Australia is a vast, majestic country blessed with literally thousands of unforgettable travel experiences. We’ve compiled a list of places to visit in Australia and here are our Top 10 Best Australian Experiences, as voted by our Australian followers:
1. The Whitsundays, Queensland
In first position is the stunning Whitsundays, teeming marine life and secluded beaches, the Whitsunday Passage is made up of 74 islands and lies just off the North Queensland coast.
Charter a yacht and sail the crystal blue waters of the Whitsunday Passage. Sip Champagne on the spectacular Whitehaven Beach, snorkel the famous Heart Reef then pop in for dinner at one of the many exclusive restaurants on Hamilton Island.
For accommodation and further details visit Experience Whitsundays
2. Freycinet National Park, Tasmania
Next on the must-see travel list is Freycinet National Park. Kayak your way through stingrays and dolphins in the magnificent Freycinet National Park. Jump on board a half day cruise to the ever-photographed Wine Glass Bay. followed by a visit to the delicious oyster farm. Wade out into the crisp waters and harvest your own oysters straight from the rock paired with your favourite wine!
For accommodation and further details visit Experience Freycinet
3. The Kimberley, Western Australia
Taking 3rd position on our list is the Kimberley. Known for its rugged ranges, dramatic gorges, dense wilderness and isolated coastline.
Enjoy a camel ride on the famous Cable Beach, cruise the intriguing Horizontal Falls – tidal waterfalls created by narrow channels in the McLarty Ranges. Then take a dip at Zebedee Springs set in an oasis of Livistona palms, a natural thermal spring found in El Questro Wilderness Park.
For accommodation and further details visit Experience The Kimberley
4. Noosa, Queensland
Located on the spectacular Sunshine Coast in Queensland, this chic, vibrant costal town is home to world famous surfing beaches, breath taking national parks and the glamorous Hastings St.
Swim with the seals at Underwater World, a bucket list experience getting up close & personal with these furry friends, followed by a lavish lunch at one of the many hatted restaurants in town. Then spend your afternoon browsing Hastings Street, an exclusive shopping precinct adorned with gallery’s, boutiques, and designer label brands.
For accommodation and further details visit Experience Noosa
5. Perth to Esperance, Western Australia
In fifth position on Australia’s Best – Top 10 Experiences is Perth to Esperance. A spectacular road trip with breath-taking scenery. Cruise over to the crystal blue waters of Rottnest Island for the day and try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding or cycling round the island. As you continue your travels down the coast, enjoy a drop of wine at Cullen Wines or Leeuwin Estate in the Margaret River.
The journey continues as you meander through the treetops in the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk 15 minutes east of Walpole. An exhilarating experience climbing 40 metres into the forest canopy giving you a bird’s eye view of some of the tallest timber giants on earth. Once you reach Esperance, take a scenic flight over the surreal pink Lake Hillier.
For accommodation and further details visit Experience Perth to Esperance
6. Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
This spectacular marine park is a World Heritage Site and is located in northwest Western Australia. Experience the thrill of swimming with whale sharks, humpback whales and even manta rays another bucket-list experience to add to your list. Enjoy the exhilaration of quad biking over sand dunes and kayaking through limestone gorges.
For accommodation and further details visit Experience Ningaloo Reef
7. Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
Number 7 on our list will see you travel to Cradle Mountain, widely considered as one of Australia’s iconic wilderness experiences. A place of exceptional natural beauty in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Walk the striking Overland Track and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Cradle Mountain, finishing your hike at the spectacular Lake Clair.
For accommodation and further details visit Experience Cradle Mountain
8. The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
The Great Ocean Road is an incredible adventure for motoring enthusiasts and beach lovers alike. Visit the iconic surfing town of Bells Beach with its impressive surf breaks. Take a picnic and enjoy the sheer cliffs of the Loch Ard Gorge, or get up close to native wildlife, pristine rainforest, and misty waterfalls. Be sure to catch a sunset at the Twelve Apostles, a highlight of your trip along the spectacular Great Ocean Road.
For accommodation and further details visit Experience the Great Ocean Road
9. Uluru, Northern Territory
Taking 9th place in our Top 10 list is one of the greatest natural wonders in the world. Uluru, also known as Ayres Rock, one of Australia’s most recognised landmarks located in the heart of Northern Territories’ ‘Red Centre’. A deeply spiritual, spectacular rock formation. Enjoy a breathtaking sunrise followed by a walk around the base with your Aboriginal elder, marvelling at the size of this sacred landmark. To complete your Uluru experience, enjoy an evening of dining & bush tucker under the sparkling sky.
For accommodation and further details visit Experience Uluru
10. Byron Bay, New South Wales
Our final Top 10 Australian Experience is the ever-popular Byron Bay. This sleepy yet vibrant coastal town on the northern New South Wales coast line is always a favourite travel destination. Enjoy sun rise at the lighthouse followed by a stroll on Clarkes Beach. Meander through the many boutiques and galleries then venture out to The Farm for a delicious ultra-fresh lunch at Three Blue Ducks. Finish your day at Rae’s on Wategos with a sunset cocktail!
For accommodation and further details visit Experience Byron Bay
Worth a mention
Narrowly missing out on our Top 10, but worth mentioning is the much acclaimed, iconic rail journey and overland adventure aboard The Ghan. The Ghan traverses the countryside between Adelaide and Darwin or half journey to Alice Springs.
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