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Your Australian Bucket list

Updated on April 30, 2015

Ten Places to See in Australia Before You Die

I think we all have a dream destination - somewhere we feel we really have to go one day. For many people Australia is that place... Maybe because it is so far away from the rest of the world it evokes a spirit of adventure and mystery for so many people.

Well I am an Aussie and I have traveled almost all the way around this country so I have put together a list of 10 places that with no restraint of time or money I would love to see or see again. I invite you to have a read and let me know what you think. Is Australia on your bucket list?

image by Toursim NT via Wikimedia Commons

The Great Barrier Reef - One of the natural wonders of the world

Where is it? The Great Barrier Reef is located off the Queensland Coast in Australia. It is over 2500km long and is made up of over 900 islands. Most people stay in between Port Douglas and the Whitsunday Islands when visiting the reef. It extends as far south as Lady Elliot Island.

Why is it special? Visible from space, World Heritage Listed and sadly disappearing year by year the Great Barrier Reef is an amazing garden of sea-life.

Where can I find out more? I have a page all about visiting Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef or you might like to read what tourism Queensland has to say.

Image By Richard Ling via Wikimedia Commons

Another great guide


Katherine Gorge - Nitmiluk National Park - Beautiful Gorges on the Katherine River and Edith Falls

Where is it? This beautiful gorge is located 250km south of Darwin.

Why is it special? Over 12km long Nitmiluk (Katherine) gorge is a wilderness paradise. Katherine River has over time cut through the 70m high sandstone to make 13 individual gorges with a series of rapids and waterfalls. It is home to crocodiles, many species of birds and unique plant life found nowhere else on earth.

Where can I find out more? If you are considering visiting Nitmiluk you might want to base yourself in Darwin. See my Darwin travel page for more information about things to do in the area. You can read about the Nitmiluk National Park on their website.

By Toursim NT via Wikimedia Commons

Kakadu National Park - Aboriginal Art and waterfalls

Jim Jim Falls - Kakadu
Jim Jim Falls - Kakadu

Where is it? Kakadu National Park about a 3-4 hour drive from Darwin.

Why is it special? Along with unique wildlife and stunning waterfalls the aboriginal art in this park is considering some of the best of its kind in the world. Kakadu National Park is the size of Slovenia and half the size of Switzerland, much of the park is remote wilderness that remains untouched.

Where can I find out more? The Northern Territory Tourism website

Listen to a podcast from ABC Australia on Kakadu National Park

Image via wikitravel

The Lonely Planet Australia guide - Well researched and up to date tips


Margaret River - Western Australia - Great surf and even better wine


Where is it? Margaret River is located 270km south of Perth, the capital of Western Australia.

Why is it special? Margaret River is home to over 180 wineries, a beautiful cave system, good surf beaches and beautiful natural bushland. It is also a gourmet food lover's dream.

Where can I find out more? The local tourism website for South Western WA has lots of great information and images. For information on the wine region visit the Margaret River Wine Region tourism website

For information about visiting the wineries at Margaret River

Bay of Fires - Pristine beaches and crystal clear waters

Where is it? The Bay of Fires is located in the North East of Tasmania. The nearest town is St Helens about 2 hours from Launceston.

Why is it special? The Bay of Fires was chosen by Lonely Planet as one of the world's hottest travel destinations. The bay offers white sand, crystal clear waters and red lichen stained rocks. There most popular activity is to undertake the Bay of Fires walk, a 38 km hike that can be completed over 3 days on an organized tour. You can also visited independently and walk a portion of the track.

Where can I find out more? Visit my Tasmania travel guide for more details about visiting the island of Tasmania. You can also find detailed information on the Tourism Tasmania website


Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House - Two Australian Icon

Where is it? In Sydney of course - you can't miss it!

Why is it special? Because it really is as breathtaking as they say. These two icons set in one of the most beautiful harbours in the world are picture postcard beautiful.

Where can I find out more? I have a few pages on visiting Sydney on a budget, exploring the Sydney Harbour and 10 Great Walks around Sydney You can also visit the Sydney Tourism website

Port Arthur Tasmania - Convict ruins in a rugged coastal setting

Where is it? Port Arthur is located in the Southeast of Tasmania, Australia's Island State.

Why is it special? Once home to 12,500 convicts from Great Britain the site has been preserved and along with it's haunting beauty offers a fascinating look at the lives of those interned here.

Where can I find out more? Visit my Tasmanian Travel Guide or Tourism Tasmania website for more information.

Image by JJ Harrison via Wikimedia Commons

Kangaroo Island - off the South Australian Coast - Australia's 3rd largest island

Where is it? Kangaroo Island lays approx 160km off the coast of South Australia - a 45 min ferry ride will get you there.

Why is it special? It is a wildlife lover's paradise, home to hundreds of native Australian animals in natural habitats including Koalas, Kangaroo, Echidna, Platypus and penguins. There are also pristine beaches,

Where can I find out more? Tourism Kangaroo Island has a very detailed website that will help you plan a getaway to this beautiful place.

Image by Didier B via Wikimedia Commons

Broome - Western Australia - Beautiful Indian Ocean Sunsets

Cable Beach Camels
Cable Beach Camels

Where is it? Broome is in Northern Western Australia about 2000km from Perth or Darwin making it pretty much in the middle of nowhere. It is an historic pearling town with beautiful beaches that overlook the Indian Ocean.

Why is it special? Broome is the pearling capital of Australia. Its famous for its beautiful sunsets, beach camel treks, amazing red dirt photography and it's isolation. Cable Beach is a 22km long beach that offer's a sunset that WA tourism calls a "staircase to the moon"

Where can I find out more? The Western Australian tourism site for Broome has all the information you need to plan a holiday to Broome. There is also a local Broome Visitors Centre website with accommodation options.

Thanks to my friend James for this image

Uluru - Northern Territory - Also known as Ayers Rock

Uluru from above
Uluru from above

Where is it? Smack bang in the centre of Australia and only a 3 hour flight from most Australian capital cities.

Why is it special? Uluru is one of the largest monoliths in the world and a very scared place for Australian Aboriginals.

Where can I find out more? Try the Uluru Travel Guide for details about the things you can see and do here, along with practical advice on when to come and where to stay. Tourism Northern Territory also has a great website you will enjoy exploring.

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    • Maggie42 profile image


      4 years ago

      Come to Forster less than 4 hours north of Sydney it's beautiful here fortunately it's home for me.

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      Gardener Don 

      5 years ago

      The heart of the Outback - Innaminka!

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      6 years ago

      Tasmania is the only state I haven't made it to yet, so that's definitely next.

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      6 years ago

      The Bungle Bungles. Amazing.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens, well done. i enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing with us. Blessed.

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      Rosetta Slone 

      6 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I'm from W.A and absolutely love Denmark and the Treetop Walk there. My favourite place, though is Cape Riche. I have great memories of being up close with kangaroos while camping on perfect white beaches.

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      6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Great lens, I like the way you presented and set out this page.

      I love my country so much, Melbourne is my hometown and I must travel some more to discover all of the surrounding beauty. You've inspired me to do so :)

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      Christine Larsen 

      6 years ago from South Australia

      Thankfully, I don't have to visit - already live here. What a beautiful country we share.

      Thank you Emerald - and Happy Australia Day.


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      Christine Larsen 

      6 years ago from South Australia

      Thankfully, I don't have to visit - already live here. What a beautiful country we share.

      Thank you Emerald - and Happy Australia Day.


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      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Had to stop back by because I realized I never left a 'Like'.... and I certainly DO like this page listing such great places to visit in Australia. Kangaroo Island would be fascinating to visit!

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      7 years ago

      A great lens on a great Nation, well done!

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      Susanna Duffy 

      7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      The best 10 places to see in Australia! Great resource for travellers

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      7 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Most of those places would be on my list. I would not visit Sydney and I have never heard of the Bay Of Fires, but it looks nice. I would add The Daintree and Cradle mountain as places that I have not been and Norfolk lsland as a place that I would revisit.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      I would love to visit Australia! My entire family wants to make that trip. The photos in this article, are great!

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      7 years ago from Oz

      The Bay of Fire & Kangaroo Island, both look breathtakingly beautiful. --- Blessed --- and Happy Australia Day!

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      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great pictures. I'd love to visit. This lens has been blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Kimberly Hiller 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Beautiful pictures! Great information.

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      hayleylou lm 

      8 years ago

      Sydney Harbour New Years Eve. I love the view of the Skyscrapers lit up on Brisbane River too :)

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      8 years ago

      i have never been to Australia and I only know what others tell me in movies, books, news, etc. One issue that shocked me was the Western Australia from early years through 1931 and on to the 1970s perhaps. Government policy includes taking half-caste children from their Aboriginal mothers and putting them in group homes many miles away because they were mixed blood. i am sure there were other reasons that no longer make sense today. But if you write books about Australia, please write one about that subject.

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      8 years ago

      so much to see

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      Bambi Watson 

      8 years ago


      ~ Blessed by a Squid Angel >*

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      8 years ago

      I'd like to visit entire Australia. These places are wonderful. Your lens is beautiful.

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      Paula Morgan 

      8 years ago from Sydney Australia

      @mom-247: I agree - I need a longer list

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      Rachel Thomas 

      8 years ago

      I think visitors shouldn't miss the Whitsundays either - they are so beautiful. Great Lens about our beautiful country. Thanks!

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I would love to visit SO many places in Australia. At the top of my list would be Ulura, the Great Barrier Reef, and Bay of Fire (which I just learned about through your delightful story). I would naturally like to see Sydney Harbor and Opera House, but I also have a desire to visit Brisbane, and I'd especially like to go to the Melbourne Cup as I've read about how 'everything stops' for that famous horse race every year - a national celebration! :). My visit to Australia would need to be an extended one, as there are so many wonderful places to visit!

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      8 years ago

      I think Western Australia sounds really interesting. For such a big country, it is a great idea to create a must-see list for Australia.

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      8 years ago

      I hit 5 last year when I was in Australia - I know this isn't just one thing, but I'd say a road trip along the West Coast can't be missed! The Ningaloo Reef is absolutely amazing - dare I say it - possibly better scuba driving than the GBR! Great lens!


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