Australia and Oceania – Tourist Destinations https://www.tourist-destinations.com World Travel Guides Wed, 26 Sep 2018 09:30:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 World’s 5 Best Urban Beaches https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/11/worlds-5-best-urban-beaches.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/11/worlds-5-best-urban-beaches.html#respond Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:50:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=44 By now, every beach-lover and party-goer across the globe knows Ipanema. Famous for its white sands, crystal-clear waters and wide shorelines, Ipanema becomes a perfect venue for urban parties in a scenic beach setting. It is a fact that Ipanema is one of the attractions that made Rio de Janeiro as Brazil’s sought-after destination.

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IPANEMA (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
By now, every beach-lover and party-goer across the globe knows Ipanema. Famous for its white sands, crystal-clear waters and wide shorelines, Ipanema becomes a perfect venue for urban parties in a scenic beach setting. It is a fact that Ipanema is one of the attractions that made Rio de Janeiro as Brazil’s sought-after destination. Being an all-out urban beach, it is very typical to see sexy Brazilians wearing barely-dare bikinis and trunks, among the reasons why Ipanema has become a famous tourist spot.
BARCELONETA BEACH (Barcelona, Spain)
If not for the 1992 Olympics, Barceloneta Beach will remain to be a district of fishermen and metal laborers. Now, a wide beach that stretches up to three-quarter-mile from Port Vell to the Olympic Marina is one of the world’s most-favorite urban beaches. Completing the scene is the line-up of quirky restaurants and tapas bar along the beachfront. The beach represents the reasons why tourists long to be on this side of Barcelona: warm and friendly people, relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, freshly-done seafood and paella, and picturesque beach scenery.
SOUTH BEACH (Miami, Florida)
The strip of South Beach has become a venue for showing-off glitz, glamor and style; no doubt it is one of the world’s most-favorite urban beaches. South Beach has the perfect mix of scenery that ranges from turquoise water, golden sands and modern-styled hotels that make the beach even more stunning. It cannot be denied that South Beach is causing Miami’s tourism to soar as the beach gladly welcomes millions of tourists from all walks of life year in, year out. And because South Beach also boasts of chic restaurants and flashy bars, people come here not just to have a dip or to get a tan but to party and have fun all day long.
BONDI BEACH (Sydney, Australia)
Apart from the world-acclaimed The Opera House, Sydney’s majestic beaches are regarded as primary attractions as well. Bondi Beach, for instance, has never stopped in welcoming beach-goers from near and far. Bondi has the stunning view of clear waters and fine sands, and its wide shoreline is very ideal for beach lounging to get the much-coveted just-been-to-the-beach complexion. The mild to wild waves of Bondi Beach also caused it to be one of the world’s top surfing destinations. Because the beach has numerous ways to make the holiday memorable, Bondi has become one among the famous urban beaches around the world.
ENGLISH BAY BEACH (Vancouver, Canada)
The views of the mountains envelope the English Bay which gives accent to the equally stunning turquoise waters and fine golden sand. It is in this part of Vancouver where witnessing the incredible sunset is a delightful activity. Packed with small stalls that offer locally made ice cream, hot dogs, fresh seafood and other treats, beach-goers are guaranteed of an incredible dining experience when in English Bay. Adding to the attraction is the yearly happening of Celebration of Light Fireworks, which attracts thousands upon thousands of spectators from near and far.

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Coober Pedy, South Australia https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/10/coober-pedy-south-australia.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/10/coober-pedy-south-australia.html#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:18:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=48 Coober Pedy, sitting in northern part of South Australia, gained the title “opal capital of the world” courtesy of great quantities of opal sourced in this region. Its aboriginal name “kupa-piti” meaning “white man’s hole” perfectly describes its renowned underground residences which makes Coober Pedy a unique and standout place.

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Coober Pedy, sitting in northern part of South Australia, gained the title “opal capital of the world” courtesy of great quantities of opal sourced in this region. Its aboriginal name “kupa-piti” meaning “white man’s hole” perfectly describes its renowned underground residences which makes Coober Pedy a unique and standout place. Now in modern times, Coober Pedy has morphed into one of Southern Australia’s cosmopolitan areas and it has become one of the world’s sought-after travel destinations.
If you are in search for a unique kind of experience on your next holiday, make Coober Pedy your choice. Its features will surely stir your interest, as underground attractions are something that is beyond the ordinary. Due to the region’s warm weather, to live below the surface has become a norm. Here, going to underground hotels, churches, bars and restaurants is considered one of the most intriguing activities anyone could ever experience.
Coober Pedy has multiple attractions, so either you join a group tour to not miss out on the region’s attractions or you go and tour around via car rental services. Being famous for opal mining, the most important activity of the tour is the mine visit. The region has numerous mining sites that have been converted to major tourist spots. Old Timers Mine, a popular attraction in South Australia, is a 1916 opal mining site that has received many tourism awards over the years. In the tour to Old Timers Mine, you will learn the significant past of the region’s opal mining industry and will witness the kind of lifestyle in the underground residences.
Coober Pedy is also home to natural attractions which include the Painted Desert, a renowned desert with changing hues and colorful hills. The Moon Plain is another popular natural attraction, a vast area of unusual-looking rocky plains scattered with crystals and gemstones. Breakaways Reserve is found in Coober Pedy, a protected area with semi-arid climate and is a popular spot for cycling.
A large portion of Coober Pedy is about reserved architecture in the form of churches and citadels. Some of the awe-inspiring ancient architecture belongs to Serbian Orthodox Church, St Peter & Paul Catholic Church, and Catacomb Church. There are museums worthy of the visit as well, and among these are Umoona Opal Museum and Desert Cave Hotel Museum. Note that some of these famous establishments are situated below the surface, making the tour exciting and unique.
Before you leave Coober Pedy, you might want to buy a souvenir that will remind you of the marvelous trip. Since the destination is an opal haven, it is just fitting that you bring home genuine art, craft or jewelry made of this delicate gemstone. Certainly, your trip to Coober Pedy is something words cannot describe, and with all the wonderful and incredible attractions, your trip to this part of South Australia is surely one of a kind.

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5 Urban Wonders Of The World https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/10/5-urban-wonders-of-world.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/10/5-urban-wonders-of-world.html#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:58:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=50 Lombard Street being one of the top urban wonders in the world, owns the record as the street with the most switchbacks in a single block. With eight steep and sharp turns, Lombard Street literally looks like a giant dizzy snake lying on the road.

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LOMBARD STREET (San Francisco, USA)
This famous street in San Francisco, California is known to be the most-challenging street of all. Lombard Street owns the record as the street with the most switchbacks in a single block. With eight steep and sharp turns, Lombard Street literally looks like a giant dizzy snake lying on the road. Known also as “the world’s most-crooked street,” Lombard Street was constructed that way to lessen the natural grade of the hill which was too steep for vehicles.
KING FAHD’S FOUNTAIN (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Being the world’s tallest fountain is enough to merit King Fahd’s Fountain as an urban wonder. This fountain shoots water in an incredible 1023-ft (312m) height which is greater than the height of the Eifel Tower. King Fahd’s Fountain shoots an amount of 625 liters of water in one second at the speed of 233 miles per hour. Because of its seemingly unreachable height, the waters of the King Fahd’s Fountain can be sighted even if the spectator is miles and miles apart.
PARLIAMENT STREET (Exeter, England)
This street in England is over a hundred years old today, but what makes it as an urban wonder is not its age but its unbelievable narrow size. Usually, a street is where a vehicle can conveniently pass, but that will never happen in the Parliament Street, as the street measures just 25 inches inches wide which is just enough for a relatively medium-built person to pass.
DWARF EMPIRE (Kumning, China)
This is a village-cum-amusement park manned with little people who are dressed in fairy tale-like costumes and live in small castles. It is actually a village dedicated to the little people who cannot find a decent job, and instead of wandering in the streets, they are placed in the Dwarf Empire. Little people from all over China can come to the Dwarf Empire to live and actually get paid in return of the entertainment they give the visitors. The private owner of Dwarf Empire aims to help more little people and aspires to build an empire of over a thousand members in the future.
DAMANHUR TEMPLE OR TEMPLE OF HUMANKIND (Northern Alps of Italy)
The underground of the modest homes of Italy’s northern Alps is where a massive, intricately-decorated temple is found. Dedicated to Damanhur devotees, the temple is described as a place for eco-society, art and faith. The Damanhur Temple, whose official name is The Temples of Humankind, was secretly constructed in the 1970s. Adorned with impressive murals and vividly-colored stain glass, the temple was once seized by the Italian government due to illegalities. After sometime, it was returned to Oberto Airaudi, the builder and founder of Damanhur and the temple has been serving as the congregation’s place of worship.

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Top 10 Grand Boulevard in the World https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/10/top-10-grand-boulevard-in-world.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/10/top-10-grand-boulevard-in-world.html#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:48:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=54 Accentuated with glorified buildings, quaint shops, delightful cafes and perfectly-landscaped horse-chestnut trees, Champs-Elysees stretches its irresistible beauty from a public square called Place de la Concorde to a famous landmark, the Arc de Triomphe. In France, Champs - Elysees is regarded as the most upscale and high-end boulevard where prestigious and luxurious shops are seen in every turn.

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Champs-Elysées (Paris, France): Accentuated with glorified buildings, quaint shops, delightful cafes and perfectly-landscaped horse-chestnut trees, Champs-Elysees stretches its irresistible beauty from a public square called Place de la Concorde to a famous landmark, the Arc de Triomphe. In France, Champs – Elysees is regarded as the most upscale and high-end boulevard where prestigious and luxurious shops are seen in every turn.
 
Lombard Street (San Francisco, USA): Lombard Street, found between the streets of Hyde and Leavenworth, may be just an ordinary street to some, but what makes this boulevard famous to tourists and all over the world is its crookedness, and there is no other boulevard in the world can have such character. With eight sharp switchbacks and a design that adapts to the steepness of Russian Hill where Lombard Street sits, it is named as “the world’s most crooked street.”
Michigan (Chicago, USA): This- outstanding north-south street in Chicago is home to the famous Magnificent Mile, the area north of Chicago River, which is always upbeat and busy courtesy of high-end shopping destinations, delightful dining scene, colorful entertainment centers and luxurious hotels that unceasingly attract people. The boulevard is also a home to The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Water Tower and the Millennium Park. Further, most of Michigan’s parts are well-maintained historic districts.
The Strip (Las Vegas, USA): Las Vegas Boulevard, popular to the name The Strip, is hailed as the world’s Sin City for all the right reasons. It is the world’s mecca for gambling, entertainment and bright lights and this boulevard never sleeps as it has varied features to enjoy any time of the day. In the morning, upscale hotels are all geared-up to provide its luxurious amenities from relaxing massage down to pleasant dining. As the sun takes a break, bright and flashy lights become alive and The Strip becomes crowded and tolerably noisy.
Broadway (New York, USA): Apart from the musicals and theater industry, this famous Time Square area is popular in the world because of its flashy billboards which never fails to captivate one’s attention. Because no other boulevard in the world can have such unique and interesting scenery, no tourist leaves New York without experiencing the Broadway.
Passeig de Gracia (Barcelona, Spain): Spain’s most famous boulevard is also popular to the world, thanks to its remarkable architecture that adds spice and delight to the scene. Because Passeig de Gracia comprises of top of the line shopping destinations and business centers, it becomes Spain’s most celebrated avenue and is regarded as Barcelona’s most expensive street.
Gran Via (Madrid, Spain): Gran Via, or the Great Way, is a majestic boulevard in Madrid. It is known as the Broadway of Spain because of the nightlife that happens in its premises. Gran Via is also a famous destination when it comes to shopping places, theaters, dining areas and accommodations. But perhaps, the most captivating feature of the boulevard is its line-up of well-preserved 20th-century architecture.
Andrassy Ut (Budapest): Mansions that best define Neo-Renaissance architecture, used as delightful cafes, luxury shops and high-end restaurants, are only one of the many remarkable elements of Andrassy Ut. Because this boulevard plays hosts to many of the nation’s well-preserved historic places, most of the avenue’s spots are listed in the prestigious World Heritage Site.
Paulista Avenue (Sao Paolo, Brazil): Not only Paulista Avenue is known to be the country’s center for finance and commerce, this boulevard also boasts of a wide shopping scene and interesting hub for art. This boulevard is one of the most important landmarks of Brazil as it is where Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo is found and it is also where the world-famous Sao Paulo Gay Pride Parade is annually staged.
 
Orchard Road (Singapore): Among the boulevards in Asia, the Orchard Road in Singapore must be the most famous in the world. Not only it is a well-known tourist magnet because of designer names flashed in every corner and luxurious brands found in every turn, it is also in Orchard Road where the official home of the country’s president erects. Because of numerous establishments that operate in Orchard Road, this famous boulevard is busy day in and day out.

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Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/08/sydney-opera-house-in-sydney-australia.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/08/sydney-opera-house-in-sydney-australia.html#respond Sat, 02 Aug 2014 10:38:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=74 The Sydney Opera House is in Sydney, New South Wales in Australia. It sits in Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbor just near the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Being part of prestigious the UNESCO World Heritage List, Sydney Opera House reflects the masterpiece of contemporary architecture that is a must-see when touring Australia.

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The Sydney Opera House is in Sydney, New South Wales in Australia. It sits in Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbor just near the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Being part of prestigious the UNESCO World Heritage List, Sydney Opera House reflects the masterpiece of contemporary architecture that is a must-see when touring Australia.
 
Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue for the performing arts of the country. The opera house plays as a proud host to almost 1,500 performances each year that is attended by almost 1.2 million of spectators. Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra are regulars of Sydney Opera House, adding to the reasons why the venue steadily creates almost 7 million of visitors each year.
Australia’s most prominent structure is the Sydney Opera House, and no visitor leaves the country without having sight of it. Its distinct features make it to the list of the most recognized performing art centers in the world. For centuries now, the opera house has been serving as an icon of Australia’s creative achievements when it comes to architecture and design. Since its completion in 1973, it served as an enhancement to the stunning location of the harbor that builds a beautiful balance between the natural beauty of the water and the futuristic-look of the opera’s structures.
The Sydney Opera House is an important part of the Australia adventure. Tourists can book an arranged tour so they can have access to the majestic building. The feeling of admiration grows as one gets close to the structure. One of the many fascinating features of the building is its notable roofs, designed to blend with the bright, blue skies. The “shell” roofs are reflection of a series of parabolas made strong by precast concrete ribs. The white ceramic tiled surface, the glass wall facing the harbour and the red granite base add to the depth of the opera house’s character, which makes this building an iconic structure of the country that is highly-recognized across the globe.
Today, Sydney Opera House remains to be the highly-acclaimed attraction of Australia where visitors can experience a wide range of activities, from watching performances to strolling in its stunning Botanical Garden. In the surrounds, there are cafes, pastry shops, quaint shops and excellent restaurants that make the Sydney Opera House tour complete.

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A Day at the Races: The World’s Must-See Horse Races https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/05/a-day-at-races-worlds-must-see-horse.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/05/a-day-at-races-worlds-must-see-horse.html#respond Fri, 09 May 2014 08:21:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=111 Whether you’re an avid equestrian or a traveller looking to try something different on your next trip there truly is nothing quite like the thrill of experiencing a world-class horseracing event. The buzz and adrenaline, the sounds and the crowds, horse racing remains a highly popular sport all over the globe.

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Whether you’re an avid equestrian or a traveller looking to try something different on your next trip there truly is nothing quite like the thrill of experiencing a world-class horseracing event. The buzz and adrenaline, the sounds and the crowds, horse racing remains a highly popular sport all over the globe.
We’ve gathered together some of the world’s most esteemed races, from the USA to Italy, to give you some ideas for your next globetrotting adventure. These races really stand out from the crowd and are true highlights of the horseracing calendar – and each and every one will provide you with an experience you’ll never forget.

Royal Ascot

One of the most distinguished races in the world, Royal Ascot has been taking place in Ascot in the UK since 1711. More than just a horse race, this race has always been a major part of the British social calendar, with the Royal Family always in attendance. Besides the horseracing itself, you’re guaranteed to see some highly extravagant fashions, as this event encourages ladies to get outlandish with their headwear, and traditionally attracts the cream of British society out to show off their finest outfits. Royal Ascot takes place every June and you can find details of tickets and places to stay in the area in this blog.
Royal Ascot courtesy of Jane Marwood

The Kentucky Derby

Billed as “the most exciting two minutes in sport”, the Kentucky Derby is the most famous race that takes place in the USA. It’s a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The first leg of the US Triple Crown, the derby is also known as “the run for the roses”, as a spectacular blanket of roses is draped over the winner.
The Kentucky Derby courtesy of John Athayde

The Melbourne Cup

This one draws the crowds like no other, handing out one of the biggest prizes in horseracing – more than $6million at the last count. The biggest race Down Under, it’s known as “The Race that Stops a Nation” and has been held at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne every first Sunday in November since 1861.
Flemington Racecourse courtesy of Tim Bayman

Palio de Siena

Famously one of the most dangerous horse races in the world, the Palio is also one of the most breathtaking. Taking place every July and August, here the horses and riders race around the town of Siena itself! Huge crowds come to see the spectacular race each year around the Piazza del Campo, and if you’re planning a visit to the Tuscany region it’s well worth adding this unique race to your itinerary.
Palio courtesy of Pedro Prats

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On top of the world: Roofs that offer amazing scenery https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/04/on-top-of-world-roofs-that-offer.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/04/on-top-of-world-roofs-that-offer.html#respond Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:02:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=115 Imagine you are sitting high on the roof of a high building with a coctail in your hand, and in front of you lies a whole city. The images in this article are showing places like that, that look stunning.

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Imagine you are sitting high on the roof of a high building with a coctail in your hand, and in front of you lies a whole city. The images in this article are showing places like that, that look stunning.

1. The bar on the roof of Bayan Tree Hotel, Bangkok

2. Garden on the roof of City Hall in Chicago

 3. The roof of the Hotel Four Seasons, Mumbai

 4. La Pedrera House, the work of the architect Gaudi, Barcelona

5. The roof of the Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona

6. Roof with a swimming pool at the Joule Hotel, Dallas

7. The roof of the Lebua Hotel, Bangkok

8. Swimming pool on the roof of the Hotel Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

9. A view of a building in Singapore

10. Football Field roof of a building in Tokyo

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Whitehaven Beach, Australia https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/01/whitehaven-beach-australia.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/01/whitehaven-beach-australia.html#respond Thu, 09 Jan 2014 15:22:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=148 Whitehaven Beach is located along Whitsunday Island and stretches over a distance of 7 km. From tourist ports located on the mainland, visitors can access the beach through Hamilton Island, Shute Harbor and Airlie Beach.

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Whitehaven Beach is located along Whitsunday Island and stretches over a distance of 7 km. From tourist ports located on the mainland, visitors can access the beach through Hamilton Island, Shute Harbor and Airlie Beach. The ocean swim of Whitehaven Beach is about 2 km and is open for the annual swimming competition that is held in every November on the beach. This is usually a part of Hamilton Island Triathlon Event. In 2008, the Whitehaven Beach was awarded the cleanest beach Queensland in the Keep Australia Beautiful campaign in he Clean Beach Challenge State Awards. 
In 2010 during the month of July, the beach was again named by CNN as the world’s most eco friendly beach. The local authorities do not permit dogs on the beach besides the prohibition of cigarette smoking. Precisely, most people know Whitehaven Beach largely due to the white sands that are found on the beach. In fact, the sands found here consist are 98 percent pure silica that sand its rather bright white color. 
The rocks found at the locality contains no silica and it has widely been suggested by sicientists that prevailing sea currents brought sands to Whitehaven Beach over many millions of years ago. Unlike the common sand, Whitehaven Beach sand doesn’t retain heat as such which makes it rather comfortable for walking on bare footed especially on that hot day when you feel just like strolling by the beach.
Most tourists also prefer Whitehaven Beach due to its fine sand and even though it is known to have the potential of damaging electronic equipment like cameras and telephones, it has also been found that the sand is pretty good when you want to polish up your jewelry. Staff Commander EP Bedwell discovered Whitehaven Beach and named it then. He is also responsible for naming the Cumberland Islands which is an island group at Whitsundays. Being named as the cleanest beach has gone a long way in promoting the beach and opening it to a large number of tourists. The Whitehaven Beach was named as the first beach out of 105 beaches that were entered in the competition. For those who have ever visited the beach, there is absolutely no doubt that it deserves the top ranking. 
All the tourist operators in Whitehaven Beach have been educated on how to keep the beach clean and ensure that every visitor enjoys his or her experience. In this regard, tourists are advised to keep Whitehaven Beach free of rubbish and undamaged in any way. This has made the beach with its untouched pure silica and icon in Whitsundays. In fact, this cleanliness has attracted many tourists from all the corners of the world and everyone using the beach is requested to take responsibility of keeping it clean. Here, the last thing you can expect to find are playgrounds, barbecues, signs or litter bins that can make the area messy. If you have a pet dog and you are considering beaching, just know that dogs are not welcome in Whitehaven Beach.

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Dent Island, Australia https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/01/dent-island-australia.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/01/dent-island-australia.html#respond Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:16:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=149 Dent Island is located on Coral Sea in the Whitsunday Islands archipelago. The island is one of the several islands that make up Whitsunday Group. The island lies just in the immediate west of the relatively well known Hamilton Island.

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Dent Island is located on Coral Sea in the Whitsunday Islands archipelago. The island is one of the several islands that make up Whitsunday Group. The island lies just in the immediate west of the relatively well known Hamilton Island. Whitsunday group of islands is one of the groups which together make up Whitsunday Islands, otherwise referred to as the Greater Whitsundays or Greater Whitsunday Islands. Earliest charts that detailed Whitsunday area used to show just one island that was the named the ‘Passage Island’, at a place where Hamilton Island and Dent Island lie currently.
G.S Nares, the Commander of Royal Navy at HMS Salamander decided to carry out a comprehensive survey of northern waters at Whitsunday Passage. Upon his findings, this led to the amendment of the previous charts and the two separate islands were now shown clearly. Dent Island was consequently named after HMS Salamander’s lieutenant, Albert Dent. In Queensland, there is yet another relatively small mangrove Island that is known as ‘dent Island’ locally. This small island is located along Proserpine River near Saltwater Creek mouth. The island got the name following the wrecking of steamer Dent that weighed 33 tons and ended up sinking in the deep water on June 21 1907 off the famous Lady Elliot Island.
The construction of Hamilton Island Golf which started on Hamilton Island would later be completed on the Dent Island. The golf club was opened for playing in August 2009. The golf course has 18 holes and Hamilton Island operates it. The course was designed by the well known Peter Thomas, a five times winner of British Open. The Par 71 championship course measures about 6, 140 meters. This can easily be accessed by taking a boat transfer from the Hamilton Island and it attracts quite a large number of vacationers interested in golfing. Over the years, this golf course has been billed as Australia’s only island championship golf course. In 1879, in the efforts of the Australian government to improve navigation aids along Queensland coast, there was erection of a light house on Dent Island and it came to be the first and only one in the area. In 1981, a plan was put in place to convert the light house into solar power and was destaffed later in 1987.
While there are many tourist attractions in Australia, there is no doubt that Dent Island is considered as one of the jewels of the region. Many tourists from all over the world come to the island for vacations and you can thus expect the best experience possible from it. Boat rides are always enjoyable and a great way to spend a family vacation in Queensland. If you are thinking about camping, this place offers the best experience. There are many local tour operators operating in the area and they can organize for you a perfect holiday vacation that will meet your expectations. At Dent Island, it is all about having fun and getting the best that Queensland can offer.

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Hamilton Island, Australia https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/01/hamilton-island-australia.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/01/hamilton-island-australia.html#respond Sun, 05 Jan 2014 15:08:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=150 Hamilton Island is one of the most popular Islands in the Whitsunday largely because of being largest inhabitable island. Located in Queensland, Australia, the island was formed just like most of Whitsunday group of islands due to the rising of sea levels that created many drowned mountains which are situated very close to Australia’s east coast.

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Hamilton Island is one of the most popular Islands in the Whitsunday largely because of being largest inhabitable island. Located in Queensland, Australia, the island was formed just like most of Whitsunday group of islands due to the rising of sea levels that created many drowned mountains which are situated very close to Australia’s east coast. Over the years, the popularity of Hamilton Island among tourists has increased considerably and was in fact featured in the promotion of the ‘Best Job in the World.’ The island usually hosts the yearly Hamilton Island festival for Race Week Yachting. During this festival, over 150 yachts usually gather from New Zealand and Australia for racing around the islands for one week. 
At least two successful films have been filmed on Hamilton Island i.e. Muriel’s wedding of 1994 and the Fool’s Gold released in 2008. Bryan Byrt and Keith Williams purchased the island in 1975 and Keith Williams started the construction of the resort complex and Hamilton Island harbor in 1978. The resort was opened in several phases between the year 1982 and 1984. Unfortunately, the central part of resort complex was destroyed by a fire in 1985 and its rebuilding was completed in 1986.
The Whitsunday Holiday Apartments that stand on Hamilton Island currently opened their doors in 1986 and Reefview Hotel followed thereafter in 1990. About 9 years later, a five star Beach Club was opened on the island. The resort was acquired by the Oatley family in 2003 who engaged in expansion developments and this included the expanded Marina precint, building of another luxury resort by the name qualia and a yacht club which opened in 2008.
Unlike most of the islands found off Australia’s east coast, Hamilton Island has been reserved exclusively for the purpose of tourism. But recent times have seen the island continually cater for the ever increasing number of residents which include employees of various businesses being set up on the island as well as people who are opting to go for retirement on the island and enjoy a classic lifestyle. Currently the island has been leased by Oatley family from Commonwealth government. The Oatley family runs and owns the Hamilton Island Enterprises that operate most of the businesses especially accommodation facilities found on the island.
Hamilton Island Airport on this island boasts of being the only airport which is large enough to adequately accommodate a large commercial aircraft. There are also several ferry services that cater for transportation needs on the island and are precisely for passenger transport only. Motor vehicles from mainland Australia are not allowed on the island apart from those offering island public transport services and for trade people. There are many golf buggies that serve the needs for private transportation on the island and tourists can rent if they wish. In most cases, you will find some accommodation packages that include them. There is also public shuttle bus which operates on Hamilton Island and serves accommodation sites and other point of interest on the island.

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