No matter the distance of the travel, Australia has always been a focal point on most traveler’s bucket lists. Secluded from most countries around the world, Australia’s unique geography, wildlife, and lifestyles seem the closest to bliss. Calling it special isn’t just a platitude. Much of what Australia has to offer can’t be experienced anywhere else on Earth. For instance, only in Australia will you find the world’s oldest cultures, the most diverse coral reef ecosystem on the earth, the largest sand island, and the last surviving remains of the Gondwana rain forests. And these are just a few of the many reasons to visit this magical country.
On our last trip to Australia, we experienced the true amalgamation of natural beauty and man-made wonders. With so much to explore, it took us a couple of months to prepare the list and a month’s time to cover the most unique spots in Australia. However, the country is large with not a lot of transportation options outside the costs and can also be very expensive.
So, if you are planning to visit Australia with family or friends, you should refer to the Australia Travel Guide we have prepared for you.
Places to visit in Australia
1New South Wales
New South Wales, one of the top tourist attractions for anyone who visit Australia, sits along the East Coast of Australia. This is one of the most beautiful locations in the whole of Australia.
Popularly known for having the grand city of Sydney at its heart, this coastal state is also known for its quiet beach towns along the Central Coast and the dramatic landscapes of the Blue Mountain National park.
Top Attractions: Sydney, Blue Mountain National Park, Lord Howe Island, Port Stephens, and Byron Bay
Just sitting above New South Wales on the East Coast is the beautiful Queensland. It has every traveler’s research put into one location. From the world’s biggest coral reef ecosystem to the magical Gold Coast. From the Daintree Rainforest to the largest sand island in the world, Queensland has it all covered.
Being the most picture friendly location of Australia, Queensland boasts so many beautiful destinations that one visit never suffices.
Top Attractions: Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Fraser Island, Whitsundays, Gold Coast, and Cairns
Sitting at the south east corner of Australia, Victoria is regarded by many as the best state to travel in Australia. Nowhere else in the country would you be able to better see the influences of culture and lifestyle in the local flavour than in Melbourne. This city is also regularly voted the world’s best to live in by its residents.
Victoria gives you the opportunity to experience the exquisite road trip to see the Twelve Apostles, the bustling city of Melbourne, and to jaw-dropping natural landscapes of Phillip Island.
Top Attractions: The Twelve Apostles, Melbourne, Kangaroo Island, Lake Gairdner, Phillip Island, Wilpena Pound, and Barossa Valley.
The Northern Territory of Australia, known for its striking landscapes, has the most extensive National Parks any other state of Australia has to offer.
This state of Australia is delightfully unique and offers a refreshing alternative that takes you off the beaten path with some rarely discovered places by tourists including Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Kakadu National Park and the Kings Canyon.
No wonder, Australia’s Northern Territory is fast becoming a tourist hotspot
Top Attractions: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park, and Kings Canyon.
A well cherished hidden gem of Australia, comprising of nearly half of the Australian continent by area, but so unpopulated by humans. Tough Perth gives it a city life, Western Australia is untouched by human habitation, which gives it a wild and natural appeal.
If you are a nature lover, you will relish your stay with thriving wilderness experiences in Karijini National Park, Hamelin Bay and Ningaloo Reef.
Top Attractions: Perth, Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, Pinnacles, Cable Beach, Lake Hiller, Bungle Bungles, Lucky Bay, and Kimberley.
Hey, remember the little Tasmanian Devil from the Looney Toons cartoons? Australia’s smallest and remotest state of Tasmania is also the most exotic destination of them all.
An archipelago of 300+ islands, the tiny state of Tassie has a staggering mixture of landscapes. If you’re dreaming of a remote destination filled with a historical charm along with pristine beaches, unique wildlife, and jaw-dropping mountains, then Tasmania should be on your list.
Top Attractions: Wine Glass Bay, Maria Island, Bay of Fires, Cradle Mountain National Park, Satellite Island, The Hazards, West Coast Wilderness Railway, Table Cape Tulip Farms, and Grindelwald.
When to visit Australia?
There is a lot to see and experience in Australia that even a month will fall short. But for a well-planned trip, an itinerary of 14-18 days will be ideal.
Australia has predominantly 4 main seasons-Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring. You can visit Australia during any of these seasons. But, if you really want a comfortable trip, you can plan your journey anytime between September to November and March to May when the climate is apt for a good day at the beach.
How much does it cost to visit Australia?
Whether you are a luxury traveler or a backpacker, cost will definitely be on your mind when it comes to Australia. In our long well-planned trip to Australia, we tried to live the best of both worlds.
Based on the choice of accommodation, transportation, and activities one would like to do, we have:
Backpackers, who prefer staying in economic hostels or camping under the stars. Cooking is usually most of their meals. Or sometimes eating local street food. Commute is mostly local transportation. On this budget you could stick to mostly free activities, or admission fees for museums/sites.
Budget Travelers, who usually prefer staying in affordable hotels or the occasional 4-star accommodations. Eating out means having meals at restaurants or local joints. The travelers enjoy intercity public transport, and local walking tours.
Luxury Travelers, who prefer staying in the magnificent 5-star or luxury hotel chains. Eating out means wine and fine-dining way. And experiencing the culture is through private guided tours. These travelers like zipping across the city in private taxis or rented cars.
|Backpacker||USD 15-25||USD 15||USD 15||USD 20||Around USD 70|
|Budget Traveler||USD 30-40||USD 30||USD 25||USD 40||Around USD 120|
|Luxury Traveler||USD 60-80||USD 50||USD 40||USD 75||Around USD 220|
If you think we missed some really interesting places or a few details about the places we mentioned, let us know! Do comment below; we’d love to hear of some of your recommended places in Australia which are worth travelling when we visit there again.