From rugged wilderness spots to shimmering cities, find out which Australian destinations will suit your summer holiday!

Australia is a smorgasbord of wonder: a place home to the world’s oldest cultures, the best geographic marvels, incredibly unique wildlife, and stylish cities. Every nook and cranny is filled with unimaginable sights and scenery, bursting with both urban wonder and ancient land. So, where does one start when planning their trip down under? We are here to narrow things down for you, listing our top favourite spots to visit during your Australian summer adventure!

  • Great Ocean Road

    One of the best things to do in Australia’s summertime is to surf the spectacular waves, and there is no better place than Victoria’s Great Ocean Road world-class beaches. Surfing isn’t just the only thing on offer however, with this grand coastline road listed as one of Australia’s most famous touring routes. It features an incredible collection of marvels, including spectacular sea cliffs, waterfall packed rainforests, and hundreds of koala-filled tree canopies.

  • Phillip Island

    Recognised for its compilation of wildlife and petrolheads, Phillip Island attracts a broad mix of visitors. Beginning as a farming community, the region still is true to this, having multiple farm fields and charming cottages about. However, over time it has evolved beyond this, slowly becoming one of the region’s top tourist spots of wildlife, Indigenous history, and restaurants. Undoubtedly one of its main tourists draws is the famous Penguin Parade, which allows travellers to see the smallest penguins on earth up close and personal!

  • Kangaroo Island

    Kangaroo Island’s summertime is a paradise for wilderness and wildlife fans. Home to limitless unspoilt beaches, thick bushland, and unique natural wonders, the rurally paced and underdeveloped island gives you a break from the buzzing cities to truly admire Australia’s natural terrain. Trek through the thick trees of Flinders Chase National Park, meet the local seals at Seal Bay, and even marvel at the giant Remarkable Rocks!

  • Port Stephens

    For those dreaming of a summer spent along a picturesque beach, Port Stephens is for you! The sheltered harbour of Port Stephens is blessed with astonishing national parks, unique sand-dune system, and a pod of local dolphins. Swim, snorkel, and surf the blue waters, and get dry when you adventure through the Anna Sand Dunes.

  • Gold Coast

    Get the best of both worlds with Gold Coast where the skyscrapers meet the sea! Enjoy the exciting city life of the area, enjoying the shimmering high-rises and bustling crowds before relaxing at the 52 kilometres of pristine sand and surf breaks.

  • Margaret River

    For those looking to enjoy the west coast sun and dip your toes in the Indian Ocean, Margaret River is a fantastic summer region to visit. Nestled south of Perth, the picturesque coastal town can be a paradise away from your troubles and worries, letting you unwind and try the multitude of award-winning wines from the region. It is an ideal summer scenery spot for a perfect end to your Australian summer adventure.

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward began with a passion for travel and turned it into a thriving tourism business. He co-founded Sightseeing Tours Australia after starting out as a tour guide in Melbourne. Cameron delights in helping visitors get the most from their trip to Australia. Whether he's leading tours or writing about his favourite places, Cameron loves sharing his local insight with fellow travellers.

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