December 2 2010 by BW Innsider
On December 14, Oprah will tape two shows at the Sydney Opera House, the first time the show has been filmed outside of the United States. From the gorgeous beaches to the spectacular vineyards, the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef to the legendary Sydney Harbour, Oprah's lucky audience will experience it all. Have you been inspired to plan a trip Down Under? Here are our top Australian experiences:
Climbing the Harbour Bridge in Sydney
The most well-know and photographed icon of Sydney is known fondly by the locals as the "coathanger". Although spectacular from any angle, it's most beautiful from the top - yes, you can climb it! There are day, twilight and night climbs and a group of twelve will leave for a climb every ten minutes. The safety precautions taken include a blood alcohol reading and a Climb Simulator, which shows climbers the climbing conditions that might be experienced on the Bridge.
Best Western has a number of properties in Sydney. The four-star Best Western Hotel Stellar lies in Sydney's CBD, just opposite Hyde Park and a short walk to Sydney's main attractions.
Shopping in Melbourne
Melbourne is a stylish city with a distinctly European flavour. It is a bustling haven of Italian-style laneways, cafes, bars and boutique shops. Shopaholics can get more than their fix in Melbourne's bountiful shopping districts. Start in Chapel Street which boasts an impressive line-up of established and emerging Australian designers like sass and bide, Alannah Hill and Colette Dinnigan, then head to Bourke Street Mall where you will find all the big department and flagship stores. If you're looking for something more unique, then stroll along the Queen Victoria Market where you can leisurely browse a variety of specialty stalls.
Stay at the Best Western Riverside Apartments, a step away from the boutiques and department stores, Southbank restaurants and Crown Casino, the heart of Melbourne's nightlife.
Swimming in the Great Barrier Reef
You can swim, snorkel, dive and sail the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, a living masterpiece so big it can be seen from space. It stretches more than 2,000 kilometres along the Queensland coast, from the mainland towns of Port Douglas to Bundaberg. Hop between the pristine, palm-fringed islands on top, and then explore the rainbow-coloured coral islands and marine life below.
Stay at the new Best Western City Sheridan in Cairns. They can organize day trip to the Reef and are close to the city of Cairns.
Driving the Great Ocean Road
Take a ride through nature on the spectacular Great Ocean Road, which winds alongside the wild and windswept Southern Ocean from Geelong to Portland. This diverse and dramatic region takes in surf beaches, historic ports, whale lookouts, breathtaking mountain ranges, rainforests and national parks. Of course, you can't miss the Twelve Apostles - craggy limestone stacks rising majestically from the Southern Ocean.
Stay at the Best Western Great Ocean Road Motor Inn in Port Campbell - a short drive to the Twelve Apostles.
Discovering the Dreamtime at Uluru
Discover the outback at Uluru, one of the world's largest natural wonders. Formerly known as Ayers Rock, the mammoth geological marvel also attracts some of Australia's most diverse flora and fauna - possums, wallabies, bilbies and snakes are common to the area. It's also the best place to learn about the stories of the Aboriginal dreamtime from the original inhabitants of the land, more than 40,000 years ago.
Stay at the Best Western Elkira Resort Motel, Alice Springs, the closest town to Uluru.
To book accommodation in Australia visit Best Western Australia.