Five Must-See Sights In Australia

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…

Uluru

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!

Fraser Island

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!

Sydney’s Sights

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.

Melbourne’s Laneways

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?

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10 Responses to Five Must-See Sights In Australia

  1. Lucinda October 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    I totally agree with you. You just can’t miss these spots.

  2. D.J. - The World of Deej October 26, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Great list…hiking the bridge in Sydney is on mine for sure!

    • Sofia October 29, 2012 at 7:22 am #

      Yeah the bridge climb would be awesome! My kind of hike :P

  3. Samandnic@worldtravel4all October 27, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    The big city of Melbourne is what attracts me the most to visit Australia. The vibrant bars and top restaurants are really awesome! Everyone can have no failed choice which pub to enter. Every one rocks!

  4. Clay October 29, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    Great pictures, it’s on my bucket list for sure!

  5. Addison S October 29, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Fantastic photos and definitely all are places not to be missed. Personally, I would include the Atherton Tablelands in North Queensland. I had such a great time driving around and stopping off to explore creeks, swimming holes and waterfalls. Best of all, there were hardly any other tourists.

    • Sofia October 31, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

      Great tip, I’ve never been there but it sounds like an awesome trip.

  6. Caecilia October 30, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

    Indeed these five are some of my favorites spots in Australia.
    Some more are definitly in Tasmania.
    Cradle Mountains and Freycinet are just some examples.

  7. Dusty Soles October 31, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    only one I never managed was Uluru – hopefully next time!

  8. Rui November 9, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    Wow, I have to plan a trip Australia :)

    By then I will surelly make use of your advices.
    Thanks