Travel Australia - where to go? Check out my Around Australia Road Trip (43 hubs so far) for ideas and suggestions. You can pick and choose, mix and match or follow the entire route. It is a big country, almost the same size as mainland USA but with a population less than California.
A sunrise hike to the top of Mt. Warning (East Coast, near Byron Bay) the world's largest extinct shield volcano is a must, if you are a hiker. It rewards the visitor with a view of the first rays of sunlight to hit the Australian mainland. The hike leads through rainforest and and is 4-5 hours round-trip.
Great Ocean road drive is one of the very scenic drives in the world. There are number of beautiful towns and beaches along the way. The stretch between Lorne and Apollo Bay is very picturesque in this drive.
Thanks for the mention CMHypno. Australia is huge! Ten days is not much time lanealanea, although most of the major centres can be reached in a couple of hours by plane, the heart of Australia is off the beaten track.
The Great Barrier Reef, the Kimberley region and the heart of our nation; Alice Springs and Uluru offer something a bit different to anywhere else. But gee, then there's the Grampians or the Great Ocean Road in Victoria and the vast expanse of Western Australia.
Ten days? Really? Only ten days? You might have to come again!
The southern part of Australia is awesome, near the Grampian Mountains in Dunkeld... Lots of great climbing and kangaroos! Anthony Bourdain from the Travel Channel did a show on a restaurant there called the "Royal Mail", and he called it the best restaurant in Australia! Even though I haven't yet been all over the country, I agree, it was an awesome meal!
Sure, we've been hit with some bad weather, floods and cyclones but we are up and running again. Now is the best time, the tourism industry is keen to get international visitors back to our shores and show them how quickly we recover.
My advice - don't try to cover too much during your 10 days. There is so much to see in Australia and the distances vast so focus on one or two areas!
Where are you landing? What do you like to do when you're on holiday? I'm sure many here will be able to give you more advice. Or, I recommend my favorite site for travelers' information - TripAdvisor!
Having lived in Australia for a year, the answer will depend on what you are looking for. For a more laid back Australian experience, Western Australia is a good option because there are far less tourists. However, the traditional route starts either in Sydney or Melbourne, then goes all the way up to Cairns up North. This is definitely the biggest backpacker circuit, as there are thousands who do this route. Don't forget to stop in Byron Bay, as it is a popular destination for the backpackers and a personal favorite of mine.
Perth is great to visit if you like variety, do a trip to Ningaloo reef where I swam/snorkled with a turtle ! Monkey mia where I fed a dolphin + see a bit of the country side as well . A lot you can see here in a short time !
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