Stradbroke Island, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland, Jason Charles Hill

First-timer's guide to Australia

Industry Beans cafe, Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC. © Industry Beans Cafe

Industry Beans Cafe, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria

Rock art, Kakadu National Park, NT. © James Fisher, Tourism Australia

Rock art, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Bridge Climb, Sydney, NSW. © Bridge Climb

Bridge Climb, Sydney, New South Wales

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW. © Andrew Smith, Tourism Australia

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales

Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW. © Hamilton Lund, Destination NSW

Bondi Beach, Sydney, New South Wales

Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC. © Mark Chew, Visit Victoria

Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Victoria

qualia, Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Islands, QLD. © Tourism and Events Queensland

qualia, Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland

Turtle Bay, Great Barrier Reef, QLD. © Darren Jew, Tourism and Events Queensland

Turtle Bay, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Ziplining in the Daintree Rainforest, QLD. © Destination Daintree

Ziplining in the Daintree Rainforest, Queensland

Swimming with a whale shark, Ningaloo Reef, WA. © Australia's Coral Coast

Swimming with a whale shark, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

The Shorehouse, Perth, WA. © Tourism Western Australia

The Shorehouse, Perth, Western Australia

Sounds of Silence, Uluru, NT. © Voyages

Sounds of Silence, Uluru, Northern Territory

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, VIC. © Visit Victoria

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Wineglass Bay, Freycinet Peninsula, TAS. © Tourism Tasmania

Wineglass Bay, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania

Barilla Bay Oyster Farm, Cambridge, TAS. © Tourism Tasmania

Barilla Bay Oyster Farm, Cambridge, Tasmania

Jacobs Creek, Barossa Valley, SA © Tourism Australia

Jacobs Creek, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Adelaide Central Market, Adelaide, SA. © SATC

Adelaide Central Market, Adelaide, South Australia

Parliament House, Canberra, ACT. © VisitCanberra

Parliament House, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory