1. 24 Best Places To Visit In Australia
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!
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.
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2. Top 25 Ways to Save on Australia Travel
Traveling to Australia is a pricey proposition—the airfare alone could bust your budget, and the sheer length of the flight encourages most visitors to stretch their visit for well over a week (it’ll take you that long just to get over the jet lag!). So how can you afford a two-week or longer journey to the Land Down Under?
It may not be as difficult as you think. We’ve put together 25 ways to help you save money on every aspect of your trip to Australia, including info on cheap eats, discount cards, fun freebies and more.
1. Do your homework. One of the biggest expenses of any Australia trip is the airfare to get there. As you hunt for bargains, don’t forget about Virgin Australia, which began service between the U.S. and Australia a few years ago and in a recent search beat all other roundtrip Los Angeles/Sydney prices.
2. Time your visit. Airfare is typically most expensive between December and February, which is summer in Australia and the most popular time to visit places like Sydney and Melbourne. You’ll likely find lower fares during the shoulder seasons: spring and fall.
3. Consider an air pass. Qantas offers a Walkabout Air Pass that includes roundtrip airfare to Australia as well as several domestic flights within the country. Prices are based on season and how far you plan to fly within Australia. For more options (including passes that are also valid in New Zealand and the South Pacific), see our story on Air Passes.
4. Keep your focus. Australia is enormous—nearly the size of the continental U.S. You wouldn’t try to see the entire U.S. in two weeks, so don’t attempt to do it in Australia either. If you have limited time for your trip, fix your sights on one or two regions and explore them thoroughly—you’ll have a more relaxing experience, and save both time and money on transportation.
5. Consider a cruise. If you’re looking to see a variety of destinations without having to unpack more than once, a cruise is a cost-efficient and convenient option. We’ve seen Australia cruises that cost less than $100 per person, per night; these rates include accommodations, meals, entertainment and transportation from each port to the next. Royal Caribbean, Princess and P&O Cruises Australia are just a few of the lines you could consider.
6. Look for freebies. Australia has a wealth of museums and attractions that don’t charge admission fees—like Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens.
7. Buy a discount card. You can purchase an iVenture Card for popular tourist destinations like Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmania. The cards include free entry to many area attractions, as well as special offers and discounts, for a single price. These cards may save you money if you’re doing a lot of sightseeing in a short period of time.
8. Lock in your rate. International exchange rates are constantly fluctuating, and they’re not always in your favor. The best way to control costs and stick to your budget is to prepay for your hotels, airfare and tour packages in advance—preferably in your own currency—so that last-minute fluctuations don’t send your budget ballooning.
9. Skip the exchange counter. You’ll get the best exchange rates by using your credit card or withdrawing money from an ATM; that’s because you’ll be exchanging money at interbank rates, which tend to be 2 to 5 percent better than the rates exchange bureaus charge. ATMs can be found just about everywhere in Australia except the most remote towns and villages, and credit cards are accepted at many stores and restaurants. But beware of fees—most banks will charge you to withdraw money at a foreign ATM or make a purchase in a foreign currency. One exception is Capital One, which doesn’t charge its American cardholders a fee for foreign purchases. For more information, see The Best Way to Carry Money Overseas.
10. Negotiate a better deal. Haggling is always in style at Australia’s open-air markets—you can negotiate great deals at places like Paddington Markets, the Rocks Markets and the Bondi Markets, all in Sydney.
11. Get a refund. If you purchase $300 AUD or more in goods from a single retailer, you are eligible for a refund of the goods and services tax (GST) that you paid on those items. You must get an original tax invoice from the store where you made the purchase and present it when you depart Australia. For more information, visit Customs.gov.au.
12. Check the discount airlines. Thanks to Australia’s sheer size, the quickest way to get around the country is by air. Australia has a number of discount airlines that provide affordably priced domestic flights, including Jetstar, Regional Express (REX) and Tigerair.
13. Take the bus. If you’ve got time to spare or if you’re focusing your travels on a relatively small region, hopping on a bus to your next city may be your cheapest option. Greyhound Australia offers a wealth of discounts and specials, sometimes up to 50 percent off. For extended travel, consider a bus pass.
Read More………. www.smartertravel.com
3. 20 must-do activities in Australia
By Kate Cox
Cruise the remote coastline of the Kimberley region, sample produce in one of the world’s most famous wine regions, or take a road trip along the Great Ocean Road. These 20 experiences will be sure to take your breath away.
1. Island hop on your own private yacht (it’s affordable!)
The Whitsunday Islands offer some of the world’s finest sailing, with mostly perfect winds, calm seas, beautiful scenery and 74 islands to hop through (69 of which are uninhabited). It’s called bareboating: hiring a boat, stocking it with provisions and friends and sailing off into the sunset. Even if you have no sailing experience, companies such as Cumberland Charter Yachts will give you a yacht and a safety briefing and then set you free, with the requirement that you respond to their twice-daily radio schedule to say where you are and where you’re going. Leave from the coastal town of Airlie Beach or have your vessel delivered to Hamilton or Hayman Island. Prices start at AUD$365 a night for a six-person yacht.
2. Ride a luxury train across the continent
Named after the Afghan camel drivers that used to roam Australia’s centre, this unforgettable train journey takes in 2979 kilometres (1851 miles) of tropics, the mountains of the Flinders Ranges, scorched desert, Katherine Gorge and the Red Centre. From AUD$3349 per person, The Ghan takes three days to cross the continent, from Darwin to Adelaide or vice versa, including fascinating whistlestop tours in Katherine and Alice Springs.
3. Enter another world at the Pinnacles
On the Turquoise Coast of Western Australia, 250 kilometres (155 miles) north of Perth, you will find the Pinnacles Desert, where hundreds of ancient limestone pillars look like extraterrestrial tombstones. The park is fringed by secluded white beaches, wildflowers, unique fauna and excellent fishing. Stay in the nearby fishing village of Cervantes.
4. Take a foodie road trip around Tasmania
Start with a breakfast of fresh doughnuts and bagels at the Farm Gate Market in Hobart then spend five days feasting through Tasmania. There is lots of local produce to sample in a scenic road trip that makes for easy driving, with rarely more than an hour’s drive between gourmet towns and stores. Eat apples at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed, a ciderhouse turned museum in the Huon Valley’s apple groves; just-shucked Tassie oysters at Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed in Port Arthur; Belgian-style chocolates at the House of Anvers near Latrobe; and the triple cream brie or chilli camembert from Wicked Cheese in historic Richmond. Tasmania is famous for its cool climate wines, and the Tamar Valley, running north from Launceston, is Tasmania’s premier wine region. Don’t miss the Pinot Noir, Tasmania’s signature wine variety, from the state’s oldest vineyard at Providence.
5. See the Sydney Harbour new year’s eve fireworks
One of the first places in the world to welcome the new year, Sydney Harbour puts on a spectacular show. The fireworks at 9pm and midnight on New Year’s Eve are not to be missed, with pyrotechnics from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Opera House, and light shows and more fireworks from barges on the harbour. There are vantage points to suit every budget. Plant a picnic rug at one of the many parks around Sydney’s foreshore, jump on a ferry or boat cruise to view from the water, book into a waterside hotel room or attend one of the many ticketed events such as the parties on Fort Denison and Shark islands or the family celebrations at Taronga Zoo Sydney and Darling Harbour.
Read More……….. www.australia.com
4. The Top 15 Things to See And Do in Australia
Australia is a big place. Like, seriously big — roughly 32 times bigger than the UK, 11 times bigger than Texas, or as big as India, Mexico, South Africa, France, Japan and Germany combined. And with a seriously big country comes a seriously big number of things to see and do, with so many cities, beaches, landmarks, islands and forests spread across this wide brown land. Don’t know where to start planning your trip? We’ve narrowed down the top 15 things you should add to your Australian bucket list.
Swim at Bondi Beach
Strips of sand don’t get any more famous than Bondi Beach, the world-renowned stretch of shoreline in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The green grass, golden sand and turquoise water attracts more than a million visitors a year — don’t miss having a dip in the Bondi Icebergs ocean pool, enjoying a meal or a drink at one of Bondi’s trendy bars or eateries and strolling along the jaw-dropping coastal walk between Bondi and the equally gorgeous Coogee Beach.
Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) is the beating heart of the Australian continent. Five hours’ drive south-west of Alice Springs, the two-kilometre long, 348-metre high sandstone monolith is one of the country’s most iconic sites. You can experience ‘The Rock’ and the neighbouring Kata Tjuta rock formation on foot, on the back of a Harley Davidson, by helicopter or in a hot-air balloon — just don’t climb it, because Uluru carries huge spiritual significance to Australia’s Indigenous people.
Australia can’t boast art galleries that rival the history of Europe’s, but it can boast a new museum that matches anything you’ll find overseas. Tasmanian millionaire and art collector David Walsh opened the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in 2011, a gallery he describes as a “subversive adult Disneyland”. Catch the 25-minute ferry from Hobart to admire an indescribable series of 400 artistic works from Walsh’s private collection housed in MONA’s striking modern edifice.
Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
Live out your own sequel to Finding Nemo by diving into this 2300-kilometre stretch of coral reef straddling the North Queensland coast, the largest coral reef system anywhere on earth. Sail, snorkel and just splash around the reef from its major gateway cities Cairns and Townsville — but get in quick to catch the reef at its most colourful, because warmer sea temps caused by climate change are quickly bleaching the coral.
Watch sport at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
If sport is religion to Australians, then the MCG is our cathedral — and tens of thousands make the pilgrimage every time the country’s sporting idols grace the hallowed turf. Whether it’s a game of Australian rules football in winter or a cricket match in summer, the rich history and sheer scale of ‘The G’ is palpable — sport has been played here since 1853, and with capacity for 100,024 punters, it’s bigger than any stadium on earth outside North Korea and the United States.
Call on Canberra
When Lonely Planet named Canberra the third hottest city on the planet to visit in 2018, plenty of Australians thought that must have been a typo. But Australia’s capital city — a place Aussies normally only visit on school excursions to learn about democracy at Parliament House — is full of treats for anyone who ignores the haters, with classy museums and a burgeoning food and drink scene.
Read More…………….. theculturetrip.com
5. AUSTRALIA TRAVEL GUIDE FOR 2019
Australia is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. It’s known as a major backpacking, camping, road trip, and diving destination, but no matter your travel style, there is something to draw you here.
Backpacking Australia is like the “must do” for backpackers around the world. I feel like every backpacker stops there.
I was one of those travelers.
I started coming to Australia in 2008.
I’ve been over five times and have criss crossed it three time but, every trip, I find something new about this country to love.
The country is filled with incredible natural beauty from Uluru to the Outback, rainforests to pristine white sand beaches, and of course, the Great Barrier Reef. Sydney’s Harbor Bridge and Opera House are iconic man-made wonders, and Melbourne’s café culture will make you feel like you are in Europe.
It’s no wonder why so many people want to travel around Australia.
However, the country is large with not a lot of transportation options outside the costs and can also be very expensive.
Use my extensive Australua travel guide (based on years of visits) to help plan your next trip so you can see more, spend less, and have the best time ever!
1. Explore Fraser Island
The world’s largest sand island is a popular place to do some camping, swim, hike, and avoid dingoes. It’s also extremely popular with the locals because of its rustic beauty is easily accessible from the mainland. They camp a lot on the island. You can hire your own 4WD car or take an overnight tour through the island that’s famous for its fresh water lake (and dingoes). Sadly, you can’t go in the water nearby as it’s rough and full of sharks!
2. Go to Cairns
Cairns is Australia’s gateway to northern Queensland. From here you can visit the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree rainforest, the Atherton tablelands, Cape Tribulation, and much more. Cairns is a pretty typical tropical city, and life here focuses on taking the time to smell the roses. With so much to see, the city deserves a very long stay. Plan to visit for a week which will give you enough time to explore the area, plus spend some time lounging by the pool. This town may be small, but it will leave you wanting more.
3. Hang out in Brisbane on the South Bank
Brisbane is a “business city”, so unlike Sydney or Melbourne, there isn’t a lot of “culture” here. South Bank has some nice restaurants, and there are some decent pubs, but overall, the city isn’t one of the most exciting places to visit in Australia. However, it’s worth a stop to hang out on South Bank (which I loved) and meet travelers heading north.
4. Hike the Daintree
The world’s oldest rainforest (yes, older than the Amazon) offers hikes that range from easy to challenging, dense jungles, beautiful mountains, waterfalls, wildlife, and cliffs. Make sure you spend a few days hiking around and getting out of touristy Cairns. If you really want to get off the beaten path, head all the way up to Cape Tribulation, and enjoy some real peace and quiet (just watch out for jellyfish when you go swimming. There are few folks to help if something goes wrong). There a lot of tour companies in the area but I like Uncle Brian’s tours the best (though he goes more into Atherton Tablelands and not up super far north).
5. Have a Sunday Session in Perth
Perth is Australia’s west coast capital and is often overlooked by most travelers. It’s expensive to get out there from the east coast so most travelers avoid it, but I love it! In fact, it’s probably my favorite city in all of Australia. Perth feels more like a large town than a city and is the best place to have a “Sunday Session” (an Aussie tradition of drinking on Sunday afternoons). From the beaches, food, and beer (be sure to take a day trip to Freemantle), Perth is just awesome.
6. Explore the Outback
No trip to Australia is complete without a trip to the outback to see crocodiles, valleys, lakes, and the red desert. Find your own Crocodile Dundee as you explore the Red Center and Western Australia. Must visit places I love: Karijini National Park, the Kimberlys, Kakadu, and Litchfield National Park.
7. Surf on the Gold Coast
Australia is famous for its surfing, and one of the best places to learn is on the Gold Coast right outside of Brisbane. You’ll find world-class waves, a wide beach, and lots of available lessons. If you don’t like the Gold Coast, there is always Noosa, Byron Bay, Bondi Beach, Perth, and—well, you get the idea. There’s a lot of surfing in Australia!