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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moreton Island

With its miles of sun-bleached sandy beaches, towering sand dunes, shimmering lagoons, and pockets of wild bushland, Moreton Island feels a world away from nearby Brisbane. As the third largest sand island in the world and a national park, Moreton Island makes for a perfect day trip when you want to get in touch with nature.More

Featherdale Wildlife Park

Australia is home to some of the world's most fearsome and fascinating wildlife, and at Featherdale Wildlife Park outside Sydney, visitors can meet over 1,700 of the country's colorful critters. Discover how echidnas are mammals (yet lay eggs); learn about the saltwater crocodiles that can grow to well over 2,000 pounds; admire the plumage of native birds such as brolgas, emus, and bustards; and view a collection of some of the world's most venomous snakes.Guided feeding sessions are immensely popular at the park, with animal food available for purchase throughout the park for $2 and Featherdale staff members on hand to assist guests in feeding the kangaroos, wallabies, and pademelons. Guides also provide additional information about how the park is involved in conservation, highlighting the work done to reintroduce endangered species into the Australian wild and the park's ongoing research into some of Australia's most intriguing yet lesser-known species.Although not offered by Viator, Featherdale also offers private animal encounters with a trainer for an additional fee (starting at $149), as well as personal koala encounters (starting at $20), during which travelers can pet and have their photo taken with the mammal. Guests are not allowed to hold koalas in accordance with New South Wales law.More

Kangaroo Island

With its unmistakably Aussie name, it’s little surprise that Kangaroo Island is one of the best places to spot native Australian wildlife. Australia's third-largest island, this unspoiled haven is a trove of natural wonders, from red rock cliffs to sandy beaches, sweeping dunes, and wild bushlands.More

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Top activities in Australia

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

Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
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Moreton Island Day Trip (Kayak, Snorkel & Sandboard) frm Brisbane or Gold Coast
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Full-Day Tour in Blue Mountains: Three Sisters, Scenic World and Featherdale
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Great Ocean Road Tour Plus Koalas, Forest Walk And Morning Tea.
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Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
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Experience Rottnest with Ferry & Bike Hire from Perth or Fremantle
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Blue Mountains Day Trip Including Parramatta River Cruise
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Recent reviews from experiences in Australia

Tour Back in Time
Daniel_S, Nov 2022
Sydney The Rocks Guided Walking Tour
It was fascinating to see the different types of architecture and living and working quarters of the time period.
Wonderful Day Trip
Marie_M, Oct 2022
Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Noosa Day Trip from Brisbane Including Eumundi Markets and Ginger Factory
Was great to see more of the Australian countryside.
Efficient tour of great ocean road with engaging tour guide. Highly recommend
Nitin_M, Oct 2022
Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne
Nice way to see all the highlights.
Great Tour
Jodie_A, Oct 2022
Boutique All-Inclusive Great Ocean Road, 12 Apostles and Rainforest Experience
It gave us the opportunity to see various sites in Australia.
With while 3 hours.
Elora_E, Oct 2022
Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Sydney City Sightseeing Tour
It was good to see the suburban areas of Sydney.
Nice activity, ...
Michal_E, Oct 2022
Phillip Island Medium Size Group Tour
Nice activity, While the tears lots of special things to do in Australia, I won't take it as a "must do", but it is nice.
Fantastic Rainforest tour
Paul_S, Oct 2022
Full Day Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour
A great tour to see and experience this part of Australia.
Fun Day on Brisbane River
Ron_W, Oct 2022
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
Perfect way to enjoy a day on the river and getting to see so much Australian wildlife.
It was a “ MINT “ experience.
fiona_k, Oct 2022
The Perth Mint Gold Tour
My friends came to visit from Scotland and we did the tour.
Historical information
Nicole_H, Oct 2022
Highlights of Canberra Full Day Tour
Amazing way to see the political side of the history 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
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
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
Fun day trip!
Joe_H, Nov 2022
Remote Fraser Island Experience
Everything was planned out really well, didn’t feel rushed and all the water activities were super fun - they made sure everyone had time to do all the different activities.
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