Australia is a vast country that is chock-full with enough history to fill every space. From the ancient people who occupied the country for about 60,000 years to the newcomers who have seen a few centuries — and all the natural wonders in between — there is no shortage of fascinating history to be learned about here. If you’re a self-proclaimed history buff, then there are some places in Australia you absolutely must explore on a sightseeing tour.
Uluru, Northern Territory
Uluru stands 348 metres high and is more than nine kilometres around at its base, and is a World Heritage listed area both for its cultural importance as well as its status as one of the largest monoliths in the world. If you want to learn about some fascinating Aboriginal history and hear the ancient myths that have been passed down through thousands of generations, then a tour to Uluru is a must. Jump on just about any Alice Springs tour and you will be treated to a look at this ancient, stately rock.
Port Arthur, Tasmania
The settlement of Port Arthur in Tasmania began as a timber station in 1830, but it’s better known now for its history as a brutal penal colony. From 1833 to the 1850s, Port Arthur was the destination for the hardest of the convicted British and Irish criminals, and for those who offended again after arriving in Australia. To see the city you can take a Port Arthur tour, and experience this intriguing town and the spine-chilling stories that come from it.
Shark Bay, Western Australia
It is believed that Shark Bay is the site where the first European ever set foot in Western Australia. This isn’t the only important historical aspect of the area, however, as the bay is also home to one of the world’s only living collections of stromatolites, which are living relics of what are thought to be the first life forms to ever grace the Earth. Oh, and there are heaps of sharks as well, so make sure you jump on one of the many tours that leaves from Perth to see this extraordinary bay.
Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
The World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park is protected not only for its stunning beauty; it is also well known for the unique archaeological and ethnological artefacts that reflect the skills and way of life of the people that lived here for more than 40,000 years. The only way you can truly see this region is on a tour, as the park encompasses some of the most remote and wild regions in the country that are otherwise inaccessible.
The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
The Great Ocean Road is as historically significant as it is beautiful. This 243-kilometre stretch of highway between Torquay and Warrnambool was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932. The road itself was dedicated to the casualties of World War 1, making it the world’s largest war memorial. Not only that, but touring along the road will give you a view of the shipwreck coast, which is said to have taken a significant 638 ships in total.
For a land as ancient as Australia, it is no wonder there is significant history everywhere you go. Whether you’re interested in natural, Aboriginal or European history, there is plenty to see and plenty to learn while taking tours in Australia.