Many questions were raised about travel in Australia. We also received many inquiries via email and social media about the best places to visit and things to do in Australia. We get asked, “Where should we go?” and “What should be seen?”
This is a great question. However, it’s complex and has many variables that make it difficult to answer.
But I get it; you’re confused. Australia is huge – it’s the 6th largest country in the world. But you don’t know where to begin. It isn’t easy to know where to invest your time and money.
I must answer the question with questions more often than not. It all depends on you!
What are your interests? What types of experiences are you most passionate about? Which is your preferred travel style? What are your travel methods? How long are you going to be able to get around?
This ” Best of Australia” list has been created to help narrow your choices and guide you to the best places to visit based on your specific needs.
Based on these topics, I have suggested some of my favourite places and experiences in Australia.
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Note: This is my top of Australia list, based on personal experience and recommendations from trusted friends. If you have been following us for a while, you will know that we haven’t yet visited South Australia. This is in addition to the Barossa valley. So tips on SA are lacking. We will get there!
These suggestions are hoped to be helpful. Please leave any comments or tips at the bottom of this post.
The Best Beaches of Australia
The Basin, Rottnest Islands, Western Australia
Our beautiful beaches are what Australia is best known for. There are more than 10,000 beaches in Australia, so we can help you plan your beach vacation!
Which beaches are best? But which beaches and where?
Byron Bay – This northern NSW town is known for its surfing culture. It is a paradise for beach lovers. You can check out Main Beach, Wategos Beach and Clarkes Beach, The Pass, Tallows and Belongil Beach.
Jervis Bay – This region on the south coast of NSW has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, including Hyams Beach and Greenfield’s.
Sydney- It’s not just the Harbour that makes it a great city. The Northern side has Manly, Collaroy and Freshwater. Dee Why, Mona Vale and Newport are also available. In the Eastern Suburbs, you can find Bondi and Tamarama. Clovelly, Gordon’s Bay and Coogee.
Gold Coast is a popular spot for sun and surf and was one of the main reasons we chose it to be our home. My top picks include Burleigh heads and Rainbow Bay, Greenmount Beach, Currumbin and Tallebudgera.
Another region with beautiful beaches is the Sunshine Coast. The best are Noosa and Mooloolaba. Coolum, Kings Beach, and Coolum are also good choices.
The Whitsundays is a region that consists of 74 islands. You’ll find idyllic beaches here. Whitehaven Beach is Australia’s most beautiful beach.
Margaret River Most people think about wine when they think of Margaret River. However, the quality and quantity of beaches are unmatched anywhere in Australia. The top picks include Yallingup and Smiths Beach, Rivermouth, Bunker Bay, and Eagle Bay.
Rottnest island – With over 63 beaches and bays to choose from, Rotto makes a great island. My favourites are The Basin and Pinky Beach, Little Salmon Bay and Little Parakeet Bay.
Broome Cable Beach is one of the top beaches in Australia and the best in the world. Broome is also our favourite Australian town. That’s all!
There are some beautiful beaches in Tasmania that you can walk and enjoy, but the climate isn’t conducive to a holiday on the beach. I haven’t yet visited any beaches in South Australia.