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Australia is a destination that is home to some of the world’s most stunning scenery, exotic wildlife, and culture-rich cities. Travelers from around the world come to enjoy this slice of paradise and to learn about Aboriginal culture along the way.
Whether you’re interested in buzzing cities, quiet, endless coastline or animal encounters, there’s no end to the number of things to see and do in Australia. The hard part is narrowing down where exactly you should go, so check out our 5 top best places to visit in Australia below for a brief guide.
Top 5 Best Places to Visit in Australia:
A cosmopolitan city located on Australia’s east coast, Sydney has become a bucket-list destination and for good reason. Adventure lovers, nature enthusiasts and beach babes can all find wonderful experiences in Sydney thanks to the city’s diverse attractions.
Sydney Harbour is an area where you can easily get lost admiring the sailboats and massive cruise ships. With secluded beaches and coves dotted along the harbour, and views of the sails of Sydney Opera House, you can easily spend a day meandering around some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks.
A trip to Sydney wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Not only can you admire the construction and design, but you can also challenge yourself by climbing to the top. If heights are not something you enjoy, head on to Pylon Lookout for a spectacular view of the bridge.
Take a walk to Bondi Beach via the Coogee to Bondi path. The beach owes its fame to its pristine water, clean white sand, and trendy nearby cafes. You can spend many days here relaxing on the beach or joining in with the surfers.
2. West Coast of Australia
Stretching more than 400km along the Indian Ocean, the West Coast of Australia is known for beautiful beaches, national parks and an abundance of wildlife. Enjoy whale watching and wine tasting in the Margaret River Region. Otherwise, take a trip to the trendy city of Fremantle in the South West. Live music and great beaches is the name of the game in Fremantle.
Up north, Broome is a great place to stop if you’re in search of a stunning beach. Nearby Karijini National Park is filled with waterfalls, gorges, and pools. Enjoy the deep turquoise colors of the water, with plenty of viewpoints along the way (most notably the Oxer Lookout with a view over the four mighty gorges).
For big city life, Perth is another destination worth stopping at during your visit to the West Coast. Take in the colorful array of flora in Kings Park and Botanic Garden and enjoy the view over the city’s skyline. Alternatively, spend the afternoon checking out the artwork, restaurants, and bars around Elizabeth Quay.
3. Cairns & The Great Barrier Reef
A trip to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef is a must. There are plenty of snorkeling and diving tours available which allow you to lose yourself amongst the colorful coral and brightly patterned marine wildlife. You can go on a day trip from Cairns or go on an overnight boat trip to the reef. Or try a liveaboard scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef!
Back in Cairns, enjoy a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway where you can view the lush forest from above. The city also has a bustling restaurant and bar scene for anyone looking to hit the town.
If you’re interested in learning about indigenous culture, The Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park is a great starting point. Listen to stories of the indigenous tribes as you become immersed in the rich history of Australia at this cultural attraction.
4. Melbourne & The Great Ocean Road
In Australia, Melbourne is the capital of cool. Spend your days getting lost in graffiti lined alleyways and trying to find the best coffee in town. Catch a show from a local Aussie band, hit up the museums and art galleries and go shopping at the Queen Victoria Market. Then when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of city life head to the Great Ocean Road.
This 243-kilometer stretch is home to vast national parks and jaw-dropping coastal views. With quaint seaside towns to stop at along the way, it’s easy to see why millions of tourists descend upon the route all year round.
Don’t miss a chance to see one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, the 12 Apostles. Most people drive themselves but there are also some tours available to explore this popular road trip route. A 3 day Great Ocean Road itinerary is the perfect amount of time to explore the coast and the top Great Ocean Road attractions but if you are time poor a 2-day trip will suffice.
If you’re looking for something a little bit more off-the-beaten-path in the area, why not go hiking and camping in the Grampians National Park?
Experience the magical atmosphere at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Enjoy the tranquility with a spot of bird watching or take a guided tour and learn more about the history of the park. Indigenous rock art can be seen in various areas and has been used to pass on messages and lessons from generation to generation.
A must-do while in Uluru-Kata Tjuta is to experience the enchanting transformation of the rock as the sun rises or sets. With five dedicated viewing areas to watch this spectacular display of changing colors, you’re guaranteed a good picture opportunity as well.
We appreciate that Australia is a huge country to travel, and it can be hard to pinpoint exactly which areas you want to visit. Hopefully the above guide will give you a better insight and some tips to make your choice easier! One thing you can be sure of though, wherever you decide to explore in Australia, you’ll be guaranteed some of the most breathtaking views in the world.
Kiran is of the Great Ocean Road Collective. A website dedicated to sharing the beauty of the Great Ocean Road in Australia will travelers far and wide. If you are planning your trip, need some inspiration or looking for authentic advice on Aussie travel visit our website The Great Ocean Road Australia or check us out on Instagram.