Australia is a country that’s as diverse as it is beautiful – from the ochre-red outback around Uluru and the frosty summit of Cradle Mountain, to the white sand of the Whitsunday Islands and the pink lakes of Western Australia.
The sparkling waterway of Sydney is the highlight of the largest city in Australia. Climb the lofty archway of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire the sails of the Sydney Opera House, and stroll through the leafy Botanic Gardens to reach Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, a vantage point that provides the postcard-perfect view of Sydney Harbour.
It’s impossible to omit this icon of the Australian outback, located smack bang in the middle of the country. The Rock is the spiritual heart of the continent – a sandstone monolith that rises out of the ochre-red landscape near Alice Springs in central Australia.
The northeast corner of the Northern Territory gives visitors a true taste of the Australian wilderness, with an untamed expanse of beaches, rivers, forests, escarpments and swimming holes wedged between the equally amazing Kakadu National Park and the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Bondi is the most famous city beach in Australia, but Perth’s favourite strip of sand is the most beautiful in the nation. Towering pine trees shade the grass terraces and heritage teahouse that overlook this golden stretch of west Australian coastline… just keep an eye out for sharks.
The state of Tasmania enjoys some of the most beautiful bushwalking terrain in the country, including the pristine forest of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. The best view of the craggy Cradle Mountain – besides from the summit, of course – can be seen while hiking around the serene blue waters of Dove Lake.
North Queensland isn’t just about the reef – the region is also home to the untouched rainforest. Just an hour’s drive north of Cairns, the Daintree is brimming with ancient vegetation and rare Australian wildlife, including a healthy population of saltwater crocodiles. Be careful where you swim.