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Australia Vacation Planning: Choosing a Destination

Updated on May 9, 2012

Where to Go in Australia


One thing that you have to keep in mind if you are planning a trip to Australia is that it is a very big country. Unless you are going to spend several months there there is no way that you are going to see the whole thing. That means that you are going to have to choose a part of the country that you want to visit during your trip. This can be a challenge because there are so many great destinations.

The most popular destinations in Australia are the cities of the east coast. Sydney and Melbourne are the two largest cities in the country and they offer all of the attractions that any big city would offer. They are also good locations for allowing you to explore the rest of the east coast. The east coast also has some of the best beaches in the country and the Great Barrier Reef which are also popular destinations. Most people will spend at least some time there because almost all international flights go to one of the two cities.

While the cities of the east coast are the most popular destinations it is the north and the west of the country that many people find to be the most interesting. This is where you will get a chance to see all of the unique wildlife and landscapes that you will only find in Australia. It will also take you into one of the most sparsely populated regions in the world. Planning trips to the north or west of the country can be a bit of a challenge because there is not the same infrastructure that you would find the more populated areas. It can however be done with a little bit of planning.

If you are planning to visit the north of the country your best bet as a starting point will be Darwin, you will be able to get cheap flights from Melbourne or Sydney to get you there. For Western Australia you will want to base yourself out of Perth, depending on where you are coming from it may be possible to get a direct flight to Perth. If not you can always get cheap flights from the cities on the east coast.

One factor that will affect where you are going to go will be the time of year that you visit. You would not for example want to plan a trip to the outback in the middle of the summer. If there is a certain location that you want to visit you can obviously plan the dates so that you will get the best weather. However if you need to take your vacation at a specific time it will affect where you can go.

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