17 Incredible Places To Visit In Australia This Year

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh - Staff Writer

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1. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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The mesmerizing red rock formations of Kata Tjuta is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Everyone involved will enjoy the endless wandering, various park activities and learning about the awe-inspiring Aboriginal people´s culture. Alice Springs is probably your nearest main airport which is a four hour drive. For park passes and more information, visit the Parks Australia website.

📍 Central Australia 

2. The Great Barrier Reef

Located in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland, this is the largest coral reef on earth, and a bucket-list for many around the globe. Embark on a journey of discovery by admiring an array of marine life like dolphins, sea snakes and other magnificent creatures. Opt to dive or snorkel for an unbeatable experience. The main entry point is through Cairns. However, other towns such as Mission Beach, Cooktown, Townsville and more offer scenic boat trips. Indeed, it is one of the best places to visit in Australia. For more information, visit the Great Barrier Reef website.

📍 Queensland, Australia 

3. Whitsunday Islands

Luckily, Whitsunday Islands are part of the Great Barrier Reef. So you could kill two birds with one stone. Arrange a tour from Airlie Beach and sail around its 74 islands for an iconic adventure. Explore the dense rainforest, hiking trails and some of the world´s most beautiful beaches like Whitehaven Beach all the while taking in the stunning landscape.

📍Queensland, Australia 

4. Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach Australia

You can´t visit Sydney without taking a trip to the quirky Bondi Beach. In one of Australia´s most iconic surf spots, you could shop till you drop along Gould Street, have a picnic on the beach, dine at trendsetting restaurants and cafes or else embark on the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk for some spectacular adventures. Be sure to get a snap at the insta-famous Bondi Iceberg Ocean Pools which has been a historical landmark for over 100 years.

📍 Sydney, Australia

5. Broome

Broome in the Kimberley region is like mars on earth. In a colourful setting, you´ll experience pristine beaches and a tropical climate where the red dirt meets the Indian ocean. From exploring Chinatown to sunset camel rides to dinosaur track adventures, Broome is rich in culture and heritage. Unless you fancy a long road trip, you can only get here by direct flights from Perth, Darwin, Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. For more information, visit the Broome website. Be sure to check travel restriction updates before booking.

📍 Western Australia 

6. Lake MacDonnell

There are many fascinating pink lakes around Australia. But this extraordinary hotspot has got to top it all. On one side of the causeway is a Pink Lake, then another side is a Green Lake while down at the bridge is a Blue Lake. Anyone with an appreciation for natural beauty and epic photography will fall in love with this place. It should be a road trip bucket-list because it is located 13 minutes from the small town of Penong, which is a nine hour drive from Adelaide.

📍  Penong, South Australia 

7. Brisbane

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Brisbane is a bustling and friendly spot that is baked in sunshine year-around. As one of the greatest music capitals in the world, it offers the perfect place to let your hair down after a year of heavy restrictions. You´ll be spoilt for choice between the incredible resorts, beaches and restaurants. Likewise, sports enthusiasts will enjoy an array of outdoor family-friendly activities around the city.

📍 Queensland, Australia

8. Gold Coast

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Gold Coast is known as Australia´s holiday capital and is home to the most popular surf beaches in Queensland. Inspired by lifestyle and immersed in arts and culture, you´ll be blown away by this epic place. There are plenty of attractions to entertain kids like Sea World Park, Waterparks, Warner Bros Movie World and SkyPoint Observation Deck. The beach is practically on the doorstep of the city, so what more could you want?

📍 Queensland, Australia

9. Melbourne

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Drowned yourself in a world of art, culture and music in a Melbourne city escape. Drink some of the world´s best coffee and chow down on some delightful Aussie bites like a tasty lamb roast, hot jam doughnuts and yummy meat pies. You´ll appreciate good vibes that flow throughout the city. Visit the iconic 580 m Princess Pier to watch a sunrise or sunset for some stunning photo-worthy moments.

📍 Victoria, Australia


10. Cairns

If you are looking to escape the winter weather, Cairns is a stylish city with a great tropical climate and multiple impressive resorts. Opt to learn about indigenous cultures by taking one of the tours like heading up to Kuranda by Train or Skyrail to explore the Kuranda village. As mentioned above Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef so you could fit many surrounding Queensland places into your holiday schedule.

📍 Queensland, Australia 

11. Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island

Lose yourself in this insta-worthy and secluded paradise. Vivonne Bay was proclaimed the best beach in the world in 2003, and is still the most beautiful beach you will ever lay eyes on. Select to snorkel in rock pools, go surfing or fishing in the exotic turquoise waters or else adore the wildlife from seals to koalas to kangaroos to so much more. You could choose to camp or stay in different holiday homes in the area that offer jaw-dropping views over the bay. Certainly it is one of the best places to visit in Australia.

📍 South Australia 

12. Sydney

Probably famed because non-Aussies think it is the capital, it´s not by the way – Canberra is. A trip to Sydney is a vital part of your Australian holiday because it is whirling with cool attractions for all budgets and all types of people. Venture through the botanic gardens and stunning Harbour, visit iconic landmarks like Sydney Opera House and admire the impressive skyline. You won´t be short of things to do.

📍 New South Wales, Australia

13. Fraser Island

A visit to Queensland is not complete without taking the ferry to the world´s largest sand island. Opt to camp for the most magical experience and explore panoramic viewpoints like Indian Head and the Cathedrals. Idolise the freshwater lakes, picture-perfect beaches and plenty more natural wonders. Don´t forget to visit Great Sandy National Park which is home to an array of tropical wildlife. Swimming at the beach is cautioned here because it can be dangerous with sharks found in the shallow waters. Nevertheless, it is still one of the best places to visit in Australia.

📍 Queensland, Australia 

14. Hunter Valley Wine Region 

Hunter Valley

For the wine lovers! Just two hours from Sydney, discover the delights of this breathtaking wine region. Splash some extra lockdown cash by taking a hot air balloon ride that offers a euphoric feeling on top of the world. For hot air balloon rides, visit the Red Balloons website. This is a top-quality adult trip you must squeeze into your Sydney getaway.

📍 New South Wales, Australia

15. Noosa

Make your Queensland schedule jam-packed by fitting in this dazzling spot. Just under two hours from Brisbane, Noosa serves up total California vibes. With beachside yoga, stylish boutiques, unique markets and delicious food…you won´t be short of things to do. Hike to the magical Fairy Pools in Noosa National Park to immerse yourself in tranquility and kick-ass ocean views. Equally, if you want a change of scenery, you could visit The Noosa Hinterland which is a marvellous countryside region.

📍 Queensland, Australia

16. Ellery Creek Big Hole

Travel the outback’s and fall in love with this tranquil gem. Located in West MacDonnell National Park, you´ll find a famous majestic waterhole that infatuates tourists.  People love to swim in the hole and hike among the rugged red cliffs and sandy creek. A striking sight at sunset just one hour from Alice Springs. As one of the best places to visit in Australia, you should spend a few days camping here for the most memorable experience.

 📍 Namatjira, Australia

17. Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

If you´re a faithful nature guru and you love a good hike, this destination is for you. Just one hour and 25 minutes drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains in Katoomba is easily fit into your Sydney holiday. Journey on a range of walking trails, see the Three Sisters rock formation, descend into the ancient rainforest and hop on the world´s steepest passenger railway. There is plenty for both kids and adults to enjoy making it one of the best places to visit in Australia.

📍 New South Wales, Australia

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