Top 3 Australia UNESCO Sites

Oceania Cruises: Top 3 Australia UNESCO World Heritage Sites

From bright red deserts and rugged canyons to iconic cityscapes and a thriving dining scene, the land Down Under offers so much to experience, not to mention a bevy of natural and cultural UNESCO World Heritage sites. Whether you’re in need of some travel inspiration or are already planning your dream Australia voyage, our Protravel pros take on the top UNESCO sites to explore in this vast and wild continent.

Sydney Opera House

This architectural wonder has been known as one of the best performing arts center in the world, and, even though it’s been open since 1973, it was only declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007. The distinctive structure was designed by Jørn Utzon, a virtually unknown Danish architect at the time, after he won the Opera House International Design competition in 1956. More than 200 designs were submitted and he took away ₤5000 for his marvelous and unusual design.

Great Barrier Reef

How immense is the Great Barrier Reef? The entire system, which is the largest coral reef system in the world, would cover about half of Texas, and is more extensive than the Great Wall of China. These colorful and lively coral reefs include an enormous variety of sea life, from fish – approximately 10% of the world’s total fish species live here – to sharks and all types of marine life in between. Known as one of the seven wonders of the natural world, our Pros can help you plan every detail of your visit.

Kakadu National Park

This astounding cultural and natural landscape has been home to the Aboriginal Australians for approximately 65,000 years, according to archaeological findings which have discovered human relics confirming this. These findings confirm, to date, that the Aboriginals are the oldest living culture in the world. In fact, Aboriginals manage the park in partnership with the Australian government, which means they have a say in the way the park – their land – is cared for. This beautiful park is also home to about 280 different bird species, 10,000 crocodiles, and 2,000 different types of plants—it’s a can’t-miss experience!

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