10 Beautiful Places to See in Australia (Besides Sydney)

10 Beautiful Places to See in Australia (Besides Sydney)

Australia is a beautiful country with many places to see. Sydney, the capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia, is one of them. However, there are other places that deserve attention too! So here’s my list of 10 places in Australia that you should visit (that aren’t Sydney)!

The Sydney Harbor Bridge or the Opera House may be the first thing to spring to mind when preparing a trip to Australia, or you might think of iconic animals such as kangaroos, koalas, or cheeky Cockatoos. But Australia is a big country, and aside from Sydney there are plenty of other beautiful places to visit.

There’s a lot more to Australia than first meets the eye, and you could spend weeks (or months) exploring it without seeing everything! There is a location that is ideal for you whether you’re searching for a beautiful spot to hike, explore roughed wilderness or the opportunity to meet some unique wildlife.

If you’re preparing for your first trip to Australia, make sure to add these ten locations to make planning easier. So here is my list of ten places in Australia that you should visit (That aren’t Sydney)!

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Bay of fires, Tasmania

Hobart – Tasmania

Hobart is Tasmania’s capital, and it has a lot of historic structures as well as stunning outdoor attractions. Visit the Salamanca Market, which has been praised for its award-winning cuisine and unique goods.

Just a short scoot over Bass Straight and you’re in a magical land that’s so naturally beautiful it takes your breath away. There’s mountains, forests, national parks and rustic oceans for days. In my opinion, this makes Hobart the perfect place to relax from city life making it ideal for a getaway.

Hobart also has plenty of options for outdoor activities. You will not be disappointed by all of the various hiking opportunities and magnificent environment that this island provides. Spend a day exploring Freycinet National Park or go trekking at the Bay of Fires.

If you’re a Museumgoer, A must-see in Hobart is MONA! This is a love-hate museum, you either absolutely love MONA or roam around in a constant state of WTF.

If you’re making the trip to Hobart, make sure to rent a car and book a stay at some of the amazing hotels in the area. I stayed at the Ibis Styles hotel, which is easily located and has lots of amenities.  The hotel room was pretty standard, nothing wrong with it, and the amenities were great.

Some other options of hotels that are located in or near the city centre that was recommended to me whilst I was in Hobart

  • The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel | Hobart’s multi-award winning Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel has built a reputation among travellers as one of Australia’s most welcoming and relaxing inner-city hotels. Renowned for spacious rooms and friendly hospitality, the property has centrally located a block from Hobart’s waterfront and just a gentle stroll to Salamanca Place
  • Zero Davy Boutique Apartments | Their location is perfect since they are right at The Dock, which means you can walk practically everywhere. There are also lots of restaurant options around the area. Plus, because they are apartments you can save some costs by dining in every now and then

Best Hotels in Hobart

Salamanca Wharf Hotel
Wrest Point
The Henry Jones Art Hotel
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
MACq 01 Hotel
The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart
Salamanca Wharf Hotel
Wrest Point
The Henry Jones Art Hotel
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
MACq 01 Hotel
The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart
Salamanca Wharf Hotel
Wrest Point
The Henry Jones Art Hotel
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
MACq 01 Hotel
The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart

For more Tasmania’ and Hobart guides, check out this extensive 10 day road trip itinerary or this handy weekend guide to Hobart.

Whatever you decide to do in Hobart, it will be a unique and unforgettable experience.

Daintree Rainforest – Queensland

Daintree rainforest is one of the best areas to go if you want to see Australia’s natural beauty up close and personal. The Daintree Rainforest, which is in Tropical North Queensland, is over 135 million years old, making it the world’s oldest rainforest. Nearby is the famous Great Barrier Reef, which offers incredible diving or snorkeling opportunities.

Daintree rainforest is one of the best areas to go if you want to see Australia’s natural beauty up close and personal. The Daintree Rainforest, which is in Tropical North Queensland, is over 135 million years old, making it the world’s oldest rainforest.

Cairns to Cape Tribulation Road Trip

The jungle itself is just as unique as the experiences you’ll have within it, from crocodile viewing to spearfishing. Indulge in the therapeutic properties of a luxury spa, float down the river on a raft and absorb centuries-old traditions from the region’s indigenous keepers, the Kuku Yalanji.

WHERE RAINFOREST MEETS THE REEF

The remote headland of Cape Tribulation is the meeting point of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. With just a thin strip of sand separating it from the crystal blue water, the forest drops straight down to the coast. And getting to see the reef is easy … Mackay and Undine reefs.

Daintree snorkeling with Ocean Safari at the Great Barrier Reef

For a truly unique place to stay, consider the Daintree Ecolodge. Instead of a standard room, you can stay in one of the 15 treehouses located throughout the property.

Daintree is a great place to disconnect and enjoy the lush green environment.

Melbourne – Victoria

Melbourne, Victoria is most likely to appear on any Australian bucket list, and it’s easy to see why! It’s a little more urban than the other places on this list.

Melbourne is a melting pot of busy laneways, prestigious restaurants, and enthralling museums. The people adore their coffee in this city, and it’s served up in cozy warm cafés. There’s always a buzz here — whether it’s from the metropolis’s intriguing tastes or fierce sporting rivalries. Attend a sports event, enjoy a cocktail on

If you’re looking for a place to visit, Melbourne is also an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding region.

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Australia

It is a 4.5-hour scenic drive from Melbourne via Geelong along the Great Ocean Road to the 12 Apostles. These limestone rock columns stick up out of the sea. Contrary to their name, there have only been eight “apostles.” One fell apart in 2005, but the remainder may still be seen today!

Discover a world of adventure on Phillip Island, 90 minutes from Melbourne, with idyllic beaches, fascinating coastlines, family fun activities, and world-class events. On a coastal walk you might see curious seals play at sea and go in search of whales while seeing Little Penguins return to their burrows on sunset.

Melbourne is also offers an awesome start for a Melbourne to Adelaide road trip!

Best Hotels in Melbourne

Ovolo Laneways
W Melbourne
Docklands Private Collection – New Quay
The Hotel Windsor
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Crown Towers Melbourne
Ovolo Laneways
W Melbourne
Docklands Private Collection – New Quay
The Hotel Windsor
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Crown Towers Melbourne
Ovolo Laneways
W Melbourne
Docklands Private Collection – New Quay
The Hotel Windsor
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Crown Towers Melbourne

Places to see in Australia

Rottnest Island , Western Australia

Rottnest Island, 19 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Perth, is one of Western Australia’s most charming locations. The island’s beautiful tranquility will make you feel as if you’re on another planet. Once you’ve arrived on Rotto, hire a bicycle since it is easily accessible by a short ferry journey from the mainland

This amazing protected nature reserve  is rich with unique flora and fauna, incredible sea life and, of course, the adorably fluffy quokka.

In this tiny paradise, you’ll find a wealth of culture and history, explore numerous beaches and bays, swim and snorkel in beautiful seas and meet the joyous creature on the planet.

Uluru And Kings Canyon – Northern Territory

The Northern Territory of Australia is home to a variety of beautiful outdoor attractions. Uluru, better known as Ayers Rock, is one of the most well-known sites in the region. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Australia’s most famous monuments and a fantastic place to explore if you like trekking in the woods.

The spectacular Colors of the Earth exhibit located in the Northern Territory’s Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park is also worth seeing. The canyon walls are nearly 330 feet tall, and it’s a fantastic location to watch the sunrise and greet some of the park’s earliest lights.

Brisbane – Queensland

The outdoors is the center of Brisbane’s life. As the capital of Australia’s Sunshine State, Brisbane encourages you to take off your shoes, grab your friends, and enjoy the cuisine, art, and adventure on offer.

Brisbane, the third-largest city in Australia and a popular getaway for Aussies and visitors alike, is famous for its gorgeous weather, art, and foodie scene!

Visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and pose for a photo with an Australian koala, snake, or baby crocodile! Since 1927, the sanctuary has given shelter and care to a number of sick or injured wild animals from Australia.

Kangaroo Point, Brisbane

Sunshine Coast – Queensland

Just an hour north of Brisbane lies Australia’s Sunshine Coast.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just learning how to surf, this lovely region is a fantastic place to go. There are several locations in the region where you may take surfing lessons and rent surfboards.

The Australia Zoo is one of the most popular sites on the Sunshine Coast. Steve Irwin’s parents established this famous wildlife conservatory, which is still managed by the family today!

The Best Places to see in Australia

Byron Bay – NSW

Back in the 1970s, Byron Bay was known for its alternative scene, laid-back surfers, and off-the-grid hippies. Now, although Byron may appear to be a little more polished, it is no less magnificent. You’ll still find stunning surfing breaks and meditative yoga retreats that pay homage to Byron’s counterculture

Sydney to Byron Bay road trip

Plenty of trails and beaches make this an outdoor haven for surfers, backpackers, and outdoors lovers from all over the world. There are also many nearby national parks where you can marvel at the natural beauty of Australia.

Whitsunday Islands –  Queensland

The Whitsunday Islands are a fantastic option if you’re looking for a lovely island to relax on. If you’re searching for sparkling sandy beaches and deep blue water to swim, scuba, or snorkel in, this is the place to be.

Hill Inlet At the Whitsundays

It’s also the place to be if you want to experience the Great Barrier Reef.

The Whitsundays are a haven for outdoor activities and nature-based tourism. The pure white sands of Whitehaven Beach, which are lined with palm trees, provide a relaxing atmosphere for visitors from all around the world to sunbathe on and float over Heart Reef in a sea plane. The island’s secluded beaches and concealed bays offer also ideal for sailing, snorkeling, diving and swimming.

Kakadu National Park – Northern Territory

Kakadu National Park is located 106 kilometers southeast of Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 for cultural and natural significance.

The region’s Aboriginal people produced a wealth of artwork. Many of the paintings are still intact, which is remarkable given that some are more than 20,000 years old!

Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls are two of Kakadu’s most renowned waterfalls, and you can’t visit without seeing them. It’s a difficult and rough 4WD route to get there, but if you don’t want to go on the journey, you may take a tour. The falls really thunder in the wet season (November to May) when the only way you can see them is on a scenic flight, but during the dry season (June to October) you can hop your way across super-sized boulders to the plunge pool at the base of the falls.

What destinations would you recommend for an Australia bucket list? Let me know in the comments below? 

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