As the end of the year approaches, we look to the year in review. Facebook has done just that and published a list of the top 10 most checked into places in Australia in 2014. We wanted to highlight these top 10 most popular places according to Facebook check-ins and let you know what they are all about.

Top Ten Places - Australia

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  1. Darling Harbour, Sydney

Darling Harbour - Twilight

Darling Harbour looking to the north east Photo Credit: Wikipedia

King Wharf

King Street Wharf Boardwalk Photo Credit: Sydney.com

Darling Harbour - Map

Darling Harbour Map Photo Credit: Wikitravel

Darling Harbour is a popular section of the Sydney Harbour that is adjacent to the Sydney’s city centre. There is regularly plenty of foot traffic there to see the restaurants and other attractions. It is home to the National Maritime Museum, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Chinese Garden of Friendship, and Madame Tussaud’s Sydney Wax Museum. The King Street Wharf is a hot spot at night where many locals and tourists flock to see the restaurants, nightclubs, alfresco cages and waterfront promenade.

Hiring a Car in Sydney

Darling Harbour Map

Darling Harbour Map with Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour too. Photo Credit: Google Map

Sydney Car Hire Map

Sydney Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

Four of the top 10 most checked into places according to Facebook are in Sydney. Darling Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour, and Taronga Zoo are all right in the heart of Sydney. Renting a car in Sydney is easy and convenient and can give you access to each of the popular spots on the list. You can hire a car in Sydney from one of the many different convenient locations based on where you are or where you are coming from. If you fly into Sydney, you can hire a car at the Sydney Airport. There are other car rental locations throughout Sydney including Artarmon in the north, Alexandria in the east of Sydney, and Blacktown in the west. Be sure to tell your car rental agent where you are planning to go on your holiday so that they can ensure you have the best vehicle for your trip and the terrain you will encounter. Our helpful car rental agents can also assist you with local maps, holiday tips and pointers, and travel safety information. You can also read more about other highlights or Sydney and surrounds from our previous posts on: Free Things to Do in Sydney, Sydney Excursions with Kids, Things to Do on Holiday in Sydney, 5 Day Trips from Sydney, a Sydney to Melbourne road trip, a Sydney to Brisbane road trip, Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, Royal National Park, the Blue Mountains, the Glass House Mountains, Wollemi National Park, and Sydney’s Famous Beaches including a feature all about Bondi Beach.

  1. Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House at Sunset

Sydney Opera House Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Queen Elizabeth Sydney Harbour

Sydney Opera House and View of Sydney Harbour with the visiting luxury liner Queen Elizabeth II Photo Credit: Sydney.com

The Sydney Opera House is an iconic symbol of Australia that is known across the world. It is set in gorgeous Sydney Harbour with the Sydney Harbour Bridge adjacent to the beautifully architected building. It is known as a hub of art and culture with many different types of events shown there. Not only opera performances take place in the Sydney Opera House; you can also see concerts, award shows, and musical performances.

  1. Melbourne Cricket Ground

Melbourne Cricket Ground

Melbourne Cricket Ground Photo Credit: Wikipedia

The Melbourne Cricket Ground is located in Yarra Park and is the home field to the Melbourne Cricket Club. It’s no surprise they are one of the most popular places in Australia according to Facebook because they are currently running a promotion encouraging visitors to check in on Facebook and become the most checked-in stadium in the world. Since the stadium seats well over 100,000 people and is one of the largest stadiums in the world, the goal is within reach. In addition to cricket games, the grounds also host a number of other sporting events throughout the year.

Hiring a Car in Melbourne

Melbourne Car Hire Map

Melbourne Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

As you can see, there are many convenient places to hire a car when visiting Melbourne. The car rental locations in Melbourne are separated into north, east, south, and west regions. You can hire a car in Melbourne City, or as one of the 3 airports: Melbourne Airport car hire centre, Melbourne Airport West, or the Avalon Airport just to name a few of the convenient car hire locations in Melbourne. Click through to the links and you will see the form you can fill out to get a quote on the best car rental rates in Melbourne. For more to do in Melbourne see our previous posts on Holiday in Melbourne and Escape to the Yarra Valley.

  1. Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour Photo Credit: Australia.com

Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour Photo Credit: Australia.com

Sydney Harbour is known all over the world. It is home to some of Australia’s most iconic images and well-known destinations including the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Darling Harbour. All of which were also on Facebook’s most checked into places for 2014. The harbour is also known as Port Jackson and it is where the ocean cuts into Sydney from the Tasman Sea. It is often referred to as the most beautiful natural harbour in the world. Just take one look at the landscape images and you will have to agree. The harbour gives you access to many destinations around Sydney and also is where you can take cruises within the harbour or head out to sea.

  1. Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo - Sydney

Taronga Zoo Giraffes in Sydney Skyline Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Taronga Zoo - Sydney

Taronga Zoo Bird Show Photo Credit: Taronga.org.au/taronga-zoo

The Taronga Zoo opened in 1916 near Sydney in the suburb of Mosman. It is a large zoo that has 8 regions over 21 hectares. The zoo is open 365 days a year. There are over 4,000 animals at the zoo, many different animal exhibits, shows and talks, and tours available. You can book overnight accommodations and plan events at the zoo as well. It is definitely one of the most popular destinations in Sydney and is why it is #5 on the list of most popular checked into places on Facebook this year. In addition to the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, there is a sister zoo in Western Plains, which is about a 5 hour drive from Sydney called the Taronga Zoo Western Plains. It is a larger space for a zoo and is home to some of the larger, grazing animals like elephants, rhinos, antelopes, and giraffes that were too crowded at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. If you want to read more about the Taronga Zoo Western Plains, click the link to see our previous post all about it. Even though it is not as popular as its Sydney counterpart, it is a great escape.

Hiring a Car to get to the Taronga Zoo Western Plains

Dubbo Car Hire - Map

Dubbo NSW Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

If you are planning to visit the Taronga Zoo Western Plains in Dubbo, New South Wales, you can hire a car right in Dubbo if you arrive there at the Dubbo City Regional Airport, or at the Dubbo city location. If you are travelling from Sydney, you can always hire a car in Sydney at one of the many convenient car rental locations there. Be sure to let your car rental agent know that you are planning to visit the Taronga Zoo Western Plains so that they can be sure to get you the correct vehicle for the type of terrain you will be covering. Our helpful car rental agents can also assist you with local maps, holiday tips and pointers, and travel safety information. Click on any of the links to see the easy form to get a quote on the best deal on renting a car in Australia.

Summary

That wraps up part one of the most checked into places in Australia on Facebook in 2014. We took you to Darling Harbour, the Sydney Opera House, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Sydney Harbour, and the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Stay tuned to our blog for the next have of the most visited places by Facebook users in Australia. We will highlight Warner Brothers Movie World, Sea World Gold Coast, South Bank in Brisbane, DreamWorld, and Surfer’s Paradise.