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What to see in Australia

Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens
The Royal Exhibition Building and its surrounding Carlton Gardens were designed for the great international exhibitions of 1880 and 1888 in Melbourne. The building and grounds were designed by Joseph Reed. The building is constructed of brick and timber, steel and slate. It combines elements from the Byzantine, Romanesque, Lombardic and Italian Renaissance styles.

Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens

The property is typical of the international exhibition movement which saw over 50 exhibitions staged between 1851 and 1915 in venues including Paris, New York, Vienna, Calcutta, Kingston (Jamaica) and Santiago (Chile). All shared a common theme and aims: to chart material and moral progress through displays of industry from all nations.

Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves
This site, comprising several protected areas, is situated predominantly along the Great Escarpment on Australia's east coast.

Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves

The outstanding geological features displayed around shield volcanic craters and the high number of rare and threatened rainforest species are of international significance for science and conservation.

Fraser Island Fraser Island lies just off the east coast of Australia. At 122 km long, it is the largest sand island in the world.

Fraser Island

Majestic remnants of tall rainforest growing on sand and half the world's perched freshwater dune lakes are found inland from the beach. The combination of shifting sand-dunes, tropical rainforests and lakes makes it an exceptional site.

Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is a site of remarkable variety and beauty on the north-east coast of Australia. It contains the world's largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusc.

Great Barrier Reef

It also holds great scientific interest as the habitat of species such as the dugong ('sea cow') and the large green turtle, which are threatened with extinction.

Heard and McDonald Islands
Heard Island and McDonald Islands are located in the Southern Ocean, approximately 1,700 km from the Antarctic continent and 4,100 km south-west of Perth.

Heard and McDonald Islands

As the only volcanically active subantarctic islands they 'open a window into the earth', thus providing the opportunity to observe ongoing geomorphic processes and glacial dynamics. The distinctive conservation value of Heard and McDonald – one of the world's rare pristine island ecosystems – lies in the complete absence of alien plants and animals, as well as human impact.

Lord Howe Island Group

Lord Howe Island Group

A remarkable example of isolated oceanic islands, born of volcanic activity more than 2,000 m under the sea, these islands boast a spectacular topography and are home to numerous endemic species, especially birds.

Macquarie Island
Macquarie Island (34 km long x 5 km wide) is an oceanic island in the Southern Ocean, lying 1,500 km south-east of Tasmania and approximately halfway between Australia and the Antarctic continent.

Macquarie Island

The island is the exposed crest of the undersea Macquarie Ridge, raised to its present position where the Indo-Australian tectonic plate meets the Pacific plate. It is a site of major geoconservation significance, being the only place on earth where rocks from the earth's mantle (6 km below the ocean floor) are being actively exposed above sea-level. These unique exposures include excellent examples of pillow basalts and other extrusive rocks.

Purnululu National Park
The 239,723 ha Purnululu National Park is located in the State of Western Australia. It contains the deeply dissected Bungle Bungle Range composed of Devonian-age quartz sandstone eroded over a period of 20 million years into a series of beehive-shaped towers or cones, whose steeply sloping surfaces are distinctly marked by regular horizontal bands of dark-grey cyanobacterial crust (single-celled photosynthetic organisms).

Purnululu National Park

These outstanding examples of cone karst owe their existence and uniqueness to several interacting geological, biological, erosional and climatic phenomena.

Shark Bay, Western Australia
At the most westerly point of the Australian continent, Shark Bay, with its islands and the land surrounding it, has three exceptional natural features: its vast sea-grass beds, which are the largest (4,800 sq. km) and richest in the world; its dugong ('sea cow') population; and its stromatolites (colonies of algae which form hard, dome-shaped deposits and are among the oldest forms of life on earth).

Shark Bay, Western Australia

Shark Bay is also home to five species of endangered mammals.

Wet Tropics of Queensland
This area, which stretches along the north-east coast of Australia for some 450 km, is made up largely of tropical rainforests.

Wet Tropics of Queensland

This biotope offers a particularly extensive and varied array of plants, as well as marsupials and singing birds, along with other rare and endangered animals and plant species.

Tasmanian Wilderness

Tasmanian Wilderness

In a region that has been subjected to severe glaciation, these parks and reserves, with their steep gorges, covering an area of over 1 million ha, constitute one of the last expanses of temperate rainforest in the world. Remains found in limestone caves attest to the human occupation of the area for more than 20,000 years.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

This park, formerly called Uluru (Ayers Rock – Mount Olga) National Park, features spectacular geological formations that dominate the vast red sandy plain of central Australia. Uluru, an immense monolith, and Kata Tjuta, the rock domes located west of Uluru, form part of the traditional belief system of one of the oldest human societies in the world. The traditional owners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta are the Anangu Aboriginal people.

Y Hotel Hyde Park, 5-11 Wentworth Ave One of Sydney's best budget hotels - backpacker, budget and deluxe accommodation at affordable prices... Beds From: $41.00

AAA Ambassador Budget Accommodation, 15 Earl Place We have luxury ensuite accommodation in the heart of the Kings Cross district... Beds From: $15.99

Abbey On King, 379 King Street The Abbey on King backpackers is ideally located in Newtown and offers doubles and dorms... Beds From: $16.40

Alfred Park Budget Accommodation, 207 Cleveland Street, Redfern 2016 We are located in a beautifully restored heritage building built in 1848 for a whaling boat captain... Beds From: $18.04

Asylum Sydney, 201-203 BROUGHAM STREET Close to the Opera house and harbour bridge and the train station Beds From: $24.60

Australian Sunrise Lodge, 485 King Street A popular inner-city guesthouse, the Australian Sunrise Lodge is where you'll find everything you need in Sydney accomodation at Australian $ budget rates. Just minutes from Sydney CBD............. Beds From: $32.52

Balmain Backpackers, 679 Darling Street (corner Victoria Road) Located in the Notting Hill of Sydney with funky cafes, markets, groovy shops & an excellent nightlife... Beds From: $13.67

Balmain Lodge, 415 Darling Street We offer clean, comfortable rooms with an overall warm, friendly atmosphere... Beds From: $24.60

Barker Lodge, 32 Barker St Barker Lodge is a 3 1/2 star establishment offering 60 well appointed rooms, 1 family apartment and 3 conference and meeting room... Beds From: $53.30

Base Backpackers - Sydney, 477 Kent Street Sydney's newest and most central travellers paradise located behind Town Hall House... Beds From: $21.32

Beached at Bondi Accommodation, 283 Bondi Road Whilst visiting Australia, staying at the world famous Bondi Beach is a must.... Beds From: $28.70

Big Hostel, 212 Elizabeth St BIG hostel is a funky, new boutique hostel, accommodating up to 155 guests, just a 5 minute walk from Central Station... Beds From: $22.14

Billabong Gardens, 5-11 Egan Street Funky inner-city boutique hotel/motel popular with independent travellers You're an adventurous independent traveller and want to experience the REAL Sydney Beds From: $20.50

Blue Parrot, 87 Macleay Street Blue Parrot is one of Sydney's best-loved hostels as it is consistently rated one of the top hostels in the country. Beds From: $24.60

Broadway Lodge, 94 City Road 3 storey Victorian terrace. Great location opposite Victoria Park swimming pool, gym,cafe and park, and Sydney University, close to Broadway shopping centre, Beds From: $20.50

Captain Cook Hotel, 162 Flinders St, The Captain Cook Hotel is situated in Paddington, just a 10 minute walk from Central Station, CBD & Oxford St. Beds From: $14.76

Central Private Hotel, 358 Elizabeth Street Central Private Hotel offers clean, safe and secure budget-style accommodation in a great location... Beds From: $39.63

Central Railway Motel, 240 chalmers Street Central Railway Hotel is centrally located in Chalmers Street near Central Railway Station. The hotel is Beds From: $50.84

Chilli Blue Backpackers, 144 Victoria Street, Kings Cross Why Chilli Blue... Chilli Blue Backpackers is the best value for money backpackers accomodation in all Beds From: $20.50

City Resort Hostel, 103-105 Palmer St Woolloomooloo City Resort Hostel is all about affordable quality accommodation in a safe and friendly environment. Beds From: $17.22

Comfort Inn Town & Country, 401-405 Liverpool Road Comfort Inn Town & Country is a 3.5 star motel just 13 kilometres from Sydney International Airport and 4 kilometres to Homebush (Olympic Park)... Beds From: $50.10

D.lux Budget Hotel, 30 Darlinghurst Road Kings Cross Sydneys Brand New Backpackers Hotel & Student Accommodation. Beds From: $21.32

East End Lodge, 21 Kellet Street East End Lodge is a comfortable lodge ideally situated within the cafe and resturant district... Beds From: $24.60

Eva's Backpackers, 6-8 Orwell Street Our family has owned and operated this backpackers since 1991. We have a large cosy kitchen/common room Beds From: $22.96

Footprints Westend, 412 Pitt Street HMAA Winner 'Sydney's BEST Backpackers 2003, 2004 & 2005' Footprints Westend is only 5 minutes walk from Sydney Central Train & Bus Station Beds From: $22.96

Glebe Village Backpackers, 254-258 Glebe Point Road Unique in style and character, our three terraced house are heritage listed... Beds From: $20.50

Glenferrie Lodge, 12 Carabella St Providing superb 3 star accommodation on Sydney Harbour with excellent views and even better rates Beds From: $32.80

Great Aussie Backpackers, 174 Victoria Street The Great Aussie Backpacker is a friendly, chilled out, clean and safe oasis in Kings Cross... Beds From: $18.04

Harbour City Hotel, 50 Sir John Young Cr Come and join in the fun at our centrally located hostel. Only minutes walk from the famous Sydney Harbour, the Opera House, Hyde Park, the City Centre, Kings Cross nightlife and clubbing central Oxford Street. Beds From: $18.86

Highfield Private Hotel, 166 Victoria Street Highfield Private Hotel is a small family owned hotel located just 150 meters from Kings Cross Station... Beds From: $56.58

HomeBase Backpackers, 238 Elizabeth St Location Location Location Just on the edge of Sydney's CDB and minutes from Central Station HomeBase Hostel is the perfect location to explore Sydney. Beds From: $18.04

Hotel Formule 1Kings Cross, 191-201 William Street The most affordable hotel chain in Kings Cross. Rooms with harbour Views available. Hotel Formule 1 i Beds From: $16.20

Hotel Stellar, 4 Wentworth Ave Hotel Stellar is a 3.5 star boutique serviced apartment hotel situated in the heart of Sydney, just off Oxford Street near Hyde Park... Beds From: $53.30

Hyde Park Hostel, 90 Wentworth Ave We offer very affordable accommodation, situated in the CBD next to Central Station and Hyde Park... Beds From: $24.60

Indy's - Surfside Bondi Beach Backpackers, 35a Hall St Indy's Backpackers at Bondi Beach is Bondi's original backpackers established in1995 and prides itself on being the most social backpackers in the area...... Beds From: $27.06

Jolly Swagman Backpackers, 27 Orwell Street Located in the heart of Sydney's Backpacker Mecca - Kings Cross - the Jolly Swagman Hostel is open 24 h Beds From: $28.70

Kanga House, 141 Victoria Street Ideally located to get the most out of your stay in Sydney, just 2 min walk from the train station... Beds From: $18.86

Kangaroo Bakpak, 665 South Dowling St Listed in the lonely planet since 1985, Kangaroo Backpack has earned its reputation Beds From: $20.50

L'otel, 114 Darlinghurst L'otel is a one of a kind intimate boutique hotel that encompasses the very best in modern comfort and sets a new standard for both the leisure and business traveller... Beds From: $40.59

Lamrock Lodge on Bondi Beach, 19 Lamrock Av Lamrock Lodge offers safe, quality and quiet budget accommodation. The lodge is located just 2 minutes wa Beds From: $22.14

Macleay Lodge, 71 Macleay St Experience a warm and friendly ambiance when you come and stay at Maccleay Lodge... Beds From: $26.65

Manly Guest House, 6 Steinton Street Manly Guest House offers the best value in budget accommodation in Manly, Sydney's most popular beachside suburb... Beds From: $24.60

Mates Place Sydney, 7/1 Roslyn Street Stay at Mates Place Sydney and make yourself at home - right in the centre of the Kings Cross backpacker scene. Our brand new place is designed for you to have a great time. Beds From: $18.04

Morgans Boutique Hotel, 304 Victoria Street Opera House and Harbour Bridge views are available from the rooftop of this small intimate hotel... Beds From: $49.20

Mountbatten Hotel, 701 George Street Located one minutes walk from Sydney's Central Station and interstate bus terminal, you can't get much better than the Mountbatten Hotel... Beds From: $21.32

Noah's Bondi Beach, 2 Campbell Parade Noahs Bondi Beach is a fun and friendly hostel located directly opposite Australia's famous Bondi Beach... Beds From: $19.68

Old Rectory, 2 Samuel St The Old Rectory Bed and Breakfast is located just 5 minutes from the city centre and 10 mins from Sydney Airport and free airport pick up is available Beds From: $32.80

Sinclairs Of Burwood Bed And Breakfast, 90 Shaftesbury Rd We offer the unique opportunity of staying in a heritage listed home at rates to suit your budget... Beds From: $36.90

Surfside Coogee Beach Backpackers, 186 Arden Street We are the only hostel on the beach in Coogee and only minutes from Sydney centre and the harbour... Beds From: $25.42

Sydney Backpackers, Victoria House, 7 Wilmot Street Winner 2006 City of Sydney Business Awards for Outstanding Backpackers Sydney Backpackers/Sydney Youth Hostel is a purpose built Boutique Hostel Beds From: $22.96

Sydney Beachouse YHA, 4 Collaroy Street Sydney Beachouse YHA is truly the most luxurious backpacker and budget traveller resort in Sydney. In fac Beds From: $21.32

Sydney Central Backpackers, 16 Orwell St. Kings Cross Sydney Central sits in the heart of the most beautiful city in the world. Just minutes from our doorstep Beds From: $20.50

Sydney Central on Wentworth, 75 Wentworth Avenue Sydney Central Private Hotel is a 160-room hotel situated in the city centre which offers a unique concept for the budget traveller. Beds From: $32.39

Sydney G'Day Backpackers, 153 Forbes Street, Woolloomooloo 2011 Dorms from $12 per night per person. Look under Specials for our current special rates. Sydney G'Day Backpackers offers quality accommodation for a budget traveller and a backpack Beds From: $16.24

Sydney Star Accommodation, 273 Darlinghurst Rd We offer recently renovated pension stlye accommodation located in the hip area of Darlinghurst... Beds From: $32.80

The Funk House, 23 Darlinghurst Rd, Kingscross Located in the heart & soul of Sydney, we are a unique, upbeat hostel famous for our friendly atmosphere... Beds From: $22.96

The Haven Inn, 196 Glebe Point Rd The Haven Inn Sydney is a modern boutique style hotel located in cosmopolitan inner city Glebe just 5 minutes to the City & Darling Harbour... Beds From: $32.53

The Maze Backpackers, 417 Pitt Street The Maze is Sydney's most exciting, centrally located backpacker hostel, located close to all the major sightseeing attractions, Beds From: $28.70

The Original Backpackers Lodge, 162 Victoria Street Recommended by Lonely Planet, Let's Go and Rough Guide. The Original Backpackers Hostel is Clean, Cool, Comfortable and well maintained Beds From: $21.32

The Pink House, 6-8 Barncleuth Square The Pink House has long been a welcome oasis for travellers from all over the world. Beds From: $24.60

The Schoolhouse Backpackers, 107-109 Darlinghurst Road Located in the heart of the world famous Kings Cross, The Schoolhouse Backpackers is Sydney's newest themed hostel... Beds From: $18.86

The Wood Duck Inn, 49 William Street One of the newest and most popular hostels in Sydney Beds From: $18.86

Tokyo Village, 243-247 Cleveland Street Tokyo Village is a small quirky hostel with a big personality, ideally located close to the city... Beds From: $20.50

Vulcan Hotel, 500 Wattle Street The Vulcan's 30 contemporary designed, ensuite rooms cater for travellers who appreciate quality accommodation at a really great price.... Beds From: $40.59

Wake Up! Sydney Central, 509 Pitt Street Wake up with someone new at the hippest hostel on the Sydney backpacker circuit... Beds From: $19.68

Wizard Of Oz Backpackers, 172 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee For backpackers and budget travellers who want comfortable shared or private accommodation... Beds From: $23.78

Y Hotel City South, 179 Cleveland (Cnr Regent) Street Built and opened in July 2000, we are the ideal place to stay for budget conscious travellers... Beds From: $46.74


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