Australia’s Must-See Attractions
Ever since the first Outback Steak House opened in my town, I have had a fascination with Australia. As a kid, I loved the wait staff with their Australian accents, the pictures of kangaroos and koala bears, and those neat-looking boomerangs hanging on the walls. That same childhood fascination is what still fuels my enthusiasm every time a client comes to me, ready to plan out their own trip to the Land Down Under.
Australia has so many bucket list experiences, making the decision on which to include in your itinerary and which to leave off for another trip especially difficult. Where visitors go wrong is by trying to squeeze in too much, resulting in a bucket list vacation turned to-do list. Overdoing the itinerary for your visit to this island nation is just not something that I advise. So, before you stack your list of “things to do” up too high, I’d like to provide some further insight on the highlights of Australia that way, as you and your travel advisor discuss your itinerary, you can fill it full of exploration without feeling pressed for time.
Sydney is one of Australia's largest and most beloved cities. It is a beautiful place to begin your first 4 to 5 days on the island, especially if you are traveling between June and August. With lots of natural beauty and invigorating city life, there's so much to explore. Some places you should visit include the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Blue Mountains, Circular Quay, Royal Botanical Gardens, and, last but not least, the beautiful beaches.
It's easy to feel captivated by the beauty of Melbourne, so I suggest spending at least 4 to 5 days here, too. You could honestly get lost forever in all of its wonders. Although it's nowhere near as busy as Sydney, Melbourne has a bustling scene of its own. In the city, you can dine at one of many delightful restaurants or shop at any of the unique boutiques. However, the best way to get a feel for it all is by touring the entire city. Be sure to visit Federation Square, Flinders Street Train Station, the Yarra River, Chinatown, Bourke Street Pedestrian Mall, and the ever-so-popular Queen Victoria Market.
Great Ocean Road
Travel along Great Ocean Road for some of the most amazing sites in Australia. This coastal road stretches for 151 miles and makes the perfect 2-day trip. Take your time to soak in the views and be sure to stop at the 12 Apostles, London Bridge, and all of the beaches and forests situated alongside the road.
Ayers Rock (Uluru)
Take 2 or 3 days to visit Ayers Rock if you can squeeze it into your itinerary. Unless you fly, it will take a few days to get to the famously massive sandstone, but it's well worth it. Some of the most magical moments can be experienced at Ayers Rock, including sunrise, sunset, and stargazing.
The Great Barrier Reef
One of Australia's most quintessential tourist attractions is the Great Barrier Reef. Since the reef stretches from below the Tropic of Capricorn way up to the northern tip of Queensland, there is plenty of opportunity for scuba diving and snorkeling. Plan to spend 3 to 4 days here, visiting Cairns, The Whitsunday Islands, Lady Elliot Island, and Cape Tribulation.
Often times in life, the best things are those that are not rushed. I want you to think of Australia this way. It’s absolutely vital that no matter where in the world you travel, you do so in a way that allows you to become fully doused in the magic of the destination. To come up with an itinerary that is sure to fulfill your dreams while at the same time allowing you to have the most life-changing experience ever I encourage you to reach out to me today. Together we can be sure that your time in Australia is everything you ever dreamed it would be.