Tucked in the far south, at the edge of the world, Australia is a hidden pearl abundant with life, scenic landscapes, and iconic places to explore. One can never easily decide which region to visit first.
To make your decision easier, here is a list of 20 Australian places that you have to try and see at all costs.
You can’t miss the chance to experience one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You will probably land there, so no reason why you shouldn’t spend at least a day and see the famous Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, have a picnic in the Botanical Gardens, stroll around Circular Quay, and enjoy the sunset on the popular Bondi Beach.
The capital of Western Australia is pretty much isolated, which gives the city more charm. The energy there is so laidback, while every service you can think of is within your reach, that it’s no wonder Perth has been named one of the most livable cities in the world. It has a lot of fantastic cultural sites and stunning beaches where you can be completely relaxed.
Located in the Kimberley region, Broom is a cute, stunning place where you will probably want to stay for weeks. It offers amazing scenery – clean, turquoise water of the Indian Ocean contrasting the red soil on the beach. Cable Beach offers wonderful sunsets and perfect weather. This charming beach town also offers Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour and the sunset camel tour.
The city is a living proof that you’ve entered the tropics, although you’re in the north. It’s a starting point of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest is just one of the many natural beauties there, while the city, with a huge cafe scene, offers even a swimming lagoon.
A mysterious sandstone monolith is a sacred place to the indigenous Anangu people. It’s a highly spiritual place, sadly closed to climbers now, but still providing a spectacular view, with numerous activities available in the national park where it’s located. No wonder it provides one of the most popular Australian outback tours.
6. Kakadu National Park
Home to 5,000 ancient rocks and fascinating sites, this park also has an important cultural significance for Aboriginal people. Sites like the Kakadu Escarpment is a unique beauty. You will experience deserted sandstone, while a moment later you’ll be amazed by natural pools and waterfalls.
7. Byron Bay
The lovely beachside town is an attraction to surfers, spa lovers, and yogis, namely, everybody looking for a form of adventure. It’s one of the most famous surfing breaks in Australia, while the lighthouse walk past Wategos Beach will be memorable, too, for sure.
8. The Blue Mountains
They are home to some of the oldest plant species in the world, tucked in thick forests, canyons, and sandstone cliffs. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the mountains, as well as the haze produced by the eucalyptus oil from gum trees.
Half of the area is protected by the government, so it’s no wonder there are many exciting things to do in Tasmania. Whether it’s a boat trip to watch dolphins and penguins or it’s the hike to the alpine plateaus, white beaches and through the thick forests, Tasmania doesn’t stop mesmerizing you.
10. The Gold Coast
It’s where the famous Surfer’s Paradise is located. Amazing surf breaks and a long beach is everything you need. You can have surfing lessons in case you’re a beginner – there’s something for surfers of every level.
11. Atherton Tablelands
Northern Queensland hides crater lakes, volcanic tubes, and other geological beauties. You can try kayaking, birding or even cave exploration. Simply put – a paradise for nature lovers.
12. Twelve Apostles
You can admire them on your way along the Great Ocean Road but it’s better to experience it by taking the Great Ocean Walk. Alternatively, you can take a helicopter ride to be able to truly admire them.
13. Kangaroo Island
Off the coast of South Australia, this is a haven for koalas, kangaroos, and seals – you could stay there for days admiring the wildlife which is mostly indigenous to the country.
14. Fraser Island
A 75-mile long beach, listed as one of the longest beaches in the world. It’s filled with dunes, tidal pools, dingoes, and shipwrecks. If you rent a truck, you’ll experience a drive of a lifetime. Don’t be surprised if you share a part of the beach with a plane!
A wonderful, lively city, which is also home to the Grand Prix, the AFL, and the Australian Open Tennis, among many other famous sporting events. The city is full of life, just be prepared for all sorts of weather changes throughout one day.
The abundant music scene makes Brisbane one of the music capitals of the world. The great climate allows you to try out all sorts of outdoor activities, while the city also offers various beaches and resorts for complete relaxation.
17. The Whitsundays
A group pf 75 lovely islands, which should not be missed if you are exploring the Great Barrier Reef. The most popular beach, Whitehaven Beach, definitely deserves its name, so don’t miss the chance to admire the turquoise water and white sand.
18. The Great Ocean Road
Famous all around the world, this road can take days if you don’t rush it, and you shouldn’t. Still, if your time is limited, then focus on Port Campbell National Park, where Loch Ard Gorge and the Twelve Apostles are located.
19. Rottnest Island
Surprisingly, there are more than 60 beaches on this island, great for snorkeling, kayaking, diving, and fishing. Every bay and every beach tell its own story.
20. Wilpena Pound
A breathtaking, 80-square-kilometer-long mass or rocks is a place to visit for sure. Being located in Ikara Flinders National Park, you can find accommodation within the park and admire the structure up close.
Maybe this list made your final decision on choosing the best Australian places even harder but don’t worry – there is always the next year to visit Down Under!