out of the sand across the desert, after the sea receded and left deposits of sea shells. Over time, coastal winds removed the surrounding sand, leaving the pillars exposed to the erosion by the wind and the rain.
In 1960 the Department of Lands included the Pinnacles Desert National Park, and today the park nowalmost 200,000 visitors per year.
The Pinnacles are located in Nambung National Park, about 30 km south from the town of Cervantes and about 200 km north of Perth, Western Australia.
The most scenic way to get to the Pinnacles is along the Indian Ocean Drive on the beautiful coral coast.
The entrance to the park costs AUS$10.00 per car.
The park opens from 9am - 17:00.
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