A Guide to Australia Travel Destinations
Australia’s beautiful spots are countless, you can literally spend months travelling around Australia without seeing it all. You definitely have to make a choice and pick a few destinations that fit well into your travel plan. This list of Australia attractions will help you identfy the travel destinations that most suit your plan and create a perfect Australia Travel Itinerary.
Let’s take a close look at our list of Top Australia Travel Destinations here below.
Our Top 10 Australia Travel Destinations
Uluru Australia Outback
The Uluru is certainly number one among all Australia attractions and destinations. And Uluru is indeed one of the places which most impressed me. When travelling Australia for the first time you should not miss the magical Uluru atmosphere and spend 3-4 days at the Ayers Rock area to taste the flair of the Real Australian Outback. If you want to make the most of the Red Centre hire a car and take your time to explore the destinations between Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta, visit Kings Canyon, Palm Valley, the Western McDonnel Ranges and Alice Springs. You will be driving through amazing Outback areas with colorful desert landascape, impressive rock formations and an amazing solitude and peacefulness that has no like it. Click on the link to go to the Australia Red Centre Travel Guide.
Broome and the Kimberley Australia
Broome is located in the North Western Coast fo Australia. Broome tend to be pretty busy during winter months, when lots of international tourists as well as Australians, fleeing from the cold south east of Australia, come to enjoy the warm weather of North Western Australia. Temperatures are tropical, but do not be surprised the landmarks are not those of a typical tropical scenery, the landscape is pretty rugged, you are indeed at the doorstep of the Kimberley region. Broome’s attractions are many. Learn about the pearl farms and the ancient pearl crafts, enjoy beautiful beaches like the iconic Cable Beach and more beautiful crowd-free-beaches. The town centre has good shops with local arts and crafts. Broome is also the gateway to one of the most ancient Outback areas, 250 km north of Broome is Cape Leveque, with gorgeous Outback beaches, where you can swim all year through and further in the inland the pristine Kimberleys.
Northern Australia – Darwin and Kakadu National Park
Darwin is a lovely tropical small city with nice very warm temps throughout the year. Its natural setting makes of Northern Australia one of the major attractions in Australia. Darwin is a small place but at the same time offer everything what you can find in a big city. It’s gateway to all major Australia cities and as well as to Asian destinations. Moreover from Darwin you can start your trip to the Kakadu National Park, visit the Litchfield National Park and more places in its surrounding area. If you are planning to discover this part of Australia consider visiting in the dry season if you want to avoid rain and floods. The wet season can also be pleasant and it does has some advantages too. The best time to visit is towards the end of the wet season in March-April, but to be sure the rain season is over probably May is the best time to viiti. Over these months it is less crowded and therefore more enjoyable, waterfalls and gorges in the National Parks are filled with water. And you can swim!
Cairns, the GBR and North Tropical Queensland
The Australian Great Barrief Reef, is probably along with the impressive Uluru, the major attractions for visitors coming to Australia. Although it is the most visited destination in Queensland, I think a visit to Queensland is not complete without seeing the Daintree Rainforest because it allows you to understand the greatness of Australia’s natural world heritage. You can spend weeks there visiting North Tropical Australia, and you would not see it all. Spend at least a week, so that you can combine a visit to the Outer Reef for some good snorkelling and diving experience as well as enjoy the stunning inland with the Atherton Tablelands and Cooktown. The Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s top attractions, stretches for over 2000 km along the east coast of Australia. The best time to visit is July-August, but May-June is also okay. Click on the link to learn more about the North Tropical Australia
Sydney and Surrounds
Sydney is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world and there are indeed some reasons for it. First because of its natural beautiful and spectacular setting. The Sydney harbour is unique and impressive. Sydney has a distinguishing flair, where the metropolitan busy city atmosphere merge with relaxed popular districts and popular beaches. Sydney offers fun activities in its amazing outdoors. You will not get bored in Sydney, for sure. Moreover the Sydney beaches makes it into the most popular Australia attractions. There are so many things to see and do that you can easily plan a whole week or even use Sydney as your base for your holidays. There are many day-trips that you can do inland and along the South East Coast.
A scenic coastal drive from Sydney to Melbourne
Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia, altough is not as beauftiful as Sydney, I would say that it has in some ways more character and it is more welcoming than Sydney. Melbourne ha a grat food offer. Melbourne is also a very traveller friendly place. The tourist office in the city centre offers a variety of free things like free-guided walks and free trams in the CDB that allow you to travel to all major places of interest for free. There are heaps of cultural events to profit from, check out at the tourist information office for details, some of them are offered for free too. From Melbourne you can take a day out to visit its surrounding destinations like St. Kilda, Brighton, or you can take a road trip to Wilson Promontory and Phillip Island. There are many day-trips from Melbourne that you can do on your own, as a solo traveller too.
Click on the link to read our From Sydney to Melbourne Guide
The Great Ocean Road Trip
The Great Ocean Road is one of the most known Australia destinations and a must-see place to add to your itinerary. It’s one of the most spectacular scenic drives of Australia which stretches for over 250 km. If you start your drive from Geelong, south of Melbourne you reach Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo’s Bay and more little villages and places. Next to the stunning view of the 12 apostles only 8 rock pillars are visible, you will go through a spectacular and varied landscapes, from surf beaches, to bushwalking trails, to National Parks, to remains of rain forest. It is worth taking at least a couple of days to explore this area. It tends to be crowded, especially during the summer season and weekedns, so if you are around during peak times or over public holidays, make sure you book your accommodation well ahead.
Click on this link to learn more about the Great Ocean Road Coastal Drive
Tasmania – Cradle Mountain and Freycinet Natinal Parks
Tasmania is the smallest of the 6 states named after Abel Tasman, the Dutch guy who sighted in 1642 .Often tourist tend to by-pass Tasmania, in fact to reach it you have either to take a ferry or fly over from a major city, but it is well worth the effort though. Tasmania has a beauty ot its own, pristine forests and secluded natural areas, historical towns, and the most famous landmark the Cradle Mountain with one of the most popular Australia’s and the world’s hiking trails. The track links the Cradle Mountain to Lake St. Clair and covers a world heritage area of 85km route. You should not miss Tasmania especially if you are planning to go Australia between November and March. In fact summer is the best time to explore Tasmania, as the weather is umpredictable and preatty cold from April-October. Ideally try to combine Tasmania whit South East Coast Australia.Click on the link to go to my Tasmania Travel Guide.
Margaret River in South West Australia
Margaret River is one of my favourite areas in Western Australia and in the entire continent. This area is very similar to the mediterranean Southern Europe with mild pleasent climate throughout the year. Margaret River is reagrded as the green soulful of the country with a rich diversity an array of natural wonders. Here you have it all, from sandy beaches to jagged cliffs, from long stretches of vineyards to towering forests with giant Karri trees. Thanks to the mild mediterranean climate in Margaret River there are ideal growing conditions for an array of local produce that has no like it, making of Margaret River Region a worldwide known region for excellent food and premium wines.If you want to discover Margaret River check out my guide on Rocky Travel Blog.
Fraser Island, a unique travel experience
Fraser island is the biggest sand island on the earth and really very special. I decided to go on a
3 day tour with a small group of 13 people. A local ranger took us everywhere and his knowledge about the island made this extremenly precious. I can highly recommend it if you are driving along the coast in Queensland and want to take a break, set out on a boat to visit this beautiful and unique island that makes it to top australia attractions too. Click here to access the Fraser Island Travel Guide
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