A land of savage beauty, adventure, sunshine, beaches, rain-forests and deserts, Australia is arguably heaven for travelers, and one of the foremost reasons for the burgeoning Australian tourism industry.
Knowing where to go is definitely what travelers need to focus on while planning a trip to Australia for an exhilarating experience. The continent is filled with incredible beauty so to make things easier for you we have curated a list of 10 best places to see or visit in Australia. Let’s get started!
Top 10 Best Places to Visit When In Australia
Feast for the Senses: Whitsundays Island
Located right at the center of the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsundays Island is what vacationing dreams are made of. Its vivid colors, thriving marine life, labyrinth of coral cays, lagoons, glistening white sands, and crystal clear waters offer a plethora of activities and experiences for everyone.
The island is home to the Great Barrier Reef, which means it’s also a pure heaven for snorkeling, scuba diving and sailing. Whitsundays Island is also one of the best places to stay in Australia and have a fun filled holiday.
Iconic City for Iconic Experiences: Sydney
A city on the harbour, Sydney is one of the most famous cities to visit in Australia. It has some iconic places that you must visit like the Sydney Opera House located on Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
It’s highly recommended to go on a cruise on the Sydney Harbour to see the city and its waterfront in a completely new way. To experience the sand and the sun, you can visit Sydney’s renowned beaches like the beautiful Bondi Beach, Manly Beach, Shelly Beach, Freshwater Beach and more.
When in Sydney it would be a crime to miss having good food and wine in one of the city’s many restaurants that offer beautiful views of the harbour and the beaches.
An Epic Driveway: Great Ocean Road
Arguably one of the best scenic drives of the world, The Great Ocean Road located in Victoria will take your breath away with its panoramic views of the ocean cliffs. It’s a must see if you are traveling to Australia.
There are many highlights to this road trip but the one that tops the chart is a series of dramatic rock formations surrounded by savage waves, known as the Twelve Apostles.
The drive is filled with national parks like Port Campbell National Park and Otways National Park, Loch Ard Gorge, various grottos, archs, rivers, the magical rocks rising out of ocean.
A Place of Exceptional Beauty: Fraser Island
The Fraser Island is famous for being one of the largest sand islands in the world and the only place on Earth where tall rainforests grow on sand dunes.
Fraser Islands has superb scenery, sensational champagne pools for swimming, thrilling shipwrecks, perched lakes and excellent wildlife. It is also one of the best places to see humpback whales and their babies.
If you thought that’s all then you are totally wrong because the nightlife in Fraser Island offers a whole new adventure. Experience sightings of rare frogs, insects and other wild animals in pitch darkness. Camping is another popular thing to enjoy the stellar scenes of the night sky.
A City of Hidden Surprises: Adelaide
Everything in Adelaide revolves around food and wine. Adelaide is an elegant city bordered by many of Australia’s famous wine regions with a strong arts scene and a dynamic food culture. From high-end dining to cheap street eats, you’ll find it all in this city.
Tourists love to explore the 60 something wineries dotted throughout this world famous wine region and relish cheese caves.
Hahndorf is the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia that you must not miss on your Australia trip. The wineries and the beautiful Adelaide hills will leave you relaxed and mindful at the end of the trip.
Fun in the Sand: Broome & Kimberley
The vast expanses of white sands, ancient rock formations, natural waterfalls, camel rides are some of the reasons you must visit Broome in the Kimberley region.
You must not miss a boat cruise on Lake Kununurra, camel ride along the turquoise sea of Cable Beach, dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Point, learning all about pearls at Willie Creek Pearl Farm, a helicopter ride over the Bungle Bungles and a visit to the spectacular Ord Valley Muster.
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If you are there in the month of March and October, a visit to the ‘Staircase to the Moon’ is a must to experience the spectacular optical illusion of steps leading to the moon. Any Australian travel guide without mentioning this enchanting experience would be incomplete.
A Fascinating Outback: Alice Springs
Alice Springs might be a small outback town, but there’s a lot one can do here. The outback town is one of the best places to visit in Australia for the amount of tourist attractions it has to offer.
For adrenaline junkies a hike to the breathtaking Larapinta Trail is a must. Flying high above the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges in a hot air balloon is something that tourists love to indulge in.
Visit the Araluen Cultural Precinct in town to browse through galleries, museums, sacred sites and sculptures to experience Aboriginal art and culture. The red rock of Uluru is one of the most famous places in Australia that you must not leave out of your itinerary.
A Cultural Getaway: Cairns
Cairns is home to some of the stunning beaches, spectacular hinterlands and the world famous rainforests. Discover the rich history at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park with live performance of music, dance and storytelling.
When you have had your fill of the history of the world’s oldest living culture, you can explore the Daintree, world’s oldest lowland rainforest on Earth.
Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforest Cableway are truly scenic and also major tourist attractions in Australia.
The Tasmanian Wonderland: Hobart
Snuggled at the foot of Mount Wellington along the estuary of the Derwent River, Hobart is a vibrant city with fascinating architectures and natural beauty. Tourists can enjoy some of the world’s best whisky, wine and cheese produced locally in the region.
You can also visit MONA, an inspiring art gallery, Cascade Brewery, Salamanca Palace, Battery Point and various cafes for a memorable experience.
An Amalgamation of Rain-forests and Beaches: Gold Coast
Gold Coast is not just about beaches and rocks, it’s also a place where travelers can enjoy water parks, roller coaster rides, famous Australian cruises, spectacular waterfalls, dense rain forests, incredible wildlife and treetop walkways.
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The coast is also home to Springbrook National Park, which is excellent for viewing glowworms, one of the coolest places in Australia. There’s also a man-made Glow Worm cave nearby at Mount Tamborine.
For some adrenaline rush you can also ride jet skis, jet boats, surf and learn paddle-board near the coast.
Over to You
So, these were some of the cities and places that you must visit in Australia. Is your favorite destination there in our list of top 10 places to visit when in Australia? Do let us know in your comments below.