Australia is a vast country with no shortage of incredible destinations and experiences. Our eight states and territories stretch across an entire continent, so exploring them all in one trip isn’t always possible.
Find out what destinations should be high on your bucket list with our list of iconic places you simply can’t miss.
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Cairns and Great Barrier Reef
In the tropical north of Australia, the rainforest meets the sea and two World Heritage sites unite the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest. Imagine lush jungles tumbling to the edge of secluded white beaches, the soft sand disappearing into world-class dive sites, and curious clownfish looking back at you from the colourful coral.
Australia’s largest city is one of the world’s prettiest. Much of its allure revolves around the harbour, a dramatic expanse that creates a sanctuary for some of the country’s best beaches. This is the Sydney you see on postcards, with the immense Harbour Bridge and shell-like fans of the Opera House skirting the emerald waters. More sandy stretches await along the coast, from Coogee to Bondi, attracting surfers and sun-worshippers alike.
If the Gold Coast enjoys a sparkling reputation, it's because there are 300 days of sunshine here every year. This golden city unites the things that make this country great: beautiful beaches, a blissful tropical climate, world-class restaurants and bars, and easy access to tangles of rainforest – you can be surfing one minute, then trekking half an hour later. The ‘Goldie’ is also home to a parade of theme parks and attractions, promising endless days of action and adventure for the whole family.
Located on the island state of Tasmania, Hobart is the perfect place to pause, reconnect and take a breath of some of the freshest air in the world. Visitors can get a taste of the things that make Australia great, from fine dining and cultural attractions to stunning natural beauty. There's an endless parade of outdoor activities within reach of the city: epic alpine mountaineering, ocean kayaks and World Heritage-listed hikes. After a breathtaking adventure, reward yourself with the tastes of Tasmania at Hobart’s best restaurants or enjoy some locally brewed beverages at the irresistible bar offerings.
This southern metropolis captures everything Aussies love most in this world – leisure, sport, art, music and coffee (just to name a few). In Melbourne, you can find eye-popping street art and a plethora of en-vogue restaurants and bars. From hidden speakeasies to rooftop bars where you can sip a cocktail and watch the sunset, Melbourne is a trailblazer in the food and wine stakes. Once you've wined and dined, you can’t miss a road trip along the Great Ocean Road. Just a few hours from Melbourne, wild koalas, impressive rock formations and endless coastlines await.
Perth and Margaret River
Australia’s western capital is the gateway to some of the state’s most epic adventures – not least those involving food and wine. It’s a three-hour drive from Perth to the Margaret River region, one of the few places in the world where wine grows within metres of the beach. The vineyards here are known for their myriad of craft breweries, acclaimed restaurants, luxury hotels, spectacular forests and plenty to keep the kids entertained – not to mention one of Australia’s top celebrations of food and wine, the Western Australia Gourmet Escape hosted every November.