The Best Places to Visit in Australia

Visitors planning a trip to Australia may feel overwhelmed because there is so much to see. After all, Australia is vast and displays many cultures and subcultures within its borders.

While different travelers have different priorities, some destinations offer something for just about everyone. Here are the best places to visit in Australia where most visitors will learn a lot and have a good time.

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Best places to visit in Australia

Byron Bay

Byron Bay has been at the heart of the hippie movement in Australia. This laid-back beach town is also the easternmost point in Australia and the center of many adventure activities such as skydiving, diving, windsurfing (listed as one of the best surfing destinations in the world), and more.

More discreet travelers can enjoy excursions such as whale watching or activities such as yoga. As Byron Bay has grown in popularity, trendy bars and restaurants have sprung up in the area as well.

Byron Bay hosts a number of festivals and fairs throughout the year. Travelers can look at the calendar so they know what to expect when they go or when they’re planning their next trip.

Surfing in Byron Bay, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru is the famous red rock that rises, seemingly out of nowhere, in the Australian outback. While almost everyone has seen a photo of her, it’s worth a visit in person because she’s so much bigger and more awesome in real life.

Note that climbing Uluru is not permitted, as it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the rock itself is sacred to the region’s indigenous cultures. However, there are other rock formations in the area – like those in the rest of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, where travelers can do more exploring.

There are also museums in the area displaying Aboriginal culture. Humans have inhabited the area for at least 10,000 years and it is exciting and educational to learn more about them.

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The red rocks of Uluru in Australia

Sydney

Travelers who love urban life shouldn’t leave Australia without visiting Sydney. This vibrant city has something to suit everyone, from an active nightlife to fine dining, shopping experiences, whale watching and more.

Visitors who have seen the famous Sydney Opera House can take a tour of it in person, or they can even see the opera house there if they show up at the right time. Other city attractions include Manly Beach, Federal Cliff Walk, Royal Botanic Gardens, Bondi Beach, Paddington Markets, Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbor Islands, and more.

The most daring travelers will want to climb the harbor bridge with a guide. They will be strapped in, and they will follow a guide on the side of the bridge to get a breathtaking view of the entire city. It is an experience that no visitor will ever forget.

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Sydney Harbour, Australia
Sydney Harbour, Australia

Gold Coast

While it’s a tourist trap that some publications don’t suggest going there at all, the Gold Coast has a certain allure. It’s something like Las Vegas in the US, full of glamor and glamour, and it even has casinos.

The truth is, the Gold Coast hosts some of the best beaches (and beach weather!) in Australia. It also has enough nightclubs, bars and theme parks for any taste.

People who don’t like everything shiny should head to nearby Springbrook National Park to experience a dangerous rainforest, or visit Mount Tamborine to sample wine and cheese and see the work of craftsmen and artisans. There are also a lot of great places to visit near the Gold Coast.

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Aerial view of the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Alice Springs

Travelers who want a true Australian outback experience should visit Alice Springs. It’s 900 miles from anything else and is a great place to learn about Aboriginal history, Australian settlement, and more.

Alice Springs offers some quirky events, such as the annual “Boat Race” that takes place in a sandy wash area near the city. There’s always something going on, and even when it’s a little weird, it’s also a lot of fun.

Travelers who want to explore other places in the outback, such as King’s Canyon or Uluru, can use Alice Springs as their base camp and get out there. They can prepare everything from camel trips to dinner with Crocodile Dundee, so there is something for everyone!

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Alice Springs

Port Douglas, Daintree Rainforest, and the Great Barrier Reef

Port Douglas is a small seaside village worth visiting on its own just to get away from it all. While some people choose Cairns because it is larger, Port Douglas is a great hub for exploring this area.

Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The coral reefs are the largest in the world and offer great opportunities for snorkeling, diving, and more. Protecting coral reefs is key, as no one wants them to disappear.

Daintree Rainforest is an ancient ecosystem that has been preserved through careful planning and conservation. Visitors can go hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, and much more, all through curated experiences that also help conserve the land. Furthermore, Rainforest is home to the Cape Tribulation, considered to be among the best white sand beaches in Australia.

Daintree Rainforest in Australia
Daintree rainforest

Tasmania

In addition to its allure as an island separate from the rest of Australia, Tasmania has a lot to offer travelers. About half of it is reserved as a national park or otherwise protected area, so there are plenty of open natural spaces and many ways to experience it.

From gorgeous waterfalls to expansive forests and from stunning beaches to picturesque rocks, the natural wonders of Tasmania cannot be found anywhere else in the world. There is hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities, all performed in this wonderful natural habitat.

Tasmania has culture, too. Hobart is the island’s main town, offering unique dining opportunities (such as barbecues) and distilleries specializing in whiskey, gin, and beer made only on the island. The city hosts a number of festivals throughout the year, so there is always something fun for travelers to do when they are done exploring nature.

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Visit Tasmania in Australia

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Visiting Australia is an exciting time, and for some travelers, it will make their dreams come true. Regardless of their reason for travel, they can start planning now to visit Australia soon!

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