Go to Paris, you have to see the Eiffel Tower – go to India, you have to see the Taj Mahal – go to San Francisco, you have to see the Golden Gate Bridge – go to Egypt, you have to see the Pyramids. Australia is such a vast country that being able to see all the “must visits” is difficult even for those living in the country, but when planning your trip to Australia, try to include at least a few of these places…
Located in the Red Centre, Uluru has to be one the most iconic sights in Australia. Here you can learn more about the cultural significance of the area, you can do a base walk and meet some of the local wildlife (get ready for the ever-persistent Australian face fly), and you can take more photos than you thought possible – accommodation ranges from budget to luxury, or there is even camping – if you’re brave!
Want to meet a dingo? while it’s not recommended that you get too close, there are dingoes a-plenty on Fraser Island. As the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island is perfect for 4WD nuts and nature lovers alike. Swim in the amazingly blue freshwater lakes, go fishing, explore the Maheno Wreck, climb sand dunes and go wildlife spotting. Camp out on the beach, or stay in a luxury resort – the choice is yours!
With the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, it’s hard to beat the stunning Sydney skyline. Sydney is packed with things to do, from museums and art galleries, to Taronga Zoo, Luna Park, and the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. You can shop in designer stores or find a bargain at the markets. You can picnic in the Botanic Gardens or sip cocktails 37 stories up. You can stay in an expensive suite, a unique hotel, or a cheap and cheerful hostel. Sydney hotels offer endless choices.
A big city that has kept its small-town appeal, Melbourne is full of unique laneways and out-of-the-way bars and restaurants. Listen to the best live music, drink in a bar with honest-to-goodness atmosphere, and marvel at the tightness of jeans worn by Melbourne’s hipsters. Here you can find vintage fashion, vintage vinyl, and a rocking alternative scene. Stick with the theme and stay in a funky hotel, save some money in a B&B, or live it up in a fancy hotel.
Great Barrier Reef
If you’re heading up the East Coast as far as Cairns, then a visit to the Great Barrier Reef is a must. A true natural wonder, this Australian icon can even be seen from space! Swim, snorkel or scuba dive the coral reefs to discover an array of sea life, including sea turtles, dolphins, and more than 1500 species of tropical fish. You can stay in a campervan beside the beach, or go all out in a resort, you could even take a cruise and sleep in your very own yacht.
What is your favorite place in Australia?