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31 of the best things to do in Australia - travel bloggers share their tips
Some of Australia's best sights are waiting for you!
Are you looking for the best things to do in Australia? We think we have a good list for you!
Whether you're traveling to Australia in the chilly March or the summer heat in December, you're sure to find some of the best excursions, attractions and natural wonders the country has to offer here.
Australia is a huge country with a lot to see and do. So we asked 31 travel bloggers to share their favorite places in Australia with us!
We have divided the mentioned attractions into the different states and territories of Australia to make it easy for you to plan your trip. So, let's explore the "Land Down Under"!
Attractions in Queensland
As the second largest state, Queensland is a popular place for visitors to Australia. Queensland is on the northeast coast of the country and we are often viewed as the gateway to the famous Great Barrier Reef.
Cities like Cairns offer thrills for adrenaline fans, while the Whitsunday Islands have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Noosa National Park
Recommended by Vita from My Walk in the World
Noosa National Park is one of the most picturesque parks in Queensland. This park is just an hour north of Brisbane near the small beach town of Noosa, making it a perfect day trip.
The park is growing in popularity, but is still a quiet, picturesque place to get the best of Australian nature.
Parking is available for those arriving by car. However, it is only a few minutes' walk from the city center and can also be reached on foot.
The terrain is varied - from paved paths to gravel paths to sandy beaches. There are several hiking trails - some will take you through and over the hills, while others will run along the coast.
The Coastal Track (3 miles in one direction) takes you along the cliffs with incredible views of rock formations and an endless horizon.
Not only is Noosa National Park great for avid hikers, there are several secluded beaches along the way that draw families and surfers to Noosa Main Beach.
Pro tip: don't forget to look out for koalas soaking up the sun in the eucalyptus trees!
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island
Recommended by Julia from The Freckled Tourist
If you are looking for a unique experience in Australia, I recommend sailing the Whitsunday Islands.
Located off the northeast coast of Queensland, the Whitsundays are a group of beautiful islands made up of rainforests and white sandy beaches.
To get here, you can fly to Hamilton Island or Airlie Beach. If you are looking for luxury, you will find fantastic accommodation on Hamilton Island.
On the other hand, if you are on a budget, consider staying in Airlie Beach, which is full of hostels and backpackers.
The best way to see the Whitsundays is to sign up for a boat tour. There are many different tour options, ranging from adventure to relaxed or crazy party boats and of course the Great Barrier Reef Scuba Diving tours.
I prefer the adventurous boat tours that last longer than a few hours because you can combine activities like snorkeling, kayaking through the islands and hiking to beautiful beaches. You could also consider taking a flight over the beautiful countryside.
The most beautiful place in the Whitsundays is Whitehaven Beach, a beach you shouldn't miss. Here you will find the softest, whitest sand you have ever seen.
You will be amazed by the view of the bay. Visiting Whitehaven Beach is truly a once in a lifetime experience and has to be on your Australia travel list!
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Recommended by Jan from Budget Travel Talk
Magnetic Island was named by the explorer James Cook on suspicion that his compass was failing.
Ultimately, his theory was wrong, but this island suburb of Townsville North Queensland exudes its own kind of appeal.
From Townsville, you can take a catamaran or car ferry to the Nelly Bay Terminal in 20 minutes. Public buses meet every ferry and many rental cars and scooters drive the paved roads from Nelly Bay to all of the major bays.
Winter is a great time to visit North Queensland. The days are pleasantly warm and there are no dangerous box jellyfish.
Magnetic Island attractions include koala spots on the scenic Forts Walk or Bungalow Bay’s Koala Park.
Horseshoe Bay is a great place to ride a horse to the beach or enjoy water sports with the whole family.
The horseshoe-shaped beach stretches to infinity and a stroll is tempting - or you can admire the view from the wide-open Marlin Bar instead.
The island hosts cool jazz festivals and raging full moon parties, but what really sets Maggie apart is the relaxation it offers. It's time to find your own piece of sand on the beaches littered with shells and pieces of coral.
The island is known for hiking trails in national parks that look out over the Coral Sea and bays lined with round firs and huge boulders.
What I like most about Magnetic Island is how everyday life turns into magical island time so quickly and easily.
Recommended by Greta from Greta’s Travels
The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest rainforest in the world. It covers an area of 1200 square kilometers and is one of the largest areas of tropical rainforest in Australia, and also one of the most diverse natural environments in the world.
It's just a short drive from Cairns and you can get there on a day trip from Cairns.
We took an organized tour where we spotted crocodiles on a river cruise on the Daintree River, walked through the rainforest, swam (excluding crocodiles) in freshwater bays, fed wallabies and enjoyed beautiful vantage points over the rainforest and ocean.
Throughout the day our guide taught us about the local flora and fauna as well as the impact that human influence has on the Daintree Rainforest and how we can reduce this impact.
If you come to Cairns it is an experience that I highly recommend. It is not every day that you can see the oldest rainforest in the world in person.
Landmarks in New South Wales
Located north of Victoria on the east coast, New South Wales is a very popular destination for visitors to the country.
Although the capital city of Sydney attracts many visitors, there are also a few other attractions such as the Blue Mountains, stunning beaches and coastlines, rainforests and wineries.
Sydney Opera House
Recommended by James from Travel Collecting
The Sydney Opera House is one of Australia's most iconic landmarks - and it lives up to the hype.
It protrudes into Sydney Harbor and on a sunny day the view of the Sydney Harbor Bridge with the sparkling harbor all around takes your breath away.
It is worth visiting the opera house at different times of the day. In the morning you walk to the beautiful neighboring botanical garden to enjoy the great view.
Or you can take a ferry from neighboring Circular Quay overlooking the water. Remember that the Opera House is oriented on a north-south axis, so plan your visit for the right photo angle.
When the sun goes down, grab a drink and some snacks in the Opera Bar, which is at the foot of the Opera House, and relax with a view of the Opera House beyond, the harbor and the bridge in front of you. This is my absolute favorite thing to do in Sydney.
Also take a look at the schedule - seeing an opera here is a real treat. If you do, enjoy a glass of champagne during intermission and head to the rear foyer for a spectacular night view of the Harbor Bridge. You can also take a tour of the Opera House!
Recommended by Sonja from Migrating Miss
Byron Bay is a coastal town in northeast New South Wales, not far from the Queensland border. Although there are beautiful beaches along the coast, Byron Bay is something special.
It's one of the few places where you can see the sun along the beach on Australia's east coast - thanks to the angle of the bay.
Watching the sunset is one of the most popular things to do in Byron Bay, and you'll find that the beach and surrounding parks get busier as the sun goes down.
There are often people who play music and roll fire. This is due to the boho / hippie atmosphere of the city, which attracts a lot of creative people, backpackers and street performers.
Byron Bay is popular with surfers, of course, but it also has a great yoga and health scene.
It also means that Byron Bay has plenty of great dining options for everyone - from delicious seafood to vegan restaurants. And you'll find good accommodations in Byron Bay too.
Byron Bay Lighthouse is the easternmost point in Australia and offers breathtaking panoramic views. Humpback whales roam the Australian coast between May and November each year and this is one of the best places to see them!
Tip:You can sea kayak with dolphins in Byron Bay. Eric did that and it was amazing.
Blue Mountains National Park
Recommended by Priyadarshini from Glorious Sunrise
Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba is a World Heritage Site that's perfect as a weekend or day trip from Sydney.
The famous Three Sisters rock formation is a cool landmark that draws numerous tourists - but this national park offers a lot more than that.
In the Blue Mountains, you can get up close and personal with the rich indigenous culture, walk in incredible rainforests, explore the ancient Katoomba coal mine, and much more. For the more adventurous, there is ziplining over a huge gorge to Dragon Rock.
You can visit the Blue Mountains National Park year round, but March through July is excellent for any hikes you might want to do here.
Don't forget to take the Scenic World ride because you will never forget the breathtaking view from the cable car over the valley and mountains!
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Recommended by Cat and Joe from Walk My World
Whenever we hear of someone visiting Australia (and knowing they'll land in Sydney), there is one thing we recommend doing as soon as they get off the plane: the Bondi to Coogee Walk.
This is a gentle 5.5 km walk over the cliffs of Sydney's eastern beaches. If you are lucky you might see a whale or dolphins.
If you are unlucky, all you get is the beautiful views and fresh sea air to combat jet lag.
One of the main reasons we love this walk is because it connects two of Sydney's best suburbs.
You start in Bondi, Sydney's most famous beach. Here you can not only enjoy the sun and the view, but also visit one of the great hipster cafés (we recommend Lox, Stock & Barrel) or go swimming in Icebergs - Sydney's most famous ocean bath.
We would recommend visiting Bondi early in the morning as it can get quite busy (especially for surfing lessons). It's also especially breathtaking at sunrise.
If you don't want to drive, you can take bus 333 or 380 from Circular Quay.
The walk then ends at Coogee Beach, another popular beach. In addition to the beautiful beach, you should also visit the Coogee Pavilion - a bar / restaurant that has something for everyone.
Here you can enjoy good food and drinks with a view of the terrace; or you can unleash your inner child with a game of table tennis.
When you combine Bondi, the walk and Coogee, you have the perfect solution to jet lag.
Recommended by Warren at Sling Adventures
Rolling hills, manicured gardens, fresh, organic produce, and a vibrant cuisine, wine, and arts scene - these are the reasons New South Wales' Southern Highlands draw weekend vacationers.
The Southern Highlands are 2 hours from Sydney or Canberra and less than an hour from Wollongong on the coast. Visitors can quickly escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the country life.
The Southern Highlands surround the town of Bowral and are made up of many picturesque and delightful historic towns, each with their own charm.
Whether it's a gourmet cake in Burrawang, hiking or biking near Fitzroy Falls, or strolling through numerous weekend markets, the Southern Highlands allow you to take a deep breath and simply enjoy life.
The Southern Highlands offer something for all seasons. There is a mild summer and cozy winter day.
The spring blooms around the Tulip Festival in September are enchanting, while the fall brings out brilliant and ever-changing colors.
The area is particularly popular for weddings and a very active tourist office holds events almost every weekend to keep visitors entertained.
Recommended by Ben at Horizon Unknown
Australia is known for its swimming spots - beaches and bathing spots are popular meeting places for locals and tourists, especially during the summer months.
The city of Newcastle, on the east coast of Australia, has a slightly lesser-known story of a lovely place to cool off.
This man-made pool, known as The Bogey Hole, was carved out of the coastal rocks with convicts in 1820 under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel James Thomas Morriset.
This small swimming pool was created for the exclusive use of the Newcastle Commanders but is now open to the public free of charge.
Although there are well-manicured stairs leading to the water level, access to the pool can be a little dangerous.
In rough swell, waves can break over the rocks and enter this tiny swimming hole. Additionally, the surrounding rocks can be quite slippery, so take your time!
Even if you don't want to swim, the whole area offers beautiful views and an interesting glimpse into the history of Newcastle, Australia.
Attractions in ACT
The area around the Australian capital Canberra is known as the "Australian Capital Territory" (ACT for short).
ACT lies between Sydney and Melbourne and is completely surrounded by New South Wales. Interesting fact: The area is known as "Bush Capital" because of its many green spaces!
Floriade in Canberra
Recommended by Helena von Through to Aussie’s Eyes
Floriade is Australia's biggest celebration of spring and is one of the most popular free events in Canberra.
This horticultural exhibition, held in Commonwealth Park, opens its doors for a month (September - October) at the beginning of spring. Every year there is a different theme for which the flowers bloom.
Floriade is the perfect place for families, couples, friends and budding photographers! A stroll through the gardens will brighten your day.
There's even a dog day at the end of spring so your four-legged friend can enjoy the flowers too.
I can only recommend the ferris wheel as it has a beautiful view over the Floriade and Canberra City. There is more than just the gardens, there are also small shops (mostly for gardening and dining) and a stage where various performances take place.
NightFest is also a must! The Floriade only opens its gate at night for one week so that you can experience the flowers with different light scenarios.
It's a very popular event, so book your ticket in advance - and your accommodation in Canberra, too.
Attractions in Victoria
Do you want to find out where most of the Australian population live? Then drive down to the state of Victoria - sometimes called "Vic"!
There you will find one of the largest cities in the whole country - Melbourne.
Victoria is located on the southeastern tip of Australia and is the original home of many Australian Aboriginal groups.
You can check out hotel deals for Melbourne here and use the city as your home base for many day trips.
Recommended by ale from Universo Viajero
The twelve apostles in Victoria are one of the must-see attractions on the Great Ocean Road.
These huge limestone cliffs, sculpted by erosion over the years, are located near Port Campbell National Park.
Today we can only see 8 apostles as some of them collapsed. Even so, it is one of the most visited places in Australia. Tourists just love it!
Given its natural deterioration, we recommend you visit this place when you are in Australia. Nobody knows how long they will stand.
The surroundings are also beautiful with high cliffs on the coast. Try to go there in the summer when the sky is clear and the wind dies down. The winter can have extremely windy conditions and bad weather.
If you'd like a different perspective on the Twelve Apostles, take a helicopter ride near the entrance.
On a 20-minute flight, they'll show you the place from above - a real show not to be missed if you can afford it.
Wilson’s Promontory National Park
Recommended by Tom at The Traveling Tom
Wilson’s Promontory is not the most famous destination in Australia, but it is one of the most beautiful! This national park is the southernmost point of mainland Australia and is located in Victoria - just a short day trip from Melbourne.
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