5 Top Australian Holiday Destinations

Australia is a huge country where you can visit mountains, deserts, tropical rainforests, coral reefs, modern cities and glittering seascapes.


Australia’s number one most popular leisure spot for holidaying Australians is without a doubt the glorious city of Sydney, New South Wales. And Australians aren’t the only people who like it. Since the Olympics in 2000 put Sydney firmly on the global map the city has had a flood of admirers having been voted World’s Best City by Travel & Leisure Magazine in the US a record 11 times. Top activities include the Harbour Bridge Climb, a seaplane trip to the northern beaches and of course a walk around the Sydney Opera House.

The Kimberleys WA

Western Australia’s wild Kimberley is like another country compared to the eastern seaboard where Sydney and Melbourne can be found. It’s a place for people who love the great outdoors as there is nowhere more wonderful in Australia for hiking, camping, boiling a billy (kettle) and falling asleep in the open air gazing up at a million glittering stars overhead.

Port Douglas, Queensland

The Northern Tropics region is one of the superlatives not only in terms of natural beauty but holiday experiences. It’s home to the world’s oldest living tropical rainforest, The Daintree, and is the nearest jumping-off point to the Great Barrier Reef which makes it a magnet for both overseas and Australian visitors. port Douglas the hub of the region, is only an hours’ drive from Cairns along one of the most impressive coastal drives in Australia.

The Barossa, South Australia

Sometimes you have to look at how others see you before you truly appreciate what it is you have to offer and in the past few years The New York Times has nominated Australia’s Barossa Valley as one of its Top 100 Places to visit. Reasons given include the area’s great selection of shiraz vines some of which date back to the 1840s. With over 60 vineyards to visit and an artisanal cheese trail, this is one of Australia’s great holiday destinations.

The Gold Coast, Queensland

The Gold Coast is where Australians go to hang out by the beach in winter when the temperature is a balmy 30 degrees centigrade. Endless sandy beaches, pristine waters, the Great Barrier Reef within easy reach, plenty of action day during the day at one of the many theme parks and at night there are restaurants, bars and nightclubs galore. In addition, the tropical rainforests of the hinterland are just begging to be explored for their superlative food haunts, spa retreats and secret hideaways.


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