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What Are the Main Tourist Attractions in Australia?

Updated on August 16, 2017

Sydney Opera House

Cruising on Sydney Harbour
Cruising on Sydney Harbour

What Are Some Tourist Attractions in Australia

Things to see and do in Australia

Australia is a huge country so you will no doubt want to plan your trip before hand. Planning on where to travel is of course one of the many pleasures of travelling. There are literally thousands of things to see and do in Australia from taking in the cosmopolitan city life, to exploring the Outback or Great Barrier Reef.

There are 7 states and territories in Australia and all offer vastly different attractions. The Northern Territory is predominently a remote wilderness with Darwin being the capital city. It has astounding natural beauty and many traditional Aboriginal archelogical sites dating back many hundreds of thousands of years.

Queensland is the tropical/semi-tropical state with Brisbane being the capital city in the South Eastern corner. Cairns and Townsville are generally recognised as the two major cities in the Far North of the State and have a truly tropical climate, including cyclones during the season.

New South Wales has the most well recognised attractions in its capital city of Sydney. Of course this is where the Sydney Opera House is located together with the famous Sydney Harbour bridge. Probably two of the most widely thought of attractions when it comes to things to see and do in Sydney.

Melbourne is the capital city of the state of Victoria, and it well regarded for its progressive and vibrant art and lifestyle scene.

Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and hosts the end of the anual Sydney to Hobart yacht race and apart from this explosion of festivities it is largely regarded as being somewhere with a relaxed way of life and fantastic natural beauty.

Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia is known as the city of churches and also boasts stunning scenery and world class wineries in the Adelaide Hills and beyond.

Western Australia and its capital city of Perth are a very long way from other populated areas of Australia and can rightly claim some of the most remote areas of the country and coastline. Perth is nonetheless a popular city to live in with the beautiful Swan River providing extensive natural beauty right in the heart of the city.

Most Popular Attractions in Australia

You will probably be familiar with the most well known attractions such as the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Great Barrier Reef, Tropical North Queensland, The Whitsunday Islands and Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Central Australia, but there are also many other wonderful things to see and do in Australia.

Depending on how long you have to holiday or work in Australia, will depend on how much ground you are going to be able to cover. When deciding on where to travel in Australia, remember that a rushed trip is a stressful trip, so I would recommend slowing the pace down and spending some quality time in the places that interest you. Australia is a huge country and there is much to see and do.

Most of Australia's population lives on the East Coast which includes the major cities of Cairns and Townsville in Far North Queensland, Brisbane in South East Queensland, Sydney in New South Wales, and Melbourne (the Arts capital of Australia) in Victoria. All are great places to visit! Consider a working holiday, it may be the answer to seeing more of the country!

Uluru (Ayers Rock) Central Australia
Uluru (Ayers Rock) Central Australia | Source

Why Travel To Australia?

This section has been so difficult to write because there are so many wonderful things to see and do on your holiday in Australia. I think the easiest way is to make a list of the reasons why you should travel to Australia... In no particular order of:

What to do in Australia

  • Sydney Opera House, New South Wales
  • Climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Sail around the Whitsunday Islands on a charter Yacht from Airlie Beach, Queensland
  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Cairns, Far North Queensland
  • Port Douglas, Far North Queensland
  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Queensland
  • Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland
  • Darling Harbour Precinct in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Queen Victoria Markets in Melboune, Victoria
  • Lygon Street Restaurants, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Taronga Park Zoo, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Alice Springs Aboriginal Art Galleries, Central Australia
  • Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise to the Whitsunday Islands, from Airlie Beach, Queensland

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Where would you most like to visit in Australia?

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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise Around the Whitsunday Islands from Airlie Beach, Queensland
Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise Around the Whitsunday Islands from Airlie Beach, Queensland

Miniture Attractions

Not the real Sydney Harbour Bridge ;)
Not the real Sydney Harbour Bridge ;)
Not the real Sydney Opera House ;)
Not the real Sydney Opera House ;)
Not a real Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Lifeguard ;)
Not a real Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Lifeguard ;)
Not a real snowman ;)
Not a real snowman ;)
They stole our hats! ;)
They stole our hats! ;)

What's your favourite Australian attraction?

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Please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you :)

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    • aboutaustralia profile image

      aboutaustralia 6 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      I think you are a mind reader Mr Happy! I am in the process of writing a hub about fruit picking in Australia, and yes it is still an easily available job all over Australia.

      I have actually been busy writing an ebook about the subject for the past few months, and it was launched just yesterday!

      Here is the link if you would like to have a look:

      Sending you some warm Aussie sunshine, and thanks for your comment! Regards, Sharon

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      The water looks so nice ... and it's so cold in Canada now lol I'll steal a little warmth from your photos : )

      On another order of ideas, is picking fruits still an easily available job around Australia?

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      aboutaustralia 6 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      G'day hush and susan, thanks so much for commenting, it's great to hear from you both. I'm sure you would both love your visit to Australia. They say 'thoughts become things' so I'm sure you will make it downunder one day soon!

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      susan54 6 years ago

      aboutaustralia,Vote Up! I want to go to Australia so bad, I think it is so cool. I have read up on it. I must go them. Thanks

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      hush4444 6 years ago from Hawaii

      Oh, how I would love to travel to Australia! I fully plan on going next year, bank account permitting. Very interesting and clever hub!