With over 7.5 million square kilometers, there’s a lot of Australia to explore. If you’re just visiting Australia for a limited time, you’re going to struggle to see it all! Whether you’re visiting Australia for just a few weeks, or several months or more, there are some places you won’t want to miss out on. Put these 7 things on your ‘must do' list now
Visit Sydney Harbour
It’s on all the postcards for a reason: Sydney Harbour is an iconic Australian site. Walk around Circular Quay and you’ll get a great view of the two big ticket items: Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Get even closer by hopping on a ferry - there are some that go right past the Opera House and under the bridge.
Take a dip at Bondi Beach
Sydney is famous for its beaches, and for good reason. Just 7 kilometres from central Sydney, Bondi Beach is Australia’s most iconic stretch of sand. Whether you’re a keen surfer or only want to dip your toes in the water, Bondi’s the place to do it. For more dramatic clifftop scenery, do the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. It’s an easy 6 kilometre walk with stunning ocean views, beaches and rock pools.
Explore Melbourne’s laneways
Melbourne's laneways are popular among tourists and locals local. The narrow laneways are covered in colourful street art and feature some of the best (and smallest) cafes in the country. Start with Degraves Street, where you can take your pick of several cafes and unique gift shops. Continue through to Centre Place, which boasts even more food and shopping as well as some iconic street art.
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Take in some culture
Melbourne is known as the ‘cultural capital’ of Australia, and if you enjoy art or performance of any kind you shouldn’t leave Melbourne before checking out what’s on offer. Bigger festivals like White Night, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival or the Melbourne Festival put on big programs of performances and talks. There’s also the National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne Museum, or check out who’s performing at the Arts Centre while you're in town.
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Drive the Great Ocean Road
With 243 kilometres of breathtaking ocean views, it’s easy to see why the Great Ocean Road is a classic Australian roadtrip. Stretching from Torquay to Warrnambool, this drive will take you through quaint seaside towns and past some of Victoria’s most popular beaches. It will also take you right past The Twelve Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks just off the shore, jutting up from the clear blue ocean.
See some local wildlife
Native australian wildlife is some of the most unusual in the world, and there are plenty of opportunities to see some while you’re here. Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane are all great places to meet some kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, wombats, crocodiles, platypi, emus and many more.
Visit a natural wonder of the world
Australia is home to one of the natural wonders of the world: the Great Barrier Reef. At 2,300 kilometres long, it’s the world’s largest coral reef and home to an abundance of marine life. You can see it first-hand by snorkelling, scuba diving, heading out in a glass-bottomed boat, or from the air via a plane or helicopter tour.
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