As a traveller (whether you’re a seasoned pro who’s seen the world and climbed mountains – or whether it’s your first time and your first adventure) it’s known by all, that Australia is a pretty spectacular destination and a favourite amongst backpackers and travellers alike.
And it’s no wonder really – Australia is incredible. It has something for just about everyone – whether you like things laid back and relaxed – or you like to party and hop from place to place. It wasn’t until I visited this stunning country that I realised just how much there is on offer and just how beautiful this place is.
So, where should you head? Well, I’ve put together a few of my favourite destinations in Oz, which hopefully will appeal to most types of people reading this article. But bear in mind – even if somewhere doesn’t immediately appeal to you – sometimes the best travel magic happens when you step out of your comfort zone.
This iconic city deserves your attention, and at least a couple of days of your itinerary to truly explore it properly. There is so much to see and do in Sydney – from the bustling city streets to the incredible beaches spanning miles along the coastline – you won’t be stuck for ideas. Take time out to see the impressive Opera House and explore the botanical gardens adjacent to it, as well as the beautiful harbor bridge – because these are the sights and structures you’ll be wowed by. Then take in the atmosphere in Darling Harbor and grab a cheap drink during happy hour. The next day grab the public transport over to Manly Beach or Bondi Beach and relax on the gorgeous public beaches.
There are many ways to see the Whitsundays – and I’d definitely recommend doing at least one of these ways during your time in Australia. The Whitsundays are a collections of beautiful islands, some which have hotels on and some which are like remote desert islands. If you fancy some fun – then there are plenty of backpacker boats and cruises which will take you out for a couple of nights. You’ll see the islands, make new friends and get a bit tipsy whilst you’re at it. For something a bit more luxury, head over to Hamilton Island or Hayman Island – which cater to the absolutely luxury and relaxation of everyone who visits. Just be prepared for the prices – because this kind of luxury doesn’t come cheap! You can also take day trips out to the Great Barrier Reef from here – so take the opportunity!
For something peaceful, mind-blowing and ultimately life-changing Ayers Rock offers just that. It’s something so striking you’ll be overcome by it’s beauty – and the Australians take great pride in this natural phenomenon – with good reason. I’d recommend getting a helicopter over the rock and then spending a night or two camping on the ground nearby – watching the incredible (unbeatable) sunrise and sunsets.
If you love nightlife, shopping and glorious sunshine – then surfers paradise might be the ideal Australian destination for you. Expect high sky-scrapers, beautiful beaches and lively restaurants and bars – all at a relatively good price too. There’s also lots of theme parks nearby too – meaning your options for day trips are huge! Theme park multi-passes are around $90 (AUS) which is a bargain and gives you entrance to around 3 different theme parks – including SeaWorld, Movie World, Dream World and various others. You’re also guaranteed some pretty special views too in this city – because the coast line is just stunning to look at.
Noosa is a pretty, scenic small town on the East Coast just north of Brisbane. If you’re after a few days of relaxation and pampering then this might be a good place to spend a few days. Hotels can be expensive – but there are some great hostel options in the town too which offer really good rates for those trying to keep spending on the small side. Noosa is a lovely place just to relax on the beach with an ice-cream, but it’s also a fantastic place to learn to surf too – if that’s your cup of tea. Lessons are relatively cheap, and the water is shallow and calm here (compared to other east-coast locations) which makes it much easier for beginners when they’re taking their first baby steps into surfing and technique.
Elle works for No1 Traveller Lounges as a travel writer. She is currently travelling Australia and loving every second.