When I think of Australia, one of the first things that come to mind is Sydney Harbor Bridge. It may also be koalas, kangaroos, or echidnas.
There is so much more to OZ and you could spend weeks (or months) exploring it and still not see everything. Whether you are looking for a great brunch spot, a beautiful place to hike, or a chance to meet some koalas there is a place that fits your needs.
Before you go on your first trip to Australia, read this list of 10 tips for a smooth trip. If you want to travel on a Working Holiday visa, make sure you check out this article!
Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania and it has many old buildings and beautiful outdoor attractions. Stop by the award-winning Salamanca Market to pick up some locally made bath and body products artwork and clothing, among other things.
If you are more of an outdoorsy person, you will not be disappointed by all of the incredible opportunities to go hiking and experience the stunning landscape of the area. Spend a day exploring Freycinet National Park or go hiking at the Bay of Fires.
If you are a foodie, one of the guided tours of Bruny Island is a can’t miss excursion.
If you are going to Hobart, rent a car and book a stay at one of the incredible Airbnbs in the area. Captains Rest in Strahan is a waterfront private cabin with a kitchenette. It is a great place for a relaxing and unique environment.
You may choose to do anything in Hobart you wish. You will certainly appreciate this off-the-beaten-path destination!
Melbourne is a city named in honor of England’s Queen Victoria. Its name means, either, “place where men live” or “place where white ants live.” It will grace your bucket list because it has a thriving coffee and brunch culture.
It’s a great place to visit if you’re interested in going on trips.
A short distance away from the city center is the 12 Apostles. The limestone stones jut out from the ocean. Contrary to what their name might suggest, there have only ever been eight of these “apostles.” One collapsed in 2005, but you can still see the rest of them today!
If you are looking to experience the natural beauty of Australia and want to see the rainforests and wildlife up close, Daintree State Park is your best bet! You can go snorkeling or scuba diving near the famous Great Barrier Reef.
The Daintree Eco Lodge has treehouses, so instead of staying in a standard room you can stay in a treehouse. The treehouses are really cool, and they come in different styles and sizes.
It’s located in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest and is a great place to disconnect and enjoy the lush green environment.
You can have dinner on the balcony of the Julaymba Restaurant overlooking a little lagoon. Make reservations for The Cooking Experience, which showcases regional foods and features dishes from around the area and farms. It is a true culinary experience!
Brisbane is famous for its beautiful weather art and food culture. Brisbane (pronounced “Bris-bin”) is Australia’s third largest city and a popular retreat for Australians and tourists alike!
Visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to have a photo with a koala snake or baby crocodile! The sanctuary has been providing refuge and care for many of Australia’s sick or injured animals since 1927.
Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast, Queensland
An hour north of Brisbane is the Sunshine Coast. This beautiful region is a prime surfing destination whether you’re a seasoned pro or not. There are many places where you can book lessons and rent surfboards in the area.
Make a class at the Union Yoga Collective in Maroochydore, and then have brunch at any one of the amazing brunch places.
One of the Sunshine Coast’s famous destinations is the Australia Zoo. This famous wildlife conservatory was founded by Steve Irwin’s parents, and it is still run by the family to this day!
Uluru + Kings Canyon, Northern Territory
Australia’s Northern Territory has many stunning outdoor attractions.
One of the most famous is Uluru, which you might know better as Ayers Rock. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Australia’s most famous landmarks and an excellent place to visit if you enjoy hiking in the bush.
I know you can no longer climb the rock face because it is dangerous and holds a religious and cultural significance for the Pitjantjatjara people.
Kings Canyon is also an impressive outdoor attraction in the Northern Territory. The walls of the canyon are nearly 330 feet high and it’s a great place to take in the sunrise and be greeted by some of the first rays to reach the park.
You will be able to dine under the stars after dinner. A helicopter tour over the landscape will allow you to see the breathtaking landscape.
Gold Coast, QLD + Byron Bay, NSW
Australia’s Gold Coast is notable for its world-renowned surfing beaches with waves that challenge experienced surfers or to encourage novices.
For those with less aquatic prowess, Warner Bros. World is a top vacation destination with some of the best rides and roller coasters in Australia.
A boat trip along the coast allows you to cool off in some sea mist even if you do not want to jump into the blue waters.
Head to Byron Bay. This city gets its name from an Aboriginal word for “meeting place” and lives up to that name.
Byron Bay has been a popular tourist destination for decades. It has a gold rush history, and since then it’s grown to be a permanent resident city. The lighthouse provides a great view of the city and the waters below.
There are many trails and beaches in this area. This makes it a haven for surfers, backpackers, and outdoor lovers from all over the world. There are also many nearby national parks where you can marvel at the natural beauty of Australia.
Adelaide, South Australia
Adelaide is Australia’s fifth-largest city and has been an important city throughout the country’s history. It has a lot of the culture of Australia’s larger cities, but is less chaotic.
Take a break in the German town of Hahndorf for a day of wine tasting, sampling pretzels, and strolling around. Due to the influx of German settlers who arrived here in the mid-1800s, this special city has an interesting culture.
If you enjoy wine, go to the Barossa Valley. This region has a perfect climate for wine production, and you can visit any of the major vineyards that are located here.
Whitsunday Islands, Queensland
If you want to relax at a beautiful island the Whitsundays are a great choice. It’s the place to be if you want sparkling beaches and deep blue water that you can swim scuba or snorkel in.
If you want to experience the Great Barrier Reef, it is also the place to be.
This coral reef is the world’s largest. It can be seen from outer space!
Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
Kakadu National Park is located 106 miles southeast of Darwin the capital city of the Northern Territory. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, after it was recognized for cultural and natural significance.
There are many paintings, both made by aboriginals and still preserved, from the region. The paintings are over 20000 years old!