It may be the smallest continent in the world, but Australia is ranked number 6 in the world by country size. With so much to explore, it can be hard to decide which part of Australia is best for travel. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas to Kangaroo Island, Wilpena Pound to Sydney Opera House, and the Blue Mountains to Cable Beach, there are so many incredible places to visit in Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is a diver's paradise.
Whether you're an experienced diver, a casual diver, or a first-time water novice, there's something for everyone. You can book a dive boat vacation on board a dive to go to the most remote dive sites on the reef, take a helicopter tour of the stunning waters, or try your luck diving with a helmet. Plan your trip to the Great Barrier Reef with FlightCentre. Located in Queensland, the Daintree rainforest is one of Australia's natural wonders.
Dating back 180 million years, it covers 1,200 square kilometers and visitors can take a dream walk with an indigenous guide from the Kuku Yalanji tribe. Port Douglas is a tranquil tourist town in tropical North Queensland. It's the starting point for visiting the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, making it an ideal place to spend a few days relaxing and exploring the beauty of Australia. Located along Australia's most picturesque coastline, a road trip to Port Douglas is a must.
See our panoramic flight from Port Douglas over the Great Barrier Reef. The landscape is beautiful here and, at dusk, you can't miss The Notables; granite rocks have been sculpted into unique formations for more than 500 million years. Kangaroo Island is also home to what many consider to be the best beach in Australia. Wilpena Pound is an enormous 80-square-kilometer rocky amphitheater that is simply breathtaking.
It is located in the Flinders Range of South Australia, a 450 km drive from Adelaide. A good place to stay is inside the National Park, which is set among the mountains as a backdrop. The Flinders mountain range is 100 million years old and a tour of the ancient landscape is truly fascinating. It's definitely Australia's most iconic building and seeing it dominate the Sydney skyline doesn't disappoint.
The Sydney Opera House opened its doors in 1973 and has become Australia's top tourist attraction. Located just 50 km (32 miles) from Sydney, the Blue Mountains are another famous sight that attracts numerous visitors. The Three Sisters are the most emblematic view of the Blue Mountains. The Echo Point viewpoint offers a stunning view of the Three Sisters with views of the Jamison Valley.
If you like unique landscapes, you can't miss a visit to the pinnacles of Nambung National Park. Located about 200 km from Perth, Western Australia's capital city, the Pinnacles are another of those fascinating places to see in Australia. The formations range from short stump heights to pillars that reach 3 meters in height. The pinnacles are ancient formations that formed when the landscape was underwater. Cable Beach is that place where you've seen all those images of camels walking in shape at dusk, but you probably never knew where it was.
It's not the longest beach in Australia, but at 22 km long, it's nothing to sneeze at. There are many tour companies that offer camel rides on the beach at dusk. Camels came to Australia from India in the 19th century to transport equipment by land. The harsh Australian landscape proved to be a better environment for camels than for horses, and they helped shape the continent's history. While this type of rock formation is not uncommon, it is rare for it to be so exposed and accessible to tourism.
A 2 and a half hour walk from Darlington's main port, the cliffs weren't invaded by tourism as we expected. In fact, there were only one or two other people exploring the area when we arrived. Perhaps Australia's best-known tourist destination, Sydney is the gateway city for many tourists as well as being Australia's largest city. The capital of Australia is perfectly located between New South Wales and Victoria - two of its most populated states - making it an ideal compromise between notoriously competitive Sydney and Melbourne. A tour of beautiful Parliament House will give you an interesting insight into Australia's history and politics while Canberra glass factory offers both beauty and fascination alike. Brisbane is particularly popular with Australian tourists but also highly regarded by travelers from abroad; it's a charming city that crosses Brisbane River with its boutiques, friendly atmosphere and delicious restaurants being second-to-none. Byron Bay has a beautiful beach and lighthouse but has also been commercialized much more than Nimbin (which is inland so there isn't any beach but its colorful urban landscape and unique atmosphere more than make up for it).
Despite being in New South Wales they're very close to Queensland border; just 2 hours away from Brisbane they're an ideal day trip. The Great Barrier Reef is world’s largest reef system with an area of 2,600 km including 2,900 reefs and 900 islands; once sleepy haven Perth has been completely renovated since Western Australia’s mining boom making it really fun place. So take your time and enjoy your trip while discovering all these amazing places in Australia!.