Sydney Opera House tops the list of TripAdvisor’s top Aussie landmarks

Posted: 25 May 2018 12:43 pm

See who's new to the top 10 and who didn't make the cut.

Every year we get to take a peek into the Aussie sites getting the most amount of love from travellers all around the world and today TripAdvisor has announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice awards for landmarks in Australia.

Looking back on last year's list, there were some big movements in this year’s top 10. The Australia War Memorial moved back up one spot, after dropping from 1st to 3rd place last year.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground is an entirely new addition and the Block Arcade in Melbourne is nowhere to be seen this year.

Australian Parliament House and Cape Byron Lighthouse in Byron Bay failed to make it into the top 10 as well, replaced instead by Western Australian newcomers, HMAS Sydney II Memorial and Kings Park War Memorial.

Top 10 landmarks in Australia

  1. Sydney Opera House, Sydney
  2. Australia War Memorial, Canberra
  3. Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney
  4. Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
  5. Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne
  6. Queen Victoria Building, Sydney
  7. Port Arthur Historic Site, Port Arthur
  8. Fremantle Prison, Fremantle
  9. HMAS Sydney II Memorial, Geraldton
  10. Kings Park War Memorial, Perth

If you're keen to hit up some of these top spots then make sure to check out this last-minute Virgin Australia domestic sale. Score 20% off on several routes includes Melbourne-Sydney, Brisbane-Sydney, Melbourne-Perth, Sydney-Perth, Adelaide-Melbourne.

Today is also the start of Vivid Sydney which is a light festival that runs from 25 May - 16 June and sees the Opera Houses' sails "light up" in a display of colour. It's a unique experience and one we highly recommend - particular to show off on Instagram.

If you've missed the show, you can also tuck into some of our favourite behind-the-scenes tours for a more in-depth view of the top 10. Check out our hit picks below:

Top behind-the-scenes experiences

  • Sydney Opera House - Go behind the scenes for a fascinating look at this Sydney icon.
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge - You can’t get much closer than actually climbing the bridge. Learn all about the history of the bridge as you walk up to the summit.
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground - Get a behind-the-scenes look at areas of the arena not open to the general public.
  • Port Arthur Historic Site - After seeing the site during the day, take a lantern-lit guided tour complete with spooky atmosphere and exclusive access to sites after hours.

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