Wondering what ultimate vacation spots there are in Australia? Whether you desire a tropical beach escape, an outback adventure, or gastronomic road trip, you can experience them all, right here in your very own backyard.
Here’s the Top 10 Australian vacation spots, chosen by fellow Australians:
1. Uluru, Northern Territory
What could be more Australian than visiting the red centre? With rich red desert sands, breathtaking sunsets and mesmerising spiritual energy, a trip to Uluru, is an outback experience every Australian should make at least once in their lifetime.
2. Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world's largest coral reef, stretching over 2,000 kilometres along the Queensland coastline. Here you can snorkel, scuba dive or take a scenic flight, to take in the full extent of this heritage listed living masterpiece, which can be seen from outer space.
3. The Kimberley, Western Australia
This magical wilderness, situated in Australia’s north-west corner, showcases turquoise waters, white sands, and an endless display of stunning outback landscapes. Marvel at ancient gorges, unique rock formations and golden beaches. Enjoy a sunset camel ride in Broome, 4WD the Gibb River Road to Kununurra, or explore the beehive-striped Bungle Bungles of Purnululu National Park.
4. The Whitsunday Islands, Queensland
Sprinkled through the aqua blue waters of the Coral Sea, the 74 islands of The Whitsundays are truly captivating. Sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef, the sparkling waters are perfect for sailing and snorkelling, whilst the many of the untouched islands are perfect for camping, bushwalking and getting back to nature. Whitehaven Beach, is a stand out spot for its fine white silica sand and clear blue waters. Whilst the vibrant Airlie Beach, perched on the mainland, is a popular pit stop for beach-loving backpackers, and gateway to the collection of Whitsunday islands.
5. Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
Recognised as a global treasure, Kakadu National Park World Heritage is an enormous biodiverse nature reserve, heritage listed for both its extraordinary environment and living Aboriginal culture. Timeless in natural beauty, the 20,000 kilometres of expansive terrain features wetlands, rivers and sandstone escarpments. It is home to some 2,000 plant species and wildlife, including saltwater crocodiles and flatback turtles, and features original Aboriginal rock paintings, that date back to prehistoric times.
6. Margaret River Region, Western Australia
Just three hours south of Perth, lies Margaret River - a stunning region famous for it’s great food, superb wine, and breathtaking coastline. Here you can stumble upon world-class wineries, award-winning restaurants and boutique breweries. When your taste-buds are satisfied you can experience world-class surf, enchanting scuba diving, or walk amongst ancient forests and caves.
7. Lord Howe Island, NSW
Lord Howe Island, is a natural paradise in the Tasman Sea, just a two hours flight out of Sydney. This World Heritage-listed island, only allows 400 visitors at a time, making rest and relaxation, the top order of every day. Stroll the white beaches, snorkel the world's southernmost coral reef, and hike the palm forests of Mount Gower, then kick back in the luxury accomodations.
8. Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
Noted as one of the top 10 beaches in the world, Wineglass Bay on Tasmania's Freycinet Peninsula, is a spectacular coastal destination. A favourite honeymoon destination, it showcases dazzling white sands and sapphire-coloured sea, set against pink and grey granite peaks. Add to that luxurious eco-lodges, and fine Tasmanian cuisine, and it’s easy to see why Wineglass Bay is one of Australia's most beautiful and indulgent natural environments.
9. Great Ocean Road, Victoria
A drive along Victoria's Great Ocean Road is truly a heart-stirring experience. Home to the world class surf at Bells Beach and the craggy limestone spires of the Twelve Apostles, this magnificent coastal journey, is dotted with quaint fishing villages, migrating whales, shipwrecks, golden beaches, rainforests and national parks.
10. Kangaroo Island, South Australia
If frolicking with the native wildlife and taking in majestic scenery are high on your wish list, then Kangaroo Island, is a fabulous spot for all ages. Home to sea lions, kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, penguins, echidnas and diverse birds, it’s a living, breathing, natural retreat. You can also explore rugged rock formations, underground caves, and national parks on the island, or swim, snorkel and fish, in the beautiful bays and beaches.