Australia Travel Ideas For First-Time Visitors

August 4th, 2014 | by Ashyln Molly

From the sandy beaches of the Gold Coast to the vibrant nightlife of Sydney, we’ve got the top Australia travel ideas that will make your trip to the Outback one you’ll never forget. Given the massive size of Australia, the best way to get around if you’re set on seeing all of the great sites is to take internal domestic flights between major cities.

A few of Australia’s most famous attractions to consider: Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef, the Sydney Opera House and the Whitsunday Islands.

Ayers rock

Ayers Rock and Alice Springs are considered part of the famous Outback, which encompasses more than 2.5 million square miles. Alice Springs is the unofficial capital and just a short distance away is the massive monolith known as Ayers Rock. Contrary to mpopular belief, the Outback isn’t all desert; visitors can enjoy beautiful waterfalls, deep gorges and scenic mountains as well.

Surfers paradise

The Gold Coast (so aptly named) is famous for its gorgeous beaches. Aside from fun in the sun, visitors can enjoy a myriad of water sports, upscale shopping and theme parks such as Warner Bros, Movie World and Dreamworld. Surfer’s Paradise is a popular Gold Coast suburb which is known for its exciting nightlife and (as the name implies) surfing.

Underwater

Animal lovers should consider visiting the famous Melbourne Aquarium or the Healesville Sanctuary (both located in Victoria) which boasts more than 200 native Australian species.

Road

Let’s not forget road trips. Renting a car? Remember that Australians drive on the left side of the road.

Plus, Australia boasts a wide variety of beautiful, awe-inspiring national parks such as the Royal National Park, Christmas Island, Norfolk Island and Pulu Keeling National Park.

What are your favorite attractions in Australia?

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