If we could magically summon up a place that is ideal for travel adventures, it would be hard to imagine anything better than what the world already has which is Australia.
This continent/country offers spectacular outdoor scenery, animals unlike anywhere else in the world and urban centers that compete with the top cities of Europe, North America and Asia on livability rankings.
Located between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Australia is the world’s largest island and the smallest continent. There is room to move in the Land Down Under, and with so many sights to discover and enjoy, there is a great incentive to go on a walkabout adventure. Whether exploring the traditional lifestyle of the nations’ native people, relaxing on a sun-kissed beach or reveling the night away in a city hot spot, Australia has something special to offer to every visitor.
Admittedly, as destinations go, it's not that close for most of us. But the place is worth taking the flight to get there. So when people finally arrive, they want to be sure to make the most of their holiday. In no particular order, here are the best places to visit in Australia.
Sydney is a fantastic city, almost picture perfect with a lot going on for it. A modern city with a long history, Sydney is defined by its scenic harbor. The region’s first inhabitants lived along the harbor’s bank for thousands of years. The harbor was also the landing site for convicts sent to Australia during the 1780s. Today, ferries take visitors for cruises under the famed Sydney Harbor Bridge and past the iconic Sydney Opera House.
While those famous landmarks are the obvious highlights, the city has much more to offer. With lots of museums, theaters and cinemas the city becomes more and more famous, Sydney’s thriving cultural scene means that there is always something to see and do. As such, the city is great to live in and the fantastic beaches on offer only add to its attractiveness. The beautiful Bondi Beach is a must-see while visiting Sydney. Outdoor activities play a large role in the Australian culture. Surrounding the city, there are a number of brilliant national parks for visitors and locals alike to enjoy, as well as some interesting and educational historical sites. Sydney is without a doubt one of the most popular destinations in Australia.
The largest coral reef system on earth, the Great Barrier Reef is purely enormous. Stretching for over 2,300 kilometers, it is remarkably visible from space, and nine hundred islands together mark this enormous ecosystem, which is actually comprised of 2,900 individual reefs. Visiting the Great Barrier Reef would definitely be an overwhelming experience; every year around two million visitors enjoy all the things that this natural wonder has to offer. Swimming and scuba diving are the best ways to experience the joys of the rich underwater world, while boat trips, kayaking, and even helicopter rides offer another view of the reef’s giant proportions. Gently sailing through the perfect turquoise waters, dolphins, sea turtles and the reef itself are visible below the waves – definitely an unforgettable experience for the travelers.
Second only to Sydney, Melbourne is a cool, cosmopolitan city that is considered by many to be Australia’s capital of culture. With lots of great art galleries, some incredible museums, and a lively music scene, there is always something to see or do in the country’s second largest city. Due to its high quality of life, citizens from around the world have flocked to the streets. Its multicultural population is reflected in the delicious cuisine on offer and the unique neighborhoods that make it such a mesmerizing place to explore. With a European feel about it thanks to the architecture on show, wandering around the city’s streets and numerous green spaces would make you fall in love with Melbourne without a doubt.
Occupied by the native people for over 40,000 years, Kakadu National Park has over five thousand ancient rock art sites which are fascinating to visit. It is a place of immense cultural and natural significance. The park is huge and contains some stunning natural sights which make it worth a visit; the Kakadu Escarpment is particularly breathtaking. With diverse ecosystems contained within the park’s boundaries, people could be hiking through deserted sandstone escarpments one minute and bathing in waterfalls and pools in the next, before later on learning about some of the ancient rock paintings. While it could get very popular, Kakadu’s huge area means that people could easily enjoy all the things that the park has to offer in peace and quiet if they step off the beaten path a little.
A popular tourist destination, Brisbane is a lively, dynamic place that is bathed in beautiful sunshine year-round. It has a population of about 2 million people, making it the third-largest city in Australia, after Sydney and Melbourne. Located in the Sunshine State, many visitors stop by on their way to the fantastic resorts and beaches that lie to its north and south. Set alongside the Brisbane River, the city’s fantastic climate means that outdoor activities are very popular here; people could take their pick from a huge catalog, with biking, climbing, and hiking featuring prominently on them. A fun and friendly city, Brisbane’s vibrant music scene has made it one of the music capitals of the world and there are lots of venues in town where people could enjoy a great show. With loads of brilliant restaurants and bars for to choose from, Brisbane should not be missed, when on a trip to Australia.
The capital of Western Australia, Perth is very isolated from the rest of the country, yet is routinely considered one of the most livable cities in the world thanks to its slack vibe which it possesses, fantastic cultural sites, and range of services on offer. A youthful place, Perth is nearly always bathed in sunshine and its stunning beaches are perfect for kicking back and relaxing on. Away from the beach, there are lots of outdoor activities for the people to enjoy. There are loads of fantastic museums on offer as well as some great shopping options in this city of nearly two million people. With a huge variety of bars, cafes and restaurants, isolated Perth is the perfect gateway to the rest of the west.
A laidback city with a peaceful atmosphere, Adelaide’s quiet streets is lined with bars, which make it a surprisingly fun place to go out in; there are lots of great music venues which are worth checking out. Nicknamed ‘the city of churches’, the lofty spires dotted about here and there adds to the picturesque nature of Adelaide and there are lots of nice parks and green spaces for locals and visitors alike to enjoy. With some great museums on offer as well as fantastic restaurants and art galleries, the highlight of the year is undoubtedly ‘Mad March,’ when the city hosts numerous festivals, events and shows at the same time. Surrounded by verdant land which is perfect for cultivating vineyards, people should make sure to try some of the refreshing wines before they head off on their travels.