Aside from its beautiful beaches and stunning landscape, Australia also possesses a rich history and culture. From being just a habitant of Aborigines, indigenous people of Australia, to being what is now after the age of exploration.
Learn the fascinating historical facts of the country through these sites you can visit!
1. Kakadu National Park
This biodiverse nature reserve located in the Northern Territory used to be the home of the indigenous people for over 50,000 years. Now, you can still see the sign of ancient Aboriginal culture through rock art and is one of the largest national parks in Australia.
2. Captain Cook’s Landing Place
Lieutenant James Cook, who was later became a Captain, explored the east coast and landed at Botany Bay’s Inscription Point to claim the land for Great Britain. Cook’s landing place is now a popular destination in Sydney which tells the story of European and Aboriginal cultures encounter.
3. Port Arthur
A famous historic site in Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania. Port Arthur served as convict cells during the 18th and 19th centuries within the British Empire. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed site is also perfect for paranormal activity hunt or ghost tour. After the haunting experience, you may calm your senses in the 7 hectares lavender farm nearby.
4. Fremantle Prison
Another colonial prison in the 1800s, Fremantle Prison was built with the blood, sweat and tears of convicts. The premier heritage in Perth is now turned into a museum and youth hostel. You can also book different fun tours that will help you explore the daily life of convicts and prisoners back then.
5. Australian War Memorial
If you are taking a tour around the capital city Canberra, you may pay respect to the members of its armed forces and supporting organizations who sacrificed their lives in wars at the Australian War Memorial. You may also take advantage of the free tours inside and number of interactive exhibits.
6. Old Parliament House
The Australia’s federal Parliament house between 1927 and 1988 now a home to the Museum of Australian Democracy. You can explore the exhibits about the evolution and workings in the Australian politics. You may join guided tours to better understand the story behind the country’s political system.
7. Elizabeth Farm
One of the favorite tourist spots, Elizabeth Farm was owned by young military couple, John and Elizabeth Macarthur, that pictures the agricultural life in the late 18th century. The historical site which is also one of the oldest homes in the country is now a museum and offers agricultural activities you can enjoy!
8. National Museum of Australia
This museum houses the profiles of 50,000 years of indigenous heritage and world’s largest collection of Aboriginal bark paintings and stone tools. It also held some key events such as the Federation and the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Take a look at the collection and stories that shaped the Australia we have today.
It is true enough that every beautiful thing keeps a mysterious and deep story behind. If you think you know Australia already, come to think again and add to your list these spots in your list of places to #GoTo in Australia!
Are there other places in the big lap of oz you know that tells the country’s anecdote? Don’t be shy to add it to our list in the comment!