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25 BEST Places To Visit in Australia (by an Aussie!)

As one of the largest countries in the world, Australia is a fascinating destination to explore. With its unique and varied landscape of tropical rainforests and arid desserts, cultural cities, and top attractions, it is easy to see why almost 10 million tourists visit Australia each year. (You know we wrote a bumper guide to the Top 100 Epic Australian Experiences for Your Aussie Bucket List, right?!) However, if you’re in the process of planning your first trip down under you may want narrow that list down a bit! So we present to you the Best 25 Places to Visit in Australia. It really is a fantastic place to start.

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25 Best Places to Visit in Australia

These places are not in any particular order – there are so many incredible places to visit in Australia, each one is beautiful, unique and worthy of your visit – and I couldn’t possibly rank them in any possible way (cop out, I know!); But here goes!

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Australia’s Capital Cities

Spread out across this vast country, Australia boasts not one but eight capitals within each region, of which Canberra situated in the Australian Capital Territory is the national capital, a city known for its cultural treasures and vibrant annual festivals. However, it is the neighbouring city of Sydney that is the largest capital in the country home to the famous Syndey Opera House and The Harbour Bridge. Australia’s other must-see capital cities Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Brisbane are all wonderfully unique packed with exceptional dining experiences, historic attractions and non-stop shopping opportunities.

EXTRA – Find out more about Australia’s top two cities: Sydney and Melbourne:
Melbourne: The Ultimate City Guide (from a local), Melbourne Street Art Guide, Top 25 FREE Things to do in Melbourne & the Best Day Trips and Tours from Melbourne to make the most of your stay.
Sydney: Australias largest city has some of the country’s top attractions: Bondi Beach (the most famous beach in Australia!), The Sydney Opera House, The Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you want to see them all you’re gonna need a plan to fit them all in. Here’s our guide to planning the ultimate Weekend in Sydney (including the best time to visit Sydney Australia!)

The National Parks

It is no surprise that Australia has over 500 national parks, each famous for their own unique characteristics, making them the ideal destinations for those wanting to escape the bright lights of the city.

Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park

Aerial shot of Uluru - Ayers Rock surrounded by red earth - one of the best places to visit in Australia
An iconic living cultural landscape at the heart of the red centre, the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the destination to see spectacular rock formations decorated with art from the original custodians of the land, the aboriginal people, that dates back over 30,000 years. It’s one of the most visited attractions in Australia, and one of the most beautiful.

Freycinet National Park

Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park
Located on the isolated island of Tasmania this is the place to head to if it’s secluded bays and an abundance of birdlife you want to experience. Plus there is also Cradle Mountain – Lake St Claire National Park if you want to add some mountains to your beach time.

Grampians National Park

Woman sitting on a rock looking out over Grampians National Park
This beautiful nature reserve in Victoria attracts visitors every year flocking to admire the wildflowers and native species that call it their home.

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park
Spanning across the Northern Territory, this is a national park with plenty to offer including an array of landscapes from wetland to sandstone rockfaces adorned with prehistoric aboriginal artwork.

Blue Mountains National park

Three Sisters natural rock formation in the Blue Mountains
A hotspot for panoramic views in New South Wales, listen out for Lyre Birds and their famous mimicking abilities as you explore the sacred aboriginal sites that pepper the region.

Karijini National Park

Waterhole with people swimming surrounded by red rock walls in Karijini National Park
The spectacular gorges found across this national park are reason enough to visit this unique area of Western Australia, and is also home to plenty of indigenous wildlife.

Incredible Islands

It’s not just mainland Australia you need to explore during your trip, dotted all the way around the coastline are plenty of secluded islands.

Fraser Island

Shipwreck on the beach on Fraser Island
It’s the world’s largest sand island and a well-known eco-tourism site boasting panoramic views and beautiful swimming spots. No wonder it’s one of Australia’s top tourist destinations! To get the full Fraser Island experience, be sure to explore the sand dunes in a 4×4 – you won’t regret it!

Whitsunday Islands

Clear blue waters and white sands of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland
For those wanting to snorkel along the GreatBarrier Reef, these are the islands you need to head to. A peaceful destination, mostly uninhabited with hiking trails and stunning beaches (such as Whitehaven Beach) that sprawl across the island for those with an equal thirst for adventure and relaxation.

Christmas island

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Dubbed as one of the world’s natural wonders, this island in Western Australia is loved by all, particularly if it’s photography you enjoy and have a passion for wildlife. Famous for its annual red crab migration and an array of birds living in the national park that spans across 63% of the island.

Find our more about Christmas Island including How to Plan a Trip to Christmas Island (+ Essential Travel Tips) & What The Island looks like during the annual red crab migration.

Kangaroo Island

Rocky outcrop with a wooden boardwalk winding through green scrub to get to it with the ocean in the background
Spend some time amongst Australia’s native wildlife in South Australia as you explore the islands nature reserves, home to kangaroos, koalas, sea lions and a diverse population of bird species.

Rottnest Island

Quokka stood on his back legs looking inquisitively directly at the camera
If you are staying in Perth, be sure to take some time to head out to this Australian island, with its picturesque coves, white sandy beaches, top surfing spots and say hello to the quokka’s (a small wallaby type marsupial who calls the island it’s home).

Phillip Island

One of the most popular day trips from Melbourne, visitors will enjoy the penguin parade, whilst watching the spectacular sunsets this island is famed for.

Wine Regions

Looking between two rows of vines with a dirt track between them underneath a blue sky
If there is one thing that Australia is renowned for around the world, it’s the fabulous wine produced across the many iconic wine regions. As one of the largest in the country, the Yarra Valley boasts over 160 wineries well-known for its delicious Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Pinot Noir. The ancient Barossa Valley established in 1843 with its vines that date back over 100 years is also another top region to visit for wine-lovers, as is the Margaret River where many of the country’s premium wines are produced. With plenty of wineries offering open days and tours, visitors have plenty of choices, including the famous wine regions of Hunter Valley, Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra and the Tamar Valley.

Australia’s Best-loved attractions

There are plenty to choose from but here is just a selection of Australia’s much loved iconic attractions.

Great Ocean Road

12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road
A site on the Australian National Heritage List, the Great Ocean Road stretches 151 miles through Port Campbell National Park and the Otway National Park. Built by returning soldiers between 1919 -1932 and dedicated to those killed during WWI. Book yourself on a day trip to see the roads many attractions, including what’s left of the rock formations at the twelve apostles (above) or head out on your very own road trip.

RELATED – If you are planning your own Great Ocean Road trip, be sure to check out our friends & travel experts over at – they’ve got heaps of resources about things to do, where to stay, the best attractions to visit & so much more!

The Kimberley

Sunset over the water surrounded by green trees in the Kimberley Austrlia
Spreading across the north-western region of Australia this vast area of wilderness is perfect for nature lovers who are looking to explore the Australian outback and to get amongst the diverse wildlife in one of the country’s most remote areas.

Cable Beach, Broome

Camels sitting on the beach in front of the ocean on Cable Beach, WA
Known by many as one of the most picture-perfect beaches around the world, sit back and relax on the white sand of Western Australias Cable Beach and dip your toes in the Indian Ocean. With epic sunsets and warm waters, it’s easy to see why it’s one of Australias top tourist attractions.

Byron Bay

White lighthouse on the hill at Bryon Bay
One of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations, Byron Bay is the place to go if you want to enjoy a bit of surfing and maybe catch a glimpse of the Humpback Whales between June and November.


Norther Territory Icon spray pained on a wall with the ocean to the left
Steeped in Aboriginal heritage, the Northern Territorys Darwin is Australia’s northernmost city and a popular tourist destination known for its culture, aboriginal art, cuisine and of course, crocodiles!

Port Douglas

Aerial shot of Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas
A base in the heart of Far North Queensland (FNQ) for anyone wanting to experience the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas is popular for its beautiful beaches and biodiverse rainforest.

Great Barrier Reef

Coral and fish underwater at the Great Barrier Reef Queensland
As the worlds largest coral reef and one of Australias UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Great Barrier Reef is a dream for wildlife lovers, teeming with marine life in this underwater dreamland.

Daintree Rainforest

Treetop view above the Daintree Rainforest
One of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world and the largest in Australia, Daintree Rainforest is a haven for unique flora and fauna just waiting to be discovered.

Ningaloo Reef

Whale shark swimming away at Ningaloo Reef
If it’s a swim with the gentle whale sharks that you have always wanted to experience then the Ningaloo Marine Park National Heritage Site is the place for you. And for those that don’t want to hop in the water with these gentle giants, a whale watching cruise is always an option. Ningaloo is the perfect spot for outdoor adventures!

Esperance Bay

Esperance Bay, WA
A gem along the Australian coastline, Esperance Bay is where the Kangaroos head to the beautiful white sandy beaches and turquoise water, making it one of the country’s most unique destinations.

Gold Coast

Man and a woman walking down the beach towards the ocean on the right, with the Gold Coast skyscrapers in the background at the top of the beach
With something for everyone from city life to picturesque beaches, the Gold Coast is ideal for surfers looking to catch some waves, those who love nothing more than exploring the natural landscape and anyone who enjoys a delicious meal out.

With 25 amazing destinations to add to your Australian bucket list, we know your trip is going to be seriously amazing! Are any of the Australian tourist attractions mentioned in our guide your number one place to visit in Australia? Tell us and our readers why in the comments below.

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