10 Incredible Places to Visit in Australia
Australia is a traveller’s dream. From huge beaches, deserts, rainforests, cities, you name it, you’ll find it and more in this huge country.
Exploring every corner of Australia is borderline impossible, unless you dedicate a huge amount of time and money to it, but by being choosy, you can pick out the top experiences and places to visit, giving you a truly memorable trip to remember your time by.
To help you figure out where to start, let’s explore 10 incredible places to visit in Australia
Great Ocean Road
Without a doubt, one of the best road trip routes in the world, the Great Ocean Road travels 300km on the south-eastern coastline and encompasses breath-taking high clifftops, stunning surfing beaches, and huge rock formations which look other-worldly. Taken the famous 12 Apostles, as well as Otway National Park, with its stunning waterfalls and eucalyptus forests.
Sydney Opera House
The iconic picture of Sydney, the Opera House has a roof designed in the shape of sails blowing in the wind, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The opera house is surrounded by sea on all sides, and you can head there for a performance from time to time. Dating back to 1973, the opera house might not be ancient, but it certainly tells a long story in the history and culture of this iconic city.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
The Great Barrier Reef is a protected, World Heritage listed area and can even be seen from space! It is one of the world’s largest living structures and is home to more than 600 small islands, 300 coral reefs, and many mangrove island. The Whitsunday Islands are within the park, with beaches which are so blindingly beautiful, you’ll struggle to adjust your eyes!
Of course, the Great Barrier Reef is also home to a huge amount of various marine life, and both snorkeling and diving are memorable to say the least.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Uluru is sometimes better known as Ayres Rock and is a must visit for anyone heading to Australia. Located in the ‘Red Centre’, Uluru is a sacred spot in the Aboriginal culture, and climbing is forbidden. When the sun rises and sets, the huge sandstone monolith glows bright red, making it a truly beautiful sight. Sat in the heart of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, this is a World Heritage Site and a wonderful place to learn more about the Aboriginal culture.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Another spot on the Sydney skyline is certainly the iconic harbour bridge. This is the world’s largest steel arch bridge, which dates back to 1932. Standing at a height of 134 meters, the Sydney Harbour Bridge has a path for pedestrians, two railway access lines, and road traffic lanes too. You can climb to the top of the bridge, and really get a bird’s eye view of the city too!
Blue Mountains National Park
Easily accessible from Sydney, the Blue Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for their sheer natural beauty. Check out in excess of 664,000 hectares of stunning wide open spaces, with waterfalls, hiking trails, forests, and Aboriginal paintings on the rocks. You will also find the Three Sisters here, which are huge rock formations made of sandstone, as well as Katoomba Scenic Railway. This is the steepest railway in the world!
Iconic and world famous, Bondi Beach is a surfing paradise, as well as a space to sit back, chill out, and relax! Around 15 minutes from Sydney by road, you can learn how to surf yourself here, or you can simply watch everyone else do it! The sand is white, the sea is blindingly blue, and the sun is hot! You’ll find parks, markets, natural swimming pools, and cafes here, however, do be careful when swimming as the tide can often change quickly.
Another World Heritage site, Fraser Island lies off the east coast of Australia and is home to one of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever see in your life. You’ll also find many outdoor sports to enjoy here, including four-wheel driving opportunities – the island has no set roads, so this is a must do. Head to Seventy Five Mile Beach and check out the many shipwrecks which the coastline laid claim to in history.
Located in the south of the country, Kangaroo Island is a stunning area to visit. As the name suggests, yes, kangaroos do hop around on the beach, as well as penguins and sea lions. The beaches feature blinding white sand and translucent seas, leading back towards the forests with eucalyptus trees, home to koalas. For anyone who loves nature and wants to see it all with their own eyes, Kangaroo Island is a must do.
Daintree National Park
Located in Queensland, Daintree National Park is a World Heritage listed area, and is an important ecosystem. Again, the Daintree National Park belongs to Aboriginal culture, and has a lot of spiritual importance attached to it. The rainforest is home to a huge amount of biodiversity, and is even home to the Bennett’s tree kangaroo! Head off on a safari and enjoy the jaw-dropping nature in this area.
This is just a snapshot of what there is to see and do in Australia, with countless more additions to explore!