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Australia tours are famous for a wide variety of reasons. Not only has the Land Down Under earned a reputation for its natural beauty, it also has bustling city life in tourist hot spots such as Sydney and Melbourne. While beautiful beaches and fast-paced metropolises are certainly appealing, Australia is also home to some unique landmarks in the form of abandoned prisons. These buildings may not seem like the first places you'd add to your itinerary, but they offer a piece of history you're unlikely to find anywhere else, CNN Travel reports.
Old Melbourne Gaol has become a large tourist draw since it was first converted into a museum in 1972. Before then, however, it was home to some of Australia's most notorious criminals. The building first opened its doors in 1845 and operated for more than 75 years before it was shut down in the 1920s. Among its most famous prisoners was Ned Kelly, who was executed more than 130 years ago for murdering three police officers.
The prison has more to offer than just a morbid history. Old Melbourne Gaol is also supposedly one of the more haunted buildings in Australia, something you can experience firsthand through the museum's night tour. You can also explore the prison on your own if you want to get a personal experience of what life was like during a stay in the prison.
Although ghastly goings on are one aspect of Old Melborne Gaol, the events are the central component of Port Arthur. Located on the southern tip of Tasmania, this UNESCO World Heritage site has not been occupied by prisoners since 1877, and today some of the main buildings stand as a testament to the harsh conditions they faced on a daily basis.
However, it's the guided tours of the nearby Isle of the Dead that have become the biggest tourist draw. Specifically, you should make a point to enjoy the Paranormal Investigation Experience, an adults-only late night tour that delves into the scientific causes behind paranormal activity. There are also tours given during the day that will certainly lend a spooky element to your tour of Australia you'll remember for months and years to come.
(Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Franz Josef, Christchurch)
Value tour combining the highlights on both of New Zealand's Islands. Visit cosmopolitan Auckland and the cultural heartland of the country, Rotorua - then fly South and take in Queenstown, an alpine resort town set amidst towering mountains and serene lakes. Take in the breathtaking scenery of Franz Josef Glacier and continue by train to finish in Christchurch.
(Sydney, Ayers Rock, Cairns)
A lone didgeridoo echoes across the endless desert landscape as the setting sun illuminates the rich red landscape of Australia’s outback heart. This itinerary includes Australia's true highlights, from the red earth of Ayers Rock to the Great Barrier Reef.
(Waiheke Island, Rotorua, Queenstown)
If you need an adrenaline rush, New Zealand’s natural theme park is for you. See New Zealand from the tops of volcanoes, through the caves of Dart River, while free falling from 12,000ft, or from the top of the original bungee bridge before you make the plunge. Spend the bulk of your time in The 'Adventure Capital of the World' and it is a reputation well earned. Queenstown is the home of adventure in New Zealand, and this tour includes it all. From black water rafting to challenging hikes, bike rides and bungee jumps it has something for anyone seeking adventure.
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