Religion in Australia

Religion in Australia
While most Australians are Christians, Australia is a religiously diverse nation with with some great religious attractions.

Australia has long since been known as one of the greatest lands of religion and there are also many places that prove this belief. These are some of the most religious sites of Australia.

Buddhism is a religion that is relatively new in Australia. While some believe it started in the mid 1800’s, others speculate that it could have actually started, literally, hundreds of years earlier. The temple known as Nan Tien located in Wollongong in the state of New South Wales is a truly magnificent site to behold. It was modeled after Chinese styled building and has also come to be known as the largest Buddhist temple in the entire southern regions of the world. The Bodhinyana Monastery in Serpentine, Western Australia is truly a religious experience everyone should have a chance to see. On any given day you can see monks in training and the practices are like no other you could imagine.

By far, Christianity is the largest denomination in all of Australia. Its formations dates back to the late 1600’s and it is still growing strong throughout Australia. St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney is still known as one of the most incredible sites to behold in Australia. The design of the church alone is enough to leave your mouth wide open.

If you are looking into church designs amongst Christians in Australia, you will find that each and every single church has some different architecture and many different designs and attention to details within them. Another beautiful, historic cathedral is Sydney's St. James' Church which was completed in the early 1820's.

The Hindu religion is considered on the small side of practices within Australia, however, it is still a religion that is steadily growing throughout the years. Many people take the chance to visit Sri Mandir Temple. This temple, located in Auburn, Sydney, is the very first Hindu temple to be built in Australia.

Islam derived from the late 1700’s in Australia and is still a prominent religion today. Throughout places like Broken Hill, Marree, and Cloncurry, you can find many mosques that are very devoted to this faith. Each mosque has a very beautiful and sleek design, and yet they are all very different from each other. The Central Adelaide mosque was constructed in the mid 1800’s and still stands tall as the most significant form of worship for many Islamic people.

The ties between Judaism and Australia date all the way back to the late 1700’s. The Great Synagogue of Sydney is an incredible Gothic styled creation. For many Jewish, this is the most prominent place of worship in all of Australia. While visiting this synagogue in Sydney, many also take time to visit the Sydney Jewish Museum. This museum truly commemorates the era of the Holocaust and just what each and every person went through during this time.