Visiting the Land Down Under and experiencing all that it has to offer is hardly possible in one trip, yet overdoing the itinerary for your visit to this island nation is not recommended. Before you stack your list of “things to do” too high, I’d like to provide some further insight on the highlights of Australia. That way, you can fill it full of exploration without feeling pressed for time and causing more unnecessary stress.
Sydney is one of Australia's largest and most beloved cities. It is a beautiful place to begin your first 4 to 5 days on the island, especially if you are traveling between June and August. With lots of natural beauty and invigorating city life, there's so much to explore. Some places you should visit include the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Blue Mountains, Circular Quay and the Harbour, Royal Botanical Gardens, and, last but not least, the beaches.
It's easy to feel captivated by the beauty of Melbourne, so I suggest spending at least 4 to 5 days here, too. You could honestly get lost forever in all of its wonders. Although it's nowhere near as busy as Sydney, Melbourne has a bustling scene of its own. In the city, you can dine at one of many delightful restaurants or shop at any of the unique boutiques. However, the best way to get a feel for it all is by touring the entire city. Be sure to visit Federation Square, Flinders Street Train Station, the Yarra River, Chinatown, Bourke Street Pedestrian Mall, and the ever-so-popular Queen Victoria Market.
Great Ocean Road
Travel along Great Ocean Road for some of the most amazing sites in Australia. This coastal road stretches for 151 miles and makes the perfect 2-day trip. Take your time to soak in the views and be sure to stop at the 12 Apostles, London Bridge, all of the beaches and forests situated alongside the road.
Ayers Rock (Uluru)
Take 2 or 3 days to visit Ayers Rock if you can squeeze it into your itinerary. Unless you fly, it will take a few days to get to the famously massive sandstone, but it's well worth it. Some of the most magical moments can be experienced at Ayers Rock, including sunrise, sunset, and stargazing.
Great Barrier Reef
One of Australia's most quintessential tourist attractions is the Great Barrier Reef. Since the reef stretches from below the Tropic of Capricorn way up to the northern tip of Queensland, there is plenty of opportunity for scuba diving and snorkeling. Plan to spend 3 to 4 days here, visiting Cairns, The Whitsunday Islands, Lady Elliot Island, and Cape Tribulation.
Of course, one of my favorite states of Australia is Western Australia which includes one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Perth. The state has such diversity from the north with the fabulous Kimberley Region to the south where the famous Margaret River area is located with wonderful wines, great surfing, caves to explore and great hiking opportunities through the karri forests and along the coast. In between is the Ningaloo Reef - the world's largest fringing reef, and of course the beautiful city of Perth and all it has to offer including the lovely Swan River, the best beaches in the world and the quaint, historical port city of Fremantle. Western Australia has so much to offer to visitors and is much less traveled by tourists in general which adds an element to the charm of the place!
Australia is the 4th largest wine exporter in the world and so has some fabulous wine regions around the entire country including Margaret River in the West, Hunter Valley near Sydney in the East, multiple famous areas in South Australia including The Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, & McLaren Vale to name just a few, The Yarra Valley & Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and even the island state of Tasmania has some great wine regions as well. So, if you're into wine and great wineries, Australia has so much to offer there as well!
I would love to help you plan your itinerary to match both your budget and interests for a trip to Australia. Just send me an email and I can get started with you. Any part of Australia would love to continue to have visitors even more now than ever before and they need you.