Australia is the world’s largest island and smallest continent. Situated between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, it is an attractive location for backpackers and travellers. With so many amazing sights to see, from sunny beaches to city hot spots, it can be difficult to know where to start.
Here are our top places to visit and things you can do in this fabulous place:
The Great Barrier Reef
The famous Barrier Reef is the world’s largest barrier reef system and one of the top destinations for underwater explorers and scuba divers in the world. It is situated off the coast of Queensland, in the Coral Sea, it covers a huge area. Formed by millions of living organisms and over 2900 coral reefs, it is now one of the most diverse ecosystems to visit. Due to its size it is impossible to visit it all, but most people take a couple of days to visit as many islands as possible.
The capital of New South Wales, located on the southeastern coast, Sydney is a must see for tourists and visitors. Defined by its nautical harbour, Sydney is the perfect starting point for people travelling from across the world. With its iconic landmarks and sightseeing spots, there are plenty of things to do and see here.
900 miles from the nearest major city, Alice Springs is a remote haven found in the heart of Australia. With beautiful desert landscapes, gorges, and Aboriginal communities, it is the perfect embodiment of ‘The Outback’. With a growing population, this destination offers many hikes and tours in the region, exploring the Uluru Rock and Kings Canyon.
The most isolated city in Australia, this is becoming a hot spot for tourists. The coolest places in Perth are found around the harbour of the Swan River. The botanical gardens provide stunning lookout points, viewing over the whole city. With beautiful beaches and cosmopolitan eateries, Perth is definitely worth a visit.
Australia’s largest rainforest, Daintree Rainforest is located in northern Queensland. It is home to a huge variety of Australian wildlife, including reptiles, frogs, bats and the prehistoric bird, the Cassowary. There are loads to see and do here, with boat tours and sanctuaries to visit. It is a popular destination for nature lovers and explorers.
Byron Bay is a popular destination for international travellers and Australians alike. Located in New South Wales, there are pristine beaches, brilliant weather and lots of events. Regular music festivals attract international and local musicians alike and make it a cultured spot. While it may get busy with all the visitors at times, it is well worth battling the crowds.
The Great Ocean Road
Located in Victoria, this is possibly the most beautiful drive in the world. It is approximately 150 miles long, so give yourself a full day. With its windy lanes and panoramic views, you won’t want to rush it! There are loads of places to stop off on the way, with beautiful beaches and hiking trails.
This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.