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From the white sandy beaches crystal blue waters, tropical islands and rainforests of the tropical north to the spectacular scenes of the outback, the harmonious views of the mountain ranges, the breathtakingly colours and true Aussie characters of the rural countryside, to the cosmopolitan vibrant cities of Sydney and Melbourne, Australia is a naturally diverse country of beauty that has everything to offer and more.

Travel Guide Highlights
Camp out on Fraser Island (Qld)

See the wildlife on Kangaroo Island (SA)

Dive the Great Barrier Reef (Qld)

Swim with whale sharks at Ningaloo (WA)

Explore Katherine Gorge by Kayak (NT)

Visit a vineyard in Hunter, Yarra or Borossa

Drive the scenic Great Ocean Road (Vic)

Go fishing at Arthur's Lake (Tas)


Australian Travel Guide

Queensland is the most-visited state by overseas holiday-makers and encompasses more than half of the eastern coast of Australia. The Gold Coast in the very southern part of the state is popular for its surf scene and beach bars with its main centre, Surfers' Paradise, having raucous night-life especially in the summer months. This area is also great for family holidays, and there are several large theme parks including Dreamworld and Wet 'n Wild plus opportunities to go on excursions by boat or into the mountains. The Gold Coast is less than an hour by road from Brisbane, the capital and third largest city in Australia with its tranquil river setting and modern museums. Heading north are the golden beaches of the Sunshine Coast including Noosa with its fashionable restaurants and bars. Over 1,000km further north is the Whitsunday Islands popular for sailing and beach holidays. The northern tourist town of Cairns is the main town with access to the Great Barrier Reef – although there are numerous other smaller towns, resorts and villages along this tropical coast where you'll be able to go on diving and snorkelling excursions. Visit also the Daintree, home to ancient rain forests and where you'll likely spot crocodiles!

New South Wales is Australia's most densely populated state – although that's a very relative statement, as there's still plenty of places to escape from the crowds! NSW is where you'll find Sydney, one of the Australia's most popular and iconic cities. The state is also home to Canberra, the nation's capital, and the Blue Mountains , which is excellent for walking and sightseeing. The Hunter Valley is easily reachable from Sydney and is a great destination for wine tasting and further north heading towards Queensland are down to earth beach settlements of the North Coast with Byrons Bay and Coffs Harbour its main tourist towns.

Victoria is Australia's smallest state with sprawling Melbourne at its epicentre. The nearby Yarra Valley has some great accommodation and is the local wine region. The High Country has some fantastic spa resorts, as well as skiing. Melbourne has some of Australia's best night-life – its excellent for eating out, music and culture, and a must-see for younger travellers and backpackers. Victoria is a great state for exploring by car as distances here aren't too far and there's plenty of things to see, small towns, quaint restaurants and B&B accommodation - the Great Ocean Road meandering from Melbourne to the South Australia border is one of the world's most iconic scenic roads.

Tasmania has a lot to offer but often misses the radar of overseas holiday-makers often put-off by its colder climate. There's excellent luxury accommodation, tasty seafood, wine tasting and opportunities to try out white water rafting and mountain climbing – most of which can be accessed from Hobart, the island's capital. Visit Port Arthur to see historical sights, and enjoy Tasmania's beaches and hilly interior.

South Australia has a wide variety of attractions, including beaches, mountains, history and wine. The Barossa Valley is home to some of the biggest names in wine in Australia, as well as some amazing accommodation and restaurants. It's well worth visiting Adelaide, the laid back and friendly state capital. Kangaroo Island, the Flinder's Range, Yorke Peninsula and the underground houses of the opal mining town of Coober Pedy are all well worth seeing too.

Northern Territory has one of the sub-continent's most famous sights – Ayres Rock, known to the Aborigines as Uluru. Katherine Gorge is another spectacular natural sight, as are the Devil's Marbles. The biggest city in the Outback is Alice Springs – stay here to enjoy stargazing and camel-riding, as well as a few beers. If you get bored with the desert, then head north to Darwin, the tropical state capital where there are some fantastic historical sights to see as well as being the doorstep to Kakadu National Park and its waterways for birdwatching and fishing.

Western Australia is an enormous state – much of the interior is the Outback, which intrepid travellers will love to explore. Perth is the state capital, and has great beaches. Margaret River is a top destination for wine tasting and food, and there's excellent surfing at Geraldton. Try diving off the Ningaloo Reef – smaller than the Great Barrier Reef, but less busy too.

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