They’re likely to be the first words you hear when touching down or coming ashore in the epic land down under — and trust us, you’re in for the holiday of a lifetime! From exploring our gleaming cities and history laden country towns, to revelling in the exquisite beauty of the beaches, bush, and wildlife, there are endless ways to spend your time in Oz. And you’ll have plenty of opportunities to absorb the age-old cultural heritage of the First Australians.
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Australia is a vast country and our top tip is to travel light. You don’t want to be hauling massive suitcases around a place this big! Have the basic schedule of your trip locked in (including domestic flights and accommodation in peak periods), but keep your plans relatively flexible from there. Be open to the unexpected, and keep in mind that the best things in life are indeed free. Relaxing on Bondi Beach or bushwalking in the Blue Mountains will be time well spent!
Deciding on an itinerary for your Aussie odyssey can be a daunting task in itself. Use this Australia travel guide to access destination information, and find tours and guided experiences. It also features a handy state-by-state round-up of the must-sees and dos. Enjoy your stay! Browse Australia travel guides, tours, and things to do
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Top things to do in New South Wales (NSW)
New South Wales is Australia’s most populous state and the gateway to the country for many international visitors.
Art lovers, history buffs, foodies, and fashionistas will all enjoy their time in Victoria.
Criss-crossed by a network of European-style laneways and arcades (that harbour amazing street art), capital city Melbourne is renowned as Australia’s cultural, culinary, retail, and sporting epicentre. Regional Victorian-era cities like Bendigo and Ballarat brim with gold rush heritage, while the era of the paddle-steamer can still be experienced in the Murray River port towns of Echuca and Mildura.
A subtropical climate draws homegrown and international holidaymakers to Queensland’s coast all year round.
There are golden beaches from the state’s tip to toe, and a laid-back vibe to match. Situated in the state’s south-east corner, cosmopolitan capital Brisbane has changed beyond all recognition in recent decades and offers an array of world-class museums, galleries, and attractions. The neighbouring Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast boast some of the finest stretches of sand in the land, alongside glitzy resorts and thrilling theme parks.
Further afield, marvel at the mouth of the mighty Murray River, soak up the seaside vibe in Victor Harbor and Robe, be amazed by the geological oddities on display in Mount Gambier, and go below in the famous Naracoorte Caves. Heading north into the outback will eventually bring you to characterful Coober Pedy, where many residents reside underground. Epic landscapes like the Flinders Ranges, Nullarbor Plain, and Lake Eyre beckon to the hardiest of holidaymakers.
Western Australia is the largest state in Oz and offers myriad opportunities to ‘get away from it all’.
Capital city Perth is packed with great things to do, but even there you’ll find plenty of options for getting in some quality me-time. Lose yourself in Kings Park (one of the largest inner city green spaces in the world) and spend a day relaxing on gorgeous Rottnest Island.
Heading south will bring you to the celebrated Margaret River wine region and wider South West (don’t miss seeing the emotive National Anzac Centre in Albany). Further east along the coast, Esperance beckons with the promise of some of the whitest beaches in the country.
Up on the Mid West coast, hear tales of seafaring triumph and tragedy in Geraldton, marvel at the ancient stromatolites in Shark Bay, and snorkel the shimmering Ningaloo Reef.
Gold rush history comes alive in Kalgoorlie, while a palpable sense of adventure permeates the far northern Kimberley region. You’ll never forget your first glimpse of the beehive-shaped Bungle Bungles, or riding a camel along Broome’s sweeping Cable Beach at sunset.
Affectionately known locally as ‘Tassie’, Australia’s island state of Tasmania offers a compact mix of natural beauty, heritage attractions, and fine food and wine.
Start your trip in captivating capital Hobart — home to the controversial Museum of Old and New Art (Mona). Learn about Australia’s convict past at infamous Port Arthur, and marvel at the exquisite Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian architecture on display in and around Launceston.
Pristine landscapes can be found right across the island; bush walk around Dove Lake in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, cruise the incomparable Gordon River, and smell the wildflowers in Freycinet National Park (home to much photographed Wineglass Bay). Bruny Island mixes an artisanal food scene with yet more scenic magnificence.
The Northern Territory’s Top End and ancient Red Centre are imbued with a rich Indigenous cultural heritage and pioneering spirit.
This is the Australian outback in all its fiery glory, and a sense of adventure is omnipresent. Darwin is the capital of the Territory and the gateway to Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks — home to plunging waterfalls, rivers and wetlands teeming with bird and wildlife (including salt and freshwater crocodiles), and caves harbouring ancient rock art.
Head down the transcontinental Stuart Highway to Katherine and cruise through soaring Nitmiluk Gorge. Continue heading south to characterful Tenant Creek, before discovering why there’s no town like Alice Springs (a camel trek and balloon flight over the outback at dawn are must-dos). Finally, sit and soak up the majesty of mighty Uluru as it changes colour and personality throughout the day. The famous Field of Light art installation brings the desert to life after dark.
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