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Welcome to Australia

With its imitable mix of nature, culture, and laid-back coastal cool, there's far more to Australia than koalas and kangaroos—although they're pretty great, too. The cosmopolitan style and iconic cityscape of Sydney and its opera house don't compromise the quality of Bondi Beach, a hotspot for both surfing and sunbathing. In Melbourne, the cutting-edge culinary scene and nearby vineyards are top draws for foodies, while in Cairns, opportunities to spot wildlife in tropical rain forests or the Coral Sea abound. If you're a thrill seeker, climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a hot-air balloon over Alice Springs, or go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Nature lovers, on the other hand, might prefer to visit Adelaide's Kangaroo Island, watch dolphins at Port Douglas, or snorkel alongside tropical marine life on Fraser Island. And, if you're after unique and spectacular sights, you'll be spoilt for choice in the Land Down Under; natural wonders and World Heritage sites include the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Ayers Rock in Uluru (best seen on a sunrise tour), and the imposing Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains. And if that's not enough, flightseeing tours of the Whitsunday Islands, excursions to Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, and a ride on Melbourne's colonial tramcar restaurant should also be added to your Aus itinerary.

Top 10 attractions in Australia

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Encompassing roughly 3,000 individual reefs and dotted with almost 900 islands and coral cays (small sandy isles), Australia's Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most unforgettable natural treasures. Snorkelers and certified divers flock here to see the unparalleled array of marine life.More
Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

A gigantic monolith of rust-red rock looming over the desert plains of the Australian Outback, Uluru (Ayers Rock) is more than just a postcard icon—it’s the cultural, spiritual, and geographical heart of Australia, one of its most impressive natural wonders, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.More
Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Few sights are as instantly recognizable as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the grand centerpiece of Sydney Harbour and one of Australia's most photographed landmarks. The historic structure dates to 1932 and is the world's largest steel arch bridge. It's also an important transport hub, linking downtown Sydney with the north shore, Manly, and the area's northern beaches.More
Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour

With the iconic silhouette of Sydney Opera House and the dramatic arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge etched against a backdrop of glittering ocean and soaring skyscrapers, Sydney Harbour is Australia’s quintessential postcard image. The harbor, the natural heart of Sydney, features more than 150 miles (240 kilometers) lined with golden beaches, lush gardens, and vibrant neighborhoods.More
Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

A world-class performing arts venue and iconic Australian landmark, the Sydney Opera House—with its distinctive Jorn Utzon design—defines the Sydney Harbour district. Distinguished by soaring halls with a white ceramic–tiled exterior shaped to evoke the sails of a yacht, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see Sydney attraction and popular stop on most city tours.More
Horizontal Falls

Horizontal Falls

The Horizontal Falls were once described by David Attenborough as one of the “greatest wonders of the natural world.” Located in Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago, the waterfalls are caused by the shifting of ocean tides through the rocks, and are one of Western Australia’s most spectacular sights.More
Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge

Marking the southern border of Daintree National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mossman Gorge is one of the most popular places to experience the world’s oldest rain forest. Dating back more than 130 million years, the dense forest and scenic river gorge harbor a rich biodiversity and provide a stunning backdrop for hikers and swimmers.More
Hobart Sandy Bay

Hobart Sandy Bay

At the mouth of the Derwent River, the tranquil coastal neighborhood of Sandy Bay is one of Hobart’s most sought-after residential neighborhoods. Sandy beaches, boat-filled piers and a lively arts community offer a change of pace for travelers escaping the bustle of downtown. It’s also a good choice for rented accommodation outside of the central business district.More
Swan River

Swan River

The liquid heart of Perth, the Swan River touches many of the city’s neighborhoods on its way to the Indian Ocean. The river passes through the Swan Valley wine region, Perth’s Central Business District and affluent suburbs, and the port city of Fremantle, and there are lots of recreational opportunities on the banks and in the water.More
Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge National Park)

Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge National Park)

Nitmiluk National Park (formerly Katherine Gorge National Park) offers vast sandstone cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and a series of 13 gorges carved out by the mighty Katherine River. All of this dramatic scenery is located on the ancient lands of the Jawoyn people and is home to some impressive Aboriginal rock art sites.More

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How to Spend 3 Days in Darwin

How to Spend 3 Days in Darwin

Top activities in Australia

Sunlover Reef Cruises Cairns Great Barrier Reef Experience
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Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns
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All Inclusive Small-Group Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney with Scenic World
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Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns
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Green Island Discovery Including Glass Bottom Boat Tour Departing Cairns
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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
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Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns
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Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Cruise

Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Cruise

Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sunset with Outback Barbecue Dinner and Star Tour
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Litchfield National Park and Jumping Crocodile Cruise
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Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter
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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne
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Kakadu Full-Day Tour from Darwin with Lunch
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Recent reviews from experiences in Australia

Richmond town
Ian_T, Jun 2022
Richmond Historic Afternoon Tour from Hobart
Hi we went on this lovely tour to see the stone bridge and the Jail.
Great trip!
CeliaK, Jun 2022
All Inclusive Small-Group Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney with Scenic World
Featherdale Wildlife Park provided a great opportunity to see Koalas and other Australian creatures.
I came out to Australia...
David_M, Jun 2022
Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs One-Way Shuttle
I came out to Australia two and a half years ago to see the country.
Amazing & Beautiful
Graeme_S, Jun 2022
Uluru Morning Guided Base Walk
I became one of the 1% of Australians that have seen the waterfalls in full flow sat Uluṟu Truly blessed
Bucket list Day!
Leanne_E, Jun 2022
Buccaneer Explorer
Fantastic day, only way to see Australia!!
A perfect day in Uluru
Ludk_H, May 2022
Ayers Rock Day Trip from Alice Springs Including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Sunset BBQ Dinner
Booked almost 2 months in advance, I expected just to see the indigenous places in central Australia.
A breathtaking experience!
Astrid_S, May 2022
Great Ocean Road Tour for Backpackers, Students and Young travellers
The passengers were a small group of young people who all wanted to see one of the greatest wonders of Australia.
Awesome time
Lindsey_M, Apr 2022
Great Ocean Road Tour for Backpackers, Students and Young travellers
An awesome way to see Australia.
Great Day on the Great Ocean Road
Leisa_F, Mar 2022
Small-Group Great Ocean Road Day Trip from Melbourne + Native Tree Planted
Highly recommend to anyone who would like to see an amazing part of Australia in a day trip from Melbourne.
My day up the mount
Mick_L, Jan 2022
kunanyi / Mt Wellington Explorer Bus - 2 Hour Return Tour
Well the view but I really enjoyed stopping at Ferntree, The Springs lookout etc on the way up.
Wow. Just WOW.
Lynn_L, Jun 2022
3-Day Adelaide to Melbourne Tour Including the Great Ocean Road
We even got to see a sleeping koala near our room in the morning after our second night stay!
Cattle station with a great view
Wilda_F, Jun 2022
Mount Conner 4WD Small Group Tour from Ayers Rock including Dinner
Our guide Imogen provided excellent commentary about the history of Curtin Springs cattle station and how it became a tourist stop before arriving at Uluru national park.
A day's outing to King's Canyon
John_Y, Jun 2022
Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru)
It was a wet, cold day unusual for Central Australia but we got to see running water in the creek.
Don’t Miss This One in Longreach.
Thomasina_F, Jun 2022
Nogo Station Experience
Got to see lots of interesting things along the way around Longreach and on the property.
5* tour
Lynn_W, Jun 2022
Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran
On the reef itself it was good to see safety measures being followed.
Enjoyable Day in Barossa Valley
Jennifer_M, May 2022
Barossa Valley Cellar Doors Luxury Wine Tour
We had time at the end of the day to visit Maggie Beers a seasonal kitchen with sells delicious looking food items.
We had a great day.
Pauline_B, Apr 2022
Full-Day Bruny Island Cruises Day Tour from Hobart
The drive from Hobart to Kettering was lovely and we got to see even more of Tasmania.
Definitely worth the time.
Neal_M, Apr 2022
Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
A great way to see the city and get a brief overview of its history.
Wineglass bay tour
Mary_M, Dec 2021
Wineglass Bay Cruise from Coles Bay
Such a beautiful part of Australia to visit.
Boat trip was awesome....
Cathy_F, Nov 2021
Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart
Tasman island was impressive and lucky to see both NZ and Australian fur seals soaking up the sun.
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