There's still nothing like Australia.


How can you possibly choose which of Australia’s tourist destinations to visit? It’s a big country, so it’s definitely not easy. But no matter which Australia vacation destinations you opt to experience, you’ll be impressed – by the clean and friendly cities, gorgeous natural settings, accessible wildlife, secluded islands and award-winning luxury resorts. Popular tourist destinations in Australia include Sydney, the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, Lord Howe Island in New South Wales, Kangaroo Island in South Australia, and Rottnest Island in Western Australia. Best of all, Aussie summer is U.S. winter, so you can hit the beach while the folks back home are hitting the slopes. And even during winter Down Under (June-August), Great Barrier Reef resorts get plenty of sunshine with temperatures in the low-to-mid 70s.

In terms of romantic travel destinations, Australia also excels. Its luxury resorts, such as those scattered amid the 74 Whitsunday Islands on the Great Barrier Reef, make ideal honeymoon hideaways. Amid this mosaic of white sand and swirling turquoise and sapphire reefs couples can relax as their every whim is catered to with genuine Aussie hospitality. And one can’t mention the world’s largest and most famous reef without talking about scuba diving. So let’s just say that if you’re a diver, the waters off coastal Queensland are like your birthday, Christmas and the Fourth of July all rolled into one. The best travel destinations are the ones that match your appetite for indulgence or adventure.

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How to Get There

Australia’s major international airports are located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The flight from Los Angeles to Sydney is between 14-15 hours.

Getting Around

Australia has an impressive domestic air network. Qantas, Jetstar, Tiger Airways and Virgin Australia operate on the major inter-city routes.

Self-drives are a great way to see the country at your own pace, with both cars and campervans available for rent.

Trains are also a popular way to experience Australia. The Indian Pacific and the Ghan are considered two of the world’s great rail journeys.

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Adelaide is a new city in an old land, founded as a British colony in 1836 and now being the capital of South Australia. Today, its rich mix of diverse cultures exists together in a relaxed and cosmopolitan lifestyle, having both many green parks as well as 30km of beaches stretching along its suburbs. The city is famous for its al fresco eating culture and it is the center of the Australian wine industry, with some of the best food and drinks in the world.

Alice Springs

Alice Springs, or ‘The Alice’, lies romantically in the heart of Australia, and it is unofficially considered as the Outback’s capital. While it was regarded as a ‘dead heart’ during colonial times, thanks to the surrounding barren landscapes, today both residents and visitors recognize the physical and spiritual importance of Australia’s Centre, and it indeed is beating alive with Aboriginal traditions and sacred sites, a vibrant local art culture with a fascinating pioneering history, and for sure incredible landscapes still. Alice Springs is one of the most interesting places on the continent, and most people agree on that you have not seen the Outback at all until you will have seen Alice for once.

Ballina Byron

The Ballina/Byron region is delightfully diverse. It ranges from the quiet family world of Ballina to Byron Bay, the former hippy capital of Australia. Byron Bay was once a simple whaling station later discovered by surfers. After the sixties, the place is nowadays swarmed with tourists and celebrities wishing to experience this alternative town, which is still one of the most hippy destinations on the East Coast.

Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains get their name from the natural blue haze created by vast eucalyptus forests in this World Heritage area. Tiny droplets of oil released from the trees mix with water vapor and sunlight to produce the distinctive color. Enjoy crisp mountain air, beautiful panoramas, charming villages, one of the world’s oldest cave systems, and exhilarating adventures in the Blue Mountains, near Sydney. You can even see dinosaur trees in the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah. This is a great Australian escape and a natural wonder of the world.


Brisbane is a lively, cosmopolitan city with excellent restaurants, beautiful riverside parks, a busy cultural calendar and a great nightlife. Its fantastic weather year-round has allowed outdoor activities to thrive and develop a vibrant cafe culture. The city is surrounded by some of the state’s major tourist attractions, and there is an abundant choice of day trips whether it be to the coast for the golden beaches, or inland for some of Queensland’s serene bush land, there is something for everybody.


Broome is situated in North-Western Australia, a two and a half hour flight from Perth. The surrounding region is full of color, culture and captivating scenery. Fiery red cliffs contrast with the unspoiled turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, dinosaur footprints tell secrets of ancient days and a multi-cultural population provides arts, performances and irresistible cuisine. The pearling industry has been an important part of the region’s economy. Many places and shops offer visitors closer insight into the pearl trade and the jewelry craft.

Byron Bay

From World Heritage rain forest to sparkling beaches, the Byron Bay region on the NSW North Coast is full of natural wonders. The Aboriginal Arakwal people call it Cavvanbah – the meeting place. The area is also famous for its surf culture, alternative philosophies, organic food and outdoor adventures. Byron Bay’s natural attractions are impeccable – humpback whales cruise past the headland, dolphins frolic in the bay and storms create rainbows on the mountains. People from all walks of life meet here, drawn by Byron Bay’s vibrant energy.


People have been flocking to Cairns in search of treasure since the first gold rush. However, today prospectors come to mine the abundance of natural and environmental treasures that surround the city. With the tropical rain forest and the Great Barrier Reef in close proximity, Cairns attracts a young and intrepid crowd that adds to the vibrancy of this lively and welcoming city.


Edged by mountain ranges, Canberra is a planned city built on vast limestone. Canberra is Australia’s national capital – seat of the Federal parliament and home to many institutions and national monuments. Four distinct seasons add to its charm and visitors quickly discover that it really is Australia’s hidden gem. The surrounding countryside contains historic and picturesque rural villages and a burgeoning cool-climate wine industry.

Christmas Island

Rising majestically from the tropical depths of the vast Indian Ocean, and surrounded by the azure waters of Asia’s southern fringe lies a stunning natural wonder – Christmas Island … Its name alone is intriguing and stirs interest. yet this tiny island in the Indian Ocean is a truly fascinating paradise, inviting you to uncover its remarkable surprises of nature in a one-of-a-kind environment. Venture to this awe-inspiring island for an unforgettable getaway.

Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour is a paradise of attractions, from thrilling skydives and underwater adventures to dolphin shows and waterfront dining. Nearby you can walk above a rain forest canopy in a World Heritage wilderness. Famous for its bananas, fish and surf, this coastal city on the NSW North Coast is at the southern edge of the Solitary Islands Marine Park, a haven for turtles and great for diving. And relax on beautiful beaches in Coffs, as the locals call this much-loved destination halfway between Sydney and Brisbane and easy to get to by air, road or rail.


Darwin is a thriving, prosperous and multicultural city with lively bars and wide-ranging international cuisine. It is lush, tropical, and the gateway to top-end outback adventures through the world heritage Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. Darwin boasts an eclectic cultural mix: Asian music, food, and languages live side-by-side with aboriginal artistry, Australian beach culture, love of the outdoors, and a profound appreciation of cosmopolitanism.

Fraser Coast

Though famous for its paradise-like Fraser Island and the visiting whales, the Fraser Coast offers plenty of other amazing places and adventures. Check out the former gold mining town of Gympie and the beautiful nature surrounding Fraser Coast, both on land and in the water. The warm and mild climate means that the Fraser Coast is perfect to explore all year around.

Gold Coast

Australia’s Gold Coast is a diverse city, offering action packed days and fun filled nights to over 10 million visitors each year. Families, couples, business delegates and solo travelers will all find an experience to suit their needs and budget, as the Gold Coast serves up more attractions and venues than any other destination in the southern hemisphere. Get into the Gold Coast’s easy living lifestyle with 70 kilometers of sun, sand and surf at your doorstep plus 100,000 hectares of world heritage listed rain forest just a short drive away.

Hamilton Island

Situated amidst the 74 Whitsunday Islands of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, wondrous coral reefs, unique flora and fauna, divine food and wines, and a buzzing calendar of special events. With its laid-back luxury and activities almost too numerous to mention, Hamilton is the next island in the Great Barrier Reef you should visit.

Hunter Valley

Australia’s oldest wine region is a beautiful destination. From fine wine and gourmet food to elegant accommodation and fabulous events, a Hunter Valley getaway offers a taste of the good life. Australia’s most visited wine region is home to 150 top-class wineries, vineyards and cellar doors. Whether you’re wine tasting, being pampered in one of the valley’s day spas, or teeing off from a championship golf course, you’ll enjoy a warm country welcome in the Hunter Valley.

Jervis Bay

Explore beautiful Jervis Bay within the unspoiled region of the NSW South Coast. Discover fine white sands and crystal clear waters in a marine park home to dolphins and seals. You’ll also marvel at majestic whales as they migrate along the coast. Enchanting national parks are great for trail walking and are filled with native wildlife and fascinating Aboriginal heritage. Enjoy water activities including kayaking, boating, fishing, diving and surfing. This magnificent region offers relaxation in spectacular settings where you can do as much or as little as you choose.

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage-listed paradise where at any time you’ll be one of only 400 visitors. A holiday on this exquisite subtropical island is relaxing and unhurried; getting around by bike or on foot is the way to go and there are plenty of activities to discover. Explore its beautiful beaches, lagoons, coral reefs and rain forest areas to discover a world of immense natural beauty.


Situated halfway between Brisbane and Cairns, Mackay is surrounded by lush rain forests, pristine white sandy beaches and the fertile Pioneer Valley. It is home to one of Australia’s richest sugar cane growing regions. Out to sea, The Great Barrier Reef’s colorful coral, fish and secluded islands provide a tropical playground for everyone. Excellent restaurants, beautiful parks and a vibrant art scene ensure there is something in Mackay for every taste and budget.


Melbourne is an artistic powerhouse with a vibrant and multicultural soul. Nicknamed “Paris of the southern hemisphere,” Melbourne is not only known to be Australia’s cultural hot-spot, but is also famous for its major sporting events and its culinary delights from all across the world. With its high-rise city center and far-reaching suburbs, it is hard not to be dragged in by the life of the capital of Victoria, but day trips to the wild nature of the state are also extremely attractive.


Newcastle is the hub of the Hunter Valley wine region, located right at the mouth of the Hunter River. It is home to stunning beaches for all kinds of activities, a rich heritage of Victorian architecture and plenty of live music events for all tastes. There are also lots of places for recreation, hiking and outdoor adventure nearby. Whether you are looking for vibrant city life or a spectacular natural retreat, in Newcastle you will get it all.


A combination of big city comforts, good weather and a laid-back approach to life make Perth one of the most livable cities in the world. It is a youthful and cosmopolitan city. In terms of entertainment, nightlife and cultural activities it can stand up to even the fiercest competition. When it comes to food, Perth raises the bar, boasting fabulous beachfront restaurants, succulent seafood and some of the country’s best vineyards. An excellent public transportation system allows visitors to explore the city easily, despite its remote location.

Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie is a vibrant coastal city at the heart of a beautiful region teeming with outdoor adventures, gorgeous beaches and delicious fresh produce and seafood. A fascinating history dating back to the convict era adds to the allure. Australia’s biggest population of coastal koalas is here, on the mid North Coast of New South Wales. And the region is famous for its Hastings River oysters and its vineyards produce award-winning wines. From local culinary delights to splendid natural beauty, Port Macquarie is a picture-perfect gem to visit.

Port Stephens

Blessed with 26 white sandy beaches, a vast blue bay and many tranquil inlets, Port Stephens is an idyllic destination about 2.5 hours’ drive north of Sydney. With a marine park rich in diversity, the area is famous for its resident dolphins, crystal clear waters and towering sand dunes. Daily dolphin-watching cruises depart from Nelson Bay and the ocean is great for watching whales during their annual migration. Charming towns are framed by bush land, wetlands and volcanic peaks. Enjoy fresh seafood and local wines in delightful settings.


There is no doubt to Rockhampton’s status of Australia’s Beef Capital. However, Rockhampton offers more than just beef. Located on the Tropic of Capricorn, the city is surrounded by coastal and rural landscapes, and offers opportunities for both relaxed and active stays. On over 300 days of sunshine, you can enjoy the beaches of the Capricorn Coast, or explore the region’s national parks and caves. With its historical buildings and tree-lined streets facing the Fitzroy River, Rockhampton is a great place to visit.

Snowy Mountains

Australia’s highest peaks are in the Snowy Mountains, where there’s thrilling downhill skiing and snowboarding during the snow season. Lively towns and resorts in this alpine region in southwest NSW are also popular destinations in warmer months for hiking, horse riding, kayaking, mountain biking and fishing. When spring melts the snow into cascading waters and wildflowers bloom, streams shelter trout and attract many fly fishermen. Vineyards in this beautiful region produce excellent cool-climate wines, and fresh produce is on sale at farm gates.

Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most beautiful regions with amazing beaches, stunning sunlight, picturesque hinterland and plenty of breathtaking views. The vast area, which straddles the golden Pacific coast for nearly 60 kilometers, offers a wonderful and immense mix of culture, cuisine, nature and outdoor activities that are all ready to be explored.


Sydney is Australia’s most famous city, with the majestic Sydney Opera House, the impressive steel arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the sparkling waterways and the white sands of Bondi Beach. Beneath this glittering surface Sydney has many more enchanting layers to discover. This beautiful cosmopolitan city celebrates its cultural diversity and heritage, and passion for arts and sports. A temperate climate makes Sydney spectacular at any time of the year, and the city’s friendly, casual attitude keeps visitors coming back Down Under for more!


Tasmania is an island at the edge of the world. Small enough to get around easily, big enough to explore diverse landscapes and make countless discoveries. In one day, wake to the cleanest air in the world, hear stories of early convict life, cruise soaring sea cliffs, sip whisky at cellar doors, and devour paddock-to-plate food. In Tasmania, anything’s possible.


With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Townsville is a very popular destination for sun seekers and provides easy access to the Great Barrier Reef. Townsville is situated in the dry tropical region and is a gateway to the Outback, wet tropical rain forest, with wetlands teeming with bird life and a number of tropical islands. Boasting a 2.5-km beachfront area, known as the Strand, it is an exciting and vibrant city to visit.

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Essential Items to Pack

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hats
  • Swimsuits
  • Camera
  • Reef walking shoes
  • Insect repellent

Time Difference

Australia has three different time zones. Eastern Standard Time in the eastern states is +17 hours from Los Angeles (PST). Central Standard time in the Northern Territory and South Australia is +16.5 hours from PST and Western Standard Time in Western Australia is +15 hours from PST.

Entry and Visa Requirements

  • Every Visitor who is not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand must have a visa to enter the country.
  • Visas must be applied for before leaving your home country and this can be done online or at an Australian Consulate.
  • A wide range of visas may be applied for including tourist and working holiday visas.


You may not bring drugs, steroids, weapons, firearms, or protected wildlife into Australia. Certain food, fruit, meat, plants, seeds, skins, and feathers are also prohibited from entry. Any currency amount over $10,000 must also be declared upon entry.


Travel insurance is highly recommended for any person planning on adventure sports during their vacation. A policy covering theft, loss, accident, and medical issues is strongly encouraged.

Health Requirements

No vaccinations or certifications are required unless you have visited a yellow fever infected country within six days of arrival.


Australia uses the Australian Dollar (AUD) and accepts major North American credit cars including American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Bankcard, and Diner’s Club. Currency exchange is available at international airports, banks, and hotels.


Climate varies among region and over seasons. Seasons are opposite of North America so plan accordingly. The Great Barrier Reef and Southern Queensland Islands are tropical and warm while southern areas experience more seasonal variation in climate.

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