PLACES YOU NEED TO VISIT BEFORE YOU’RE 30
After that, it gets tough.
While you’re young and energetic, don’t miss visiting some outstanding destinations worldwide that offer the very best of ‘outdoor adventures’ and excitement.
By any account, Coober Pedy is different from any other town in the world. In which other place in the world do 75 per cent of the locals actually live underground, simply because it’s ‘cool’? Summer temperatures hover near the 50 degrees Celcius mark.
The Australian Outback’s leading mining town and the opal capital of the world, it is also a unique and exciting tourist destination. The opal brings miners, traders and buyers, and the romance of all this brings in the tourists, who also get to enjoy a taste of genuine rural Australian lifestyles and stunning landscapes.
Apart from getting a taste of genuine Australian Outback life, visitors get a first-hand look at the unique style of underground living in old mines now converted into comfortable homes. There are several interesting places to drop in – such as the Underground Art Gallery, Dugout Motel, Dusty Radio Station or the Opal Cave Lookout with its splendid town views.
Visitors can also opt for interesting packages, like Martin’s Night Sky Presentation and Ghost Busters, a package that includes star-gazing out in the darkness of the Moon Plains Desert.
IT’S A TOWN WORTH VISITING. ONE FINDS UNSPOILT NATURE IN THE HEART OF THE VAUDOISES ALPS, WITH MAJESTIC SUMMITS, RELAXING FORESTS, GREEN PASTURES AND, IN THE MIDST OF ALL THIS VERDURE, A VILLAGE THAT DEVELOPED JUST ENOUGH TO ACCOMMODATE ITS FRIENDS IN A DIGNIFIED MANNER.
Situated between the beautiful pastures of Anzeindaz and the Vallee des Ormonts in Switzerland, the summit of Les Diablerets has always been considered a dangerous and damned area (damned since the day a meanhearted shepherd refused its help.) After that the pastures of the Tsanfleuron (flower field) changed and the once pretty flowery field became today’s icy desert on the glacier.
Hearing the ghosts and evil spirits playing games with the rocks, shepherds in the southern valley said that the devils were playing skittles – hence the name (Devil’s Skittle) given to the tower-shaped rock at the southern end of the glacier of Les Diablerets.
It’s a town worth visiting. One finds unspoilt nature in the heart of The Vaudoises Alps, with majestic summits, relaxing forests, green pastures and, in the midst of all this verdure, a village that developed just enough to accommodate its friends in a dignified manner.
A visit to Glacier 3000 – so known because of its height – is a regional highlight, presenting an expansive world of snow and ice. One can look down on Lake Geneva and the Jura Mountains, and see Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and the Alps.
There’s only one way to describe Les Diablerets: ‘Quietly restful’. One can walk or drive around, or just watch the towering peaks that hem the valley in. But amidst the quiet, there’s plenty to do. In summer there is mountain climbing, bungy jumping, snowboard camps, minigolf, mud-biking, paragliding, fishing, and snow scootering.
Innsbruck is one of Austria’s prides and joys. The abundance and proximity of nature and the grandeur of its high mountains are enhanced by the ever-present contrast between ancient traditions and the vitality of a modern city.
The Alps lie literally at your doorstep, offering snow, a bracing climate and a wealth of sports. You can go climbing, walk the mountains, mountain-bike, or paraglide. Six attractive and popular ski regions, some 53 lifts, 112 km of pistes, over nine km of high-altitude cross-country tracks, two ski passes, and fun parks explain why Innsbruck was twice chosen to host the Winter Olympics.
Culture is the other great local attraction, with a vivid history containing great names like Maria Theresia and Maximilian 1. Eight centuries separate the completion of the first bridge over the inn at ‘Ynsprugg’ and today’s skyline.
For a mountain town, there’s plenty going. Visitors can savour the charms of Tyrolean folk evenings, brass bands, baroque operas, and traditional lederhosen and dinner jackets.
The town represents a crossculture of sorts, with stylish churches, red roofs, crafted architecture and cascades of light. A must-see is the romantic, Renaissance-style Ambras Castle.
Genting Highlands Nestled on the top of Pahang’s Ulu Kali range, Genting Highlands Resort is Malaysia’s foremost resort for leisure, entertainment and outdoor activities.
This is a world of luxurious hotels and condominiums, recreational and sporting facilities, nouvelle dining and exciting gaming.
The Genting summit is home to several large hotels and apartment complexes. Thousands of hotel rooms and dozens of food outlets make for big-time business.
There’s plenty to do. The Genting International Showroom hosts international-class acts and shows, and Arena of Stars stages concerts and exhibitions. The local entertainment showpiece, the Genting Theme Park, is divided into outdoor and indoor sections. The outdoor theme park is a thrillseeker’s idea of paradise. The indoor theme park contains a rich variety of skill and other games.
If one’s looking for a surprise of the opulent variety, nothing quite comes close enough to Sun City. Just two hours’ drive from Johannesburg, Southern Africa’s best-known and most luxurious leisure resort enables visitors to relax, unwind and indulge in a host of activities.
Founded by tycoon Sol Kerzner as a fulfillment of his dream of building a world-class resort in the African Bush, Sun City is now known the world over as an exotic retreat with fun and frolic to be enjoyed in an exotic setting.
The city complex has everything vacationers could desire. Opening their doors to guests are several deluxe hotels including the famed Palace of the Lost City. Then there are the casinos, a bingo lounge, shops, cinemas, bars, restaurants, video game machines, sports and racing betting facilities, and two 18hole championship golf courses. There is also the stunning Lost City complex, a fantasy park that recreates the ancient lore of the lost city and features several attractions. Topping off the enormous list of recreation facilities are crocodile farms and game parks.
Every tourist town has a claim to fame. Bergen of Norway has several. Snow-clad mountains mirrored in clear lakes, waterfalls cascading from rocky knolls, emerald green fields etched against rugged granite, and the stunning majesty of the fjords, Norway’s greatest attraction.
Bergen’s year-round tourist popularity stems from the fact that it is the gateway to Norway’s legendary fjords, notably, Hardangerfjord Sognefjord, and Geirangerfjord. Hemmed in by seven mountains, the little coastal town literally clambers up the mountainsides, offering gale-force winds and spectacular views.
Ever since King Olav Kyrre bestowed ‘town status’ on this Viking harbour in 1070, the city has been part of history. Today, one
roams through living history in a modern setting that is just a whisper away from Norway’s mightiest and most scenic fjords.
Nothing charms more than Bryggen, the old trading wharf nestling by the inner harbour of Vagen, that reflects Bergen’s cultural heritage.
A leisurely walk will take you meandering around old streets and alleyways, past small wooden houses that lie higgledy-piggledy, and up cobble-stoned step-ways that climb steeply.
The town isn’t short on views, but the one from the Ulriken, the city’s highest mountain, is worth a thousand photographs.
A bracing climate, trendy restaurants and boutiques, and the ‘Fjord’s capital city’ tag, all ensure Bergen doesn’t have to waste time trying to be ordinary.
The spectacular hues of the mountains’ foliage, breathtaking views, rugged tablelands, sheer cliffs, deep valleys and wetlands, little towns with history and character, wonderful bushwalks, historical attractions, galleries, craft and antique shops, scenic drives, cave explorations, adventure activities, Victorian and Edwardianstyle buildings, and cafes offering the decadence of Devonshire teas with lashings of cream.
It all sounds outlandish but is reality here.
So named because of the haze created by the eucalyptus oil in the air above the mountain gum forests, the Blue Mountains and the adjoining regions of Oberon and Lithgow provide rare and special times. Comprising eight conservation reserves covering about one million hectares – including the Blue Mountains National Park, the Greater Blue Mountains Area is a listed World Heritage site.
And a good place to enjoy all this is Katoomba in Australia.
The views are the thing! Scenic World is among Australia’s most popular privately owned tourist attractions. Located at Katoomba on the edge of a 200 metre cliff overlooking ‘The Three Sisters’ – the region’s most recognised landmark - the establishment comprises three fantastic rides: The Scenic Railway - the world’s steepest incline railway; The Scenic Skyway - a cable car ride over the spectacular Jamison Valley 200 metres above its floor; and the new
Sceniscender, Australia’s steepest cable car ride, a 545-metre odyssey into the Blue Mountains.
The Three Sisters look down on you as you alight from the railway. Carved from the surrounding sandstone cliffs over millions of years by erosion, the ‘Sisters’ are steeped in legend.
Everything is put into proper perspective by The Edge, a 40 – minute Imax presentation that makes one experience waterfalls, parks, caves, forests, flowers and valleys.
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.