→ A complete travel destination
→ Has plenty of natural wonders
→ Land of aquatic adventures
- As a complete travel destination, Australia offers some 'nowhere else' places and some unique experiences almost impossible to find in any other countries.
- Australia is a paradise for adventurers, beach lovers, foodies, art lovers, and budget travelers.
- If you really want the specific reasons, then the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Fraser Island, Great Ocean Road, Mackenzie Falls, Sydney are some must-see wonders.
Snorkeling and Scuba diving, Surfing, White water rafting, Trekking/Hiking, Exploring National Parks, Bungee jumping, Sky diving, Sailing, Sea Kayaking, Four-wheel driving, Bike riding
Beaches, National Parks, Forests, Mountains, Scenic Landscapes, Wildlife
Architecture, Museums and Galleries:
Culture and Traditions:
Festivals and Events:
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Tasmania⇒ November-March (Summer)
Outback Australia⇒ March-May (Autumn)
Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Darwin⇒ May-October
(Autumn and Spring are great time to visit anywhere in Australia while Winter is cold in Adelaide, South Australia)
This is the list of top destinations in Australia where you can have a lot of experience in one trip. This saves your time not only while surfing the internet for the top destinations to travel but also while traveling or exploring that particular location. And of course, this can save your money too.
Oldest and Biggest Australian City
- Scenic harbor with beautiful beaches
- Best Surfing
- Close proximity to Blue Mountains ( about 1 hr 4 min)
- Proximity to Hyams beach (one of the whitest sand beach)
- Sydney Opera House
- Sydney Harbor Bridge
- Darling Harbor
- Luna Park
- Manly beach and Bondi beach
- Botanic gardens
- Circular Quay
- Walk around the Sydney Opera House
- Walk the harbor bridge
- Walk around the Royal botanic garden
- Catch a ferry to Manly for great views of the Opera House, Harbor Bridge
- Stroll Darling Harbor
- Visit the cool bars and live bands in Paddington
- Have a coastal walk or surfing in Bondi beach
Travel Hub to the Great Barrier Reef
Best for fun lover
- It is a primary stop off to the Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda, Daintree Tropical Rainforest and Atherton Tablelands.
- Party town with few beaches.
- The Great Barrier Reef
- Daintree Rainforest
- Atherton Tablelands
- Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
- Kuranda Village
- Trinity Beach
- The Tree-lined Esplanade
- Bungee jumping, sky diving, white-water rafting, sea kayaking
- Cane toad racing
- Scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, glass-bottom boats
- Boom netting, fishing
- Hiking to Atherton Tablelands
- Daintree Rainforest Excursions
- The main reason behind Melbourne’s popularity is that this is the gateway to the famed Great Ocean Road and some great hiking areas.
- Melbourne is the nation’s cultural capital It has good beaches not far away.
- Federation Square
- Parliament House
- The Princess Theater
- Queen Victoria Market
- Royal Botanic Gardens on the Yarra River
- Albert Park Lake
- Melbourne Zoo
- Take the free City Circle tram for a city tour
- Shop in the largest open-air market of Australia, Queen Victoria Market
- Night tours of old Melbourne Gaol
- Dine at best restaurants and drink at Melbourne’s rooftop bars
- Day trip to wineries, forests
- Surf beaches
- Tour to St Kilda Esplanade
- Walk and relax in the Parks
- Close Proximity to Byron Bay (1 hr 56 min), Noosa (best surfing spot at a distance of 1 hr 53 min)
- You can visit Koalas and Kangaroos.
- Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
- Queensland Cultural Center
- Gallery of Modern Art
- Queensland Art Gallery
- City Hall
- Museum of Brisbane
- Brisbane Riverwalk
- South Bank Parklands
- City Botanic Garden
- Visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
- Climb Brisbane’s Story Bridge
- White Water Rafting
- Bungee Jumping
- Sky Diving
- Cruise the Brisbane River
For Art Lover
Rich Cultural Heritage
- Kangaroo Island is at a distance of 3 hrs from Adelaide.
- Adelaide is green, surrounded by mountains, the sea, vineyards, and parks.
- Fine museums, galleries, and old Victorian architecture
- A city with a few beaches and nightlife, music and food.
- Chocolate factory
- Murray River
- The Wine center
- Amazon Waterlily Pavilion
- Adelaide Festival Center
- The Torrens River
- Glenelg Beach
- Participate in the annual February Fringe Festival
- Drink wines
- Surf in Glenelg Beach
- Stroll in Cleland Wildlife Park
Popular Gateway To the Red Centre
- Alice is the base point to reach the Red Centre – Ayers Rock/Uluru and the Olgas/Kata Tjuta.
- The Alice Springs Desert Park
- The Alice Springs Telegraph Station
- Araluen Cultural Precinct
- Anzac Hill
- Fly in a hot air balloon
- Visit the art galleries of Alice Springs
- Visit Emily Gap, Simpson Gap
- Hike the Larapinta Trail
A valid passport (valid for 3 months beyond the length of stay) with visa (depending on nationality) is required to enter Australia.
If you are staying for 3 months or less, then you should obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or eVisitor visa while some nationals are liable for both.
ETA/eVisitor allows you to stay for 90 days (within a 12 months period) with multiple entries for a stay up to 3 months at a time.
Transit visa may be required for some national.
Check your visa requirements (depend on the nationality) for Australia with the embassy/consulate near you before traveling.
Credit Cards and Debit Cards are accepted in major cities/towns. ATMs are available in major cities/towns. All these services may not be accessible in outbacks. Use of traveler’s check may be limited to big hotels and banks. If you want to use a traveler’s check, then it’s better to take check in Australian Dollars/US Dollars/Euros.
Accommodation in cities can be pretty expensive. However, hostels on the outskirts are comparatively affordable.
Rental cars are convenient for driving to and from the city but not within the city due to heavy traffic.
Buying food from the fish markets or street saves some cash. Eating in the suburbs can be a cheap option.
Since there are lots of international flights to Australia, you should choose one based on where you want to go and what you want to see.
Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, and Darwin all receive international flights.
After getting there, you can have facilities of internal flights, local buses, cars, ferries, and train service.
(Train service is limited to major routes).
Domestic flights are convenient and fast for traveling long distances.
You can get discounts on domestic flights with air passes.
Suburban trains provide extensive services in Sydney and Melbourne while providing limited services in some other major cities. Railways provide service throughout the major cities connecting major parts of Australia (coast to coast service).
You can take advantages of Rail Passes available within Australia.
Australia has got a good public transport system that is cheap too. In case of time availability, buses are a fair option for traveling not-too-long distances. Major towns and cities are well connected by roads. City buses/coaches/trams are an affordable option in some cities as long as you are a familiar rider.
Inside the city, you can get around on foot or by taxi. Hiring a car or picking up a taxi (registered/officially licensed) can be the best alternatives too. You can rent a bike too.
Boats/ferries also provide services in areas consisting of island/river/coast/lake.
Most of Australia’s attractions are free to visit while others require fees and permit.
Be aware of the long distances involved while traveling from one place to another. Choose the transport medium accordingly.
Protect yourself from heat by covering up or using sunblock lotions and protect yourself from dehydration too by drinking plenty of water while visiting Outback.
You should be cautious of extreme cold during winter, especially in Southern Australia. You should be prepared for possible flooding due to heavy rain and cyclones. You should be aware of bushfires and dust storms in outbacks. It is a good practice to always check the latest weather before going to outbacks. Do not ignore the suggestions given by local people and always follow the instructions given by local authorities.
It’s better to take precaution against dengue fever and Ross River fever virus while traveling to some regions of Australia. Although immunizations are not required while traveling to Australia, it is advisable to update your standard vaccinations of mumps, measles, rubella, polio, diphtheria, rabies, hepatitis and tetanus.
It’s better to make full travel insurance.
You should be aware of the petty crimes (from pickpockets, thieves, scammers, etc.) taking place inside and outside the cities. You should take care of your travel documents, luggage, and other belongings, especially in public transports. Don’t walk alone at night and don’t walk through less traveled areas alone.
Based on the places and experiences that you will never get in other countries i.e they are uniquely different from other countries.
Since Australia is a remote and vast country, sights to see and activities to do seem to be infinite. It’s still impossible to see all the highlights of Australia even on the 2 weeks vacation. Question to raise is- Is one-week itinerary worth the long flight? For the first time traveler, we suggest you to have at least 2 weeks to get most out of your trip. We tried to narrow down the lists in terms of ‘must-see’ places.
Must-visit destinations in Australia:
If you are a city lover:
If you are beach and water activities lover:
- Cape Tribulation
If you are a nature lover:
- The Great Barrier Reef
- Daintree Rainforest
- The Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road
If you are museums, galleries and culture lover:
For Art, Museums and Galleries:
For Cultures and Traditions:
From the above list, you can see that Sydney overlaps in three categories, whereas Melbourne in two categories. You can make your trip worthy by planning an itinerary according to your priorities and make much out of it by having a lot of experiences in your single trip without having your time and money wasted in traveling and just covering distances in-between.
Our Pick: If you want a unique experiences, then our pick would be the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest, Uluru and the Great Ocean Road. If you want a mesmerizing beach vacation, then our pick would be Perth, Sydney, Cape Tribulation.
Follow these itineraries ideas (below): If you want to make most out of your trip; if you want to have a lot of experiences in one trip missing almost nothing in your whole trip; if you also don’t want to miss the must-see places and if you also don’t want to miss ‘nowhere-else’ destinations on the planet, then follow these tips.
If this is your first-time visit to Australia and
If you have 7-8 days, then we recommend you to choose the following itinerary:
(If you want to visit ‘nowhere else’ destinations, your first priority should be)
Cairns (Day 1-3)→Uluru (Day 4-5)→Sydney (Day 6-7)……..
If you have 10 days, then you could
extend above itinerary from
…..Sydney→Melbourne (Day 8)→ Great Ocean Road, Twelve Apostles (Day 9)→Return to Melbourne (Day 10)……
If you have 14 days, then you could extend above itinerary from …….Melbourne→Perth (Day 11-14)→Home
(If you want the shortest flight distance between places while traveling)
Start your trip from: Perth (Day 1-2)→Uluru (Day 3-4)→Melbourne (Day 5-6)→Sydney (Day 7-9)→Cairns (Day 10-13)→Home
(Note: Please note that the itineraries mentioned here are focused on the routes or directions to follow for saving time and money and still not missing the ‘must-see’ destinations. The days mentioned here in-between the places is a rough estimation just to give you general itinerary ideas. You can shorten or lengthen this time according to your interests, season, budget, and time available. For example, sometimes you might want to experience the nature, activities and culture in a relaxed manner without any haste and without feeling cramped.)
We’ve covered our recommendations for ‘must-visit destinations’. The list of other wonderful places throughout Australia can get long. The priorities for a destination to visit can be different from person to person as it depends upon personal preferences and interests. But these are the itineraries covering ‘must-do’ or ‘must-see’ places once in your lifetime.