The moment we hear Australia, we start thinking about beaches, wilderness, and of course Kangaroos. Well, yes, Australia is too well known for the ‘roos’ but is it just limited to them? No, not really! It offers so much more that would stand beyond one’s imagination. The awe-inspiring mountains, enormous national parks, the long and epic road trips last but not the least the beautiful waterfalls are some of the reasons why I have added Australia in my travel bucket list as well. Here is the list of best places to visit and things to do in Australia that would help you to be certain of whatever you’re looking for in your Australia trip. Allow me to share the best things that you can do to make your trip to this land Down Under a memorable one.
If you are a wildlife fan and looking for a place of wilderness, then I am sure, you are going to love the visit to the Kangaroo Island (located off the coast of South Australia). Yes, don’t get deceived by the name, if you are thinking that the island would be full of Kangaroos then this isn’t really a case. Once you go there, you’ll discover and enjoy the wildlife from the closest that includes birds, fairy penguins, dolphins, koalas, echidnas, veritable zoo of seals and not to forget kangaroos. Also, the beauty of the classic Australian Landscape would surely not let you get bored even if you plan for a solo trip.
Tourist Attractions in Kangaroo Island
If you are planning your vacation to Kangaroo Island, then visiting the Flinders Chase National Park is a must where the epic cliff faces, seals lazing about in the sun on the rocks and the amazing view of the Admiral’s Arc will stun you, so don’t forget to keep your camera. Journey doesn’t end here but move further to the Remarkable Rocks which was formed by rain, wind and pounding sea. Also, take a walk at the Snake Lagoon Walk which would bring you out at the river mouth for a mesmerising view of raging sea. The Land is sculpted into a series of bays and inlets swarming with a variety of birds and marine life.
Best Time to Visit: All around the year
Uluru or most commonly known as ‘Ayers Rock’ is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a massive sandstone and most recognizable landmark of Australia. Once you visit the place, I am sure, you’ll never forget the experience that you’ll take back along with you. Also, known and believed as the ‘Heart of Australia’ Uluru is a must visit, see, and experience if you ever plan a trip to Northern Australia. Located in the remote desert location of Northern Territory, the place has a huge cultural significance as you get to see the Anangu Art, hear the Anangu Stories and discover their connection with the country. The grandeur of the rock is supposed to be sacred and is worth the hundreds of kilometers it takes to get you there. Other than this, you will enjoy the breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset over the amazing landscape and feel the calmness by taking a walk around the base of incredible Uluru (this lets you explore and discover the texture and colour of the rocks more closely). In the outskirts of Uluru, you would find small caves where exists the 10 thousand years old brilliant Aboriginal Rock Art which is considered as National Treasures (also, Australia’s hidden treasures).
Tourist Attractions in Uluru
The Kata Tjuta National Park offers a captivating experience and so much more with the mystical walks and sublime sunsets let you encounter the ancient desert cultures. You can reach there by either taking a camel or a helicopter ride giving you an opportunity to learn about flora and fauna. Wait.. this isn’t the end. Dine under the canopy of the desert night at the ‘Sound of Silence’ to enjoy an unforgettable dinner experience with your friends or family.
Best Time to Visit: Between May and September
Thinking about Australia, Sydney is the place that surely strikes one’s mind. And why not, as it is one of Australia’s largest cities. While visiting Sydney, you just cannot miss the White Sails of the Sydney Opera House (East coast Australia). Being one of the most visited tourism attractions in Australia, the city sightseeing is filled with beaches, fun activities and yes, good food that you won’t regret (try the Golden Gaytime ice cream from What the Fudge Cafe). Also, if you want to experience the beauty of Sydney from the closest then taking a beach walk from the Bondi Beach to the Coogee Beach would offer the gorgeous views.
Tourist Attractions in Sydney
How about reaching high and watching the city from the above? Yes, I am talking about the Skywalk on the Sydney Tower. Trust me, it’s really going to be thrilling at the height of 268 meters. Is your heart pounding??? You surely got to experience it at least once. Also, a walk through the iconic landmark- Sydney Harbour Bridge would yet be another great place to visit. Other than this, Sydney has a lot to boast about stunning arrays of bars, restaurants, cultural performances, magnificent museums and more.
Best Time to Visit: Between September and November and then March and May
Stretching up to nearly 2,000 kms up the Queensland coastline, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Yet another one of the most visited destinations in Australia, it offers the international travellers so much to cherish for a lifetime. Whether you plan to dive or snorkel (to get a close-up view of the sea-turtles, sharks, multi-coloured tropical fish and dazzling corals) in any of the famed sites, the beauty of the natural wonder will stay forever with you wherever you go.
Tourist Attractions in The Great Barrier Reef
The Visit to Cairns Night Market is a must and ideal place that lets you discover art, craft and blue Australian Souvenirs. Sipping afternoon tea at the Flecker Botanic Garden is another way to capture a memorable trip to the Great Barrier Reef in your memory. Other than this, Lady Elliot Island (Southern Great Barrier Reef) has plenty of water-activities that would keep you busy.
Best Time to Visit: Between June to October and the chances of viewing bear are more from late August to September or October.
Melbourne is a city where I want to live and perhaps I am not the only one as it indeed is one of the most livable cities in the world. The city flaunts its skyline, with the tallest building in Melbourne is the Eureka Tower (297 meters and 91 storeys). Also, if you are looking for cool pubs, awesome markets, great festivals, and endless shopping, then Melbourne is the perfect city to plan your trip to get an all around addictive vibes!
Tourist Attractions in Melbourne
Take a leisure walk around Melbourne’s Botanical Gardens; sip coffee at one of sidewalk cafes. And yes, don’t forget to hog on the luscious Australian cuisine at Woodland House, Ides, Attica and more. If you want to relive the historical era, then visit to Old Melbourne Gaol, National Gallery of Victoria, and Melbourne Museum are a must visit places.
Best Time to Visit: No matter how the weather is, there is always so much more to see. Although Autumn (March to May) and Spring (September to November) are considered to be the best time to visit Sydney.
So if you are looking for a perfect and popular tourist destination that has it all, then search no further and head out with your family or friends to Gold Coast. Theme parks, resorts, and 300 days of sunshine are the reasons to visit this one of the fastest growing regions in Australia which remains a popular spot for holiday makers all year round. Ah, with numerous beaches, Gold Coast remains my go-to spot during the hot summer months. What about you? Hold on.. I know that’s not enough to convince you. But if you are looking forward for something more than lazing on soft sandy beaches and watching the view of the crystal-clear water, then explore Gold Coast Hinterland that has amazing viewpoints and rainforest walking tracks in Queensland.
Tourist Attractions in Gold Coast
Visiting Australia with Kids??? Gold Coast does have the kids-friendly tourist attractions. Out of which one is the ‘Dream World’- one of the largest theme parks with over 40 rides and attractions and 5 roller coasters. Another one is ‘Sea World’- a marine mammal park which has rides, animal exhibitions and other attractions. Other than these, you can also, visit Springbrook National Park, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, White Water World. But if you would like to go with my personal recommendation, then please make it for the popular tourist attraction in Australia i.e., the Burleigh Heads Beach and the Lamington National Park.
Best Time to Visit: To experience the most comfortable temperature, visit Gold Coast between April and May.
Want to see the quintessential Australia? Then surely you got to plan your exciting holidays to Byron Bay (easternmost point of the Australian mainland). With a sunny, relaxed atmosphere and perfect waves of water on the beaches, the destination deserves to be in your places to visit. To get the best out of the trip, try visiting the place on the first Sunday of the month when the town seems to be liveliest- all credit goes to the local market.
Not just this, Byron Bay has always been an amazing place for those who look for peace and are spiritual, spa lovers, and solo travellers who are in search of themselves.
Tourist Attractions in Byron Bay
Don’t miss the long memorable walk at the Wategos Beach, the Captain Cook Lookout which offers elevated looks at the beach and a chance to enjoy the views of sunrise and sunset. If you want to try out surfing then go to the Main Beach. Also, the Bluesfest during Easter is an amazing event that you shouldn’t miss if you are in Byron Bay during the Easter.
Best Time to Visit: To experience the lowest rainfall and comfortable temperature, visit Byron Bay between September and November.
A stunning holiday destination in Australia and yet another perfect place if you are planning for a honeymoon trip, Whitsunday has been recognised as one of the world’s best beaches which covers 9 kms, and is of pure white silica sand and turquoise sea. You can well imagine how beautiful it would be.
How about lounging beside a pool in a luxury island resort, or sailing through the shimmering blue water of the Coral Sea? Don’t just imagine, start packing your bag and get ready to live your romantic nights under swaying palm trees. Less crowd and more peace & love are the things Whitsunday promises and perhaps this is the reason why it is considered to be the best place to visit for couple in Australia.
Tourist Attractions in Whitsunday Island
Enjoy early morning scuba or you can also go snorkelling and fishing. The fantastic way to experience Whitsunday is going on Lady Enid Sailing. Last but definitely not the least, the Hamilton Island Marina is a must visit place in Whitsunday.
Best Time to Visit: The ideal time to visit Whitsunday Island is September where you can enjoy in the sunny days, avoiding the rainfall.
Enticed by warm hospitality, stunning landscapes or fresh and cleanest air to breathe? Then you need to experience a trip to Hobart!
Even though it is not as popular as Melbourne or Sydney, but it has its own charm with lots of history and yes, it is Australia’s second oldest city. The one fact I like about this place is that every tourist place is easily accessible. Once you plan your trip to Hobart, you are surely going to love it!
Tourist Attractions in Hobart
The Mount Wellington is a must visit when travelling to Hobart. But make sure that you plan your visit well. The place is well known to snow on the mountains even during the summer season. So taking the help of the best travel company would help you plan your trip safely. Also, visit the world-class museums, Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and Hobart Museum & Art Gallery.
Best Time to Visit: Summer Holidays are supposed to best time to visit Hobart i.e., December, January and February.
I love nature and love to spend a quality time when I am amidst it. Are you like me? If yes, then for nature lovers, a visit to Daintree Rainforest in Australia would be truly an unforgettable experience. How can something that is so old can be still so beautiful? Yes, the Daintree Rainforest is amongst the oldest forests in the world. The scenery of prehistoric looking ferns and twisted mangroves bending down to the white-sand coastline, offers an amazing view that cannot be imagined but needs to be experienced. Also, you can explore the wildlife by taking up the night tours, canopy walks, horse riding, mountain treks which would even take you through the tropical fruit-orchard tour.
Tourist Attractions in Daintree Rainforest
One of the most visited spots is the Cape Tribulation which is located within Daintree National Park where you can enjoy the informative commentaries from your Australia travel guide and have a scrumptious Australian barbeque lunch. Other than these spots you can also visit Cow Bay, Mason’s Cafe, Emmagen Beach, Daintree Discovery Centre, Cape Kimberley and Myall Beach.
Best Time to Visit: Experience the cooler, drier and pleasant weather of Daintree between May and September.
With nearly, 4,00,000 visitors per year, the Wilson Promontory National Park, Victoria is a much-loved place for hiking and holidaying. There are numerous things to do throughout your trip which include a 19-km walk to historic Sealers Cove which can be accomplished in a day. The trek takes you through mountains, temperate rainforest and beautiful secluded beaches. Hikers can even stay at the Wilsons Promontory Lightstation which is in a super remote area and is accessible by a long day hike from Tidal River or also by sea. Have you ever wished to try out Glamping? Then Tidal River is the perfect place for it with timber flooring, a communal kitchen and queen size bed. The Great Prom Walk would give a chance to sight flora and fauna including large flocks of black swans and mangroves and to see this unique destination from a different perspective try taking a full day cruise around the Prom’s coastline. Other than these, don’t forget to spot wildlife at Loo Ernn Boardwalk Trek for spotting various types of wallabies, native birds and swap rats, echidnas, and tiny marsupials. Also, watch the sunset from the top of Mount Oberon and go to the Norman Bay Beach which is kids-friendly and offers great waves for surfers.
The Rottnest Island in Western Australia a place that you just cannot miss while planning a trip to Western Australia. If you are willing to take a break from the monotonous life and looking for a place to relax and explore, then here is where you need to go. Walk the trail on Bickey Bay which would let you explore the island and won’t let you miss your daily exercise. If you want to experience some adventurous and thrilling activity then Tandem Skydive would help you achieve that adrenaline rush. Doing so, you’ll be able to see the island from a bird’s eye view. Explore the Rottnest Island by taking a bike tour of 19 kms and I am sure that you are going to enjoy it. Other than these, the Rottnest Island is perfect for the ones who are looking forward to get a big fish catch. Here, you are going to find the reef dwellers, seagrass inhabitants and migratory species. To see the best panoramic view of the island and enjoy the surrounding scenery, climb the Wadjemup Lighthouse. Get a little close to the wildlife by encountering quokkas, the cutest marsupial. All the more, the Island is full of life and events like Halloween Carnival, School Holiday Activities, Rottnest Movies etc. keep on happening. So you need to keep yourself updated if there is any upcoming event at the time of your trip.
On the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, which is also one of world’s top driving routes, there comes plenty of attractions on the way that would give you a reason to park your car and enjoy the trip around Victoria’s beautiful southwest coast. Surf the west coast of Victoria on the Bells Beach; witness the iconic sight 12 Apostles- magnificent rock stacks during your sightseeing tour. Instead of staying in a motel, live like a local by occupying a place at Ocean House Lorne. Immerse yourself in the Australian rainforest scenery at Otway National Park to observe the tall trees, ancient plants and lush ferns. Also, the most hyped restaurant- Bespoken Harvest is a must visit if you want to try out the taste and flavours of the Otways. Further, you can also get a personalised experience on the trip by doing a self-guided tour of the Cape Otway Light Station and the list is too long.
Visiting Broome, Western Australia, you need to prepare yourself as there are a lot of things to do here and that’s the reason why it is Australia’s most-visited destinations. If you love the view of sunset, then come to Broome as you’ll get to experience sunset at the Cable Beach which has been a focal point of many of a balmy tropical night for both locals and the international tourists. You can even enjoy taking a Sunset Camel Ride with Red Sun Camels. Also, the Horizontal Falls is to witness and experience the spectacle of Horizontal Adventure- a range of tour options to enjoy the marvel of the falls both via seaplane or a thrilling jet boat adventure.
So, if you are somebody who loves to explore the history of any place, then surely visit the Broome Historical Museum. Perhaps the mixed and interesting history sets it apart from many other best cities or towns to visit in Australia. Apart from these, watch out 300 species of birds as a whole, including colourful parrots, cockatoos and galahs in the Broome Bird Observatory.
If you are planning a family vacation to Australia, then Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory is an ideal place during the winter season to spend time with friends and loved ones, as it gives you the chance to make memories that will last a lifetime. Take a journey through Kakadu’s magical wetland on the Yellow Water Boat Cruise. The place is considered to be the home for countless crocodiles. If you want to get a more unique experience, then book your cruise during the dawn or sunset. You can even enjoy fishing. If you are brave enough and want to swim across the pool to let the water waves wash over you, then try cliff jumping at Maguk Gorge.
At any point of time if you feel that you have been cooped up while exploring Kakadu, then spend a day hiking. Also spot saltwater crocodiles, black wallaroos and peregrine falcons. After exploring much in the Kakadu National Park,you might tend to feel hungry. But don’t worry and be all set to grab sandwich, meat pies, bread rolls, burgers & fries, at Kakadu Bakery which would help you refuel before you start off with your remaining jungle adventure. If you have some plan for the family get together going on at the back of your mind, then planning a picnic at the Arnhem Land Escarpment is a good idea. Apart from this, you can even take a gentle walk at the Bardedjilidji to explore the sandstone art and animal life that inhabit the area, and if you have time then don’t miss out the nearby and popular Twin Falls to view some more epic waterfall action.
No matter what, one gets consumed by the natural beauty of Tasmania which holds colourful landscape and the one and only Freycinet National Park which is the best site to see in Australia and I bet the memories of it won’t fade away from your mind once you visit. The park guarantees you relaxation and bliss on the beach and why not, the name itself promises to do so- ‘Friendly Beaches.’ If you are willing to do surfing then you are open to do it here taking on the waves, families can swim in the shallows and couples can chill out and sunbathe.
Umm.. who doesn’t like to see a lighthouse? Well, that’s in my to-do list as well. But if you are visiting the Freycinet National Park then make sure you don’t miss out the opportunity to visit the Cape Tourville Lighthouse which is just 20 minutes walk away from the Freycinet. Although it’s not an easy walk, but the path has guardrails, however you still need to be cautious in managing your little ones while climbing it. Now coming to something more of what I am fascinated – the sandy beaches and crystal-clear water which create a picture of tranquility and calmness in my heart. Is it the case with you too? Then Sleepy Bay and Gravelly Beach are the right places which are also known as rocky beaches. Oh yes, other than these beauties, don’t forget to take a walk to the Wineglass Bay and Coles Bay. The walk being a bit steep would take you a little longer but I am sure you will love it! Also, capture the beauty of The Hazards, a range of four granite mountains.
Get ready to visit the Australia’s most prized region – Margaret River in Western Australia. The place is popular for wine and professional surfing. So if you have been long waiting to surf, then you can visit Margaret River too. Apart from it, there is an array of activities and attractions to visit like unique flora and fauna, Cape to Cape Walk, and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, which provides a spectacular view of the coastline and the ocean which continues from the dusk to dawn.
The Margaret River Cave is a must visit. Whether you want to get a guided tour or want to do it independently, it is your choice. Explore the most easily accessible Mammoth Cave which stands with a 50 thousand-year-old Zygomaturus (an extinct marsupial the size of a cow). The Lake Cave and the Jewel Cave also hold an amazing sight and something new. Taste and discover the country’s best red and white wines on the Margaret River. Other than these, if you are a chocolate lover, then do visit the Margaret Chocolate Company. Trust me you would be crazy not to stop by and taste the chocolaty goodness of the chocolate bars, handmade truffles, sugar-free chocolate, chocolate coated delights and the list doesn’t end here. You need to visit the place to go gaga in the world of chocolates. Also, no matter what you might be looking for on your trip to Margaret River, but you would surely find it in the Farmer’s Market.
The Fraser Island in Queensland is recognised as the largest sand island in the world and it truly allows the visitors to enjoy a unique holiday. So what all can be done in the Fraser Island? A lot! Start your day on Fraser with a spectacular view of sunrise at the Eurong Beach. If you are looking for an adventure, then Jet Skiing or Kayaking around the Fraser Island is a fantastic way to explore the waterways of the Island. Go Whale watching off the coast which is a must do for anyone visiting the Fraser Island (but only between July and early November). Float on the largest creek and at the most popular Fraser hotspot, Eli Creek, and swim in the Lake McKenzie. The water of the lake is so clear that you can see everything, making it seem magical and unbelievable. All the more, if you are looking for some tourist attraction sports then Fraser Island is the perfect place for the ones who love to go fishing. Get ready to catch the Bream, Tailor, Trevally, Dart, Whiting, Flathead and Tuna. Make sure you don’t miss a fancy meal at the Seabelle Restaurant. The food is delicious here which is prepared by taking the inspiration from the indigenous Butchella Tribe. Take a trip to the Queensland’s tallest lighthouse, named Sandy Cape Lighthouse which is another great spot to get the pictures clicked. Okay so there are millions of things which you can do on the Fraser Island, but what we all enjoy doing the most is relaxing and enjoying on the beach and yes, it is important too. In short, Fraser is perfect for the ones who are looking to escape to a serene destination.
Out of other tourism places in Australia, Karijini National Park in Western Australia is on the hit list of many Australian tourists for one simple reason and that is being absolutely breathtaking! Explore the picturesque Dales Gorge at your leisure. Enjoy picnic overlooking the Fortescue Falls. You can enjoy taking a dip in Fern Pool or Circular Pool for a refreshing afternoon swim. Moving ahead, visiting the Oxer Lookout (past the Karijini Eco Retreat) can be a little rough but it’s worth visit because of the magnificent view of the junctions it provide some 130m below (Red, Weano, Joffre and Hancock Gorges). Swim quietly at the lovely and shady Fern Pool which is 300m walk upstream from the Fortescue Falls. If you are heading north towards the coast or Millstream, you’ll come across Hamersley Gorge, which shows amazing colours of the rocks and at the end of the gorge, you’ll come to a large swimming hole with a small cascade of waterfalls which is worth the visit. Also, don’t forget to treat yourself with good food at Karijini Eco Retreat with chefs offering high quality and a variety of dishes that are accented by wild herbs, wattle seeds and bush tomatoes.
Being one of of the Australia’s oldest and finest wine production regions, the Barossa Valley in Southern Australia has 150 wineries 80 cellar doors. With a lot of things to do in Barossa Valley, the must try are the tour to Barossa Valley by bicycle, motorbike, vintage car and even the hot air balloon. Wine and dine with your family or friends in some of the finest restaurants as the gastronomic delight awaits in cluster of rolling hills, villages, vineyards. Also, visit the Barossa Farmer Market which is a good place for early breakfast, pastries, delicious fudge and so much more. You can even try out Red Door Espresso for food coffee, music and a good atmosphere. Don’t forget to visit the Barossa Museum as well that presents bone-handled cutlery, butter making gear etc.
Okay so with this we come to an end of our virtual tour to Australia. I hope this was helpful enough to help you decide the destination and get your bags packed. Also, If you have been to Australia and have suggestions for the best places to see for Australia sightseeing tour that can be added to the list, please put them down in the comment box.
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