With its picturesque coastline, distinctive terrain and sprawling cities, Australia is a beautifully diverse country. Whether you want to explore naturally beautiful landscapes or see the sights in more urban areas, the sheer vastness of Australia means it can be difficult to narrow down a list of destinations. To make it a little easier, read on to discover five places you must visit in Australia.
Sydney’s famous landmarks and picture-perfect harbour make it one of Australia’s must-see destinations. There are just so many things to see and do in Sydney: popular activities for visitors include scaling the famous Harbour Bridge, surfing at Bondi Beach and exploring the history of Australia’s first settlers. Some of the finest restaurants in Australia can be found in Sydney. As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire country, there’s a wide variety of accommodation available to visitors.
Despite the fact that the majority of Australia’s population lives on the coast, some of the country’s greatest destinations can be found in its harsh, dry interior. As an iconic representation of the Australian outback, Uluru should be on every traveller’s list of places to visit. An enormous sandstone monolith, Uluru stands at 350-metres tall and is located a few hours drive from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Uluru holds great cultural significance to the local indigenous people, and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3. Lord Howe Island
Situated approximately 600km off the Australian mainland, Lord Howe Island is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Australia. It is covered in lush, green rainforest, with pristine beaches and sand dunes. Technically, a part of New South Wales, the island is home to a small and friendly community of people who are known for their laidback and welcoming nature. For visitors wanting to stay on the Island, family-owned business Pinetrees Lodge can provide comfortable accommodation in a stunning beachfront location. With snorkelling, bus tours, boat cruises and hiking on offer, Lord Howe Island has something for everyone.
4. Far North Queensland
As the the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, Far North Queensland is a must for adventurous visitors. As the northernmost point of Queensland, the region is known for its warm tropical climate and local wildlife, including crocodiles and jellyfish. With a population of around 140,000 people, Cairns is by far the largest city in Far North Queensland. Famous for its thriving tourist industry, Cairns offers plenty of bars, restaurants and accommodation for travellers to choose from.
5. The Barossa Valley
Situated 60km northeast of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is renowned as one of Australia’s finest wine producing regions. With its picturesque rolling hills and charming vineyards, this small pocket of tranquillity is extremely popular with visitors. The manufacturing of wine is the Barossa Valley’s main industry, employing thousands of people and producing some of Australia’s most famous labels. In addition to its reputation as a wine region, the Barossa Valley is also known for its high quality food, much of which is produced locally.
Which parts of Australia would you most like to see? Perhaps you’d rather explore the rich and artistic culture of Melbourne, or swim in the pristine waters of Western Australia’s beaches. Share your favourite destinations in the comments below.