Australia is home to some of the most beautiful natural and man-made attractions on the planet. We thought you’d enjoy exploring a few more incredible landmarks once you’ve finished exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and Castle Hill from Part 1 of our series. Here are a few more of our favorites.
The Three Sisters
Nestled within the Blue Mountains of New South Wales you’ll find the incredibly famous rock formation known as the Three Sisters. Blue Mountain was mainly formed by a soft sandstone, and the Three Sisters (known as Meehni, Wimlah, and Gunnedoo) are the products of erosion. Legend says that the three sisters were forbidden to marry three men from a neighboring tribe, thus causing a battle in which an elder turned them to stone, supposedly for protection. After the elder was killed, the people realized that no one else could bring the sisters back to life. Sadly, the Three Sisters will eventually disappear completely as erosion continues.
Telstra Tower was first opened in May of 1980 by the Prime Minister. Originally known as Telecom Tower and located on the Summit of Black Mountain in Canberra, it serves as a functional telecommunication tower. Tourists can visit Telstra Tower and either eat in the revolving restaurant or simply enjoy the panoramic views of the city from the observation deck.
The Anzac Bridge is famous for being the longest cable bridge in the country of Australia. The bridge is officially located on Johnstons Bay and spans between Pymont and Rozelle. The original bridge, Glebe Island Bridge, was a swing bridge built in 1901. Anzac Bridge was built as a replacement due to increased traffic and to alleviate the problems associated with stopping traffic to open a swing bridge for bay traffic. Anzac bridge includes eight lanes for traffic as well as a pedestrian path and bikeway.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
The Melbourne Cricket Ground is actually a gigantic sports stadium in Melbourne. The stadium is the largest in the country and proudly holds the world record for having the largest light towers of any sports stadium. The stadium was once dubbed “The G Spot” by Madonna and is commonly fondly referred to as “The G” by locals. It was featured during the 1956 Olympics as well. Melbourne Cricket Ground is cleared to hold up to 100,000 visitors gathering to watch cricket matches, Australian-rules football, rugby, and various concerts.
The Q1 Tower
The Q1 Tower, also known as Queensland Number One, stands over 1,058 feet tall (spire included) and is known as the largest residential building in the world; it is the second largest when measured from inhabitable floor to inhabitable floor, not including the spire. The skyscraper can be found along the Gold Coast in Surfers Paradise. There are absolutely no commercial offices or stores in this building, and stands taller than the 21st Century Tower in Dubai. Occupancy aside, Q1 is the 20th tallest building in the entire world.
The Swan Bells can be found in a 271-foot high building in Perth. There are a total of eighteen bells which proudly hang in the campanile overlooking the Swan River. The original twelve bells came from the church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and were donated to the State of Western Australia in 1988. The other six bells were more recently cast and were donated to various Australian establishments by a number of benefactors throughout London and Westminster. The tower is surrounded by a path made of ceramic tiles decorated by school children back in 1999. Swan Bells officially opened as a tourist attraction in 2000.
St. Peter’s Cathedral
Construction on St. Peter’s Cathedral in Adelaide began in 1869 and wasn’t complete until 1901. The Anglican Cathedral has many different faces, the most famous of which resembles the Cathedral of Notre Dame. The Cathedral is open to the public on a daily basis for prayer, but free tours are only conducted during specific hours on the weekends.
Tamworth, in New South Wales, is the home of the famous Golden Guitar. The guitar was originally constructed as an acknowledgment of Australia’s country music roots. Standing over 12 meters (or 40 feet) tall, the guitar is made with steel reinforcements, fiberglass, and wood situated on a concrete base. Golden Guitar is incredibly popular amongst country music lovers as well as those who love to visit things that are just “big.” Don’t be disturbed by it’s lack of strings, though – the guitar is a replica of the trophies awarded during the Country Music Awards of Australia each year!
No matter where you go in Australia, you’re sure to find dozens of natural and historic sites aimed to both educate and entertain. These popular destinations are only a few of dozens. Keep exploring and you’re destined to uncover even more incredible Australian landmarks.