Tucked away in the Southern Hemisphere, the ‘land down under’ or Australia is one of the most preferred holiday destinations. There is much to explore here and it’s definitely worth the trip to this awesome country. While the country as a whole is stunning, there are a few places which make Australia the charmer that it is. Here are our handpicked 7 Holiday Destinations in Australia that we’re sure will blow your mind!
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#1 The Great Barrier Reef
If the feeling of being surrounded by the endless depths of the blue ocean and swimming along with whale sharks don’t scare you, then the Great Barrier Reef is your place to go.
It is perhaps the most visited holiday destination in the whole of Australia and honestly, we can see why!
It is hands down one of the best diving sites in the world – with beautiful, dotted corals and a breathtakingly abundant marine life. Needless to say, this impressive natural wonder tops the bucket list of avid scuba divers and travel freaks around the world. It is totally worth travelling almost half the planet to witness this amazing beauty!
Best time to visit: August to December
#2 Uluru, Northern Territory
A huge rock, about 8km long in the midst of nowhere might not seem to be a fancy holiday spot for you, but we’re asking you to seriously consider it. Because Uluru is not just splendid, it is more than that.
With steep cuts and caving-in, Australia’s ‘Red Centre’ beautifully resembles a giant mound of sand. The Ayers rock is the most beautiful during sunset – sparkling with the beautiful crimson hue from the sun. It is said that the rock is abundant with metals, especially iron, and that it is the reason for that red glow. While rock climbing is permitted, do remember that locals consider Uluru as a sacred rock.
Best time to visit: May to September
Also read: The complete guide to Australia
#3 The Whitsundays, Queensland
If your idea of the ideal Australian holiday is spending the time along the coast and snorkeling amongst beautiful coral reefs, then there is no better place in Australia than the Whitsundays.
The Whitsundays are a group of islands off the Queensland coast and forms part of the Great Barrier Reef. Major activities include snorkeling and diving amongst the beautiful coral reefs, and pristine beaches with clear, warm waters. Another exciting activity is Birdwatching, at the Hook Islands!
Best time to visit: September to October
#4 Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
Located in the picturesque Freycinet National Park is the Wineglass Bay. The name might sound a little bit intriguing – but no, this place has nothing to do with an actual wineglass!
Surrounded by pink granite mountains, pristine beaches, and a dense eucalyptus forest; the Wineglass Bay is a great place for an Australian holiday. Also, not to forget the amazing Tasmanian food and some sparkling wine! A 20-minute walk from the Bay will lead you to one of the best and also the most remote beach in Australia—the Hazards beach, an ideal Honeymooning spot in Australia
Best time to visit: April to May
#5 Lord Howe Island, New South Wales
This stunning island is perhaps Australia’s best-kept secret. Located in the South Pacific ocean, this island was not known to many until it started getting the attention it deserved recently!
For such a small and remote island, there are surely a LOT of places to see here. The most sought-after activity here is hiking, and there are many places offering amazing hike trails – Mount Gower, Goat House Cave and the Malabar Hill.
The Herring Pools are a group of natural swimming pools on the island. It is truly worth the hiking to get there, as you can relax and unwind in those natural, warm waters!
Best time to visit: September to June
#6 The Daintree Rainforest, Cairns
Cairns is a city perfect for a tropical holiday, with lush and thick covers of forests. It is also a connecting point to the Great Barrier Reef, by being a popular jump-off point to the reef itself.
Cairns is also the home to the Daintree Rainforests, which are much older than the Amazon rainforests! It makes for amazing hiking trips, and there are also many natural swimming pools in it with clear, warm water (be careful to avoid the jellyfish though!)
When you head up north from the rainforests, you can see the Daintree river. And if you cross the river, you can hike up to the beautiful Cape Tribulation!
Best time to visit: April to September
#7 Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Find seals playing at the beach, lazy koalas munching away on treetops, and our kangaroo friends hopping away – a sight you can see only at the Kangaroo Islands!
Apart from its abundant and exotic wildlife, the island also has some of the best beaches in the country. The rugged cliffs and scenic coastlines make for that perfect beach holiday.
Enjoy a scenic view of the island from the centuries-old Cape Willoughby Lighthouse! Take a stroll through one of the island’s famous vineyards, and explore’ Remarkable Rocks’ at the Flinders Chase National Park!
And last but not least, how is a trip to Australia complete without seeing the Kangaroos?
Best time to visit: December through February
Here are itineraries for some of our favorite destinations (great for the quick getaway!)