The often-glitzy streets of Sydney go right to the heart of what it means to be Australian. With a scintillating location on the famed harbor, surrounded by beaches to one side and eucalyptus forest to the other, the country’s first city is a perfect blend of iconic sights and entertaining nightlife. When in Sydney, don't miss out on these best spots: Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Royal Botanic Garden and the Museum of Sydney.
With a huge diversity of neighborhoods, progressive Melbourne is far more than its mini-Manhattan moniker might suggest. A stronghold of Australian art and culture, visit the National Gallery of Victoria and the Arts Center Melbourne or simply stroll the laneways that weave between the neat grid of modern high-rise towers for gallery-worthy works of street art. Looking for a little green? Head to the Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne's most historic and beautiful gardens or escape the city to visit the Twelve Apostles, a popular stop on the Great Ocean Road.
Sightseeing in Cairns
Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, tropical Cairns may be remote, but the journey to northern Queensland is definitely worth your while. Here you’ll find some of Australia’s finest natural attractions, from the rainforests of Kuranda and the Barron Gorge National Park to waterfalls such as the Crystal Cascades. One of the popular destinations in Australia's east coast, Cairns is not short of beaches that will have you slipping on your snorkel and mask in double-quick time.
Sightseeing in Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park
Home to the world’s largest monolith – the always impressive Uluru/Ayer’s Rock – this national park in Australia’s red center manages to defy expectations despite its international fame. Join one of the sightseeing tours in Australia that include time to explore Uluru, the Kata-Tjuta rock formations and the surrounding landscapes all the way to Kings Canyon. You will uncover creation myths and cultures of the region’s aboriginal people.
Situated among picturesque Indian Ocean waves at the southern end of the unspoiled Dampier Peninsula, Broome is a destination for those seeking an idyllic getaway of sun, sea, and the flawless white sands of Cable Beach. Witness the amazing phenomenon of the Staircase to the Moon. Away from the beaches, you’ll be able to discover the rich history of the Yawuru People and evidence of the city’s long link with the pearling industry.
Sightseeing in Kangaroo Island
Drift south from Adelaide and you’ll soon hit upon the coastline of Kangaroo Island, a Noah’s Ark of Australian species as varied as colonies of penguin, flocks of native birds, and the eponymous kangaroo. Flinders Chase National Park is a sight unlike any other. Visit the Admirals Arch or the Remarkable Rocks located inside the national park. Then spot a sea-lion colony at Seal Bay Conservation Park.
Australia’s island state has in large part been shaped by its isolation, which saw the evolution of unique species of animals, including the Tasmanian devil and (probably) extinct thylacine. Try and spot them for yourself while perusing the island’s series of hiking trails. Head to the northeastern coast and witness the Bay of Fires or see Wineglass Bay for yourself at Freycinet National Park.
Closer to Jakarta than Canberra, the capital of the Northern Territory has an atmosphere like nowhere else you’ll experience on sightseeing trips in Australia. Part bastion of indigenous aboriginal culture and part exotic beach destination, behind the laid-back vibes exuding from the locals is a strong museum presence and a growing food scene. Visit Mindil Beach Sunset Market and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Get up and close to reptilian wildlife at the Crocodile Cove.
Much trendier than its traditional reputation would suggest, Canberra’s position as the national capital ensures more than its fair share of fine dining restaurants, outdoor spaces and striking modernist architecture including Parliament House and the National Gallery.
Fraser Island sightseeing
The world’s largest sand island, large enough to boast its own 75-mile beach-turned-airstrip, Fraser Island lies off Australia’s east coast north of Brisbane. One of the last places in the country to catch sight of truly wild dingoes, Fraser Island also offers off-road adventures for 4x4 drivers, and a coast that includes natural pools and evocative shipwrecks.