Australia is a comparatively small continent. It is, however, a large country with quite a lot to see. There are a lot of decisions to make when planning to tour Australia.
There are many places to see and different ways to get there. If you prefer to get around via helicopter flights, Brisbane is the place to start. Whatever you decide, here are the 10 best places in Australia.
1. Fraser Island
Fraser Island is a world-heritage-listed site. It is perhaps most famous for its stunning 75-mile-long beach. It features sand dunes, shipwrecks, tide pools, turquoise waters, a verdant rainforest, and a frenzy of wildlife. It also has its own airport, noteworthy hotels and resorts, and assorted eateries for traveling foodies. If you’re feeling athletic, try the Fraser Island Great Walk.
The famous city of Melbourne is another must-visit place. It’s the capital of Australia and the second most populous city too. Melbourne is also a UNESCO City of Literature and is world-famous for live music, street art, and theatre. There are several specific places to visit. They include The Arcades, The City Lane, Eureka Square, Graffiti Lane, and Queen Victoria Market.
3. Sydney Opera House
No visit to Australia is complete without seeing the Sydney Opera House. Opened in1973, the building was designed to resemble a giant sailing ship. It hosts more than 1500 yearly performances. If you’re not a fan of opera or ballet, fret not. You can tour the impressive structure and take in the memorable views of the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Sydney Harbour.
4. Blue Mountains National Park
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is but a short drive out of Sydney if you’re hoping to trade the city’s hubbub for rugged charm. Here you will be able to enjoy hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, and numerous other close-to-nature encounters and outdoor activities. It’s the perfect place for an action-packed day trip or a fantastic weekend getaway.
5. The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the famous seven wonders of the natural world. It’s also a great place for divers. Dating back more than 20 million years, the area includes over 3000 coral reefs spanning innumerable islands. This reef is home to over 30 dolphin, porpoise, and whale species and more than 1400 species of fish.
6. The Gold Coast
The famous Gold Coast is a coastal city located in Queensland. It is one of the country’s top tourist destinations. Thanks to its subtropical climate, this place has become world-famous for its rainforest hinterland, theme parks, nightlife, and surfing beaches. Here you can stroll along the beach, engage in watersports, relax, and even dine right along the beach.
7. Whitsunday Islands
Whitsunday Islands is an archipelago of 74 islands located along the coast of Queen’s island. You can stop here on your way to visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Here you will behold turquoise water and pure white silica sand. Arguably the most famous of the island beaches is Whitehaven Beach which is a favorite of both locals and tourists alike.
8. The Burra Homestead
The Burra Homestead is located at the foot of the impressive Mt. Lofty Ranges. It was abandoned by the original homesteaders years ago. Nevertheless, this simple house in the midst of rain-starve land became world-famous in the late 1980s. It was then that famous photographer Ken Duncan photographed it for use on the cover of the Midnight Oil rock album “Diesel and Dust” which was released in 1987.
9. Lake Gairdner
Lovely Lake Gairdner is an endorheic salt lake found in the state of South Australia. It’s the third largest of its kind in the country. Upon first seeing it, you may feel as if you’re on a strange, new planet. It poses a striking contrast to the surrounding scarlet slopes of the Gawler Ranges.
10. The Pinnacles
Experience the uniqueness of the Pinnacles ensconced in Nambung National Park close to the town of Cervantes roughly 200 kilometers out of Perth, the capital of Western Australia. The massive weathered limestone formations number in the thousands and are known as the “rock stars of the outback.” This is definitely an Instagram able location.