10 of the Most Iconic Places to Visit in Australia



Is it a country or a continent? Actually, it’s both. Australia is the only land mass to have that distinction. Being the largest island country makes it difficult to cover in a single vacation but using this guide of the 10 best places to visit in Australia should help with the confusion.


1. Melbourne

Being the second most populated city in Australia doesn’t seem to have done Melbourne any harm. It is widely known as the cultural capital of the country.

If you want to visit a city in Australia with a friendly vibe, great food, great people Melbourne is just the place for you.


2. Cairns

A more relaxed environment where you take a step closer to nature. You must visit Cairns if you are interested in diving at the Great Barrier Reef.

Cairns is also particularly known for its many adventure activities. Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Zip Linking, Bungee Jumping, whitewater rafting and many more.


3. Uluru-Kata National Park

You absolutely cannot leave Australia without visiting one of its most iconic natural wonders. Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock. Join hundreds of visitors who come to watch the rock change shades as the sun sets.

The best way to tour the Uluru-Kata National Park is with the help of some indigenous Aboriginal guides.


4. Blue Mountains National Park

Located about a 100 kilometers from Sydney, the Blue Mountain National Park is another UNESCO World Heritage site in Australia. The mountains turn blue due to the sunlight reflecting off vapors emitted by the eucalyptus trees that dominate the forest.

There are several hiking options of different difficulty levels you can try. A great day trip from Sydney and worth every minute spent there.


5. Great Ocean Road

A patch of ocean view road that stretches for more than 300 kilometers. Sign me up! The great ocean road provides one of the most picturesque drives on the planet.

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You can opt for a helicopter ride along the coast to view the 12 apostles or enjoy a picnic in the Port Campbell National Park along the way. One road trip you cannot afford to miss.


6. Byron Bay

In Australia, with the space they have, it is easy to find a secluded corner of the earth for yourself. However, if you want to find real solitude head to Byron Bay.

Often dubbed the most beautiful place on Earth, Byron Bay offers you plenty of adventure with absolute alone time.


7. Adelaide

If the quiet life is not your thing, maybe the city life of Adelaide can spice things up for you. The bustling food scene, accompanied by the culture of drama, art, music and good wine are what make Adelaide one of the top 10 places to visit in Australia.


8. Perth

The city of the young ones. Perth is not really connected to the other large metropolitan areas of Australia and has matured into a city of its own. With a popular youth scene, Perth makes you feel welcome on the hot sunny days.


9. Darwin

If you want to see how resilience can build a great city you only have to visit Darwin. Located on the coastline of the Northern Territory, Darwin was absolutely devastated during World War II.

However, people don’t know how to give up and Darwin is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia.


10. Sydney

Even though it is one of the oldest cities in Australia it has a youthful exuberance to it. The scenic harbor with the Sydney Opera house is one of the most iconic sights in Australia. Along the coast of Sydney was where one of the first settlements was established in Australia and you can see why.

Sydney also has a popular night and food scene.


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