The Best Places to Visit in Australia for Every Type of Traveller
From cities that mix delightful modernity with fascinating history to open roads, clear blue seas and breath-taking national parks, Australia offers you a wealth of choice for your holiday. If you are keen to explore your own backyard, read on. Here we review some of the must see places in Australia to suit every type of traveller.
Sydney Harbour Bridge and the flagship Sydney Opera House are high on the list of must see places in Australia. For adventure, why not try the adrenaline-fuelled bridge climb? Be sure of an eye-widening experience and panoramic views from this unique vantage point!
Nearby, picture-postcard Bondi beach is a magnet for surfers, as is beautiful Manly beach, while the Sydney Harbour trail leads walkers along six kilometres of beautiful coastline towards Coogee. Then again, evening harbour cruises are an excellent way to experience Sydney’s breathtaking scenery and gorgeous sunsets from a different angle. Back at Darling Harbour, fabulous fireworks displays round off Saturday evenings.
Mellow Melbourne and the Victoria Coastline
Down south, Melbourne’s clean beaches, clear ocean, and boat trips are perfect if you’re looking to soak up some fresh air and open spaces. Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is amongst the most spectacular drives in the world, with highlights including the 12 Apostles rocks, fascinating wildlife (don’t miss the kangaroos, koalas and emus at Tower Hill), unspoiled rainforest and impressive waterfalls.
The Great Ocean Road stretches over more than 660 kilometres south of Victoria and is perfect to explore as a leisurely road trip. Of course for those with less time, a well thought out day trip from Melbourne allows you to glimpse some of its great beauty.
From Western Australia’s remarkable capital, see sunsets over the Indian Ocean. Perth’s huge riverside park and nearby Mount Eliza, home to the botanic gardens, are popular with visitors. Alternatively, culture vultures will find a bustling art scene including theatre and ballet.
Overlooked by Mount Coot-tha (or the Brisbane Lookout), Australia’s third most populous city boasts rich contemporary culture and a riverside arts area.
Australia’s forests and outback are an unforgettable sight, not least for the ever-changing colours from sunrise to sunset. As folklore has it, one can even hear whispers of creation at Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park. Here, walking tours include the ten-kilometre route around the base of Uluru Rock or a shorter path through Walpa Gorge (the Valley of the Winds).
Depending on your destination in Australia, choose from the the Daintree Rain Forest in northern Queensland or Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park near Margaret River in Western Australia. Marvel at curious kangaroos, cute koalas and colourful parakeets.
Cairns and Queensland
Cairns offers a cultural mix of art, offbeat theatre and live music. In August, the picturesque esplanade hosts an annual festival, replete with musicians, dancers and street entertainers.
This sophisticated, modern city makes a super base to explore the rainforest, outback and tropical coast, including the Statten River National Park and the Great Barrier Reef. Finally, beach lovers and watersports enthusiasts should not miss the turquoise ocean and white sands of Green Island and Arlington Reef.
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