28th June, 2011

Top Five Must-See Places in Australia

Australia’s incredible diversity means a cornucopia of choice for even the most discerning travellers. Its distinct and iconic landscapes, both natural and created, are famous around the world. For first time travellers, these are the not-to-be missed destinations to include on your trip down under.

The Gold Coast

A glittering seaside city of sun, sand and surf stretching along 57 kilometres of coastline, the Gold Coast is one of the most popular destinations for international and local tourists. With sunny subtropical climate and temperate waters, the Gold Coast has a vibrant nightlife and some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. Just a little way inland are its rainforest hinterlands, great for bushwalking and hiking adventures. Go boating, surfing, scuba diving, visit the famous theme parks, or dine at one of the city’s restaurants.

Not to be missed on the Gold Coast is Surfer’s Paradise, known as the jewel in Queensland’s crown. The well-known high rises associated with the Coast’s skyline are located in this wonderful town. When it comes to Surfers Paradise accommodation, choices right near the beach with great views are plentiful.

Surfer’s paradise is filled with great nightclubs, bars, restaurants, shopping and dining choices, as well as family activities. Surfers Paradise apartments provide high levels of enjoyment and easy access to Surfers Paradise beach, a 150 metre long stretch of stunning sand and water.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney

Sydney is located on one of the most striking locations in the world. The city is set around hundreds of coves, beaches, and groves, making it a city right on the beach. If you’re visiting for the first time, the Harbour cruise is an incomparable experience. Take a cruise to the famous clam-shaped Opera House and pass under the Harbour Bridge. Relax at any of its numerous beaches – there are so many that you’re bound to find a favourite.

Sydney is also filled with great dining and shopping opportunities, with world class restaurants right on the Harbour, along with Pitt St Mall and the Queen Victoria Building.

The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

The Great Ocean Road is located in the state of Victoria to the west of Melbourne city. Said to be the world’s greatest war memorial (it was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932), this 243 kilometre stretch of road is one of the most scenic drives you’ll ever experience. Whether you take a bus tour or self-drive, the Great Ocean Road is sure to be a memorable experience for your Aussie holiday.

Don’t miss the 12 Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks visited by over 2 million tourists every year. Along the drive are plenty of charming seaside towns for pleasant road trip stops.


Ayers Rock, also known as Uluru, needs no introduction. One of Australia’s most distinct natural landmarks, this 348 metre tall sandstone formation changes colour depending on the time of day or year. An Australian cultural icon, it’s also a sacred site for the Anangu Aboriginal people. Uluru can be visited at any time of year, by bus, plane or even self-drive.

Kakadu National Park

One of the most important national parks in Australia, Kakadu is a World Heritage listed park that’s jointly managed by the traditional Aboriginal owners and the Australian government. With its incredible variety of wildlife, sweeping natural landscapes and ecologically unique river systems and wetlands, Kakadu is the ultimate outback destination and the single best place to get close to Australia’s unique fauna and flora. Don’t miss Jim Jim Falls, the Aboriginal art sites, and remember to schedule a river tour into your Kakadu itinerary.