If you want to make the most out of your Australian adventure, it’s important to plan your trip and visit as many places as possible. However, with more than seven million kilometres of land to explore, it’s unlikely you’ll hit every must-see destination in one trip.
Here at TheBeardMag, we’ve listed five amazing places to visit on your trip to Australia if you want to have a truly memorable experience that’s filled with culture, great food, and a lot of adventure.
An Australian road trip is incomplete without a visit to Queensland. The coastal area is a feast for the eyes and a picture of the lapping waves or sandy beaches would really spice up your Instagram feed. Adventurers will be at home in Queensland as there are many monuments to see and activities to embark upon during your visit.
Queensland is home to the Great Barrier Reef, a natural wonder that attracts more than two million visitors per year. When you’re out of the water and your wetsuit, put on your hiking boots and head to the Daintree Rainforest; the oldest rainforest on the planet is home to a variety of plant and animal species, including the exotic green-eyed tree frog.
In 2018, Melbourne was voted as the second most liveable city in the world, which is unsurprising considering the numerous cultural attractions that the city boasts. Independent cafes and restaurants can be found around every corner, so make sure to try some of their specialities before you go home.
Caffeine lovers will be in their element in Melbourne as baristas use only the best quality beans in their brews. The Secret Traveller believes that the city has some of the best coffee in the world and recommends that you try a signature Piccolo Latte before leaving.
3. The Gold Coast
Ideal for adrenaline seekers, the Gold Coast is a surfer’s paradise. The crystal-clear ocean has some of the best waves on the planet, which surfers of all skill levels will delight in riding. If surfing isn’t for you, grab some snorkelling gear and explore the underwater marine life, which is home to more than 50 species of fish as well as colourful coral plants.
When you’ve had enough fun in the water, head out to the lush Gold Coast hinterland; the green forest is filled with quaint mountain villages, which are a delight to walk among during a leisurely hike.
Shopaholics will also be in their element in the Gold Coast, as the shopping centres are filled with iconic and high-end brands that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. You might need to get another suitcase if you want to bring all the amazing items back home with you.
Often mistaken for the country’s capital, Sydney is the go-to Australian tourist destination, renowned for its modern facilities and cultural landmarks. You could spend your entire trip here because the list of things to do in the city is endless.
Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge should definitely be on your travel bucket list; the stunning views when you reach the top will make the knee-knocking summit all worth it. If scaling the fourth longest bridge in the world doesn’t appeal, make sure to check out Sydney’s iconic art scene by visiting a local exhibition.
5. The Outback
You have to visit rural Australia if you want to have the true Oz experience. Arnhem Land’s national parks have a bit of everything for nature lovers to explore, from wetlands to tropical rainforests filled with colourful flowers; keep your eyes peeled for the exotic saltwater crocodile and nesting turtles as they are abundant in the area.
For a true adventure, bring along your camping gear and embrace the outdoors; not only will it save you money you will also be immersed in the stunning Australian landscape.
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