What do you think of when you hear the word Australia? Kangaroos, beaches, and ‘g’day mate’? Well yes, Australia does have its fair share of ‘roos, but the land Down Under offers SO much more than that! We’re talking awe-inspiring mountains, epic road trips, enormous national parks, beautiful waterfalls…the list really is endless. We’ve rounded up some top Aussie travel bloggers who have given us their tips about the best places to visit in Australia – and you can be certain that whatever you’re looking for in your trip, Australia can offer it and more. Keep reading for 24 of the best places to visit in Australia!
New South Wales
Best places to visit in New South Wales
1. Blue Mountains
If you’re looking for a dose of nature, the Blue Mountains are for you. Only 1.5 hours from the hustle and bustle of Sydney, it can be visited as a day trip or a weekend getaway, depending on your travel time frame. Make sure you have time to visit Wentworth Falls. This spot offers walks of varying difficulty with stunning views of the waterfall, and it’s just a short drive from the main event – The Three Sisters. These famous rock formations are the highlight of this picturesque postcard area.
If you head to Echo Point you can get an epic view of them, or hop on Scenic World’s gondola. While you’re there, don’t miss the Scenic Railway – the steepest passenger railway in the world! Last but not least, Lincoln’s Rock is a must. With views of the vast landscape and a secret little cave perfect for watching the sunset, it’s the best end to the day.
Bathurst is one of my favourite spots in Australia for so many reasons. One of them is that my cousins have farms out there. They let me stay whenever I pass through and bring me to cattle markets, which is a real novelty to me having grown up in the city. The other reason I love Bathurst is because it is often overlooked by tourists, despite having so much to offer. It’s the oldest inland city in Australia and is the site of the original Australian gold rush.
Visit the T-Rex at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, take a spin around the famous Mount Panorama Circuit. Or simply grab a cup of coffee from Campos, take a stroll through Machattie Park and check out the commemorative plaque from Charles Darwin’s visit in 1836. For a unique day trip in the Bathurst region check out the gold rush town of Sofala (it feels like a ghost town and has a GREAT book shop), or head to the Jenolan caves for some natural beauty, limestone-style!
Sydney is the largest city in Australia – filled with beautiful beaches, fun activities and good food. One of the best ways to view the beauty of Sydney is by taking a relaxing stroll. An amazing beach walk, and one of the best, is from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach. It offers gorgeous views of the area’s famous rocky beaches, thin beaches and sandy beaches. Another popular walk is along the Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway. Both walks are free and are a great way to enjoy Sydney.
We love getting up high and seeing cities from above. The perfect way to do this in Sydney is by doing the Skywalk at Sydney Tower. At 268 metres high, it’s guaranteed to get your heart pumping. You’re harnessed in though so it’s not (too) scary! And finally, a must do of Sydney is to eat your heart out. Try a deep fried Golden Gaytime ice cream from What The Fudge Cafe, you won’t regret it!
4. Byron Bay
Byron is one of Australia’s top tourist destinations but if you’re willing to put in a little work you can still find some more well hidden gems just out the back in the hinterland mountains. From countless waterfalls and swimming holes to incredible mountains and bush walks this small region hide so much beauty. I would suggest starting with a hike to the bottom of Minyon Falls for a swim, a hike to the top of Mt Warning for an incredible sunrise, another swim at Killin Falls and then a hike to the Natural Arch. These are just some of the most accessible but there is so much more if you’re willing to explore.
Best places to visit in Victoria
Melbourne has secured its spot of the most liveable city in the world the seventh time in a row. Most days see a varied weather – hail, sunshine, rain, wind – but that doesn’t impede the livelihood of Melbourne. Any given day you can find an event, an exhibit, a music gig, or a show to relish. You get access to free trams within the city circle to wander across without outlaying a buck on transportation. Melbourne is a multicultural metropolitan with copious restaurants serving slavering foods and cafes for your caffeine fix – Melbourne’s coffee is some of the best in the world. (hostelworld.com)