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Welcome to Australia

With its imitable mix of nature, culture, and laid-back coastal cool, there's far more to Australia than koalas and kangaroos—although they're pretty great, too. The cosmopolitan style and iconic cityscape of Sydney and its opera house don't compromise the quality of Bondi Beach, a hotspot for both surfing and sunbathing. In Melbourne, the cutting-edge culinary scene and nearby vineyards are top draws for foodies, while in Cairns, opportunities to spot wildlife in tropical rain forests or the Coral Sea abound. If you're a thrill seeker, climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a hot-air balloon over Alice Springs, or go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Nature lovers, on the other hand, might prefer to visit Adelaide's Kangaroo Island, watch dolphins at Port Douglas, or snorkel alongside tropical marine life on Fraser Island. And, if you're after unique and spectacular sights, you'll be spoilt for choice in the Land Down Under; natural wonders and World Heritage sites include the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Ayers Rock in Uluru (best seen on a sunrise tour), and the imposing Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains. And if that's not enough, flightseeing tours of the Whitsunday Islands, excursions to Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, and a ride on Melbourne's colonial tramcar restaurant should also be added to your Aus itinerary.

Top 15 attractions in Australia

Great Barrier Reef

Encompassing roughly 3,000 individual reefs and dotted with almost 900 islands and coral cays (small sandy isles), Australia's Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most unforgettable natural treasures. Snorkelers and certified divers flock here to see the unparalleled array of marine life.More

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Few sights are as instantly recognizable as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the grand centerpiece of Sydney Harbour and one of Australia's most photographed landmarks. The historic structure dates to 1932 and is the world's largest steel arch bridge. It's also an important transport hub, linking downtown Sydney with the north shore, Manly, and the area's northern beaches.More

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

A gigantic monolith of rust-red rock looming over the desert plains of the Australian Outback, Uluru (Ayers Rock) is more than just a postcard icon—it’s the cultural, spiritual, and geographical heart of Australia, one of its most impressive natural wonders, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.More

Sydney Harbour

With the iconic silhouette of Sydney Opera House and the dramatic arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge etched against a backdrop of glittering ocean and soaring skyscrapers, Sydney Harbour is Australia’s quintessential postcard image. The harbor, the natural heart of Sydney, features more than 150 miles (240 kilometers) lined with golden beaches, lush gardens, and vibrant neighborhoods.More

Sydney Opera House

A world-class performing arts venue and iconic Australian landmark, the Sydney Opera House—with its distinctive Jorn Utzon design—defines the Sydney Harbour district. Distinguished by soaring halls with a white ceramic–tiled exterior shaped to evoke the sails of a yacht, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see Sydney attraction and popular stop on most city tours.More

Mossman Gorge

Marking the southern border of Daintree National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mossman Gorge is one of the most popular places to experience the world’s oldest rain forest. Dating back more than 130 million years, the dense forest and scenic river gorge harbor a rich biodiversity and provide a stunning backdrop for hikers and swimmers.More

Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge National Park)

Nitmiluk National Park (formerly Katherine Gorge National Park) offers vast sandstone cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and a series of 13 gorges carved out by the mighty Katherine River. All of this dramatic scenery is located on the ancient lands of the Jawoyn people and is home to some impressive Aboriginal rock art sites.More

Horizontal Falls

The Horizontal Falls were once described by David Attenborough as one of the “greatest wonders of the natural world.” Located in Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago, the waterfalls are caused by the shifting of ocean tides through the rocks, and are one of Western Australia’s most spectacular sights.More

Rottnest Island

Fringed with rocky coves, white sandy beaches, and sun-soaked shores, Rottnest Island’s natural pleasures are numerous—whale-watching, snorkeling, hiking and wildlife spotting along the coast, and taking in the ocean sunsets. At less than an hour from Perth, Rottnest Island, or “Rotto,” makes for an idyllic retreat from the city.More

Brisbane River

The Brisbane River winds its way through the heart of the city, from the neighborhoods of South Brisbane all the way to Moreton Bay. The river is also a center of local life, and residents and visitors alike enjoy the many waterfront parks and landmarks, riverside walks, and sightseeing cruises.More

Swan River

The liquid heart of Perth, the Swan River touches many of the city’s neighborhoods on its way to the Indian Ocean. The river passes through the Swan Valley wine region, Perth’s Central Business District and affluent suburbs, and the port city of Fremantle, and there are lots of recreational opportunities on the banks and in the water.More

Darwin Aviation Museum

More than a dozen full-size aircraft are on display at the Darwin Aviation Museum (formerly the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre, including a rare Boeing B52 bomber and Japanese planes that crashed in Darwin during WWII. A must for anyone with a passion for planes, it’s one of the city’s most visited museums.More

Great Ocean Road

One of the world's most famous driving routes, Victoria's Great Ocean Road offers scenic surprises at every fork in the road. In signature Australian style, endless stretches of white sandy beaches are flanked by dense pockets of rain forest, charming coastal towns, and canopies populated by koalas.More

Lake McKenzie

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fraser Island (K’gari, the largest sand island in the world, is filled with natural wonders and Lake McKenzie is one of its most wonderful. Also known as Boorangoora, the strikingly blue water of Lake McKenzie makes it the most visited of the island’s freshwater lakes and its most popular swimming location.More

Tamar Valley

The Tamar Valley, situated on Launceston’s doorstep, stretches north to the sea at George Town. This lush, fertile area of emerald hills, orchards, and, perhaps most importantly, vineyards, serves as Tasmania’s prime wine-producing region, known for its Pinor Noir, Riesling, and Chardonnay. Spectacular views abound.More

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Great Walks of Australia

Great Walks of Australia

Top activities in Australia

All Inclusive Small-Group Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney with Scenic World
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Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns
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Sunlover Reef Cruises Cairns Great Barrier Reef Experience
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Green Island Discovery Including Glass Bottom Boat Tour Departing Cairns
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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
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Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Personal Luxury Snorkel & Dive Cruise, Cairns
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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne
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Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter
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Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter

All-Inclusive Fraser Island Day Tour
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All-Inclusive Fraser Island Day Tour

Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

Silversonic Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Port Douglas
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Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
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Bruny Island Day Tour, Includes Lunch and Exclusive Lighthouse Tour
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Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

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Grand Kuranda Incl Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation (CKBB)
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Recent reviews from experiences in Australia

Litchfield and Batchelor - a slice of Aussie Paradise!
Helen_K, Jul 2022
Litchfield Park Adventures and Jumping Crocodile Cruise + Bathchelor Town
Swimming under and near waterfalls was unforgettable and very Australian, I thought.
A fantastic ride
Kathryn_M, Jul 2022
Buccaneer Explorer by Plane and 4WD from Broome
What a great way to see this beautiful part of Australia😊
Beautiful Daintree River
Justin_F, Jul 2022
Ultimate Daintree Rainforest Wildlife Experience Cruise
It was a very wet day but we managed to see lots of wildlife.
Highly recommended
Jack_C, Jul 2022
Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns
It was a real eye opener to see some of our precious Australian wildlife in their natural habitat.
Richmond town
Ian_T, Jun 2022
Richmond Historic Afternoon Tour from Hobart
Hi we went on this lovely tour to see the stone bridge and the Jail.
Great trip!
CeliaK, Jun 2022
All Inclusive Small-Group Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney with Scenic World
Featherdale Wildlife Park provided a great opportunity to see Koalas and other Australian creatures.
I came out to Australia...
David_M, Jun 2022
Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs One-Way Shuttle
I came out to Australia two and a half years ago to see the country.
Bucket list Day!
Leanne_E, Jun 2022
Buccaneer Explorer by Plane and 4WD from Broome
Fantastic day, only way to see Australia!!
Amazing & Beautiful
Graeme_S, Jun 2022
Uluru Morning Guided Base Walk
I became one of the 1% of Australians that have seen the waterfalls in full flow sat Uluṟu Truly blessed
A perfect day in Uluru
Ludk_H, May 2022
Ayers Rock Day Trip from Alice Springs Including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Sunset BBQ Dinner
Booked almost 2 months in advance, I expected just to see the indigenous places in central Australia.
A breathtaking experience!
Astrid_S, May 2022
Great Ocean Road Tour for Backpackers, Students and Young travellers
The passengers were a small group of young people who all wanted to see one of the greatest wonders of Australia.
Awesome time
Lindsey_M, Apr 2022
Great Ocean Road Tour for Backpackers, Students and Young travellers
An awesome way to see Australia.
North Queensland Treasure.
Ricky_B, Jul 2022
Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Premium Day Tour
Needing to escape the winter chills of Sydney I headed up to Far North Queensland for some much needed warmth.
Awesome Australia Zoo #making memories
David_A, Jul 2022
Croc Express to Australia Zoo from Brisbane
15 it did make it a bit of a rush to get to see everything
Must do Blue mountain private tour.
James_B, Jul 2022
PRIVATE Blue Mountains 1 Day Tour with Wildlife Park & River Cruise
Great day away from the city, saw numerous things that a first time visitor to Australia would have no way to see as efficiently.
100% recommended!
Rika_T, Jul 2022
Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne
There were many features to see which was beyond my expectation.
Awesome experience
DanielleAnn_O, Jul 2022
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
The penguins were the absolute highlight of the day, we were hoping to book an experience where we just went to visit them and cut out the wildlife experience (as we are from Australia and have seen our animals at zoos and parks before).
Comfortable ride and wonderful stories
Ellen_L, Jul 2022
Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs One-Way Shuttle
We got to visit the center of Australia sign during one of the stop, which is a bonus.
Totally worth it!
BRIAN_K, Jul 2022
Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
This trip offers mountaintop views of Hobart, a walk through stunning rainforest with massive old growth eucalyptus trees and a chance to see quintessential Australian wildlife up close and personal.
Wow. Just WOW.
Lynn_L, Jun 2022
3-Day Adelaide to Melbourne Tour Including the Great Ocean Road
We even got to see a sleeping koala near our room in the morning after our second night stay!
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