White sandy beaches dotting it's coast lines, lush rainforests and national parks, hip cities, pristine islands off the coast, and an abundance of wildlife you won't see anywhere else in the world, Australia is a bucket list destination for a reason. However, with so much to see in such a massive country it can be difficult to figure out what the must-visit places are. Though difficult to narrow down, here is a list of the best places to visit in Australia.
Whitsunday Islands. In the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Airlie Beach, are 74 breathtaking islands surrounded by lush rainforest, turquoise water, and white sand. These islands are known as the Whitsunday Islands. As most of the islands, with the exception of 4, are uninhabited national parks, they retain their unspoilt beauty giving visitors the opportunity to experience a piece of paradise on Earth.
Fraser Island. At 76 miles long and 14 miles wide, Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island offers one of Australia's most unique four-wheel-drive adventures with no sealed roads, just pure sand. Even the highway is actually a beach, a 75-mile beach. Lush rainforest growing on top of sand dunes, over a 100 freshwater lakes and creeks, wild dingos, spectacular sandstone cliffs, and one of the best places to see baby humpback whales are just a few reasons why this island is one of the coolest place in Australia.
Great Barrier Reef. The world's largest barrier reef system, composed of over 300 individual reefs, 900 islands, and stretching a little more than the distance from New York City to Maimi, the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is truly a natural world wonder and cannot be missed. Taking a scenic flight over the reef to get a birds eye view, enjoying a tour on a luxury catamaran, staying on one of the luxurious islands within the reef, and diving are just a few ways to explore the reef.
Melbourne. Voted as the world’s most livable city and also probably Australia’s coolest city with vintage shops, graffiti-covered backstreets, quirky cafes, and hidden bars with hipster vibes, Melbourne deserves a spot on your Australian itinerary. Whether you want to eat your way through Melbourne’s incredible food scene, admire street art in the laneways, catch a sport game in the sports capital of Australia, or shop at Queens Victoria Market, the city has plenty to see and do for all types of travelers. Melbourne is also a great gateway destination to visit other popular attractions in Australia such as the Great Ocean Road, Philips Island, and Yarra Valley.