Australia is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. It is famous for backpacking, camping, and driving destination, but no matter what your travel style is, there is something which attracts you towards this place. Australia is filled with incredible natural beauty from places ranging from Uluru to the outback, rainforests to pristine white sand beaches, and of course, the Great Barrier Reef. Sydney’s Harbour Bridge and Opera House are iconic man made wonders, and Melbourne’s café culture will make you feel like you are in Europe. Coupled with world class surfing and it is no wonder people never leave.

MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF THE PLACE

Visit Uluru —

Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) is one of the hottest attractions in the country. Make sure you are there for both sunset and sunrise because both are equally as spectacular. It’s a pretty breath-taking sight considering it’s just a big rock! Also make sure to visit the Aboriginal center nearby where you can learn about the local population.

Dive the Great Barrier Reef — Find your very own Nemo in the Great Barrier Reef. There’s a ton of marine life and beautiful coral here to explore—this is a must do activity. Even if you don’t dive, you can still take a boat out to the reef and go snorkeling. Try to get on a boat that has a permit to go to dive sites a couple of hours from show so you can avoid the on slaught of other tourist boats and divers that inundate the shallower dive sites closer to shore.

FRASER ISLAND— It is the world’s largest sand island is a popular place to do some camping, swim, hike, and avoid dingoes. It’s also extremely popular with the locals because of its rustic beauty is easily accessible from mainland.

SAIL THE WHITSUNDAYS — 3 day, 2 night sailing trips are a popular way to see some of the most beautiful sand islands in the world. Whitehaven beach on a clear day is mesmerizing.

HIKE THE DAINTREE The world’s oldest rainforest (yes, older than the Amazon) offers hikes that range from easy to challenging, dense jungles, beautiful mountains, waterfalls, wildlife, and cliffs. Make sure you spend a few days hiking around and getting out of touristy Cairns. If you really want to get off the beaten path, head all the way up to Cape Tribulation, and enjoy some real peace and quiet (just watch out for jellyfish when you go swimming.

WHAT TO EXPLORE IN SYDNEY — Australia’s largest city has a range of activities to keep you busy. Climb the Sydney Harbour bridge, surf in Bondi Beach, party in King’s Cross, sail across the harbor, visit the Opera House, and take in world class innovation in Darling Harbor. Sydney is a bustling big city that still has a laid back, beach vibe too it. It’s amazing (though very expensive). Be sure to head up to the laid backed suburb of manly and get out of the Bondi beach tourist scene! Another favorite activity of mine is to spend the day in Domain with food and a good book!

CHILLING OUT IN MELBOURNE — Melbourne is much more relaxed than Sydney. There are more cafes and restaurants with fewer clubs, crowds, and better music. This is the place to relax by the river, walk through the gigantic city gardens (all day and every day), and eat amazing food.

HAVE A SUNDAY SESSION IN PERTH — Perth is Australia’s west coast capital and is often overlooked by most travelers. It’s expensive to get out there from the east coast so most travelers avoid it but I love it! In fact, it’s probably my favorite city in all of Australia. Perth feels like a large town than a city and is the best place to have a “Sunday Session”. From the beaches, food and beer (be sure to take a day trip to Freemantle), Perth is just awesome.

EXPLORE THE OUTBACK — No trip to Australia is complete without a trip to the outback to see crocodiles, valleys, lakes, and the red desert. Find your own Crocodile Dundee as you explore the Red Center and Western Australia!

THE NINGALOO REEF — The Great Barrier Reef gets all the hype, but the Ningaloo Reef on the west coast is a far better reef system. Because it’s less developed and attracts fewer tourists, there are actually more fish and wildlife—you can even swim with whale sharks!

WESTERN AUSTRALIA — The most overlooked area in the country is the West Coast where the country really shines. Here you can escape the crowds of the east coast, explore the outback, the Ningaloo Reef, Coral Bay (one of my favorite spots in the world), Broome, Perth, and the Margaret River.

SEE TASMANIA —Tasmania has amazing hikes, beautiful bays (Wineglass bay being the most famous), small towns, and excellent people, just a ferry away from Melbourne. If you have the time, go down under. For most visitors its name is shorthand for an endless summer where lifestyle is an easier place; a country of can-do spirit and easy friendliness. No wonder Australians call theirs the Lucky Count.