Top 20 Places to visit in Australia

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Introduction

Australia is an extremely diverse country, with some of the oldest indigenous people in the world, the most picturesque landscapes, and a reputation for being deadly. Australia is such an awesome country, so it's no wonder that it is filled with amazing holiday destinations. In this blog I will rank the top 20 in my opinion (which is obviously a hard task for me). So let's get into it then...

Note: I haven't been to all of these places so they may not be completely accurate.

20: Perth - WA

Perth is the capital and largest city in the state of Western Australia. It's a beautiful city of about 2 million people (urban area) and it is worth the visit. It is the most isolated major city in the world, but is still a great destination. I haven't spent much time there though, so I can't say much more from personal experience.

The Perth skyline from the wharf

19: Hobart - TAS

Hobart is the capital and biggest city of the island state of Tasmania. It is a beautiful city known for its famous Salamanca Markets, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day, and the great views that can be seen from Mount Wellington. It is the second-driest capital in Australia and the best time to visit is in November - February when temperatures can reach above 30 degrees Celsius. In the Winter though, Hobart can reach cold days of less than 15 degrees, with snow frequently falling on Mount Wellington.

Hobart from the foothills of Mount Wellington

18: Snowy Mountains (Australian Alps) - NSW

Speaking of snow, the Snowy Mountains (aka the Australian Alps) are a beautiful place to visit. The mountains include Mount Kosciuszko - Australia's highest peak. The mountains are found in southern New South Wales in between the ACT and Victoria.

Panorama of the Kosciuszko landscape

17: Canberra - ACT

The national capital (no it's not Sydney), Canberra is a unique and beautiful city. With a current population of around 400,000, Canberra was originally built as a compromise for the argument of whether Sydney or Melbourne should be the capital. Canberra was built in between these two cities and is now the national capital and home to the Australian parliament and international embassies.

The Australian War Memorial in Canberra

16: Fraser Island - QLD

Fraser Island, on the Queensland Coast, is the largest sand island in the world (1,655km2). It is known for its stunning coastline, turquoise oceans and white sands, and of course its dingo's.

A dingo on the Fraser Island coast

15: Kangaroo Island - SA

Another island, this time in South Australia, is a famous getaway known for its honey, beaches, and wildlife (namely seals, penguins, koalas and obviously kangaroos). Its capital is Kingscote - the oldest European settlement in Australia.

Seals on Kangaroo Island

14: Freycinet National Park - TAS

The Freycinet National park is a small peninsula that juts out of Tassie's East Coast. However, this small peninsula packs a huge punch for tourists and locals alike. Famous for its beaches and bushwalks, Freycinet's Wineglass Bay is sometimes included in the top 10 beaches in the world!

Wineglass Bay

13: Broome and the Kimberly - WA

The Kimberly region in north-west Australia is a large land mass that includes the typical scenes of Australia's 'bush' along with some amazingly beautiful and unique landscapes. Broome - a small city of 10,000 people - is a popular place to stay whilst visiting the area.

The Bungle Bungles - near the Kimberly

12: The Outback - QLD, SA, WS, NT, NSW

The Australian Outback is the huge arid area of desert that Australia is often known for. Also called the 'Red Centre' because of its red desert sand, the Outback is a great place to warm up of the day, and cool down in the night, see red kangaroos and emus and come face to face with a deadly snake. It also has the best views of the stars on the planet!

The huge expanse of desert in the centre of Australia is an awesome place to make you feel very small - maybe go in the winter though... 

11: Kakadu - NT

Kakadu, near the city of Darwin, is a large National Park, teaming with tropical wildlife, and amazingly vast and wonderful landscapes. It is famous for its waterways, full of water birds and..... salties (best not to go for a swim).

The typical landscape and waterfalls of Kakadu

10: Blue Mountains - NSW

The first entry in the top 10 is the Blue Mountains. The mountains are a stunning and very popular attraction just a stone throw from Sydney. There are many activities to undertake in the mountains and a popular scene are the famous Three Sisters.

The Three Sisters with the Blue Mountains in the background

9: Cradle Mountain - TAS

Another mountain and another Tasmanian entry - Cradle Mountain is a stunning place for all. The National Park extends down to Lake St Clair (Australia's deepest lake) and is part of the Tasmanian UNESCO world heritage area. The 'Western Wilderness' is sprinkled in mountains and covered in the 'bush' which is teeming with the wildlife Australia is famous for (Kangaroos, wallabies, platypuses, echidnas, wombats etc.). The Overland Track is a seven-day trek through the mountains and one of the top 5 bushwalks in the world. The Mountain itself gets its name from the cradle-like shape that has formed in the centre of the mountain.

Cradle Mountain from the iconic Boat Shed - one of the places to experience some Aussie snow!

8: Uluru and the Olgas - NT

One of Australia's most famous landmarks is Uluru or Ayres Rock - the random rock that appears out of 400km of flat desert. The Olgas (Mount Olga/Kata Tjuta) is another random rock, not too far from Uluru, but commonly overlooked. Recently however, Uluru has been shut for climbers and given back to the native Aboriginal people, to which it is a sacred sight.

The famous Wonder of the World - Uluru (Ayers Rock)

7: Sunshine Coast - QLD

If you were wondering what on earth happened to Queensland then stay tuned until the end! The Sunshine Coast is an awesome place of jaw-dropping coastline, great cities and a beautiful hinterland. It is also home to the world-famous Australia Zoo where the late and great Steve Irwin used to work and wrestle crocs. Just north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is an extraordinary place to visit.

Noosa River on the Sunshine Coast

6: The Great Ocean Road - VIC

The Great Ocean Road not too far west of Melbourne stretches from the surfing city of Torquay to the whale-watching city of Warrnambool (one of the most beautiful cities in Oz imo). The road follows the wild coastline of southern Victoria through Lorne, Apollo Bay, the Otways, and Port Campbell. The Great Ocean Road can be done in a day, but is best experienced over a week. It is most famous for its rock formations including the London Bridge, the Grotto, Lord Arch Gorge and especially the 12 Apostles (not the Biblical ones).

The iconic 12 Apostles off Victoria's rugged coast

5: Melbourne - VIC

The City of Melbourne is an awesome city where many begin their Oz-trip. It is famous for many things especially its food and sport. The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG or simply the 'G') is a huge world famous stadium with a capacity of 100,000 and it holds famous sports events like the Boxing Day Test, the Ashes and the AFL Grand Final. Melbourne is also a great place to live, voted the most liveable city in the world for 7 years in a row!

The beautiful city of Melbourne

4: Sydney Harbour - NSW

Perhaps the place that most people think of when they hear the word Australia, the world-famous Sydney Harbour is even more stunning in real life than it is in all those pictures. Famous for its Bridge and Opera House, it is home to the cities' waterfront and the theme park called Luna Park (another one is found in Melbourne). The Sydney Harbour Bridge also holds the New Years fireworks which are watched by millions worldwide every new year.

The world-famous Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge

3: The Tropical North - QLD

Tropical North Queensland is home to many big things - the Daintree Rainforest, the Cape York Peninsula, and the Great Barrier Reef (I didn't do the reef separately so that Perth didn't have to miss out). The north is obviously home to the northernmost point of the Australian continent or mainland as well, and above that, the Torres Strait Islands stretch up to almost meet Papua New Guinea.

North Queensland's rainforest

2: Gold Coast - QLD

The Gold Coast is a large urban area (700,000 people) along some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. The famous suburb of Surfers Paradise tells it plainly in its name. The surfers city is home to Australia's 4 largest theme parks and nearby is the amazing Lamington National Park.

Gold Coast skyline

1: The Whitsundays - QLD

The Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland is the definition of a tropical seaside paradise. The archipelago is home to hundreds of islands, full of 5-star resorts and awesome activities. Probably most famous for Whitehaven Beach - the second best beach on the planet!

Whitehaven Beach

Conclusion

Anyway, I hope you liked my blog, and I hope that you will come and visit the Great Southern Land sometime! Have you been before (not that that's an excuse not to return) and do you have a different list. I'd be happy to hear considering I haven't been everywhere. One warning though - if your favourite country is something else and you want it to stay that way, maybe you shouldn't come :)

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Level 58
Jun 7, 2021
Which inclusion do you most want to visit?

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Level 60
Jun 6, 2021
Nice blog! Great to see Tassie making its mark on the big stage!
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Level 58
Jun 6, 2021
Yeah, it was inevitable that it had a few appearances at the least!
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Level 54
Jun 7, 2021
Seals in kangaroo islands, lol
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Level 58
Jun 7, 2021
Yeah, haha!
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Level 38
Jun 7, 2021
Australia is on the other side of where I am
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Level 58
Jun 7, 2021
Well if you save up some dosh, you can make it someday (after the coronavirus of course)
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Level 39
Jun 7, 2021
So you are swimming in the Atlantic Ocean lol

Coordinates: 24.776109, -45.245000 (24° 46' 34" N, 45° 14' 42" W)

This is the antipode of Australia lol

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Level 38
Jun 7, 2021
i live in the UK
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Level 38
Jun 7, 2021
I've already planned both holidays in Palma De Mallorca, Mallorca and Play Den Bossa, Ibiza
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Level 58
Jun 7, 2021
Well I've planned to travel the world, but Europe would be an idea for a start. Maybe i could visit the UK, and you could visit Oz?
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Level 39
Jun 7, 2021
Great blog Geopro!
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Level 58
Jun 7, 2021
Thanks Afghab!
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Level 37
Jun 7, 2021
Very nice! At Sydney Harbour, you wrote “world Australia” instead of “word Australia”
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Level 58
Jun 7, 2021
Ok, thanks MG! I'll fix that.
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Level 58
Jun 7, 2021
Fixed!
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Level 58
Jun 7, 2021
Will there be a version of this for Brazil presenting itself soon?
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Level 37
Jun 8, 2021
It wasn’t on my plans, but let’s see lol
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Level 58
Jun 8, 2021
Lol
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Level 57
Jun 7, 2021
Seals be like "Imma protest for a Seal Island on Kangaroo Island! #SealLivesMatter"
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Level 58
Jun 7, 2021
Haha, lol!
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Level 65
Jun 7, 2021
I have always wanted to go to Sydney.
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Level 58
Jun 7, 2021
Sydney is an extraordinary city, although I've only been there a few times. I've spent more time in Melbourne which is also amazing.

(Btw I recommend that you come Down Under)!

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Level 65
Jun 8, 2021
yeah I would like to someday the only countries I want to go to more than Australia are Italy, Brazil, and Egypt.
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Level 58
Jun 8, 2021
Cant say they're bad choices at all. I am looking forward to going to Italy as well!
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Level 54
Jun 7, 2021
Very cool!
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Level 58
Jun 7, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 56
Jun 7, 2021
Amazing blog!

Great to see that good old Queensland holds the top three places!:D

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Level 58
Jun 8, 2021
Only because of its size! Tassie has the most by area and population though (I think) 😃
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Level 39
Jun 8, 2021
Congratulations! This blog has been included in Blog Games!
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Level 58
Jun 8, 2021
Awesome! But what does that even mean?
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Level 58
Sep 9, 2021
Ok, I see