Top 16 Places To See In Australia

The land down under is vast and the list of things to see and do is HUGE! Whether you come to play at the beach, climb a mountain, explore a city, walk in a rain forest, camp in the bush, or get lost in the outback, Australia is both exciting and unique!

Top 16 Places To See…

Great Barrier Reef

One of the seven wonders of the natural world and one of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches.

Uluru

Uluru is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia. It has a length of 3,4 km, a maximum width of 2 km, it’s 9 km in circumference, and most of its bulk is actually below the ground. The peak rises majestically to a height of over 350 m above the surrounding plain. Uluru is notable for appearing to change colour as the different light strikes it at different times of the day and year, with sunset a particularly remarkable sight when it briefly glows red.

Sydney Opera House

Another UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most recognisable images of the modern world – right up there with the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building, and is one of the most photographed and has come to represent ‘Australia’. It is a multi-venue performing arts centre and was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, who, in 2003, received the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honour.

The Great Ocean Road

One of Australia’s most famous drives is a 243-kilometre (151 mi) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Warrnambool. Discover scenic attractions, wildlife and nature. See an amazing array of wildlife, the spectacular 12 Apostles, beautiful beaches, stunning rainforests, waterfalls and more.

Fraser Island, Queensland

Starts the Great Barrier Reef a few hours north of Brisbane. It is the largest sand island in the world and a World Heritage Site. You can only arrive on the unspoiled island by eco friendly tours or your own 4WD, as there are no sealed roads. There are limited places to stay on the island so make sure you book in advance. Drive and play on its long white beaches, witness some of the clearest fresh water in the world, trek through its ancient rainforests, and get up close and personal with wild dingoes.

Kakadu, Northern Territory

Is one of the few World Heritage Sites listed for its cultural and natural values. Kakadu is a place of exceptional beauty and unique biodiversity. Its Aboriginal owners and the Director of National Parks own it jointly. Kakadu experiences 6 seasons and has an abundance of unique wildlife and plant species.

Apart from the wetlands there are many beautiful gorges and waterfalls in the park and many people come to visit, not just for this, but to also learn more about the Aboriginal people who have inhabited the area for tens of thousands of years. It is best to visit the park on a guided tour or with your own car. Large saltwater crocs can be found everywhere here so do not ignore the no swimming signs.

The Kimberlys

While in Broome, you can hire a 4WD and explore the beautiful Kimberly region. Your best path is the Gibb River Rd, a 660 km dirt track that runs through the heart of the Kimberly region. Driving along the Gibb will take you through spectacular landscapes of red dirt, boab trees, intensely colored ranges, gorges, rock pools and waterfalls that this region is most known for.

The most popular falls and gorges to visit are Windjana Gorge, Galvans Gorge and the most popular Bells Gorge.

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of both Sydney and Australia. The bridge is locally nicknamed “The Coat Hanger” because of its arch-based design.

The Bridge Climb is the ultimate experience of Sydney. Choose from three guided Climbs that take you to the summit of this world famous Bridge, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour.

Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth, Western Australia

Imagine visiting Great Barrier Reef fifty years ago, before tourists came and butchered. Well, you have that opportunity when you visit Ningaloo, one of Australia’s greatest unknown treasures. Exmouth offers you a “range to reef” experience with rugged ranges and gorges on one side and spectacular Ningaloo Reef on the other.

Ningaloo is one of those rare places on earth where you can walk from the white sandy beaches straight onto the coral reefs and begin exploring the underwater world -even just by standing in water that reaches your knees you will be surrounded by hundreds of curious fish swimming around your legs. Ningaloo is a great spot for scuba diving or better yet, swimming with the gentle whale sharks.

Visit a Winery.

Australia makes great wine and an abundance of it. There are several wine regions around the country you can visit and enjoy. A day trip to the wineries is an experience never to forget. You can usually jump on a tour and spend the day moving from vineyard to vineyard, sampling various wine and delicious cheeses. Most notably are the Hunter Valley, north of Sydney; The Barossa Valley in South Australia; and Margaret River in Western Australia.

Coober Pedy

In the middle of the South Australian desert, with temperatures hitting heights of near 50 degrees Celsius, you might be wondering why I would recommend a visit to this outback town. Coober Pedy produces most of the world’s opals; hence the only reason there is a town there and why it brings its 4,000 residents in from over 40 countries.

It is so hot in Coober Pedy that the town’s inhabitants actually live underground. Homes, shops, restaurants and pubs can be found down under in cool sandstone dugouts. Coober Pedy is a fascinating place to visit to learn about its history, drink beer in caves, play golf on a course that has not one blade of grass on it and pick up some precious opals.

Broome, Western Australia.

Broome is situated in the far north coast of Western Australia. It is a haven for backpackers, and pearl farmers. Backpackers run the majority of the shops in this small town and can be found lighting up the bar atmosphere at night. Broome is one of Australia’s most unique towns with its ‘country/outback feel’ right on the ocean.

Cable Beach is consistently rated as one of the world’s best beaches, and a day can be spent here playing cricket on the beach, or swimming with crocodiles and jelly fish (do be careful and read the signs) In the evening, catch a sunset cocktail from the Cable Beach resort or even take a casual beach stroll on a camel. You may even decide you want to stay for a while, work on a pearl farm and earn some money to fund your Broome adventure.

Explore Tasmania

Poor Tasmania gets largely overlooked by many of Australia’s backpackers and mainland dwellers. Taking the time to come to Tasmania will provide you with an unforgettable traveling experience. The travelers that do make the trek to Tasmania rave about its unspoiled beauty.

Tasmania is the Australia’s most mountainous state and has some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world. Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain National Park is a World Heritage listed site and is a fantastic hiking place to explore its beautiful lakes, rainforests, and waterfalls.

Karijini National Park, WA

Karijini is the second largest national park in Western Australia and one of the most spectacular sights in the Pilbara. It has breathtaking gorges, crystal clear rock pools, waterfalls, and stunning scenery. There is a system of excellent walk trails of varying levels which will lead you deep into the subterranean gorges and through waterfalls where you can dive into sparkling rock pools. There are excellent picnic areas as well as allocated camping sites within the park. One of the great benefits of the Park is that its scenery is so accessible. Once you park, you can literally walk 50 metres and peer into canyons to see waterfalls and emerald coloured rock pools.

Aboriginal Cultural Tours

Why not spend some time in Australia learning about the Aboriginal culture? Australian Aboriginal culture is the oldest living civilization on Earth. The Aboriginal people survived for 50,000 years as nomadic dwellers, never suffering from ailments such as the common cold. They lived off the land and know many secrets to the power the Earth holds for health, healing, and spiritual connection.

The most untouched area is Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. You must apply for permits before you arrive, as it is a highly protected area, owned and controlled by the Aboriginal people, and visitations are limited.

Join the Festival Fun

Australians love a good party. Wherever you are in the country you are bound to find a festival to join in on, especially in the summer months. Some of the most popular festivals being Australia Day that is celebrated on January 26 or my favourite ANZAC Day, which is celebrated on April 25. Make sure you head to your local pub at some stage of the day for a game of Two Up- the only day this gambling game is legal.

Texas Oil Boom

Only on occasion does a single event characterize the entire economical future of one state, but in Texas that occasion was on January 10, 1901. That occasion was the Lucas #1 at Spindletop, near Beaumont, Texas. It changed cotton and cattle domination in Texas, into an oil and gas power house of the twentieth century.

Before the 1901 Spindletop well, Texas only experience with oil and gas was in Corsicana in 1894. That happened when the city of Corsicana drilled a few water wells at a depth only 1027 feet and the oil boom was on. The small town of Corsicana, (Just south of Dallas, Texas) became the first Texas Oil Boomtown.

The first well in the Spindletop Field was the Lucas #1 and was it a well. Unbelievable! This well blew oil and gas out for nine days before it was capped. I have been in the oil and gas business for a long time and I have never heard of any well, anywhere, produce these type of production numbers: 100,000,000 Barrels of Oil per Day. Are you kidding me. If we had a well today that produced those kind of daily numbers, that well would generate $9,000,000.00 dollars per day or $270,000,000.00 per month. The direction of the Texas economy had been defined.

The city of Beaumont went from a small town of 9,500 citizens to 50,000 plus, by the end of the year in 1901. Hundreds of oilfield contractors came to the area, many from Pennsylvania. The search for oil extended to the gulf coast. The next big discovery came in 1903, in the Sour Lake area of East Texas. This area was much different than the Spindletop area. Sour Lake was swampy and large wooded thickets. Almost impossible to navigate. Also, there was a danger that was much more significant in this area: Hydrogen Sulfide Gas. This gas was very hard to detect and many workers died. Today, we have very sophisticated equipment to signal it’s presence.

The next spectacular oil discovery was in Batson, Texas. This area was even more remote and marshy. This was a much more lawless area of Texas. Baston was basically a post office and nothing else and overnight it became a tent city of oilfield workers and soon had over 30 saloons and houses of prostitution. Gambling was the recreation of the day. In 1904 the Texas Rangers were called into the area to take control of the lawlessness.

The next big discoveries were in the northeast part of East Texas. Kilgore, Longview, Henderson and Gladewater. By 1931, there was a huge amount of drilling in all of East Texas. These were the early days of the Great Depression and workers from all over the country flocked to this area. By 1935 these fields were being over-produced. Today, we still drill new wells in this area and re-work old abandoned wells that didn’t have the technology we have today as far as “second stage recovery techniques.”

The most popular formation was the Woodbine Sand. I have a lot of experience drilling in the Woodbine. A sand formation that produces “Texas Sweet Crude.” The best oil in the world and serves as the benchmark for oil prices. It has very low sulfur content and greatly reduces the cost of refinement. In the early days of drilling, wells were drilled with cable rigs. Rotary drilling technology was basically invented and applied in this East Texas area. ” Wooden derricks “became “steel derricks”. Many of the rotary drilling methods that were invented in East Texas, are still used today. East Texas was a pioneer in drilling technology that we use all over the world today. East Texas provided almost all of the oil we used in World War II. There are still Cable Tool Drilling Rigs today, but they have very limited application and are used at very shallow depths.

In the following decades, almost all areas of Texas opened up for oil and gas drilling. I grew up in Odessa, Texas and the Permian Basin area became one of the biggest producing areas of Texas. My family are third generation oil and gas workers. My father is 83 years old and has drilled over 3000 oil wells across the world. He still works everyday and builds drilling rigs in Houston, Texas. Texas has produced more oil and gas than any other state in the U.S. and is still today, the biggest oil and gas producing state.

This gives you a little history of East Texas Oil and Gas Production and the significant effect it had on Texas and our economy. We are still discovering new oil fields in this state today. The Barnett Shale was a huge discovery in the north part of Texas. The Eagleford Shale in West Texas has been a recent discovery. We have better technology today when it comes to finding oil and gas hydrocarbons. 3D Seismic was revolutionary in drilling for deeper oil and gas producing zones.

My expertise has been drilling wells and venture capital. Investing in Oil and Gas Wells has been a part of this business for a hundred years. Brokers, Landmen, Geologist, Mineral Rights Owners have been selling oil and gas working interest since the first well was drilled in East Texas. In the beginning, until 1933, interest in wells were sold as “Shares,” or “Stocks.” Pretty dicey stuff. Oil and Gas Investments were regulated for the first time with the “The Securities Act of 1933.” The Securities Exchange Commission, were now in charge of oil and gas investments. Eventually, most oil and gas investments became non-registered (Regulation D Offerings.) There are some fully registered oil and gas investments, such as Master Limited Partnerships, which are expensive and time consuming to register.

Aion Leveling Guide – A Few Grinding Spots For Aion Elyos Leveling

I had to use an Aion leveling guide to make sure I complete every hidden quest in this game, as quests aren’t so numerous in Aion: Tower of Eternity. After you pass level 20, each level has its share of grinding, so, if you don’t like spending some time killing mobs, then maybe Aion isn’t the game for you. However, I’m going to show here, a few spots for Elyos grinding that should make things easier for any player that chose the radiant and warm faction of the game.

As I said, I’ve been following the quest path of an Aion leveling guide, but when the quest ran out, I had to grind. But since this rigorously made quest path has taken me to unknown corners of the game, I’ve found a few great grinding spots. So, here are 3 of them.

1. The easiest things to kill that I’ve found to kill for level 22-25 were the Avaricious Zombies located in Theobomos. You can find loads of them near Theobomos Ruins, a little to the South-West from the middle of the map. Not only they will give you nice XP, they also drop nice loot. While grinding on them I got a pair of Life Chain Gloves, blue item which I sold for 500k Kinah.

2. For levels 31-34, I’ve found quite a squishy species of mobs, in Eltnen. The spot is located somewhere South-East from Agairon Village. The mobs here are bird-like creatures, called Virago Robbers. The loot is not extremely rich, but these mobs die very easily, so you will have a fast progress grinding on them. Also it’s easy to grind here with every class.

3. The 3rd spot is in Verteron, to the South-West, at Cantas Coast. There are some pirate ships here and many elite level 19 Krall mobs. However, this is not the spot for any class. For example, an Assassin will get his butt kicked here and lose time, but with a Spiritmaster you can solo them nicely as they are kiteable. Even if you spend a little time killing one mob, you’ll get a nice 16-20k XP, depending on your level.

Now, these spots I’ve learned about by following this excellent Aion leveling guide are not within the Abyss, as you may see. So, you don’t have to worry too much about getting attacked by Asmodians. But, if you want solid XP, at least after you reach level 25 and finish you Abyss Attunement Quest Chain, I strongly recommend you to go to the Abyss.

The Balaur mobs within the Abyss give enhanced XP compared with the creatures found in other Elyos areas, plus they grant you Abyss Points, Kinah and nice loot. But, if you choose the Abyss to grind, it’s important to always keep a low profile so you won’t get attacked by Asmodian because otherwise, a grinding session can end up with a lot of frustration instead of “phat” XP.

I hope the spots and tips I’ve shared here were helpful enough to any Elyos player. However, for anyone that wants to enhance their leveling process in Aion Online, I strongly recommend the Aion leveling guide that I’ve been working with. It has a great questing and grinding path designed to help even the most unexperienced Elyos player.

Luxury Hotels in USA – They Mean It

United States of America comprises of states, cities and towns adorned with luxury in every element. The luxurious lifestyle, splendid attractions and natural distinction make USA a highly worth visiting place. A large number of fabulous destinations in the country encourage you to plan a long itinerary. And if you are used to luxurious lifestyle, Luxury hotels in USA have everything to offer you a luxurious environment and amenities. Climate in the country ranges from sub tropical to Arctic. However, most of the part is temperate with four distinct seasons. USA is the third largest country in the world. On the east coast, New York, Boston, and Philadelphia are some of the destinations where you become aware of the vivid characteristics of America. New York is famous for splendid skyline. It is also known as the Melting pot of culture.

Obviously, you cannot miss out on visiting the capital city Washington D.C which is the home of the President. White House is an attractive building. Atlanta is another famous destination which is always crowded throughout the year. Farmlands, forests, large cities, smaller towns, mountains and prairies, all are in abundance. Do pay a visit to Miami which hold a lot of promise to entertain you with its wonderful traits–it is quite well-known for its Latin culture, exciting nightlife and amazing beaches.

If you like to roll the dice, come to Las Vegas, a paradise for gambling freaks. You can discover many fabulous monuments and exemplary architectures right here in the desert. And Kentucky provides multitude of avenues to explore the natural artifacts, for instance, the mammoth cave which is the largest cave systems in the world. Numerous campgrounds, state parks, and recreational lakes create an inviting atmosphere to draw thousands of tourists from all across the globe. And Florida’s popularity graph is always high with its sunshine, beaches and hurricanes.