For some months, international borders are likely to remain closed, so globetrotting may be off the cards in foresight. But don’t worry unfailing travelers, here in Australia there is always plenty to fulfill your hiking urge.
Naming your favorite children from a wide but brilliant and very different community is the best place to visit on this vast, diverse continent of ours. Australia’s best-known beach towns are then wild green islands, rough national parks full of underground swimming pools, big cities full of culture and good food… we can go on forever.
We have cherry-picked a handful of the regions that we believe you can put at the top of your list when you make inter-state travel again. If you want to taste delicious shiraz, hike around the luxuriant green countryside or enjoy the best of our untouched coasts, there is a great destination for all tastes.
Best Australian cities to visit
Far North Queensland
To the north the weather is fantastic and you will be surrounded by UNESCO World Heritage icons. Exploring Far North Queensland right next to the Great Barrier Reef, the biggest coral reef in the whole world, use Cairns as your base. There are some different ways to explore whether you’re a hardcore scuba diver, a newbie, or want to see GBR by a fantastic glass-bottomed cruise. Don’t skip a ride to the Daintree Rainforest either; this green paradise contains film-cool waterfalls, transparent blue lakes, the trees’ sunshine, and exotic plants.
Everyone wears black, everyone’s coffee-obsessed and the city with such temperamental weather has just too many rooftop bars. But Melbourne’s best thing is to discover many secrets. Whether it’s a secret laneway pub, a ten-story shopping experience, many places to visit are easily reached (and cheap as chips to get to, thanks to the city-wide free tram zone).
The countryside in Australia’s red center is simply stunning, especially when you marvel at Uluru’s big sandstone monolith. You can fly from Sydney, Darwin, or Cairns directly to this airport, just a few kilometers north of Uluru. You can easily see how Uluru has become a symbol of local indigenous culture and of Australian culture as a whole. You will soon understand why climbing Uluru, which was eventually prohibited in 2019, is a big no-no. The citizens of the local Anangu will share the tales of its spiritual value.
This peaceful corner of the state on the Green Cape is a hidden gem of a radar of mass tourism located nearly 500 km from central Sydney on New South Wales’ southeastern borders. This is partly because this is not the easiest place to reach; the regional airport in Merimbula is the only way to get there quickly. However, if you are willing to drive these extra kilometers, you can find untouched nature, your recompensation along this ruggedly beautiful stretch of sea from Bermagui until DisasterBay.
Everyone is familiar with Sydney’s stunning views and exciting events. It’s a prettier town too, with stunning architecture – like the Sydneyperson Opera House and Harbor Bridge, two of the world’s most famous structures, and sparkling harbors, only disrupted by island sanctuaries. We suggest staying for the restaurants, music, and nice vibes when coming to the beautiful beaches (but also the beaches). Sydney is all this and much more, especially if you want your free time to be a bit involved.
The look of Australia’s southernmost state is easy to recognize. For one thing, 40% of Tasmania is reserved for national parks and wildlife. 20 minutes away from the main cities of the state (Hobart and Launceston) you can stroll on the bush, ride a mountain path or relax on the beach. But for nature lovers, Tasmania is not just. The Museum of Old and Modern Art (MONA) is currently one of the best things to do in the world and features extraordinary cuisine, whiskey and gin distilleries, shrines for wildlife, where you can encounter the endeavored Tasmanian devil, cool-climate wineries, fabulous festivals and a Museum of World Class Art.
Do you think you need a little paradise to go to the Maldives? Australia is ready and waiting at Whitsunny for its very own paradise. This 74 island set is situated right beside Queensland’s north-east coast and Great Barrier reef. Most of the islands are uninhabited, and on your Instagram feed, you’ve probably seen lonely, large white beaches and stunning landmarks like Heart Reef. If that doesn’t suffice to draw tourists, the average daily temperature is 27°C. Enough said. Enough said.
The Barossa Valley is the leading wine production area in Australia, so it is a spot for visiting if you are a fan of wine. There are more than 150 wineries and about 80 cellars to discover 50 minutes northeast of Adelaide. The area focuses mainly on big reds, but also a good variety of grenache, riesling, and chardonnay. There are major Australian bodegas such as Penfolds, Yalumba, and Jacob’s Creek in this area, but if you want genuine Aussie hospitality we would suggest that you visit smaller producers such as Charles Melton and Rockford Wines.
Exmouth’s sleepy coast is adjacent to the Cape Range National Park and to the Ningaloo Reef (300 km), an area that is spectacular and vibrant. The Exmouth, a nature lover’s field with one of the longest fringing reefs of the world, is approximately 1270 km north of Perth (about a 15-hour drive or two-hour flight from nearby Learmouth); coral in many areas, therefore, reaches the beach.