5 Places You Must See in Australia


Australia is such a huge, diverse country that you might wonder how you are going to figure out which bits of it to see. You could spend months travelling around here and still feel that there are places you want to see. If you don’t have as much time as this to tour Australia then maybe you will settle for visiting these 5 outstanding parts of the country.


sydneyFew visitors leave Australia without having seen Sydney. The biggest city in the country has some of the most iconic and instantly recognisable landmarks anywhere; the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Here you will find great food, lots of shopping and friendly people. Best of all, no matter where you are in Sydney you never have to travel too far to find a beach, a park or some other place to relax and enjoy the sensation of being in one of the finest cities around.


Of course, you can’t mention Sydney without mentioning Melbourne, can you? Outsiders might find the rivalry between the two cities amusing but in truth both are fantastic destinations. You won’t know which one you prefer until you see both of them and it is definitely worth doing so. While most people agree that Sydney has the upper hand in terms of the weather, Melbourne has a bohemian, arty feel to it which makes many visitors feel instantly at home. This is a great city for listening to live music, enjoying a festival or simply hanging out with some new friends.

Uluru / Ayers Rock

uluruYou will probably have to make a long, fairly uncomfortable journey to see this wonder of the Northern Territory but it is worth it. Uluru is over 200 miles from Alice Springs, which is the nearest decent sized town. This is a sacred place for the aborigines and it has a special feel to it which it is almost impossible to put into words. This giant rock is as big as a 95 floor building and it is going to make a big impression on whenever you see it but there are some tips for making the most of your visit. For a start, it can get incredibly hot here in December through to February, although your reward for enduring the high temperatures should be a relative lack of other tourists around you. The best time of day to see it is either when the sun rises or when it sets, as this is when you will witness the justifiably famous colour changes.

The Great Barrier Reef

There is no need to be an expert diver or a dedicated eco warrior to appreciate the Great Barrier Reef. This is the planet’s biggest coral reef and it is incredibly spectacular. In fact, it is also the biggest structure on Earth which has been made by living organisms and it can even be seen from space. The size of it means that there are a good number of places from which you can go diving or snorkelling around it. The Whitsunday Islands are particularly popular with reef tourists, as is Cairns.

The Blue Mountains

We could really have chosen any one of a number of places here, to be honest. It seems a shame to leave out Tasmania, Brisbane, the Great Ocean Road, Adelaide, Cairns, Perth and a few other fantastic destinations. However, the Blue Mountains area is a very special place, with incredible cliffs, waterfalls and wildlife in a wonderful setting. It isn’t far from Sydney, so if your first stop in Australia is there then this might be your second stop.

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