10 Best Must-Sees in Awesome Australia

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge

    Sydney Harbour Bridge

    An iconic Aussie landmark, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is an impressive steel structure joining the CBD (Central Business District) to the North Shore. The design was based on the New York 'Hell Gate Bridge' and is affectionately known as "The Coathanger." The bridge was opened in 1932 and has dominated the Harbour ever since, with masses of tourists flocking daily to not only witness it from land, water and sky, but also to climb the structure!

    Photo courtesy of Paul Arps

  • Sydney Opera House

    Sydney Opera House

    Another dominating figure of Sydney Harbour is the iconic Sydney Opera House. Despite the specific name, the Opera House is more of a multipurpose entertainment venue, home to over 1,500 performances annually. Most notable is the unique shape and design of the building, making it popular not only for entertainment, but also to view in awe. A trip to Sydney (and some may argue, Australia) is certainly not complete without a visit to Sydney Harbour.

    Photo courtesy of Zach Casper

  • Bondi Beach

    Bondi Beach

    Inarguably Australia's most famous beach (it even has it's own TV series "Bondi Rescue") Bondi is recognized not only for its beautiful sun, sand and sea, but also for the thousands of people, scantily clad, on its shores daily. The beach is thoroughly patrolled by professional Aussie lifeguards and surrounded by a shark net to protect the shores, making it remarkably safe for the many visitors. The beach is known for having strong rips, so be sure to stick between the red and yellow flags.

    Photo courtesy of Kristina D.C. Hoeppner

  • The Great Barrier Reef

    The Great Barrier Reef

    The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef and one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. Spanning more than 2,600km along the Queensland coast line, the reef system is in fact made up of more than 2,900 single reefs and, incredibly, is visible from space. Thousands of visitors flock annually to the reef to snorkel or scuba dive and enjoy the spectacular marine life and living wonder that is the reef itself. 

    Photo courtesy of Steve Evans

  • The Great Ocean Road

    The Great Ocean Road

    The Great Ocean Road is a stunning 243km scenic road along Australia's Southeastern coastline (Victoria), between the small beach towns of Torquay and Warnambool. Along the way, there are a number of small towns as well as tourist attractions including the famous Twelve Apostles rock formation. Completed in 1932, the stretch was built as a WWI memorial by returned soldiers and is the largest war memorial in the world. On your windy drive, stop off at Kennett River where you're almost always bound to spot koalas in the trees.

    Photo courtesy of edwin.11

  • The Rainforest

    The Daintree Rainforest

    Located in Far North Queensland, the Daintree is a spectacular tropical rainforest and the largest in Australia. Visitors flock to take a walk through the magical national parks and enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife. Incredibly, the Daintree Rainforest is home to 30% of Australia's frog, marsupial and reptile population and even more impressively, 67% of Australia's butterfly and bat species. Stunning birdlife can be spotted wandering around the forest, as well as vast numbers of insect species. 

    Photo courtesy of ben britten

  • Fraser Island

    Fraser Island

    Located off the coast of Queensland, just north of Brisbane, is the beautiful Fraser Island. Best known for being the world's largest sand island (spanning around 120km in length and 25km in width) and sporting crystal blue waters and white sands, Fraser Island is also renowned for being home to a large number of the last remaining pure-breed dingoes in the country. Popular for day-trips and camping, the islands stunning bushland, rainforests and beaches draw a high-volume of tourists every year. 

    Photo courtesy of fvanrenterghem

  • Melbourne CBD

    Melbourne CBD

    For those who may visit for the Australian Open, bear in mind that the city is not all sports and sunshine.  The city also has a strong artistic influence; stroll through various alleyways to enjoy impressive displays of graffiti and stumble across some cool, hidden bars and cafes.  Melbourne has a very strong cafe culture and prides itself on quality coffee and impressive barista skills. Southbank on the Yarra River offers beautiful views and wonderful restaurants, and is home to the Crown Casino complex, housing high-end stores, restaurants and gambling facilities.

    Photo courtesy of Looking Glass, Fernando de Sousa

  • The Yarra Valley

    The Yarra Valley

    Australia is known for quality wine, particularly those made in the South Australian and Western Australian regions. However, if you're in Victoria for the Australian Open and want to enjoy a meal or tasting at some spectacular wineries without the travel to another state, then please give the Yarra Valley a go. With stunning views, numerous wineries and delicious produce, the Yarra Valley (located around 90km from Melbourne CBD) makes for a wonderful day trip. 

    Photo courtesy of Jameson Fink