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Visiting Australia – UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Should Not Miss

By Ben Pate

A vacation filled with fun and relaxation is certainly a great opportunity for family memories to be created but why not consider providing educational and cultural experiences at the same time? A trip to Australia can achieve all of this but you have to have a passport to travel there and pass port services are easy to locate just by going to your home computer.

No matter what your passport need is, getting a next day U.S. passport application form or replacing a lost passport, all the assistance you need can be found at one of the passport sites available online. With you passport in hand, you can set off to an adventure of exotic animals, beautiful beaches and the unique culture that typifies Australia.

The United Nations has established the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to label and identify places on our earth that hold prominent natural and historical significance to humanity. These are called World Heritage Sites and we would like to share some of these sites that can be found in Australia.

Let’s first consider the Great Barrier Reef. This location is a series of multiple reefs and covers approximately 133,000 square miles. It covers such a vast amount of area, and can actually be viewed from outer space. Honored as a World Heritage Site as well as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, it is home to over 1,500 species of fish, 30 species of whale and dolphin as well as six species of turtles.

The Gondwana Rainforest in Australia has also been name a World Heritage Site for its contribution to natural history. Thought to be a window into the ancient primordial history of our earth, many plants and animals thought to have existed back at our beginning can still be found and studied in this area. The land masses of the earth were once contained in only two bodies of land and Gondwana, Australia was at the southern portion of one of them.

Melbourne, Australia is home to The Royal Exhibition Building which has been designated as a World Heritage Site due to its historical contribution. Completed in 1880, the first Australian Parliament of 1901 was located here. A visit to this site gives the traveler an in-depth look into the history of Australia.

In the heart of the Australian desert is another world treasure. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for its geographical formations, one of which is the Ayer’s Rock. This is a sandstone monument stretching 348 meters into the sky and revered by the Australian Aboriginal tribes as being sacred making this location important for natural and cultural purposes. Its desert location still provides spectacular sites with colorful wildflowers, cacti and green landscapes.

And US passport services are easily located online and if your trip has crept up on you, a next day passport application form can be obtained quickly and easily by an online passport service like

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