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The choices for travelling Australia are as diverse as the country itself. Discover Australia’s cities, states and territories, unique iconic destinations and events.

Whether you’ve got two weeks to see the sights or six months to cover the country in a campervan, here you will find everything you need to know about the places to go and things to do on your Australian vacation. Use the suggested itineraries to help you plan your own perfect Australian adventure. If you’re seeking nature, adventure, art and culture, food, wine or inspirational vacations, you will find everything you need here.

Cities

Australia has 12 main cities for you to explore.  From these you can plan your trip to our iconic destinations.

Perth

Perth

Embrace Perth's relaxed magic with a sunset drink on Cottlesloe Beach, a cruise down the Swan River or live music in inner-city enclaves. Walk Kings Park and visit historic Fremantle. Swim, bike and catch rock lobster along Rottnest Island's secluded bays. Combine Perth with a journey to the Pinnacles, Monkey Mia or the beaches and goldfields of the state's south-west.

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Darwin

Darwin

Enjoy Darwin's balmy weather and eclectic food and culture at outdoor festivals, waterfront restaurants, tropical parklands and art precincts. Get a taste of Darwin at Mindil Beach Markets, sail Darwin Harbour and trace the region's dramatic history at museums. Darwin is gateway to Litchfield National Park, the Tiwi Islands, Kakadu and Arnhem Land as well as cross-continent journeys like the Ghan, Explorers Highway and Savannah Way.

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Brisbane

Brisbane

Discover Brisbane, the sunny, sophisticated capital city of Queensland.

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Guide to Alice Springs

Guide to Alice Springs

In the heart of Australia lies Alice Springs, an oasis in the true sense of the word.

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Sydney

Sydney

Discover Sydney, Australia's famous harbour city and capital of New South Wales. Plan your Sydney holiday with beautiful sundrenched beaches and much more.

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Guide to the Gold Coast

Guide to the Gold Coast

From theme parks to shopping, and surfing to ancient rainforest, here’s how to make the most of the Gold Coast.

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Cairns

Cairns

Leap from Cairns into the World Heritage wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Relax in the resorts of Port Douglas and Mission Beach or on Lizard Island. Take the old railway to Kuranda, or follow the Great Tropical Drive to white water rivers and the Atherton Tablelands. Head north to Cape Tribulation or take the Savannah Way for an outback journey.

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Melbourne

Melbourne

Explore stylish Melbourne, a city in love with fashion, the arts, food and wine, café culture, sports and major events.

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Adelaide

Adelaide

Soak up Adelaide's colonial elegance in the spacious green parklands, bustling Adelaide Central Markets and the museums and libraries of North Terrace. Swim with dolphins in Glenelg, explore Hahndorf and other picturesque villages in the Adelaide Hills, and wind between world-class wineries in the nearby Barossa and Clare Valley. Visit for international events such as the Santos Tour Down Under.

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Hobart

Hobart

Uncover Hobart's food, wine, and eclectic creativity at the galleries, bars and restaurants of MONA. Relax, eat and visit the weekend markets at the convict-built harbour and sandstone Salamanca Place. Visit Hobart's oldest suburb of Battery Point, climb Mount Wellington, and join celebrations for the Taste Tasmania festival and Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Hobart offers access to Richmond, Kettering, Bruny Island, Wineglass Bay and Tasmania's national parks.

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Guide to Broome

Guide to Broome

Built on the pearling trade, these days Broome is a popular holiday hub and gateway to the wild Kimberley region.

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Canberra

Canberra

Explore Canberra for Australian culture and history at superb monuments and galleries in this city surrounded by parklands and native bushland. Visit Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia and Questacon. Experience the the Balloon Fiesta in autumn, Fireside Festival in winter, and Floriade in spring. Explore the Australian Alps or Tidnbinbilla Nature Reserve and Murrumbidgee River Corridor, just a short drive away.

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Australia's Regional Cities

Australia's Regional Cities

Learn more about Australia's regional cities, which are rich in natural beauty and gateways to many of Australia's can't-miss experiences.

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Iconic destinations

Australia’s iconic destinations offer uniquely Australian experiences in stunning landscapes.

Guide to the Great Barrier Reef

Guide to the Great Barrier Reef

Let us inspire you with our guide to things to do on the Great Barrier Reef. Sail the Whitsundays, seaplane over heart reef, see stingrays on Daydream Island or trek the Thorsborne trail!

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Guide to Fraser Island

Guide to Fraser Island

Guide to Kakadu National Park

Guide to Kakadu National Park

Experience the magic of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, a one hour 40 minute drive east of Darwin.

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Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Experience one of the world's most scenic coastal drives, along the south-west coast of Victoria.

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Guide to Ningaloo Reef

Guide to Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef is the best place on Earth to swim alongside the gentle whale shark.

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Guide to Kangaroo Island

Guide to Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is one of the best places in Australia to see native wildlife up close.

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Guide to the Kimberley

Guide to the Kimberley

An ancient landscape covering hundreds of thousands of square kilometres, the Kimberley is one of the world's most precious wilderness regions.

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Gippsland

Gippsland

Escape from city life to explore Gippsland, a diverse wilderness coast stretching from Melbourne's eastern outskirts to Victoria's far east. Drive the Great Alpine Road to uninterrupted Ninety Mile Beach, the vast Gippsland Lakes, and relaxed coastal towns. Bushwalk, camp, kayak, snorkel and fish along the unspoilt beaches of Croajingolong National Park and Wilsons Promontory, then discover Aboriginal history and gourmet delights.

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Flinders Ranges

Flinders Ranges

Lift your soul in South Australia's timeless Flinders Ranges and outback, home to Wilpena Pound and the underground opal town of Coober Pedy. Star gaze, see rare native wildlife, and uncover Aboriginal and pastoral history. For an adventure, drive the South Australian Loop from Adelaide, hike the Heysen trail or 4WD to the Simpson Desert and mostly arid Lake Eyre. - See more at: http://tour-aus-author.haylix.net/content/australia/en/places/flinders-ranges.html#sthash.Djdb0CeF.dpuf

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Guide to Freycinet

Guide to Freycinet

Explore a peninsula of pink granite mountains, pure white beaches and azure bays in Freycinet National Park.

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Guide to the Australian Alps

Guide to the Australian Alps

Challenge yourself in the mountainous outdoors of the Australian Alps, from its tallest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, to the tracks of Namadgi National Park and gold rush towns of the Great Alpine Road.

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Guide to Byron Bay

Guide to Byron Bay

Mainland Australia's easternmost town is a melting pot of surf culture, alternative lifestyles and hedonistic pursuits.

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Guide to the Blue Mountains

Guide to the Blue Mountains

Be captivated by the one million hectares (3861 square miles) of tall forests, sandstone cliffs, canyons and waterfalls that make up the magnificent Blue Mountains.

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Tasmanian Wilderness

Tasmanian Wilderness

Step into the ancient beauty of Tasmania's World Heritage wilderness and national parks. From Hobart, discover Bruny Island's wildlife and walking trails and drive the East Coast Escape to Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park. Launceston is your base for the Overland Track through Cradle-Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, and the untamed rivers and rapids of the west coast.

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Namadgi National Park

Namadgi National Park

Explore pristine bushland and fascinating history in Namadgi National Park, a section of the Australian Alps just near Canberra. Climb or abseil the granite outcrops, bushwalk along the Great Alpine Walk, and mountain bike, fish and 4WD. See vestiges left by Aboriginal custodians, pastoralists and gold hunters, and meet emus, kangaroos, wallabies and cockatoos in nearby Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

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Australia’s states and territories

Get to know Australia’s states and territories and the diversity of experiences you can have in each. 

Tasmania

Tasmania

Experience Tasmania's World Heritage wilderness, great food and wine, compact cities and clean air. Hobart is gateway to historic Port Arthur, the wildlife of Bruny Island and Maria Island, and breathtaking Wineglass Bay in Freycinet. From Launceston or Devonport, discover Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Liffey Falls and Flinders Island in Bass Strait. Discover Tasmania's wild west coast via Strahan.

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Victoria

Victoria

From Melbourne, discover the rugged Great Ocean Road, vine-lined Yarra Valley and nearby Macedon Ranges, and the picturesque Mornington Peninsula. Meet fairy penguins on Phillip Island, houseboat down the Murray River and walk the sand of Wilsons Promontory and 90 Mile Beach. Relive the goldrush in Bendigo and High Country towns and hike the ancient landscapes of Grampians National Park.

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Queensland

Queensland

From Brisbane, visit Moreton Island, Surfers Paradise, and Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. Head inland for Outback Queensland or north for World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, Bundaberg's natural attractions, and Mackay, a gateway to the idyllic Whitsundays. In Queensland's tropical north, Townsville, Cairns, Port Douglas and Mission Beach line the coast along the Great Barrier Reef, up to the Daintree Rainforest.

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Northern Territory

Northern Territory

Lose yourself in the Northern Territory's ancient Aboriginal culture and rugged landscapes. Tropical Darwin is your gateway to World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, lush Litchfield National Park, Katherine Gorge and the communities of Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land. From Alice Springs, discover the Red Centre attractions of Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa, Kings Canyon, Devils Marbles, the Larapinta Trail and historic Tennant Creek.

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South Australia

South Australia

Step into South Australia with Adelaide festivals or a visit to the Adelaide Hills. Meet native wildlife on Kangaroo Island and swim with sea lions on the Eyre Peninsula. Explore wineries in the Barossa, Clare Valley and McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula. South Australia's outback is home to the Flinders Ranges, Simpson Desert and often parched Lake Eyre.

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New South Wales

New South Wales

Explore New South Wales from Sydney, where Bondi Beach is a day trip from the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley wineries. Drive north for the coastal jewels of Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay, or south to swim with dolphins in Jervis Bay. Inland lies the Australian Alps, picturesque country towns and Mungo National Park.

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Western Australia

Western Australia

Explore Western Australia from beach-blessed Perth. Visit Rottnest Island and Freemantle heading south for Margaret River wineries, Kalgoorlie's goldfields and pink lake and Albany's dramatic coastline. Head north for the rugged Pinnacles and Karijini National Park, and Ningaloo and Monkey Mia's marine treasures. North in the Kimberley, an epic 4WD links Broome's Cable Beach with Kununurra and El Questro Station.

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Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory

Tour the Australian Capital Territory from Canberra, home to Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial and the National Gallery of Australia, with its dedicated Aboriginal art galleries. Follow the Poachers Way to wineries and galleries, picnic along the Murrumbidgee Corridor and discover the wildlife, walking trails and Aboriginal rock art of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park. Explore the magnificent Australian Alps.

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