Australia is one of the most attractive places in the world, both to would-be tourists and those looking to make the switch on a more permanent basis. It’s brimming with beautiful scenery and animals, the language barrier is non-existent to westerners, and there are myriad sights to see and places to explore. Small wonder, then, that so many of us are packing our bags and emigrating to Australia.

If you’re looking to make the move, then the best way to do it is probably via the points-based skilled migrant visa. Unless you’ve a special talent to bring to the economy (you might, for example, be a virtuoso violinist or a professional footballer), or you’re a multi-millionaire who’s willing to invest heavily in the local economy, then it remains the easiest route to citizenship. You’ll be awarded points based on your age, the skills you can bring to the table, and a few other factors. When you reach the total, you’ll be granted citizenship. Fortunately, there are myriad jobs in Australia on offer for those willing to make the switch.

Once you’re out in Australia, there are a number of locations you’ll want to make a point of visiting. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is among the world’s most iconic buildings. If you’ve seen a picture of Sydney, then the chances are that this building is squeezed somewhere into the shot. The same goes for any film where the action moves to Australia’s capital – the sight of those famous spines is sure to place us in Sydney. The design is among the most daring to be commissioned during the 20th century, and is the work of a Danish architect named Jorn Utzon, after a protracted international design competition. If you’re a permanent resident of Sydney with a taste for the performing arts, the chances are that you’ll find yourself here regularly – but even if you’re just visiting, it’s worth popping by for a spot of culture.

Great Barrier Reef

This is the largest natural structure on the planet, and home to an astonishing amount of marine diversity. It’ll cost a bit to come out and see it up-close, but the experience is so transcendent that it’s worth every penny. Take a glimpse of the wildlife during a scuba dive, and explore just a fraction of what this enormous coral formation has to offer. If you live in Australia, you’ll be able to make a point of coming back for more every so often. It’s worth doing so sooner rather than later, however; the reef is being slowly eaten away by coral bleaching, and so it’s important that anyone wishing to pay a visit gets in while they still can!

Sydney Harbour Bridge

This is an enormously impressive through-arch bridge which lies right in the heart of Sydney. It’s as much a part of the local landscape as the opera house, which sits just nearby. If you’d like to really experience the bridge up-close, then there are few better ways than by entering into a supervised walk to the summit. From there, you’ll get a great view of the surrounding area.

Uluru

This sandstone rock formation, found in the southern part of the Northern Territory, is among the most famous landmarks in the entire country. It’s also known as Ayer’s Rock, after the chief secretary of South Australia in 1873, Henry Ayers – but its traditional aborigine name nowadays tends to take precedence. After all, the indigenous Anangu people did notice the enormous rock in the middle of their land long before westerners arrived here.

Great Ocean Road

This stretch of open road extends along the southern flank of the country, between the cities of Torquay and Allansford. It came to be just after the end of the First World War, and wasn’t completed until 1932. This isn’t mere coincidence – the road was built to commemorate the soldiers killed during the Great War, and thus constitutes the largest war memorial in the world. Take a trip along this particular route and you’ll be exposed to some of the most stunning scenery the country has to offer.

Blue Mountains

This region in New South Wales is so-called thanks to the bluish tinge the range assumes when viewed from afar. This haze is thought to be caused by the abundant eucalyptus trees in the area, which release clouds of small particles. If you’re looking to explore some of the country’s earliest history, and see some of the most interesting and beautiful wildlife that the country has to offer, then this is a great place to start.