Australia is a land of many wonders. From the rugged outback to the tropical rainforest, you’ll find some of the world’s most iconic landmarks and natural beauties. Australia is home to some stunning architecture, with buildings like Sydney Opera House and Parliament House in Canberra that have become synonymous with Australia itself. Here are some of our favorite Australian landmarks:
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is one of Australia’s most famous landmarks, and it’s hard to believe that this stunning building was almost never built. In 1957, the competition for an opera house design was won by Danish architect Jorn Utzon–but he soon left the project due to disagreements with officials over its construction.
The design was inspired by a seashell; it has a sloping roof covered with white tiles that resemble seashells when viewed from above or below (from afar). The building also has an opening called “Sails” on its southern side that can be opened to let in breeze during performances so as not to disturb performers or audience members inside.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system and is located off the coast of Queensland in Australia. It is made up of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, which together form an area bigger than Italy. The Great Barrier Reef has been a World Heritage Site since 1981 and was named one of seven natural wonders of the world by CNN in 2012.
The Great Barrier Reef contains thousands of different species of plants and animals including corals (which are actually tiny animals), fish, sea turtles, whales and dolphins.
Ayers Rock (Uluru)
Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) is a large sandstone monolith located in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is sacred to the Anangu people, who believe it was formed by ancestral beings and has spiritual significance.
It is one of Australia’s most recognizable natural landmarks and a major tourist attraction. The surrounding national park covers an area of over 100 square miles (260 sq km), which includes Uluru itself, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Mount Connor and dozens more rock formations that are considered sacred by local Aboriginal peoples.
The Royal Exhibition Building
The Royal Exhibition Building is located in Melbourne, Victoria. It was designed by Joseph Reed and built from 1879 to 1880 for the Melbourne International Exhibition. The building is currently used as a concert hall and exhibition space; it also houses restaurants, bars and shops on its ground floor level.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of this famous landmark from many vantage points in Australia has made it an internationally recognised symbol of Sydney. This heritage-listed steel truss structure is Australia’s largest such structure, as well as being one of its longest spans.
The idea for a bridge over Port Jackson dates back to 1815 when John Bradfield was appointed engineer-in-chief in charge of building railways throughout New South Wales (NSW). In 1925 he produced plans for two bridges across Port Jackson: one at Spit Junction near Mosman Bay (which would have been too low) and another further north at Milsons Point. However these plans were abandoned after strong opposition from local residents who feared that construction work might destabilise houses built on sandstone cliffs above Woolloomooloo Bay!
Parliament House, Canberra
Parliament House is a building that houses the Parliament of Australia. It is located in Canberra, the national capital, and was designed by Mitchell/Giurgola & Thorp Architects. The Building was opened in 1988 and has become one of Australia’s most recognisable landmarks.
These landmarks are unique to Australia
These landmarks are unique to Australia and are a must-see for all tourists. They’re part of the Australian culture, and they symbolize our nation’s identity.
- The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, stretching over 2,300 kilometers along Queensland’s coast. It’s home to thousands of species including fish, sea turtles, manta rays and sharks–and it even has its own dolphin! The reef has been protected since 1981 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization).
Australia is a country that has many unique landmarks, and it’s important that we protect them. The Sydney Opera House is one of the most famous buildings in the world and an icon for Australia. It was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon who won an international design competition held by the New South Wales government in 1957.