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Top 10 Things to Do in Australia

Destination(s): Adelaide

While Australia is rightly known for its dramatic scenery and outdoor attractions like the Great Barrier Reef and Ayers Rock, don’t make the mistake of missing out on Australia’s unique cultural heritage and thriving arts scene. To get you started, we’ve scratched beneath Australia’s surface and compiled a list of some of the best things to do in Australia, including: catching a cricket match surrounded by 100,000 screaming Aussies at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds (or taking the Australian sports tour when there’s no match on); learning about Australia’s Aboriginal cultures at the South Australian Museum in Adelaide; checking out the design and architecture of the State Library of Victoria in Adelaide; visiting the Sydney Opera House, Australia’s iconic performing arts center; getting face to face with the sharks, penguins, and sea dragons at the Sydney Aquarium; and going to the waterfront entertainment park, Darling Harbour, for family-oriented activities and attractions. read more about Top 10 Things to Do in Australia

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

  • Brunton Avenue
  • Richmond
  • tel:+61 3 9657 8667
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3002

Home to Melbourne's sporting obsession, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has seen heartache, triumph and grown men cry. A world class sporting facility, the MCG has hosted endless cricket matches, including the first ever Test match, and provides a base for the apple in Melbourne's eye; Australian Football League (AFL).

To understand the Melbourne psyche, attendance at an AFL match during from late autumn to early spring is mandatory. Buff men run around in very tight shorts as 100,000 drunk men in the stands scream profanities at the umpire – this is the real Melbourne, and as some Melbournians would see it, the real Australia.

Sports fan or not, the grounds are impeccably kept and the air of sporting history has bled into every seat. If you'd prefer to avoid the fanatic sports fans, best opt for a tour of 'The G', departing from Gate 3 on all non-event days. The tour includes the National Sports Museum, the Olympic Museum, Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum. read more about Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

State Library of Victoria

State Library of Victoria

  • 328 Swanston Street
  • tel:+61 (0)3 9669 9888 / +61 (0)3 9669 9810
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000

Sitting proudly in the heart of Melbourne's Central Business District (CBD), the State Library of Victoria maintains a grandeur presence. Sprawling green lawn leads up to the grand example of 19th-century civic architecture, the mighty pillars and steps demanding a sense of knowledge and authority.

As the primary reference and research library in Victoria, the State Library is one of the oldest cultural institutions in Melbourne. With a focus on life-long learning, the State Library offers a wide range of educational lectures, seminars and exhibitions to keep the community engaged.

Don't fancy studying on your holiday? The design is worth the visit alone, the stunning La Trobe Reading Room will get you smarter by osmosis. The octagonal room houses balconies of journals, books and reference materials climbing the white walls to the glass ceiling.

Don't forget to pop into Mr Tulk Café on the La Trobe side of the building. This place makes books seem cool, and the café fare is so delectable locals come just for the coffee. Sleek and modern, the refurbished design bridges the gap between old and new, the massive arched windows permitting daylong sunshine to poor into the dark interior. read more about State Library of Victoria

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

  • Off 2 Macquarie Street
  • (Circular Quay)
  • tel:61 2 9250 7111
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2000

Few cities have such an iconic building as Sydney's Opera House Sure, New York has the Empire State, Rome the Pantheon, Athens has the Acropolis, but for out and out modernity, mixed with breathtaking geography, those off-white billowing sails perched on Bennelong Point have to be one of the great studies of architecture in the 20th century.
Designed by the Danish architect, Jorn Utzon, after the NSW state government conducted a worldwide competition in the late 50s, the $10m original budget soon blew out to more than $100m when it finally opened in 1973. Utzon fell out with the political overseers of the day and quit the project, long before completion.
Though referred to as an opera house, it stages a host of different performance types, including, classical and pop concerts, drama, ballet, comedy, films, talks, and has an exhibition space.
Today it's the cities No 1 tourist draw card and probably the most photographed site in the country. Guided tours (in multiple languages) take you through the labyrinthine innards, including backstage glimpses of some of the theaters.
There are a host of fine eateries and outdoor bars along the forecourt. Twilight in summer, with the sun setting, the bridge in silhouette, and a cool cocktail in hand, is probably about as good as it gets in this lifetime. Seriously! read more about Sydney Opera House

Sydney Aquarium

Sydney Aquarium

  • Aquarium Pier
  • Darling Harbour
  • tel:+61 (0)2 8251 7800
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2000

Let's face it; most people come for the sharks. And there are eight different 'jaws' experiences spread throughout the 60 tanks and 3 ocean pools on the city's western edge in Darling Harbor.
Sure there are platypus and Murray Cod; and creatures from the big reef up north and sea dragons and penguins from icy waters down south. Two big dugongs – Pig and Wuru – occupy their own purpose-built habitat; Mermaid Lagoon.
All up, about 12,000 marine animals from 650 different species make up the Aquarium's inventory. But it's the Shark HQ (only opened in mid 2010) that attracts the most interest. And it's easy to see why. The exhibit welcomes you with an animatronic Great White replica suspended from the ceiling, just to set the mood. A hatchery with baby sharks also has live eggs on display too. A path eventually leads to two glass tunnels that take you beneath the glass enclosures where you can view these majestic man-eating machines from underneath as they prowl and slither about. Time your visit for the mid morning feeding, or better still, feed them yourself from a glass-bottomed boat. read more about Sydney Aquarium

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour

  • Darling Harbour
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9240 8500 (Sydney Visitor Centre)
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2000
South Australian Museum

South Australian Museum

  • North Terrace
  • North Terrace, between State Library and Art Gallery of South Australia
  • tel:+61 8 8207 7500
  • Visit website
  • Adelaide, 5000
Adelaide Zoological Gardens

Adelaide Zoological Gardens

Karakamia Sanctuary Walk

Karakamia Sanctuary Walk

  • 4360 Lilydale Rd
  • tel:+61 8 9572 3169
  • Visit website
  • Chidlow, 6556

Karakamia Sanctuary offers evening walking tours of their special sanctuary, a protected area owned by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy where local species are being rehabilitated in a natural setting. Many Australian marsupial animals are nocturnal, so taking a walk with a specially-trained guide just as it gets dark means you have the chance to see incredible creatures in their natural habitat.
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