Australia Travel Destinations
How to choose your travel destination in Australia
Australia’s beautiful spots are countless, you can literally spend months travelling around and still will not manage to see it all. I have made this list to help you identfy what attracts you most, and finally make up your mind when choosing your travel destination in Australia. I hope you find this information useful and thus help you better plan your travel itinerary around Australia.
I find a bit difficult to give general advice because everybody is attracted to different things, someone may like the beach more than the mountain whereas some others would feel the australian outback adventure more exciting than anything else.
You are the only one in the end who can choose where to go and what to see. My list is meant to give you some guidelines and an insight about the different attractions of Australia.
Let’s have a closer look at my list of Australia Travel Destinations I make available for you.
A comprehensive list of Top Australia Travel Destinations
Outback attractions: Uluru and Kata Tjuta
The Uluru is certainly Australia’ best icon among all its natural attractions. And Uluru is indeed one of the places which most impressed me. If you are travelling Australia for the first time you should not miss the magical atmosphere of the Red Centre. 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 4WD car and take your time to explore the whole region between Ayers Rock and Alice Springs, visit Kings Canyon, Palm Valley, the Western McDonnel Ranges and last but not least the capital of the Red Centre: Alice Springs. You will be driving through amazing outback areas with colorful desert landascape, impressive rock formations and a foremost amazing solitude.
Click on the llink to go to the Australia Red Centre Travel Guide.
North Western Australia: Broome & Cape Leveque
Broome is located in the North Western Coast fo Australia. I had heard a lot about Broome during my first trip to Australia and was very curious about it, but since WA was not planned in my trip schedule I kept it for my second visit. 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, are visiting the warm north western australia. Temperatures are tropical, but do not be surprised the landmarks are not those of the typical tropical scenery, the landscape is pretty rugged, you are at the doorstep of the Kimberley region. Broome’s attractions are many. You can visit the pearl farms and learn about the ancient pearl crafts, enjoy beautiful beaches like the 7km long Cable Beach and more beautiful crow-free-beaches. The town centre has good shops with local arts and crafts. As I said, Broome is also the gateway to the Ouback areas, 250 km north you reach, Cape Leveque, with gorgeous beaches, where you can swim all year through ! and further in the inland the pristine Kimberley Outback area. I loved Broome and so I hope you do enjoy it as I did.
Learn more about Broome and its attractions click on Broome Travel Guide.
Northern Territory: Darwin & Kakadu National Park
If I had to say what part of Australia I like most and would like to live in than I would choose the Top End as my favorite region in Australia. I love the tropical weather and its natural setting. Darwin is a small town but at the same time offer everything what you can find in a big city! It’s gateway to all major cities in Australia 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 have planned to visit this part of Australia consider doing it during the dry season if you want to avoid the rain, whereas the wet season can also be pleasant and it does has some advantages, visit it towards the end of the wet season in March-April. It is less crowded in town and therefore more enjoyable, waterfalls and gorges in the National Parks are filled with water, threfore a swim is guaranteed. So it’s up to you, whenever you choose to visit, the Australia Top End will always reward you with a memorable experience.
North Tropical Australia
The Australian Great Barrief Reef, is probably along with the impressive Uluru, the biggest destination for visitors coming to Australia. Although it is the major attraction for Queensland, I think a visit to Queensland is not complete without a visit to the Daintree Rainforest, this allows you to understand the whole of Australia’s natural world heritage . You can spend weeks there visiting the vast areas North Tropical Australia, and you would not get enough. I would recommend you spend at least a week, in which you can combine a visit to the Outer Reef and enjoy terrific snorkeling and diving experience. The Great Barrier Reef stretches for over 2000km. The best time for a visit is July-August.
Click on the link to learn more about the North Tropical Australia
Sydney & surrounding area
Sydney is considered to be among the most beautiful cities in the world and there are indeed some reasons for it. First because of its natural beautiful and peculiar setting, the Sydney harbour is something unique and very impressive. Second the city ha its own distinguishing flair, where the metropolitan busy city atmosphere merge with relaxed popular districts. The variety of activities and entertainment offers for each taste something, third: the Sydney beaches makes it into a very popular destination. If your time frame is tight and do not feel like wearing yourself out by running from one place to ther around Australia, do not worry, you can by all means plan your vacation by visiting Sydney and its surrounding areas. There are so many things to see to fill a few weeks with.Want to to learn more about it?
Check out my Sydney & surrounds Travel Guide.
The coastal drive from Sydney to Melbourne
Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia, altough is not as beauftiful as Sydney, but it has its own character and for some aspects it would rank higher than Sydney. The excellent food offer for instance is uncomparable, everywhere you will find a dining venue with good value food. Melbourne is also a very tourist friendly place, the tourist office in the city centre offers a variety of free guided walks, plus there is a free bus to visit all major places of interest, next to the circle line, a tram which takes you around the city centre in a loop. 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 areas like St. Kilda, Brighton, Phillip Island, or the Wilson Promontory nd the most known itinerary along the Great Ocean Road.
Click on the link to read my From Sydney to Melbourne Guide
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is another Australia’s icons and another “must see” place! It’s one of the most spectacular scenic drives of Australia which stretches for over 200 km. Starting from Geelong, south of Melbourne you reach Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo’s Bay and more little villages and places. Next to the stuning view of the 12 apostels of which you can actually see 8 rock pillars, you will go through amazing places like surfer beaches, bushwalking trails, National Parks, Rain Forest . It is worth taking at least a couple of days to visit this area. Be careful because it tends to be crowded, especially during the summer season, so if you are around in peak times (December-End of January, Easter time and public holidays make sure you do your booking a good time ahead, otherwise you will are likely to pay high rates for your accommodation.
Click on this link to learn more about the Great Ocean Road Coastal Drive
Tasmania – Cradle Mountain & 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 this is the best time to visit Tasmania. I personally would visit Tasmania only during its summer time, the weather is umpredictable and preatty cold from April-October! Ideally try to combine a visit to Tasmania when visiting the South-East of Australia.
Click on the link to go to my Tasmania Travel Guide.
Fraser Island, a unique travel experience
I can remember my 3 day-tour as if it was yesterday. 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 spot of the world.
Click here to access the Fraser Island Travel Guide
More Mini Travel Guide about travel Australia and its destinations are planned for the next months. I will add them to this list. So check out this page on a regular basis.