7 Weird Attractions in Australia

May 10, 2011 · 3 comments

If you’re in Australia, you’ll want to see all the tourist attractions. If you have a sense of adventure and enjoy the unusual, though, you’ll really want to visit these seven places.

7. The Old Melbourne Gaol

Rumored to be one of the most haunted sites in Australia, the Old Melbourne Gaol has a long, dark history. This dreary prison hosted 136 executions, including that of infamous bushranger Ned Kelly. Take a candlelight tour at night and hope that you don’t attract the attention of any angry spirits that may be lingering there.

6. Tour a Diamond Mine

Diamonds are a girls best friend

The Argyle Diamond Mine in the Kimberly region of Western Australia produces more than 38 million carats every year, including rare pink diamonds. See the diamond mining process from start to finish and visit the diamond viewing room. This attraction really sparkles!

5. Cockroach Races

If you’re in Brisbane on January 26, don’t miss the Australia Day Cockroach Races. These races have been taking place at the Story Bridge Hotel in Brisbane for more than 20 years now. Billed as the “the greatest gathering of thoroughbred cockroaches in the known universe”, the fanfare of this event will amaze you. The place is crawling with fun.

4. The World’s Only Driveable War Memorial

This stretch of the Great Ocean Road between Warrnambool and Torquay in southern Victoria was built by returning WWI veterans in honor of their fallen comrades. Construction began in 1919 and took 13 years to complete. Dug entirely by hand, this road spans amazing Australian countryside.

3. The World’s Biggest Espresso Machine

For you caffeine addicts, this is a must see. Gourmet coffee manufacturer Armanti made the Guinness World Book of Records when they produced this giant espresso machine. It can produce 18 cups of hot, steamy espresso, so if you’re in Melbourne, drop by for a shot.

2. Visit the “Land that Time Forgot”

Daintree Forest

Cape Tribulation is home to the Daintree Rainforest, believed to be the oldest rainforest in the world at an estimated 135 million years of age. This mesmerising area is home to 60% of Australia’s butterfly population and 20% of its bird species. By the way, this ancient land’s nearest neighbour is the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef ecosystem in the world.

1. Discover Australia’s Big Things

Take a road trip in your long-term car rental and discover over 150 ‘big things’ along the routes of most major Australian highways. These are oversized structures replicating everyday items and include the Big Ant, the Big Guitar, the Big Mosquito, the Big Apple, and many other big ideas. Built just for fun, these ‘things’ have developed a unique attraction.
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Nb: This is a guest post from Kirsty Ramirez

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Vi May 12, 2011 at 10:26 AM

I love big things in Australia. It is probably possible to dedicated all trip for big things spotting :)
Vi´s latest blogpost – Swimming with whale sharks in Australia tour prices- 2011

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AdventureRob May 13, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Australia is pretty good for big things!

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Dave and Deb May 13, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Very cool. I’d like to see the cockroach races.

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