100 Reasons to Visit Australia
Australia’s 18,000-km coastline boasts everything from the world’s best coral reefs to endless white sandy bays, stunning tropical islands and buzzing surf beaches. Here are 100 reasons to visit Australia.
The Great Ocean Road
The road stretches for 243 km along the Ocean and is considered a National Heritage. There are some of the most spectacular sights like the Twelve Apostles – the limestone formations on the beach.
There are more Kangaroos than humans in Australia, which makes life more adorable.
The liveable cities
While Melbourne is rated the world’s most liveable city by The Economist, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide are also in the top 10–based on the stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure of the city.
Tipping is Discretionary
Unlike certain other countries you won’t be chased down a street by an incensed waiter if you don’t leave a gratuity since we pay our hospitality workers a decent wage.
The Yarra River
There are walking and bike trails that follow the river from the inner suburbs to the Central Business District, and along Port Phillip Bay as far as Brighton with its string of colourful bathing boxes.
Major fossils deposits, some of the most amazing species in the world like the marsupial lion and Tasmanian tigers that are a million years old can be found in Naracoorte Caves National Park in South Australia.
Austraia's version of Vegas / Disney all rolled into one.
Street Art in Melbourne
Melbourne is becoming internationally known for creative and colourful street art, including Banksy's signature 'rats', in its alleys and laneways. Some of the most vibrant examples are in Hosier Lane alongside and opposite Melbourne's best loved Spanish diner, MoVida.
Australia is a serious contender for the best backpacking destination in the world.
Don’t mind the occasional spider or lizard, the country is clean, it’s safe, and it doesn’t require you to get a long list of vaccinations.
Wilpena Pound, South Australia
The stunning amphitheater of mountains is the most visited outback in the country. Bushwalking is the main activity – visitors can choose from different levels: a few hours walk, climbing to St Mary Peak or camping. Scenic flights are also available to admire the wonderful views. Wilpena Pound is a natural amphitheatre of mountains located 429 kilometres north of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia in the heart of the Flinders Ranges National Park.
The Glasshouse Mountains
Glass House Mountains is a hinterland town of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, named after the famous Glass House Mountains of the area.
Almost 50 wineries in Yarra Valley, which produces top quality Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Hunter Valley is the oldest wine region in the country.
Loch Ard Gorge, Great Ocean Road
The Loch Ard Gorge is part of Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia, about 3 minutes drive west of The Twelve Apostles.
The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
The biggest coral reef structure in tThe Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, is the largest living thing on Earth, and even visible from outer space. The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. It's home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, plus turtles, dolphins and sharks.
The Wineglass Bay at Frecinet National Park
Freycinet is a national park on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia, 125 km northeast of Hobart. It occupies a large part of the Freycinet Peninsula, named after French navigator Louis de Freycinet, and Schouten Island.
It’s easy to find accommodation
With an abundance of hostels, hotels, campsites, apartment rentals, and even house sitting options, there is plenty of choice, regardless of your budget and travel style.
Darwin, Northern Territory
Darwin is capital of the Northern Territory and gateway to Kakadu National Park, Australia’s largest. It's known as a laid-back blend of frontier outpost and modern city. At its heart is the Smith Street pedestrian mall, notable for shops selling Aboriginal art and crafts, South Sea pearls, opals and diamonds. The liveliest part of the waterfront is reachable from the Central Business District via the Esplanade or an elevated walkway.
It’s easy to get around
With transportation options ranging from great bus routes, cheap domestic flights and huge popularity of campervans.
The Pinnacles in Western Australia
The Pinnacles are limestone formations contained within Nambung National Park, near the town of Cervantes, Western Australia, Australia.
Australia is the world oldest continent, inhabited for more than 50,000 years by Aborigines. Explore our rich Aboriginal culture as you travel through Australia.
Climb the summit of the Sydney Harbor Bridge
One of the most exciting ways to experience the Sydney Harbour Bridge is to climb to the top of it! Exhilarating and utterly unforgettable, BridgeClimb gives you the incredible opportunity to walk to the summit of the bridge and enjoy one of the world's most spectacular views.
You can swim with 30-foot whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef
When you Swim with a Whale Shark it is an experience you will never forget.
Eat all the Vegemite you want
Vegemite on toast for breakfast is about as Australian as it gets. Sure, it is an acquired taste, but once you get it, you’re never going back to bland old butter on toast.
You get to actually see the strangest mammal on Earth in the wild
It’s a duck! It’s a fish! It’s a furry little mammal! Nah, it’s just the platypus, found all over Eastern Australia and Tasmania.
The forests of the Dandenong Ranges
The Dandenong Ranges are a set of low mountain ranges, rising to 633 metres at Mount Dandenong, approximately 35 km east of Melbourne, Victoria
The Rocks and Circular Quay
Near Circular Quay, The Rocks is a sanitized precinct of narrow laneways, galleries, boutiques and restaurants. West of the Argyle Cut, the road cuts through solid rock in the 1860s that links east with west, the area is mainly residential.
You get to taste some delicious, delicious pies
Melbourne has the largest operating tram network in the world with 250 kilometres of double track. There are 1763 tram stops across the network. Trams journeys within the CBD are free.
The cosmopolitan bayside suburb is a melting pot of cultures and socio-economic groups.
You are allowed to be your unique self
In Australia there is no gender-neutral equal box, where you have to think, speak and act like everyone else. Trying to be like everyone else is lame, being your authentic self is awesome.
Something for everyone
Bustling cities, laid back cities, the outback, the suburbs, the countryside, wine country, beaches, swimming with sharks, shopping, clubbing, pubs, surfing, skiing, hiking, crazy adrenaline adventures, honestly whatever you like to do - Australia has got it!
Sunbathe next to seals on Phillip Island
Look at some cool Aboriginal art
Nice to meat you
Meat’s not just a dish here, it’s a lifestyle.
Mount Augustus National Park is located 852 km north of Perth, 490 km by road east of Carnarvon and 390 km northwest of Meekatharra, in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia.
Aussies brew awesome beers
Bask in wide open spaces
Did you know that you can drive 15 hours west of Sydney and still be in the state of New South Wales? What many travelers don’t understand until they arrive is Australia’s vast size. There is a lot of land to cover, and once you get out of the big cities, you quickly come to the realization of just how stark it is in terms of population.
The taxi drivers
They may not know where the hell they’re going, anywhere, in Australia, but you do get to sit in the front seat with them.
Australia may not have invented surfing, but they might as well have, given how ingrained it is in Australian culture. The best surfing is on the East Coast, and there are a million places where you can catch a good wave.
Aussies do a lot of things well and one of the best is throwing a barbecue. The Aussie BBQ is a serious tradition, and most parks and public areas have at least three BBQ pits.
Aussies are certainly passionate about their sport, and whether it’s an AFL game at the MCG or a day out at the Spring Racing Carnival, they don’t do anything half way.
Australians are incredibly friendly, laid-back and fun.
Aussie Accent & Slangs
As crook as Rookwood - seriously ill.
Cark it - die
Drongo - no-hoper or foo
Face like a dropped pie - ugly
Full as a centipede's sock drawer - very full
Go off like a frog in a sock - go berserk
Go troppo - go crazy
Have a root - have sex
He played a Barry - he did shockingly badly
Knock up - wake up
Like a shag on a rock - lonely or exposed
Macca's - McDonald's
Mad as a meat-axe - crazy
May your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny door down - a way of wishing someone bad luck.
Mouth like the bottom of a cocky's cage - a dry mouth, often as a result of heavy drinking and or smoking.
Siphon the python - go to the toilet
Spit the dummy - have a sudden tantrum.
Stoked - excited.
Stone the crows - expression of amazement
Thongs - flip-flops.
Tucker - food.
Two-pot screamer - someone who can't hold their drink.
Up and down like a bride's nightie - changing your opinion
Woop woop - isolated place
Australians don't sacrifice sustainability for tourism. Lord Howe Island, the most beautiful island of coral reefs, is only allowed to host 400 tourists at any given time, no matter how many want to come.
Lord Howe Island is an irregularly crescent-shaped volcanic remnant in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand, 600 kilometres directly east of mainland Port Macquarie, and about 900 kilometres from Norfolk Island.
Whitehaven Beach, Queensland
Whitehaven Beach is a 7 km stretch along Whitsunday Island, Australia. The island is accessible by boat from the mainland tourist ports of Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour, as well as Hamilton Island.
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Kangaroo Island is just off the mainland of South Australia, below Adelaide. It's known for its diverse wildlife and nature reserves, including Flinders Chase National Park and its kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and many bird species. At Cape du Couedic, the park's southwestern point, sit the huge, striking Remarkable Rocks granite formations. Nearby, Admirals Arch is a rock bridge with an adjacent fur-seal colony.
Uluru, Northern Territory
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s Red Centre desert, 450km from the nearest large town, Alice Springs. It’s sacred to indigenous Australians and believed to be about 700 million years old. It’s within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which also encompasses the 36 red-rock domes of the Kata Tjuta (colloquially “The Olgas”) formation.
The Blue Mountains is a rugged region west of Sydney in Australia’s New South Wales. Known for dramatic scenery, it encompasses steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and villages dotted with guesthouses, galleries and gardens. Katoomba, a major town in the area, borders Blue Mountains National Park and its bushwalking trails. Echo Point affords views of the storied Three Sisters sandstone rock formation.
Wallaman Falls, Queensland
The Wallaman Falls, a cascade and horsetail waterfall on the Stony Creek, is located in the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Wet Tropics in the northern region of Queensland
'There's nothing like Australia'
Australians have swimming pools in their oceans.
Swimming pool @ Bondi Beach
Caramel slice is in Australia
Ever wanted to celebrate Christmas with a barbeque on the beach? Well, in Australia you can.
As it is the middle of Summer in Australia at Christmas time, the words to the Carols about snow and the cold winter are sometimes changed to special Australian words! There are also some original Australian Carols.
Cute baby animals
Not everything in Australia is trying to kill you. Some of the animals there are actually really cute and worth the trip just to go and see them
Australia is a sailor’s dream
Quokkas on Rottnest Island
Quokkas aren't just a seriously high score in scrabble they are endemic to Australia and look a bit like a mini kangaroo crossed with a gerbil. Only really found on Rottnest Island off the Perth Coast, if you want to really get to know all of Australia's wildlife, you have to head to Western Australia.
The koala is one of Australia’s most beloved and endangered animals.
ACMI art gallery
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image is a state-of-the-art facility purpose-built for the preservation, exhibition and promotion of Victorian, Australian and International screen content in all forms.
Take the best ‘land-surfing’ photos on the planet
Hike up the Cradle Mountain and camp by the side of Lake St. Clair
The Cradle Mountain is a mountain in the Central Highlands region of Tasmania, Australia. The mountain is situated in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
Devils Marbles, NT
Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve is located 105 km south of Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, Australia and 393 km north of Alice Springs. The nearest settlement is the small town of Wauchope located 9 km to the south.
Bay of Fires, Tasmania
The Bay of Fires is a bay on the northeastern coast of Tasmania in Australia, extending from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point.
Watch the march of the million crabs on Christmas Island
Christmas Island is one of natures most impressive feats, an island full of natural wonders: from the unique annual red crab migration to rare and unusual birds and glorious deserted beaches where the only footprints in the sand are those made by nesting turtles. With so many endemic species, the island is often referred to as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. Yet it also displays a curious amalgam of cultures, history and industry, emerging as a place where all these elements create a truly unusual travel experience.
People in Australia really know coffee
Starbucks tried to invade the scene a few years ago, but Aussies didn’t break from their mom-and-pop roasteries.
Lake McKenzie is a perched lake on Fraser Island in Queensland, Australia. The lake is located in the Great Sandy National Park. The lake is located 6.2 km southeast of Kingfisher Resort. It is 1,200 metres long and up to 930 metres wide
Visit colonies of fairy penguins at night
The Little Penguin (or fairy penguins) is the smallest of the world’s 17 penguin species and is the only species to breed on the Australian mainland. It stands approximately 33cm in height and weighs approximately 1kg.
You Can Come Face to Face with Unique and Exotic Australian Wildlife
Experience a breathtaking helicopter flight over the most spectacular coastal scenery over 12 Apostles Helicopters
The exchange advantage with the £ € $
Australian dollar is the at lowest levels in 6 years.
Sing along on the blues tram in Bendigo
Bendigo has trams that seem in keeping with its quaint heritage atmosphere.
Just the place in general is amazing. Cable Beach is known as one of the most sensational beaches in Australia, the sunsets are known as some of the best in the world turning the whole of Broome into a deep red boudoir, and the colour of the ocean is unlike anything else you will see in Australia. One word, Broome.
AAMI Park Stadium
AAMI Park, with its soap-bubble 'bioframe' design and geodesic-dome roof, is the new home of Melbourne soccer, rugby league and rugby union. Opened in mid-2010, it has no view-obstructing pillars and provides full shade for most spectators.
As the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne is blessed with several heritage theatres: as well as the Regent, there are the Princess and Her Majesty's, both popular venues for musicals.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
The MCG is the home of the Australian Football League and the birthplace of test cricket. With a capacity of 100,000, it draws more than four million spectators each year to events including pop concerts and the Boxing Day Test (the most popular day in Australia's cricket calendar) and has been central to major sporting events including the 1956 Olympics, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and 2015 Cricket World Cup.
Hike the weirdly wonderful “rock bubbles” of the Bungle Bungles
The Purnululu National Park is a World Heritage Site in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The 239,723-hectare national park is located approximately 300 kilometres south of Kununurra, with Halls Creek located to the south.
Australia is also very child-friendly. Restaurants, parks, and cafes are dotted with little ones everywhere, and babies are set free on the beach as soon as they can hold their holds up.
This is a multi-venue destination, which includes waterside walks, restaurants, shops, museums (Australian National Maritime Museum and Powerhouse Museum), exhibition halls, Imax cinema, boating venues, aquarium and wildlife. Darling Harbour extends along the western, southern and eastern sides of Cockle Bay and takes in the King St Wharf restaurant area just south of Barangaroo.
Shark Bay in Western Australia
Shark Bay is a World Heritage Site in a very special part of Gascoyne region of Western Australia. The 2,200,902-hectare heritage–listed area is located approximately 800 kilometres north of Perth.
Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
Kakadu National Park is an enormous, biodiverse nature preserve in Australia’s Northern Territory. With terrain encompassing wetlands, rivers and sandstone escarpments, it’s home to some 2,000 plant species and wildlife from saltwater crocodiles and Flatback turtles to hundreds of bird species. Aboriginal rock-art paintings dating to prehistoric times can be viewed at sites such as Nourlangie, Nanguluwur and Ubirr.
The lake lies on the Middle Island and is probably the most beautiful pink lake in the world. Its rose pink color is permanent and does not fade away even in a container. Lake Hillier is a saline lake on the edge of Middle Island, the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago in the Goldfields-Esperance region, off the south coast of Western Australia.
The fascinating Aussie lifestyle
The vibrant art scene, the charming laid-back atmosphere, the cultural diversity of its inhabitants, their friendly nature, and the high quality of life here, make Australia a wonderful, welcoming country.
Australia Has Some of the Most Beautiful Beaches in the World
There Are Hundreds of National Parks and Rainforests to Explore in Australia
The Godwana Rainforests of Australia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, contains the most extensive area of subtropical rainforest in the world. Occupying over 350,000 hectares, the area consists of over 50 reserves and national parks, stretching from Newcastle to Brisbane.
Qantas - The Spirit of Australia
Fly Qantas to Australia. Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier airline of Australia and its largest airline by fleet size, international flights and international destinations.
Arguably the most beautiful harbour in the world, it took the Parramatta and Lane Cover Rivers thousands of years to carve it from the sandstone.
Litchfield National Park
Looking for a swim in the wild? Visit Litchfield. Beloved by Darwin locals for an easy outing on hot days, this park, 1.5 hours from the city, features a multitude of waterfalls with plunge pools and rockholes sans the pesky (life-threatening) crocodiles.
King’s Canyon is the ancient sandstone that are formed from tall red rock and it has small cracks eroded from a million years ago. And it has 600 species of native plants and animals living in the area. Kings Canyon is part of the Watarrka National Park in the Northern Territory, Australia. Sitting at the western end of the George Gill Range, it is 323 km southwest of Alice Springs and 1,316 km south of Darwin.
The Larapinta Trail is a classic adventure
The Great Weather
Australia has golden-sunshine weather pretty much year round. Even though the south can get chilly during winter (May-August), the north part stays with summer-like weather 365 days a year.
Cruise along Kimberley’s rugged coast
Western Australia’s rugged and remote Kimberley Coast is one of the world’s last great Wilderness areas, and one of Western Australia’s greatest natural assets. An area of rugged natural beauty with nearly 13,000km of coastline including islands and embayments, the Buccaneer and Bonarparte Archipelagos of the Kimberley coast boast more than 2,633 islands and an extensive system of largely fringing reefs.
It is Also an Amazing Place for Music Lovers
There are hundreds of music festivals in Australia, featuring acts of all genres.
Our home galaxy can be seen from many nighttime vantage points across the planet, but at none have I beheld the glow of this white stretch of universe so brilliant. The lack of light pollution in the center of the desert, thousands of miles from civilization, allows for incredible stargazing.
Royal Botanic Gardens & The Domain - Sydney
Located around Farm Cover on the shore of Sydney Harbour is the spectacular Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain. Established in 1816, the oasis in the heart of the city occupies the land on which the first crops were planted.
Shark Cage Diving
South Australia has one of the best waters where you can find and get up close to the beast in the big sea, the “Great White Sharks”. You can now experience this one of a kind adventure in the deep blue sea.
Ride aboard the spectacular ‘The Ghan’ train
The train runs right through the heart of the Australian outback, which makes it one of our 23 most scenic train rides in the world.
Nudey Beach, Fitzroy Island
Despite the fact that there are no nude beaches in Queensland, this island beach seems to get away with it. Located on the southwesterly side of the touristy Fitzroy Island, the beach is partially covered with sand and also partially covered with loose dead coral. You can walk on all this coral - it's just not as soft as the sandy bits. Most people who visit Nudey Beach keep their clothes on, and it is rare to see anyone nude. But the point is you do have the option.
Katherine Gorge, Northern Territory
Nitmiluk National Park is in the Northern Territory of Australia, 244 km southeast of Darwin, around a series of gorges on the Katherine River and Edith Falls.
Margaret River, Western Australia
Margaret River is a town in the South West of Western Australia, located in the valley of the eponymous Margaret River, 277 kilometres south of Perth, the state capital.
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