I have been living in Australia for 7 years now and I often get asked what the best destinations in Australia are. Most people already know they want to see Sydney and Melbourne, but besides that, they are unsure where to spend their time.
So, I have written down some my top suggestions for seeing the best of what this amazing country has to offer.
WATCH A SUNSET AT ULURU
Known as the “spiritual heart of Australia” Uluru is one of those places you just have to see and feel, for yourself.
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s Red Centre desert. It’s sacred to indigenous Australians and believed to be about 700 million years old.
A must do is catching a sunset over this magical mountain as it can be absolutely stunning to witness.
SNORKEL AT THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
The iconic Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef.
When you are in Australia this is an absolute must-see.
BE AMAZED BY THE WHITSUNDAYS
The Whitsundays comprises of 74 islands in the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef, a massive stretch of coral teeming with marine life. What is not to LOVE!
Most of the islands are uninhabited. They’re characterized by dense rainforest, hiking trails, and sensational white sand beaches.
The winter months of June, July, and August offer visitors comfortable temperatures, but the water can be chilly. September (early spring) is the ideal time of year to visit the islands.
VISIT BYRON BAY
This legendary beachside town in Northern NSW has been attracting surfers, the spiritually minded, spa lovers, yogis, backpackers and those trying to find themselves for years.
With some of the most famous surfing breaks in the country, the alternative lifestyle, and the stunning hinterland, Byron is the place to be, and be seen.
Also, Thor lives here, so you might bump into him. Just that notion is worth a trip to Byron Bay.
SWIM WITH WHALE SHARKS | EXMOUTH
This has been a dream of mine for years and is super high on my to-do list. To go swimming with whale sharks.
The whale shark is a slow-moving, filter-feeding carpet shark and the largest known extant fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 meters. Because they are slow-moving and its diet consist of mostly plankton it is safe for people to swim with them without too much danger.
The only time you can go is between March and September. So if this is on your wish list as well make sure you plan your trip accordingly. Read more about it here.
DRIVE THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD
One of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, The Great Ocean Road in Victoria. It takes you from Torquay and travels 244 kilometers westward to finish at Allansford.
See the towering 12 Apostles, get up close to native wildlife (kangaroos, Koalas, lorikeets Dolphins), and take in iconic surf breaks, lush rainforests, and spectacular waterfalls as you go. This is one a must see when visiting Australia.
AURORA AUSTRALIS (TASMANIA)
Similar to the Northern lights, the Aurora Australis is a natural light phenomena. It’s caused by electrically charged protons being diverted harmlessly by Earth’s magnetic field.
Although auroras happen all year round, the best time to see them is during the winter months (March to September). The widest part of the aurora is when the sun is on the opposite side of the Earth to where you are, so around midnight is best. So you better stay up late for this one.
MEET A QUOKKA | ROTTNEST ISLAND
Rottnest Island, just off the coast of Perth, Western Australia, is one of the most amazing islands I have ever been too in my life! With it’s raw and rough beauty and home to unique animals that only live on this island, a day trip(at least) is an absolute must for visiting this part of the world.
It has been one of the most popular ‘holiday at home’ destinations for Western Australians. With its many charms and attractions, the island attracts a whole variety of people and therefore it is immensely popular.
Whether you stay for one day or five, Rottnest will enchant, inspire and recharge your batteries for weeks to come. And when you are on that ferry on your way home, you will have wished you booked some more nights on this spectacular island.
You also can’t leave the island without a selfie. It is a must. But treat the animals with love and kindness. If they are not in the mood, leave them ALONE. Thanks.
DISCOVER KANGAROO ISLAND
This island gets its name for a reason, it is brimming with native animals like kangaroos, seals, Echidnas and much more.
WANDER THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
Less than two hours from Sydney by car or train, the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is one of Australia’s most spectacular natural parks. Known for its sensational scenery, it encompasses steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls, and quaint villages.
VISIT THE WORLD FAMOUS BONDI BEACH
I know I know, I said nothing in Sydney…. But how can your life be complete without visiting the world famous Bondi Beach…. I know it’s not, so I had to add it to this list.
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PENGUIN PARADE | PHILLIP ISLAND
Every day at sunset, visitors from around the world gather at Summerland Beach to see hundreds of little penguins return to their burrows after a day’s fishing. The island is home to more than 30,000 of the world’s smallest penguin species. They are the cutes little things you will ever see! It is not allowed to take pictures since it can scare the penguins (or hurt their eyes, one of the two)
If you have been following me for a while now (especially on Instagram) then you know that I have recently became hooked to stargazing and astrophotography. Australia has some of the best areas without light and air pollution making it the perfect spot to do some gazing. Underneath are some of the best spots and places to go:
- Dubbo Observatory, 17L Camp Rd, Dubbo, NSW
- Perth Observatory, 337 Walnut Rd, Bickley, Western Australia
- Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, Arkaroola Rd, Arkaroola Village, South Australia
- Sydney Observatory, Observatory Hill, 1003 Upper Fort St, Millers Point, New South Wales
- Wiruna | This is an area in New South Wales that has been specifically designated for stargazers |
- Outback stargazing
EXPLORE DAINTREE RAINFOREST
At 110 million years old, Daintree Rainforest in Queensland could possibly be the oldest existing rainforest in the world! AMAZING! Here you can trek through the jungle and discover plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet. Something that most definitely should not be missed is taking a cruise on the Daintree River looking for crocodiles! Crickey
If you’re a hard-core 4×4 driving enthusiast put Fraser Island at the top of your Aussie bucket list. Fraser stretches 123 km long, 23 km wide, and is the largest sand island in the world dumped over 800,000 years ago from places as far as Antarctica when it was still joined with Australia.
It is also home of the dingo, which is pretty cool
PLANNING TO GO TO AUSTRALIA? THEN CHECK OUT SOME MORE TRAVEL TIPS HERE:
- Sydney city guide
- Melbourne City Guide
- Perth City Guide
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