- Great Barrier Reef
Australia has so many things to discover but I think this one is pretty cool. The Great Barrier Reef runs along the coast of Queensland from the Tropical North to Bundaberg and is also the world’s largest coral system. It covers 344,000 square kilometres which is roughly the size of Japan or Germany! Apply for a placement in Australia to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and you can also use up your day to dive, snorkel or cruise to explore the reef.
2. Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest Island. It is renowned for its beautiful landscapes and its amazing wildlife. You can meet kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, penguins, echidnas and much more. It’s easily accessible from Adelaide so it is a must to visit!
Vegemite is an Australian obsession and has become a unique symbol for the country. Every foreigner visiting will need to discover this. Vegemite is made from leftover brewers’ yeast extract and various vegetable and spice additives. It is a very dark deep red brownish colour and is also packed with Vitamin B! The most popular way to eat it is to spread it over toast with butter. Australians also eat it with avocado, melted cheese or tomato. Not my cup of tea but you know. It might even become a staple in your kitchen!
Did you know that a ‘Koala Bear’ is actually not a bear at all? The correct term to call them is just ‘Koalas’. Koalas are a member of a group called marsupials. Marsupials include kangaroos, wallabies, wallaroos, wombats, possums and opossums. Koalas are also native to south eastern and eastern Australia so make sure you head to a zoo to see these beauty’s in action.
5. Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge also known as the ‘Coathanger’ (what a nickname!) is one of Australia’s most well-known and photographed landmarks; a must for any travellers. It is also one of the world’s largest steel arch bridges with the top of bridge standing 134 metres above the harbour. It was opened on March 19th in 1932 and today is a very popular site. Another reason to apply for a placement in Australia, to see this beautiful bridge!
6. The Outback
Australia’s stunning desert landscapes, regarded as ‘The Outback’ of Australia are waiting to be discovered! The Outback helps define Australia’s identity. Visiting The Outback you’ll find vegetation, lush green waterholes, red hills, beautiful sunsets, dinosaur footprints and aboriginal carvings. It’s a gap year adventure out there that awaits you, can you resist?
7. Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue arts centre in Sydney and it features world-leading performances and events. It is also one of Australia’s most recognisable buildings and is an icon of Australia’s creativity. There are many things to do here such as see a show, go for dinner, shop or go on a tour to experience something amazing.
Uluru is massive sandstone which is located in the heart of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia’s Red Centre. A big rock might not sound very appealing but trust me, it is. The wind-blown cuts throughout the rock to make it look like a wave of sand climbing over the desert. The rock also produces beautiful shades of crimson and oranges. Be warned that it is a sacred place to the people of this area. They do allow you to climb Uluru but oddly they’re not big fans about it.
Now everyone knows Aussies love BBQs. Throwing a BBQ is a big tradition in Australia so if you’re visiting in the summer months, be prepared for a lot of these. Most public places and parks have at least three barbeque pits. So come to Australia to enjoy a warm night, beer and some yummy grilled up meat.
Australians have been producing wine since 1788 and are pretty good at it if you ask me. Since then over 100 different types of grapes have been planted in Australia. The best Australian wines to be tried are Shiraz and pinot noir. There are many wine and food trails in Australia allowing you to discover the best wines and food.
Volunteer in Australia today to discover all these stunning wonders and things and come back home with some amazing stories to tell your family and friends!