The land down under has been on my bucket list since 2000 when Mary-Kate and Ashley went to Australia in Our Lips are Sealed. It doesn’t hurt that since the 00s we have been introduced to multiple Hemsworths who originated in that region. Australia isn’t just a country, it’s also a continent + one of the most underrated ones at that. The site of 1800s penal colony, the country has a rich + complicated history with colonialism (much like the rest of the world). It is also one of the most gorgeous + interesting places to visit in the English speaking world.
Australia is made up of seven different states/territories, all with their unique culture + attraction. They are New South Wales, Nothern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and West Australia. Australia also administers with several external territories, including Christmas Island. No matter which region you visit, you are sure to have an amazing time.
Where to Travel in Australia
Sydney is one of the most popular places to visit in Austalia. It is certainly the most quintessential in pop culture. It beautiful opera house is one of the most recognizable images of the country. There is far more to do in the city besides opera, however. In fact, right in view opera house is amazing beaches. Test your fear of heights by climbing Pylon’s Lookout or the Bondi to Congee Coastal Walk. Sydney is so full of wonderful shops + restaurants that you could literally spend days exploring + never get bored.
Melbourne is another tourist hot spot in Australia. Victoria’s capital, this city has sometimes been referred to as “Australia’s capital of cool.” Like any cool city, brunch is an absolute must. Check out these places recommended by The Urban List. While you may have already done beaches in Sydney, Melbourne’s should not be skipped – nor should their maze-like laneways. Cap off your trip by taking a road trip down the Great Ocean Road. Don’t forget to stop by + see the Twelve Apostles.
The Outback is a very general term for a very large area of Australia. There are plenty of towns you could visit to soak in these sites, one of the most famous being Uluru. Take one of the Uluru rock tours + you’ll see why this is the perfect spot to experience the Australian desert. This is truly a place for thrill-seekers. It offers skydiving, camel rides, free climbing, and so much more. While you’re out having fun, don’t forget this place hold sacred significance to Aborigines.
In contrast to Uluru, you have the Great Barrier Reef. Located in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland. This area gives you a first-hand look into the amazing ecosystems created without (and sometimes in spite of) human interference. A day trip of snorkeling is well worth it here. It’s honestly a once in a lifetime experience. Other things to do while in Queensland include whale watching, visit the Tolga Bat Hospital, sit under the Dig Tree, and relive the gold rush in charters town.
I haven’t even scratched the surface on where to travel in Australia with this post, but I hope I’ve given you a taste. Be on the lookout for more content on this beautiful nation when I finally make it over there!