Visiting Australia is a once in a lifetime opportunity. So, whether you’re a first-time traveller to Australia or returning to this beautiful country, you’ll want to visit the best places Australia has to offer and there’s plenty to do. From visiting Ayres Rock, road tripping around the outback or visiting the cities and relaxing on the golden sandy beaches, you won’t be disappointed.
Australia’s a large country, so you’ll need a good 3-4 weeks holiday. Although we would recommend, if you can, to spend at least 3 months to 1 year to really explore the country.
During my twenties, I took the opportunity to visit Australia for 10 months on a working holiday visa. This was the best experience; I was working to fund my travels around the country, exploring many of the best places in Australia.
I share my experience of Australia, so you can have the best holiday and explore the top places to visit in Australia.
Best places to visit in Australia
Here are some of the best places that you can visit in Australia
I might be a bit impartial when it comes to Brisbane. I lived in the northern suburbs of Brisbane when I visited on a working holiday visa, so this has to be one of the best places to visit in Australia.
One of the reasons, I feel it is the best place to visit in Australia, is the hot climates all year round. When you come from the UK, that’s seasonal, to Brisbane where it feels like it doesn’t get below 20 degrees Celsius, then you just fall in love with the lovely weather.
But that can’t be the only reason to love Brisbane? Of course not. There’re museums to learn more about Australian history, relaxing botanical gardens, a zoo and so much more.
The city has a big LGBTQ+ community, with good bars and clubs in Spring Hill, Fortitude Valley, New Valley, New Farm and Paddington. In June, Brisbane holds the LGBTQ+ Pride party.
If you get tired of Brisbane, then head to the coast for more adventure.
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The Gold Coast
Australia is famous for some of the best beaches. So, visiting a couple of the best beaches is a must.
The Gold Coast is located about one hour south of Brisbane, with about 300 days of sunshine a year. Making it quick and easy to get to a nice golden sandy beach for a day trip, or a short weekend getaway. And you are pretty much guaranteed sun, bonus!
One specific beach on the Gold Coast that is a popular destination is Surfers Paradise. It’s close proximity to Brisbane, means Brisbanite’s and other tourists flock to the coast, to soak up Surfers Paradise party vibe, with a BBQ and a few friends. I loved Surfers Paradise, for this very reason and would spend many weekends here making the most of the sunshine before I had to return home.
You can try your hand at surfing at the many surf schools along the Gold Coast. Or you can just watch them impress you with their tricks on the waves.
The Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast is located north of Brisbane and ideal for families looking for a quiet beach location. The beaches are stunning, with bright yellow sandy beaches and cool sea waters. Ideal for laying back and soaking up the sun.
If you want a bit more of an adventure, then scaling the Glass House Mountains, for great views across the scenic landscape and out to Brisbane.
I loved visiting Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo, located just north of Brisbane. I got to learn so much more about the Australian wildlife and the animals I would see as I travel around the country. Families with young children will love to see some incredible creatures here.
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Sydney is packed with so much to see and do. But I spent the majority of my time at the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. I would highly recommend climbing the Harbour bridge for incredible views of Sydney and Sydney Opera House.
You’ll have a surprise at the architectural design on the roof, as you approach the Opera House. I wasn’t expecting it to be designed as it is. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but, I will. The roof is made from glazed ceramic tiles, but it isn’t until you get up close that you see the tiles. I am not sure what I was expecting but it wasn’t what I saw!
The most famous beach in Australia is located only a short bus journey from Sydney to Bondi Beach. Bondi Beach is a golden sandy beach, popular with tourists and locals alike. When I wasn’t at the Opera House or the Sydney Harbour Bridge, I was at Bondi Beach, soaking up the sun.
LGBTQ+ traveller should try to be in Sydney for their biggest and busiest Pride parade called the Mardi Gras.
This has to be another of my favourite cities to visit in the country, which is why it has made it to our list of the best places to visit in Australia.
I fell in love with the atmosphere, the people are very sociable, the nightlife is great and there’s plenty to do. There’s always something to do in Melbourne, be it visit the Neighbours set, the actual Ramsey Street, although it isn’t called Ramsey Street. It is a private road, with residents living in the properties. By booking the tickets in advance, it’s even possible to meet some of the cast of Neighbours. But this isn’t for everyone.
The Great Ocean Road, is one of the best ways to get out of the city and take the winding roads to the 12 Apostles. To get a different perspective of the 12 Apostles, take a helicopter ride and get a bird’s eye view of the ocean and the landscape.
Melbourne is food heaven, with different cuisines to try daily.
Why would you miss this incredible city from your visit to Australia!
Uluru (Ayres Rock)
Any trip to Australia, has to include Uluru or Ayres Rock as many may refer to it. One of the worlds natural wonders and an important sacred site for the Aboriginals.
The bright red rock is definitely an incredible site to see. Dancing pretty red colours across Uluru as the sun sets, sleeping under the stars, ready for the next morning to watch the bright colours, as the sun rises the next day.
It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
This quiet town of Alice Springs is the central point for visiting Uluru, Kings Canyon and Watarrka National Park, just to name a few.
Rock Wallabies are no stranger to the area, with the young and old holding out their hand to feed these small creatures.
Kakadu National Park
Make the most of the outback, with a trip to Kakadu National Park.
It is one of Australia’s largest national parks, but also offers an insight into Aboriginal history and art. The bright drawings that dance across the rock, that tell ancestral stories from bygone years.
Diverse flora and fauna thrive in Kakadu National Park.
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The Kings Canyon is a large canyon at a height of 100 metres and Kings Creek below.
To walk the rim of the canyon will take a couple of hours, before cooling off in the watering hole below the rim. The views of Watarrka National Park as you walk the canyon are divine, with just red land all around for miles to see.
Some areas of the Kings Canyon are sacred to the Aboriginals, so wandering off the path is not recommended.
The most northern city in the Northern Territory and so quiet. But you don’t want to miss out on an adventure in the red centre without visiting Darwin.
You won’t need to spend much time here, compared to other cities in Australia. But there’s still some things to see and do, before you fly off to another region of the country or to an onward travel adventure into Asia.
Taking a tour in the Northern Territory, is a recommended way to visit Uluru, Alice Springs, Kakadu National Park, Kings Canyon and Darwin. All accommodation, transport, etc., is covered within the tour and it is one of the safest ways to get to see the sights in the Northern Territory.
Tour groups often offer package deals to suit your needs, and are not specific to the Northern Territory, but can offer tours around the city or other areas of the country.
I chose the Northern Territory tour only as this was best suited for my needs and within my budget.
There’re so many more amazing places to visit in Australia, but revisiting these places have brought back so many good memories. I would really love to go back to Australia and visit many of the places I didn’t cover before and of course, take Shams to these incredible places.
Have you visited Australia? What was your highlight? Is there anywhere you visited that we didn’t mention? Or maybe you’re yet visited, but you have somewhere you would love to visit? Let us know, by leaving a comment below.
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