Australia has more than its share of beautiful destinations and it would take a lifetime to explore all of them. However, if you’re only going to be visiting for a short period of time, these are some sites you may want to visit.
1. The Northern Territory, Western MacDonnell Ranges
The rugged Western MacDonnell Ranges are a sight to behold and are ideal for viewing by road, foot or bike. The mountains stretch for about 125 miles to the west from the famous community of Alice Springs. They reach across the dry red desert with some of them reaching close to 2,000 feet in height. The mountains are dissected by waterholes, gorges, and valleys.
2. Tasmania, Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay
Wineglass Bay is home to one of the planet’s top beaches. It sits in southeast Tasmania inside of the Freycinet National Park. There are several other wonderful secluded beaches in the park as well. It’s a popular location with hikers and campers due to the stunning natural beauty and wildlife which is present.
3. South Australia, Kangaroo Island
You can reach Kangaroo Island by plane from Adelaide or a quick ferry ride. This is the third-largest island in Australia and is home to several types of animals. You’ll find thousands of sea lions soaking up the sun over at Seal Bay, as well as resting koala bears, fairy penguins, and of course, kangaroos. One of the most popular spots on the island is Flinders Chase National Park, where you’ll find the Admiral’s Arch and Remarkable Rocks attractions. You’ll also come across some lovely and cuddly New Zealand fur seals here.
4. Queensland, Sunshine Coast and Glass House Mountains
The Sunshine Coast is made up of about 40 miles of gorgeous white sandy beaches. You can reach it by car in about 60 minutes from the city of Brisbane. Beyond the stunning beaches are several ancient volcanic peaks which are named the Glass House Mountains. They’re ideal for climbing and make amazing spots for picnics .
5. South Australia, McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale is one of the top wine regions in the nation. It’s filled with beaches and vineyards and sits just over 20 miles from Adelaide. The town and wine region are both named McLaren Vale and sit in the Fleurieu Peninsula. The community has a population of about 5,000 people, but has plenty of art galleries, cafes, and restaurants. The local coastal countryside is covered with vineyards and you’ll get some amazing views of St Vincent´s Gulf and the Mount Lofty Ranges from most of them.
6. The Indian Pacific Rail Journey
This adventurous train journey is named after Australia’s surrounding oceans. The journey is about 2,700 miles in length and crosses the nation. You’ll pass through the states of New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia. You can board the train in Sydney or Perth and enjoy the amazing three-day journey. Along the way, you’ll stop at old gold-boom communities and remote outposts such as Cook, and Kalgoorlie.
7. Victoria, Mornington Peninsula
The Mornington Peninsula is surrounded on three sides by warm waters and is filled with excellent beaches and wineries. There are plenty of hilltop dining establishments that provide some tremendous views of the bay below. You can reach Mornington Peninsula by road in about an hour from Melbourne. There are numerous hotels and quaint bed and breakfasts to choose from if you decide to spend some quality time there.
8. New South Wales, Byron Bay
Byron Bay is Australia’s most eastern point and is well-known beach town. You’ll find magnificent beaches and gourmet cafes here. If you’d like to head inland, then you can literally head for the hills beyond the beach to the area known as hinterland. This area features quaint villages, lush rainforests, day spas, and weekly markets.