Happy Straya Day mates!!
I moved to this beautiful Australia 8 years ago from Canada and it has been incredible to experience! There is so much beauty around Australia. In honour of Australia Day I’m highlighting my top 10 travel destinations in Australia.
In Sydney you’ll find most of the iconic locations you think of when you first think of Australia including the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach. Some other must see places in Sydney include Bronte Beach, Manly Beach, Bondi Icebergs, Watsons Bay and Darling Harbour.
You’ll find this incredible blue beach with adorable kangaroos hopping around in South Western Australia near Esperance in Cape Le Grand National Park. You’ll find so many incredible beaches scattered along this coastline, Lucky Bay being the most famous one due to the kangaroos on the beach. Some other beaches to check out in the area include Thistle Cove, Hellfire Bay and Blue Haven Beach. Check out my Esperance Ultimate Travel Guide for more info.
Tasmania has to be one of my favourite states to travel in Australia. This small island state is located at the south eastern corner of Australia. It’s easily accessible from a quick flight from Melbourne, Sydney or Adelaide or even via ferry from Melbourne. When you’re there grab a car and do some exploring. Some must see places in Tasmania are Bay of Fires, Wineglass Bay, Cradle Mountain, and Mount Wellington.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD
Known as the world’s most scenic drive, the Great Ocean road starts just over an hour outside of Melbourne and continues along the coastline passing though small surfing towns and along a beautiful limestone coast. Some must sees along the Great Ocean Road include the 12 Apsotles, Loch Ard Gorge, Gibson Steps, Lorne, and Apollo Bay. Grab a car from Melbourne and spend at least a couple days exploring this stunning coastline. Read more about it in my Great Ocean Road Travel Guide.
In the far north of Australia is Kakadu National Park. You may have seen scenes from here in the Crocodile Dundee movies. Some must see places in Kakadu include Gunlom Falls, Maguk Gorge, & Nourlangie Rock.
Australian destinations don’t get much more iconic than Uluru. Located in the Red Centre of Australia you’ll find this lone standing monolith also known as Ayers Rock. While you’re here make sure you view Uluru at both sunrise and sunset, and do a base walk around the rock. Not far away you’ll also find the lesser know, yet equally impressive Kata Tjuta. Find a complete guide to Uluru here.
Whitehaven Beach has been voted Australia’s most beautiful beach many times. Located in the Whitsundays, the best way to see this beach is by taking a cruise out of Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island. Hike up to the top of Hill Inlet for this incredible view of the wavy sand over Whitehaven Beach.
Margaret River is the infamous wine region of Western Australia. You’ll not only find some incredible wines here but also some amazing beaches. While you there check out Dunsborough, Eagle Bay, and the Indijup Natural Spa (pictured).
Located just 30 minutes south of Adelaide you’ll find the Fleurieu Peninsula scattered with some beautiful beaches. Some must see beaches along here are Maslin Beach, Port Willunga Beach, and Rapid Bay. Also be sure to stop by McLaren Vale wine region, my favourite wineries here are Leconfield and D’Arenberg.
Rottnest Island is a small island located of the coast of Perth. It easily accessibly by a short 1 hour ferry ride from Fremantle. On Rottnest Island grab a bike and explore the island. Here you’ll find what is know as the world’s happiest animal – the Quokka – make sure you get a selfie with one of these guys. Also be sure to check out the lighthouse, Salmon Bay and the Basin. When you’re done riding your bike around for the day, grab a ginger beer at Hotel Rottnest and enjoy it in their beer garden.