Australia is a beautiful country famous for its stunning landscapes, natural wildlife and laidback lifestyle, so it’s no wonder a lot of overseas tourists and locals choose to take their holidays downunder every year.
If you’re lucky enough to be taking a vacation in the coming weeks, months and years, here are ten places to visit in Australia that you won’t want to miss.
1. Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island, located off the coast of New South Wales, showcases Australia’s natural beauty, from pristine waters and white sandy beaches to lush rainforests and magnificent mountains. Once on Lord Howe Island, check in to a quality accommodation provider such as Pinetrees Lodge and enjoy five-star facilities while you explore this unspoiled paradise! Click HERE to see what Lord Howe Island has to offer!
While Sydney is not the capital of Australia, it is often the first place in Australia that overseas tourists flock to, and is popular with Aussie locals too. See the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, visit Taronga Park Zoo, swim at Bondi Beach, have a drink at the Sydney Opera House and explore the city’s many restaurants, cafés, museums and galleries. You could spend a week in Sydney and still not see everything there is to offer. So click HERE to get started on your Sydney adventure!
The tropical far north Queensland coast is perhaps one of the most picturesque locations in Australia, with beautiful white sandy beaches, offshore islands and the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. Start your visit by exploring Cairns then make your way north to Port Douglas and up the coast to Cooktown and Cape York. Here’s how to spend 7 days in Cairns!
Tasmania is often forgotten because it is the only state or territory not connected to the mainland. Despite the effort that is required to get there, Tasmania is a brilliant part of Australia that must be explored if you like unspoiled natural attractions and wilderness, intriguing history, world class cultural attractions – and especially if you are keen to devour some of the best local produce in Australia. Sound good? Check out what’s to do in Tassie HERE!
Melbourne is Australia’s cosmopolitan heart. Wander through the city and explore the chic laneway network with its trendy cafés and boutiques, shop at the Queen Victoria Market, pose for photos outside Flinders Street Railway Station and discover the river precinct before crossing the river to explore the outer suburbs. If you have more than a couple of days, take a road trip past Geelong and experience the Great Ocean Road with the iconic 12 Apostles. See more about Melbourne HERE!
6. The Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is home to some of Queensland’s most popular beaches – from Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise to Burleigh Beach and Coolangatta. The Gold Coast has a bounty of tourist attractions, so once you’re done by the sea, visit one (or all!) of four major theme parks or head up into the hinterland and enjoy some R&R in the crisp mountain air. Click here for more information.
7. Fraser Island
Fraser Island, located off the coast of Queensland, is the world’s largest sand island, stretching some 120 kilometres from top to bottom. World Heritage listed Fraser Island can only be accessed by ferry and its pristine rainforest and unspoiled natural attractions make it a frequent holiday destination for both locals and overseas tourists. More information HERE!
Perth is Australia’s most isolated capital city, 4000 km west of Sydney in Western Australia. It’s a great base from which to explore the surrounding regions, especially if you’re interested in beautiful beaches, national parks, wine regions, fine dining, seasonal wildflowers and a coastline to die for. See what’s on offer in Perth HERE!
9. Alice Springs
Located in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs is the gateway to Central Australia and its many stunning attractions such as Rainbow Valley, Ormiston Gorge, Standley Chasm and Palm Valley. 460 km southwest is Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock), the huge sandstone rock that is Australia’s best known landmark and sacred site to Australia’s Indigenous people. More about Alice Springs HERE!
Finally, be sure to include Adelaide in South Australia on your must-see list on your travels in Oz. Highlights include the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, the Adelaide Hills region, Barossa Valley, seasonal festivals and many gastronomic delights. Adelaide is considered Australia’s hidden gem, so stop in before it becomes a part of the tourist trail. Check out what makes Adelaide tick HERE!
Australia’s so big it’s impossible to see it all in one trip, but make a start with these suggestions and you’ll see a good cross-section of the country’s highlights. If you’ve travelled in Australia, we’d love to hear about YOUR favourite places in the comments below!
Disclosure: This post sponsored by Pinetrees Lodge, and prepared in collaboration with agencies acting on their behalf. All photos provided by RedzAustralia