Australia, a land just 1/5 smaller than either USA or China, with a population of but 22.8 million, has plenty of blue sky and space for a break from the crowds of Hong Kong. Although Canberra is the capital, Sydney is much better known and more popular for international tourists. Of course the Great Barrier Reef on the northeast coast is in its own class altogether.
Located on the southeast coast with its iconic Opera House, Sydney receives most tourists. And it certainly has enough attractions and sights to keep visitors entertained, among which beaches for surfing no less.
- Beaches - Manly Beach, Bondi Beach
- Cockatoo Island - former prison
- Fort Denison
- Parks - Royal National Park
- A Maze'N Things - optical illusions, a maze, mini-golf course; located on Phillip Island
- Phillip Island Nature Park - penguins, wildlife reserves, wetlands and breathtaking coastlines
- Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges -
- Healesville Sanctuary - see Australian wildlife in their natural habitat of 30 hectares (70 acres) e.g. koalas, kangaroos, wombats, emus, dingoes, birds of prey and platypus. 1 hr drive from Melbourne.
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- vineyards, trees, botanic gardens
- 12 Apostles - rock formation eroded by the ocean. 4 hr drive from Melbourne.
- South Bank Parklands - riverside stroll, view of downtown CBD
- Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary - feed a kangaroo, hug a koala, watch a sheep dog or birds of prey show, or even hold a snake.
- Canal houses & marinas
- Kings Park - great view of the city from a hill
- Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park - kangaroos in the wild