Australia is such a vast and beautiful country that you can’t get a full picture of the country by visiting just one place. To fully experience all it has to offer you have to be willing to do a bit more of traveling. That’s easier said than done, of course. Where on earth should you begin? After all, there are endless natural and manmade wonders to admire in this intriguing part of the world. These are my current cities and parks on my Australia bucket list. When planning my second visit to Australia I knew I wanted to explore further and see more of what it has to offer. Check out my post on Australia’s Top Experiences to find out what are the best things to do in Australia.
Bucket list Destinations Australia
Sydney is perhaps the most iconic place in the land down under. It’s a huge and sprawling urban jungle with so much to offer. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is absolutely incredible and you can actually climb it. Of course check out the Sydney Opera House by water and on foot and if you have the opportunity to take in a live show inside the venue. There is some amazing beaches to visit like Bondi which has great surfing to the more quiet manly beach. If pools are more of your scene check out the Bondi Icebergs one of the most famous pools in the world. Sydney has an amazing food scene what ever your budget so you can be sure you will fill up on some epic eats. Check out my post on top things to do in Sydney for more on what to do.
Uluru is one of the most incredible natural areas in all of Australia. There’s a reason as to why Uluru is such a famous and loved place. Known as Ayer’s Rock to many, it’s an iconic natural monument. This is definitely the type of place to visit if you’re looking for a look into the famous Australian outback. Standing before such a gargantuan natural landmark is quite a humbling experience. Still owned by the Tjukurpa Aboriginal people this is a sacred place so as such it should be treated with respect. Visiting during sunrise and sunset offers some of the most amazing opportunities for photography.
Byron Bay is my favorite little hippie town in Australia. Crisp white sand beaches crystal-clear waters as far as the eye can see make Byron Bay the perfect beach destination. The scorching sunshine doesn’t hurt either. Most tourists do simply visit Byron Bay to get a tan on the beach, but there’s more to this beautiful area than that. Byron Bay has an amazing vegan and vegetarian food scene. It also happens to have some of the cutest boho chic boutiques and restaurants. It’s laid back atmosphere and locals makes this a perfect beach town getaway. Close to the Hinterland mountains there is plenty to do besides tan. It’s home to stunning waterfalls, serene swimming holes, and marvelous mountains. You should also try out some of the bush walks in the area. Head to Minyon Falls and Mt Warning for stunning views. Of course, you might want to do some research to get the necessary survival tools for your expedition. Be prepared when exploring the Australian wilderness, even in highly-populated areas.
Melbourne is one of my favorite cities not only in Australia but the world. It is no surprise to me that it is consistently named the most livable city in the world. Like Sydney it has the luxury of being a big city next to the beach. This means that not only do you get to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city but also the surround areas. It has a unique culture where modern meets old laneways. Where historic buildings are a stones throw away from graffiti clad buildings. It is a city not only known for its street art but amazing cuisine two reasons to visit in it’s self. Kakadu National Park, Yarra Valley and the Great Ocean road are all day trips worth considering when visiting Melbourne. The Great Ocean road is one of the most scenic drives you can do. Check out my experience Visiting the Great Ocean Road to find out why I am visiting it again.
Great Barrier Reef
Visiting Australia and not getting to the Great Barrier Reef may be one of the biggest mistakes you can make. The Great Barrier Reef is not only the largest living organisms on earth it is also in danger of being destroyed. By visiting and learning about it and why we must protect it you can help ensure that it continues to be around for years to come. Support one of the eco tours supports the reef so make sure to do research on where you stay and what touring companies you use. Ports of interest are Cairns and the Whitsundays. Cairns offers some great opportunities to do diving while Whitsundays offer some gorgeous beaches.