Australia is a big place. A big place with diverse landscapes ranging from dense pristine rainforest to the burnt red outback, vibrant cities to empty beaches and spectacular plunging gorges to acres of world class vineyards. With such large distances to cover and so many amazing things to see, creating an itinerary to visit Australia can feel a bit overwhelming. Whether you have a week to see a few main attractions or a year to make your way around the country, Australia has plenty to offer visit.
When arriving in Australia, most people pick Sydney as their first destination. Home to some of the best beaches in Australia, this world class city is the perfect place to kick off an Aussie adventure. From Sydney, where you choose to visit next will depend on what you are looking for. Want to swim amongst the tropical fish and colourful corals of the Great Barrier Reef? You’re best off heading to Cairns. Want to savour local food and wines in picturesque locations? You should be looking at visiting Adelaide or Melbourne. Keen to discover the outback, drive along long open roads and get away from the crowds? Make plans to visit the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
Things to Do in Australia
No matter where you decide to visit during your stay in Australia, there are plenty of things to do to keep you occupied. Each city has its own vibe, with plenty to do and see within the city limits. Joining a city tour will show you around the major sites, giving you a lay of the land and an insight into the history and culture that makes each city unique.
If you are looking for something to do beyond the cities, there are a few major attractions around Australia that you will need to put on your must-do list.
- Blue Mountains – rising from the plains of Sydney, this section of the Great Dividing Range got its name (and colour) from the fine mist that exudes from the eucalyptus trees that cover the area.
- Great Ocean Road – best know for the stunning limestone rock formations that make up the 12 Apostles, the Great Ocean Road is one of the most picturesque coastal drives in the country.
- Great Barrier Reef – visible from space and home to more than 1625 species of fish, the Great Barrier Reef is a natural wonder that must be seen to be believed.
- Uluru – previously know as Ayers Rock, this world-famous monolith has huge cultural significance to the local indigenous population. Watching sunset over The Rock is definitely a must do for all visitors to Australia.
- Wine regions – Australia has some of the best wines on offer from regions such as the Yarra Valley, Barossa Valley and Hunter Valley.
Other Great Holiday Destinations in Australia
You probably have plenty of these places on your bucket list for Australia, or maybe you have already ticked a few of them off. But don’t think that means you have “done” Australia – there is a wealth of awesome holiday destinations ready to be discovered. Be sure to add some of these spots to your list.
- Eyre Peninsula – if you liked the dramatic coastline of the Great Ocean Road, make the journey to this stunning spot west of Adelaide. While here, meet the local sea life by swimming with sea lions or cage diving with Great White Sharks.
- Ningaloo Reef – Australia’s other World Heritage Listed Reef in Western Australia is home to abundant sea life including dugongs and the mysterious Whale Shark.
- Grampians – a few hours drive from Melbourne, the Grampians rise dramatically from the surrounding plains to offer some of the best scenery in Victoria.
- The Kimberly – if you really want to experience the Outback and grasp the huge empty spaces of this vast continent, get yourself to North Western Australia. Here you will discover the wide-open spaces and dramatic landscapes Australia is known for.