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Best Things to visit in Australia ?

i would like to visit australia next summer .. (3 weeks) any advice ?

8 Answers

answered first by
David from Mornington Peninsula

Hi Pascale,

Australia is a very big country I therefore I would suggest 3 weeks is not going to scratch the surface. you will spend most of your time travelling. It might be an idea just to pick one particular area this time say Western Australia Perthand Northern Territory This will give you a real Outback experience.If you can tell us what interest you about Australia then I can point you in the correct direction.

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  1. Western Australia (attraction)
  2. Perth (attraction)
  3. Northern Territory (attraction)
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answered by
Eric James from Koronadal, South Cotabato

Wow! 3 weeks would be more than enough time to tour Australia! I would really suggest that you find time to visit the Yarra Valley. In fact, you can spend your entire 3 weeks there and still not get enough of the country. Of course, you wouldn't want to miss other exciting places, so I would suggest other activities like visiting the Great Ocean Rd. If you love nature, Great Barrier Reef should also be in your list. Love shopping? Take time to visit Oxford St. Don't forget to visit Paddy Pallin as well. I usually get travel souvenirs online, particularly at Jetsettr, but when touring Australia, Paddy Pallin is one of the best places to shop for souvenirs. That's about it. I hope this helps. Good luck!

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  1. Australia (attraction)
  2. Yarra Valley (attraction)
  3. Great Ocean Rd (attraction)
  4. Great Barrier Reef (attraction)
  5. Oxford St (attraction)
  6. Paddy Pallin (attraction)
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answered by
Alejandro from Singapore

Top things to do in Australia for me are:

1-The Great Ocean Rd at least from Melbourne to Port Campbell to see a stunning sunset/sunrise at the Twelve Apostles - Visitor Facility (I did this in two days)

2- Cairns for a great beach town setting, amazing hot ballooning and dive/snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef (at least three days so you can dive).

3-The Red Center: Fly directly to  Ayers Rock to see this amazing monolith as well as the Kata Tjuta. If you are adventurous fly instead to Alice Springs and drive (at least a two day journey) to Kings Canyon Resort (the park) on your way to Ayers Rock.

4- Sydney is one of the coolest cities in the world. Go to the Sydney Opera House and see a performance. Take a ferry to Manly beach and/or go to Bondi Beach and do the famous Bondi to Coogee beach walk.


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  1. Great Ocean Rd (attraction)
  2. (attraction)
  3. Port Campbell (city)
  4. Twelve Apostles - Visitor Facility (attraction)
  5. Cairns (city)
  6. Great Barrier Reef (attraction)
  7. Ayers Rock (attraction)
  8. Kata Tjuta (attraction)
  9. Alice Springs (attraction)
  10. Kings Canyon Resort (hotel)
  11. Sydney (attraction)
  12. Sydney Opera House (attraction)
  13. Manly (city)
  14. Bondi Beach (metro area)
  15. Coogee (attraction)
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answered by
Manon from Montpellier

West MacDonnell National Park, it 's a beautiful wild parc

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  1. West MacDonnell National Park (attraction)
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answered by
Chiara from San Francisco

Hi Pascale,

My husband and I spent three weeks in Australia. We went to Melbourne Twelve Apostles Tasmania then Road Trip Brisbane - Cairns.

Melbourne is clean, walkable and has a lot of green areas where you will easily find locals jogging and enjoying some fresh air. We enjoyed our free visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and to the National Gallery of Victoria We liked strolling around Fitzroy. It’s an interesting neighborhood hippie style with a cool vibe.

From Melbourne, we took a day trip to the Twelve Apostles. Renting a car is expensive in Australia ($70-$100 per day). If you drop it in a different location it can get even more expensive because you have to pay the distance between the two different locations. We chose Redspot because it had good reviews. Make sure you take some time to choose the option with the best value.


It takes three hours via M1 going south. Connect to A1 then C163 – C164 to Port Campbell. Proceed to the east along the coast on B100 (Great Ocean Road).

Points of interest along the way:
Loch Ard Gorge
The Razorback

The main reason why we wanted to see Tasmania was Wineglass Bay located in Freycinet National Park Wineglass is said to have the purest air and water on earth.

If you are willing to know more about the animals that populate the island visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary It’s a place for injured and endangered animals and it’s located around 20 min drive from Hobart.

We had seven nights to travel the route Brisbane – Cairns. It’s not much time, but it’s enough to get a sense of the East Coast and explore the Barrier Reef. Here is our itinerary based on a four hours drive between each stop, apart from Mission Beach to Cairns which is one hour.

Brisbane Hervey Bay (access point to Fraser Island) Rockhampton Airlie Beach (access point to Whitsunday Island) Townsville Mission Beach Cairns City

The road trip wasn’t a touristy experience, there weren’t many cars on the road and plenty of secluded places to discover. Don’t expect to drive by the ocean all the time, the road mainly crosses the inland and the landscape gets dull for hours. Make sure you have good music and podcasts to entertain yourself.

Highlight: Whitsunday Island and snorkeling at Mission Beach with Reef Express ($120 for 3 hours).

Visit my Travel Blog for more travel tips!

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  1. Melbourne (attraction)
  2. Twelve Apostles (attraction)
  3. Tasmania (attraction)
  4. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne (attraction)
  5. National Gallery of Victoria (attraction)
  6. Wineglass Bay (attraction)
  7. Freycinet National Park (park)
  8. Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (attraction)
  9. Brisbane (city)
  10. Hervey Bay (city)
  11. Rockhampton (city)
  12. Airlie Beach (city)
  13. Townsville (city)
  14. Mission Beach (city)
  15. Cairns City (attraction)

answered by
Bruce from Sydney, Australia


- See Sydney HarbourSydney Opera HouseDarling HarbourRoyal Botanic Gardens

- See Blue Mountains (wild kangaroos, scenery)

- See Northern Beaches (beautiful beaches)

Cairns CityGreat Barrier ReefDaintree RainforestAtherton 

Churchill Island (near Melbourne - See fairy penguins

Ayers Rock Resort largest rock in the world - climb to the top)

Canberra (capital of Australia)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Sydney Harbour (attraction)
  2. Sydney Opera House (attraction)
  3. Darling Harbour (attraction)
  4. Royal Botanic Gardens (attraction)
  5. Blue Mountains (attraction)
  6. Northern Beaches (attraction)
  7. Cairns City (attraction)
  8. Great Barrier Reef (attraction)
  9. Daintree Rainforest (attraction)
  10. Atherton (city)
  11. Churchill Island (attraction)
  12. Melbourne (attraction)
  13. Ayers Rock Resort (hotel)
  14. Canberra (city)

answered by
Henry from Australia

The drive from Melbourne to Cairns

The drive to Gold Coast form Brisbane.

The drive from Melbourne to Great Ocean Road. (My fav)

are some great palces to visit especially by car.

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  1. Melbourne (attraction)
  2. Cairns (city)
  3. Gold Coast (city)
  4. Brisbane (city)
  5. Great Ocean Road (attraction)

answered by
Justin from Phoenix

I did a three-day expedition out in the KakaduNational Park. Lots of hiking, driving around, hanging out by the campfire. Definitely the best part of the trip for me. 

And here's something you won't hear about in the guidebooks or from many other travelers: If you're in Cairns, drive a few hours north to Cape Tribulation Exotic Fruit Farm for a tasting. You'll get to try fruits you've never heard of and will likely never see again. Here's my blog post about it.

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  1. Kakadu (attraction)
  2. Cape Tribulation (attraction)

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