Best places to visit in Australia: What’s too good to miss
By Forrest Brown, CNN
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3:28 PM EDT, Fri October 25, 2019
Sydney: Australia is a wonderland for vacationers. Sydney, with its distinctive Opera House, is Australia's largest city and one of the top places to go. Click through the gallery to find 11 other destinations that make this country/continent such a draw:
Sydney Opera House Trust
Melbourne: People cross the Southbank Pedestrian Bridge in Melbourne, which makes frequent appearances at or near the top of best-places-to-live lists. The Southbank neighborhood is a big entertainment district in a city known for its lively cultural scene.
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Perth: Along the western coast, a couple enjoys the sand and surf of the Indian Ocean outside the city at Trigg Beach. Perth is a favorite for lovers of beaches and dry, sunny weather for most of the year.
courtesy Tourism Western Australia
Brisbane: This is the capital city of Queensland, and Kangaroo Point is an excellent place to take in the beauty of this part of Australia. Locals and tourists head here for entertainment venues and outdoor fun.
Courtesy Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Cairns: A couple strolls through the palm trees on the beach in Palm Cove, a suburb of Cairns. Located in the far north of Queensland, Cairns is one of Australia's most popular destinations, with a tropical climate and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.
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Great Barrier Reef: The colorful reef is the world's largest. It attracts snorkelers and divers to some of the most amazing underwater displays in the world. It's also in danger. Populations of marine life have dropped by about half in the past four decades.