10 Beautiful Places to Visit in Australia You Can Not Miss

Places to Visit in Australia

Australia, this country-continent which attracts many tourists and backpackers year after year with their PVT (working holiday permit) in their pocket, is a huge country, which requires (if possible) a lot of time to see all the wonders! So if you're on the go, or preparing to go "Downunder" let's go for the 10 must-see places in Australia explained by OThingstodo travel experts.!

Obviously, there are so many places, cities and wonders to discover in this great country, that we had to make a choice!

So keep in mind that this selection is not exhaustive and that there are still lots of things to see in the land of kangaroos!

Good to know: Only a valid visa allows you to register for flights to Australia. Applying for an Australian tourist/business visa online is quick and easy. Its price is €14.95 per person.

Here is a list of the best places to visit in Australia

1. The Great Barrier Reef:

Also known as the "wonder of the world", and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral complex on the planet! It extends over 2600 kilometers for an area of ​​344,400 km², has 900 islands and more than 2900 reefs!

From the city of Cairns via the Whitsundays archipelago, whether by plane or cruise, for a day or a week, discover this unique place on Earth!

2. Uluru (Ayers Rock), the heart of Australia:

A huge desert, a road, a rock and... millions of flies! Welcome to Uluru!

This immense rock formation, located in the centre of Australia, fascinates as much as it intrigues. Indeed, Uluru National Park will take you on the trail of Aboriginal culture, its origins, and why this place is sacred to this community ( Please do not climb on this rock, it is sacred to Aboriginal people... so don't miss any respect to the oldest culture in the world).

Simply admire the sunrise/sunset, which depending on the hours transforms the colour of the rock into different shades of red, orange, and yellow.

Around Uluru, you have plenty of other things to see (Olga's rock formations 50km to the north) and Kings Canyon, including a 3-hour walk that will not leave you indifferent.

As for our friends the flies, plan for the famous “Bushman” product that you will find everywhere in Australia!

3. Kakadu et Litchfield National Park :

In the very north of Australia, there are 2 national parks which make you dream both by their size and by the things to discover there!

The first is the Kakadu National Park which is at least the size of France! So as much to say that to see everything, you have to be patient! A 4×4 is preferable to visit this park and its sublime Jim Jim Falls (the highest in Australia) because the “roads” are more like off-road.

The Litchfield National Park is smaller but concentrates giant termite mounds and beautiful natural water basins! It is easy to spend a whole day in this park and wander from waterfall to waterfall.

The small advantage here is the park has very good roads and can be visited by classic car... so you don't have to rent a 4×4 like for Kakadu National Park.

4. Sydney :

Melbourne, Perth, Darwin… Big cities in Australia, that's not what's missing, but clearly, you can't miss Sydney!

Its Harbor Bridge, it's Opera and its sublime Botanic Garden nearby. Like most big cities, you'll have to walk the streets of Australia's largest city, but the rewards are great.

If you are into bars/restaurants, then the Darling Harbor district is for you! In the centre of the city, this place brings together the best restaurants, bars in the city with a sublime view of the Sydney Marina.

Are you more into beaches and tanning? The beaches of Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will delight you with their beauty and their accessibility from the centre of Sydney.

Do you prefer nature and landscapes? 3 hours from Sydney, the Blues Mountains National Park will amaze you! With its Three Sisters, its immense forest, and various means of transport through the park (train, cable car, etc.), everything is done for visitors.

5. Magnetic Island:

Another island you absolutely must visit: Magnetic Island! The island located in front of Townsville is home to many koalas, kangaroos and rock wallabies, it is the ideal place to observe them in the wild. It is also a somewhat wild island in places, a little paradise for the eyes and for hikers!

To organize your weekend in Magnetic Island, check our article: Magnetic Island: 3 days on the island of koalas

6. Daintree Forest :

Are you looking for total disconnection and wide-open areas?

This place, which can only be accessed by crossing the Daintree River, has no internet connection. We are here to visit the great tropical forest, one of the oldest in the world and nothing else!

Cruise on the Daintree River to meet crocodiles, enjoy an ice cream or a local tea, stroll along the long tropical beaches of Cape Tribulation and hike in the heart of the forest.

7. Port Douglas and Mission Beach :

Speaking of long, beautiful beaches, head very close to Daintree National Park at Mission Beach to discover one of the most beautiful! It is at Mission Beach that backpackers meet, guaranteed atmosphere!

Another very nice little town: Port Douglas! Our favourite is in northwestern Australia, we could have lived there for a few months!

Beautiful hikes, a pretty village with many shops, a huge beach, a sunrise AND a sunset... In short, it has everything to be perfect!

8. Brisbane:

We stop in Brisbane for another pretty city, much bigger than Port Douglas!

Building as far as the eye can see mixed with a tropical atmosphere, it gives Brisbane! We loved the quays, the cosy little cafes, the typical Australian markets.

9. Byron Bay & Gold Coast:

It is in Byron Bay that we find the most the mythical surf & baba cool atmosphere of Australia.

Bars, cafes and shops within the village, surf lessons in the Pacific Ocean, wonderful hikes outside.

Another place that we would have liked to visit longer, but day parking is very expensive, as are the surrounding campsites.

The Gold Coast is one of the places where backpackers meet. Its specificity? Huge buildings bordering a beach of surfers. Impressive!

10. Blue Mountains:

Take to the great outdoors, head for the Blue Mountains. About an hour's drive from Sydney is one of the most beautiful national parks, known for its blue atmosphere.

Indeed, the eucalyptus gives off blue vapours, hence this colour when observing the national park.

There are many things to visit in the Blue Mountains: marked hikes in the rainforest (Kings Table Aboriginal Site, Wentworth Falls, Gran Canyon walking track…), Echo Point (which also allows you to observe the Three Sisters), the village of Katoomba.

We advise you to have a coffee at The Church Glenbrook, an old church transformed into a cosy and trendy café. Or, an Australian advised us to visit the Hydro Majestic Hotel. Very atypical!

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