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Holiday in Australia: Visit Australia Tourist Attractions and Australian Cities
Australia is a great country to go for a short or a longer holiday. Australia is known for its laid back attitude, the Outback, its native animals such as the kangaroo and the koala but also for its famous cities and landmarks, such as the Opera House in Sydney. Be sure to arrange a tourist visa as a visa is required to enter Australia.
In this article I'll share some well-known places in Australia that you could visit during your holiday in Australia. Simply pick a destination or travel around on a working holiday visa (this visa is specifically for young people). In the future I might also add more information about other Australian cities and destinations, such as Brisbane and Adelaide.
I've written quite a few articles about travelling around Australia and I'll share them with you in this broad article about this country.
Australia is among the largest countries in the world and it's natural diversity provides many nice destinations for tourists. You can go to the red Outback, you can enter the water near the Great Barrier Reef not far from Cairns or you can go party in Sydney and Melbourne.
Have a look at the following articles for more information about Australia. I'll discuss some Australian cities later in this article.
- Australian Souvenirs and Gifts from Australia
Whether you're going to Perth, Melbourne, or Sydney, it doesn't matter: you want a typical Australian souvenir! This article tells you what to get to keep that Australian feeling with you for a long time.
- Gemstones of Australia: Opals, Diamonds, Sapphires, Pearls and Jade
Some of Australia's gemstones are opals, diamonds and sapphires but also pearls and jade. This article tells you the background story and where to purchase Australian jewellery with these gemstones.
- Aboriginal Art For Kids
Aboriginal art for kids can be a great way to share the culture of indigenous Australians with young people! What is aboriginal art for children and where to find it?
Backpacking around Australia
Among young people Australia is popular for backpacking: just take all your stuff with you and travel around by plane, bus, train and anything else that moves.
Many people also go to New Zealand because it's relatively nearby and for many it takes quite a while to travel to the land down under and the land of the kiwis. It all depends on your budget of course!
I've travelled around Australia and I've written down my experieces in the following articles. Have a look at these articles if you're going to travel around by backpacking!
- Staying in Hostels in Australia
Should you stay at a particular hostel in Australia or not? I'll share my thoughts on the hostels that I've stayed in during my travels through Australia.
- What to Expect When Staying in a Hostel Dorm Room
Many travellers spend their nights in a dorm room of a hostel to save money on accommodation. What should you expect when staying in a hostel dorm room? Prepare yourself for the things listed in this article and you will be fine!
- Are Hostels Safe? Travel Safety Tips When Staying in Hostels
Many young people opt to stay in hostels during their travels as these are a cheap alternative to hotels or other forms of accommodation. But are they also safe? When traveling around the world you'll want to...
- Things to Consider when Staying in Hostels
In this article I'll discuss some things that you should consider when staying in hostels. Should you sleep on the top or bottom bunk? Ensuite or shared facilities? I'll tell you the realities of both!
In Sydney you'll find the famous Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Sydney Opera House is a symbol of the city but also the country as a whole. Indeed, for this reason Sydney is a popular tourist destination in Australia!
The city draws large crowds at the end of each year for its spectacular celebrations and fireworks. You can celebrate the New Year before the rest of the world here!
Other popular places in and around Sydney are the Blue Mountaints, Bondi Beach and Manly Beach.
- Top 5 Asian Things To Do In Sydney, Australia
Sydney is a great city to taste both the Australian and Asian way of life. Take a look at this Top 5 of Asian things to do in Sydney to broaden your view of the world!
Melbourne is really one of my personal favorites. It has been ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world (actually, many Australian cities are doing quite well in these rankings).
Melbourne is a big city but not as busy as Sydney. It has a European feel to it and you'll find a bit of everything there: many parks, culture and restaurants and other eating establishments.
Some of the attractions here are Flinders Street Station, the Great Ocean Road and visiting Phillip Island. You can also go to the rainforest in the Dandenong Ranges and you can feed kangaroos nearby in Ballarat, Victoria. The city Ballarat is also known for Sovereign Hill, a recreation of a gold mining town. This is a reference to the rich history of Ballarat as a gold mining town.
Another sight near Melbourne is The Grampians National Park with beautiful rock formations.
Have a look at the following articles for more information about Melbourne:
- Best Places to Buy Australian Souvenirs in Melbourne, Australia
Taking something home from Melbourne, Australia? This article tells you exactly where to find those souvenir shops, boutiques and shopping centers for all price ranges.
- Cycle the Main Yarra Trail in Melbourne, Australia
The Main Yarra Trail is a great recreational pathway near the city center of Melbourne, Australia. In this article I'll tell you more about the Main Yarra Trail and why you should explore it by bike!
- 10 Great Cupcake Shops in Melbourne, Australia!
Cupcakes are a delicious treat and they are sold in many cupcake shops in Melbourne. This article tells you where to get those cupcakes in Melbourne for your birthday party, wedding or business event.
Cairns has all the looks of a tourist holiday town: it has an esplanade, a large outdoor swimming pool, a hot climate and its close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef makes it an ideal starting point for snorkelers and divers.
There is also a rainforest, in the Daintree Rainforest National Park, which also draws large numbers of visitors.
In Cairns itself there is not much to do but it's a good place to relax in between your short and long day trips in the region. You can sail on luxurious boats and enjoy the sun, you can go into the water and you can, if you fancy, also do a bungee jump.
Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory of Australia. It is part of the outback and you'll find red sand here as well as a large Aboriginal population.
Darwin is really a destination for those interested in Australian nature because there is not much to do in the city itself. There are various national parks and sights nearby, such as Litchfield National Park, Kakadu National Park and the Katherine Gorge.
This region is also known for its crocodiles and you can see some live crocodiles in the Crocosaurus Cove right in the heart of Darwin City.
- Visiting the Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin, Australia
The Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin, Australia is a nice attraction to get closer to quite a few real crocodiles. It's conveniently located in Darwin City at Mitchell Street.
Alice Springs and Uluru
Alice Springs and Uluru are often mentioned together because they are both right in the middle of Australia! Uluru is an interesting rock formation not that far from the town of Alice Springs. Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) is a big red rock and it's a rather famous natural icon of Australia.
Many travellers visit this area of Australia to experience the true Outback region. From what I've heard there is not else to do besides exploring the nature and wildlife of the Outback, in particular a visit to Uluru, but that does not make the destination any less spectacular.
You can take a flight there and find yourself in the middle of the Australian Outback with typical red sand below you and the scorching sun above you.
Although many tourists in Australia go to the cities and beaches along the east coast, the city of Perth along the west coast should not be ignored. It's far from all major cities in Australia so you'll have to make a decisive choice to go there, it's not "just a few hours drive" away.
In Perth you can see many aboriginal objects in museums and you can explore the country side (including outdoor activities such as hiking and mountain biking). Some well-known attractions in Perth are the Perth Zoo, the Bell Tower (Swan Bells) and the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA).
As a port city there are many water tours and nearby small paradises that you can visit. There are many secluded bays, beaches and canals to explore. You can also come across marine wildlife such as dolphins and seals.
Christmas Island is an Australian territory; it is rather far from mainland Australia but still a nice place for a holiday. Due to its name you can also have your Christmas dinner there! Christmas Island consists mostly of a National Park and you can participate in various water activities, such as scuba diving and snorkelling.
Christmas Island is also famous for its red crabs and the migration that takes place here every year.
Have a look at the following articles for more information about Christmas Island:
- Christmas Island
Christmas Island is an island of Australia near Jakarta, Indonesia. What can you do there? Can you spend Christmas there or witness the famous red crab migration? This article tells you everything about Christmas Island!
- Red Crab Migration on Christmas Island
During the famous red crab migration at Christmas Island millions of crabs migrate to the sea to breed and release eggs into the ocean. It is quite spectacular and it attracts tourists during the holiday season.
Map of Australia
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