Australia is a country known for so many things, from extraordinary landscapes, laid-back cities, and lovely beaches. However, there’s more to Australia than the Opera House, Cairns, and Melbourne. Feel inspired and capture the essential, iconic, and exciting experiences Australia has to offer!
If you are visiting Australia soon, you have to prioritize these ten travel destinations and activities as they should be at the top of any traveler’s bucket list!
So, start ticking them off!
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, Australia. It is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings. Don’t forget to enjoy a drink at the Opera Bar before seeing a performance at the Sydney Opera House.
Birdsville is a small town and locality in the Shire of Diamantina, Queensland, Australia. Make sure to enjoy the journey to the remote outback town of Birdsville for its annual horse racing weekend.
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243 kilometres stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Drive by the 12 Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks – on a trip along Great Ocean Road in Victoria.
The Northern Territory (aka NT) is a vast federal territory in Australia famed for its Outback desert landscapes. In the arid Red Centre lie the iconic sandstone monolith Uluru (Ayers Rock), the red-rock domes of Kata Tjuta and the sculpted cliffs of Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. Remote Alice Springs, the gateway town to the Red Centre desert, offers Aboriginal art galleries.
Dot forget to witness a sunrise at Uluru, a massive sandstone rock formation in the Northern Territory!
The Hamilton Island Resort
Check into the Qualia, the Hamilton Island resort that topped Conde Nast traveller’s latest ‘best hotels’ list.
Sydney Harbor Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district and the North Shore.
When you are at Sydney Harbor Bridge, make sure to climb the steps, ladders, and the catwalks!
Queensland is an Australian state covering the continent’s northeast, with a coastline stretching nearly 7,000km. Its offshore Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system, hosts thousands of marine species. The city of Cairns is a gateway to the reef and tropical Daintree Rainforest. The capital, Brisbane, is flanked by the surfing beaches of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
Make sure to see the incredible sea life along the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland.
Tasmania is an isolated island state off Australia’s south coast, is known for its vast, rugged wilderness areas, largely protected within parks and reserves. On the Tasman Peninsula, the 19th-century Port Arthur penal settlement is now an open-air museum. In Hobart, the port capital, Salamanca Place’s Georgian warehouses now house galleries and boutiques. Its Museum of Old and New Art has a contemporary edge.
Explore Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art, which showcases the collection of Tasmanian gambler-turned-art-collector David Walsh.
Adelaide is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to renowned museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia, displaying expansive collections including noted Indigenous art, and the South Australian Museum, devoted to natural history. The city’s Adelaide Festival is an annual international arts gathering with spin-offs including fringe and film events.
Enjoy wine tasting in the Barossa Valley outside of Adelaide
Melbourne is the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. At the city’s centre is the modern Federation Square development, with plazas, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River. In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of Arts Centre Melbourne – a performing arts complex – and the National Gallery of Victoria, with Australian and indigenous art.
Get lost looking at art, shopping and snacking in the Laneways of Melbourne