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The first time you visit Australia, or any new destination, the question asked isn’t usually what attractions should be scene but what attraction to see first, what to expect, how to get there, and how much time is needed. We’ve provided tips, advice, and other information about the top tourist attractions in Australia to help with your itinerary planning.

The Great Barrier Reef The Great Barrier Reef
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
Surfing School Surfing School

Scuba Dive the Great Barrier Reef

 Tour Operator Dive the Reef
 Address 1972 Las Canoas Road Santa Barbara, CA
 Phone 1-800-207-2453

As the largest living organism in the world, the Great Barrier Reef is a must-see for any Australian tourist. Various companies offer trips out to sea to experience the natural beauty of coral, exquisite tropical fish in every color imaginable, and an incomparable underwater life. Trips range from a simple one-day taste of the reef to full-blown scuba diving certification excursions. Some companies even let you live on an island in the ocean for a few days. Most of these trips dock from the northern part of Australia—usually Cairns or Port Douglas. Companies will supply the food and all gear necessary. If you are a little timid of the underworld or of swimming in general, you can try snorkeling—a less expensive option. Trained divers will take you out to a point of the reef where you can swim and explore on your own. Snorkeling allows you to have more freedom with discovery than does scuba diving (in which you would stick with a group of people throughout the dive).

Prices vary depending on length and type of trip, see website for details.


Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

 Tour Operator BridgeClimb
 Hours 7am - 7pm, 7 days a week
 Price Adults $155-175, Children $100-125
 Phone +61 (0)2 8274 7777

Sydney Harbour BridgeExperience the thrill of a lifetime with the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb-- Voted one of the top 10 things to do in the world by the Travel channel. The climb is a 3 ½ hour adventure high above the city. It begins with complex preparation, as you remove jewelry, watches, etc. and take a breathalyzer test. Then, you adorn bridge gear including a grey jumpsuit, raingear, gloves, all of which must be connected to you in some way. Even glasses must be latched onto you. Nothing can fall off or it may crack the windshield of a car below. Before beginning the actual climb, you must go through the climb simulator to make sure you are physically able to handle the massive steps and ladders, and emotionally able to handle the height. Once you step out onto the climb, get ready for the rush. Cars rush past at 60 mph as you just hang on. Once you reach the top, a breathtaking view of Sydney harbour awaits. Every color and light of every building reflects into the water. The climb is now worth the effort, however, definitely not for the faint of heart.


Surfing School

 School Gold Coast Surfing School
 Address Shop 189 Paradise Centre Cavill Avenue,
Surfers Paradise
 Phone 1-800-787-337

Australia’s Gold coast is one of the most popular Australian destinations. With an abundant night life, plenty of clubs, and huge waves, the young and the old hit the town named “Surfer’s Paradise” to experience all this. Located in Queensland, Surfer’s Paradise is a famous vacation spot—and it certainly lives up to its name. Surfers from all across the world gather to hit some of the best waves. If you do not know how to surf, it does not matter, as you can join Australian Surfer School. Australian Surfer offers half day adventure tours and surfing lessons. From some of the best instructors, you can take stand-up surfboard or body-boarding lessons. Even if you already know how to surf, you can perfect your sport with this school as well. During the spring and winter months, you may also see a whale or two. The school also includes all of the equipment, food, photography service, and a tour through the beautiful Gold Coast region from its sandy beaches to outdoor restaurants and cafes.


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