If you have only 6 days to cover Australia, let me tell you - it is practically impossible ! Australia is the sixth largest country by land area and 6 days does not to justice to the magnificent destination. However, there are a few places that you must and can cover in a short trip.

Sydney

One of the largest cities in Australia in the state of New South Wales, Sydney is the hub of art and culture will leave you exhausted with all it's hustle and bustle. Though Australia boasts of natural wonders like the The Great Barrier Reef, it is also extremely urbanised and Sydney is the perfect example of an uber urbanised city.

Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House

These two iconic structures define Sydney. The Harbour bridge is a marvellous structure running through the Sydney harbour. There are a lot of ways to explore the harbour bridge, the most common ones being walking under the bridge and climbing the bridge. You can also cycle or drive by on the bridge. The bridge climb is a popular tourist activity and takes approximately three and a half hours. Bridge climb is done in groups and all individuals are made to wear protective gear for safety. A picture clicked on top of the bridge is for keeps.

The Sydney Opera House is a modern, innovative architectural structure which hosts a number of performing artists. I got to see the Opera house for the first time on a full moon night and what a breath taking sight it was !! Apart from being a centre for performing arts it is also a very active nightlife spot. You can go for nice cocktails by the harbour with this beautiful structure right behind you and a view of the harbour bridge.

The Great Barrier Reef

It is the world's largest coral reef system located off the coast of Queensland, Australia. You can easily take a flight from Sydney to Cairns to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site. I got the chance to tick The Great Barrier Reef off my bucket list in November 2015.

Ways to explore The Great Barrier Reef

  1. Chopper - You can take a chopper and fly over the beautiful reef. There are very high chances of you spotting a turtle while sitting in the helicopter, that's how clear the water is !!
  2. Snorkel/ Dive - You can also go to the wharf and book yourself for a snorkelling trip which would typically last for 4-6 hours. You are taken on a boat, made to wear a diving suit and gear and dropped off at an island from where you either snorkel or dive your way into the naturally vivid world of corals. You don't need to know swimming in order to snorkel, the instructors there are excellent at teaching you the basics of snorkelling.
  3. Glass bottom boat - If the idea of going under water unsettles you, you can event sit on a glass bottom boat and see the corals without venturing into the water.

I got back beautiful memories from Australia inspite of it being a short 6 day trip. Hope the trip you take turns out to be equally memorable.


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