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Must-Sees on Your First Visit to Australia

This post was most recently updated on July 9th, 2019


Going to Australia for the first time can be exciting but overwhelming. The myriad of beautiful natural wonders and numerous interesting landmarks will provide great memories. Be sure to see as many places as possible. Considering that many people don’t get another opportunity to come back to the Land Down Under, it’s best to use your time in Australia well and check out some of the iconic sights of this amazing country.


The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is one of the major attractions in central Australia. Uluru’s fascinating history and beautiful rich red desert, monoliths and salt lakes will be highlights of your trip. Don’t miss the chance to see the bright blue sky combined with rock formations, creating a contrast of colors you‘ll absolutely be amazed by. Sundown is truly magical, since the ravishing colors of the sun create an enchanting feel as the hues change from gold to orange and end in magnificent shades of red.


Visiting Tasmania will require flying or taking a ferry from a major city. Nevertheless, be sure not to miss the opportunity to do so, because Tasmania has many charms and is worth visiting. There are secluded natural areas, historical towns, beautiful forests and of course, the one and only Cradle Mountain. These are landmarks you simply have to see. If you like to hike, you’ll find Tasmania especially interesting, since one of the most popular hiking trails in the world (the Overland Track) is found here at Cradle Mountain.


The Great Barrier Reef

Australia is the home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, so you must visit it. The best-known natural wonder of Australia ‒ the Great Barrier Reef ‒ is the home of various species of the underwater world. You can see porpoises, dolphins and whales. If you’re a scuba diver, you have one more reason to visit this spectacular reef system. You’ll be able to dive in and explore all the wonders under the sea.



If you decide to make Sydney your base for the first couple of days, be sure to choose from some of the best boutique hotels in Sydney. Then you can rest well, and enjoy top service during your visit. Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and definitely an iconic city in Australia. There are so many attractions, so be sure to explore as many as you can. From Sydney Harbour to the Opera House and beautiful botanical gardens, you can fill your itinerary and never be bored.Australia


The Great Ocean Road


Plan to rent a car while you’re in Australia, since numerous attractions can only be reached by car, and you can enjoy them on a relaxing drive. The Great Ocean Road is the perfect example, and you’ll love the gorgeous views of this coastal drive. While you’re on the road, be sure to visit the Otway National Park and see the koalas.


Final Thoughts

Visiting Australia is the experience of a lifetime. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see many wonders of the world, and enjoy all the fabulous cities, national parks, forests and seas. So if you get the chance to visit Australia, be sure to check out Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, the Great Ocean Road, and Tasmania. Each place will leave a huge impression on you, and show you why Australia is so special.



About the author…

Guest writer Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and surf the Internet. Her favorite writer is Tracy Chevalier, and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She is an avid lover of photography and loves to share her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.


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11 thoughts on “Must-Sees on Your First Visit to Australia

  1. Rhonda Albom

    We just got back from about 5 weeks in Australia and only saw half of these. I guess we need another trip. I loved the Great Ocean Road, and agree it belongs on a must-see list (as does Sydney).

  2. Siddharth and Shruti

    A road trip on the great ocean road would be such a dream. We weren’t familiar with Uluru national park. But it sounds amazing! Your description of the sun-down makes us want to pack our bags and leave right now!

  3. Sandy N Vyjay

    Australia is such a wonderland, a treasure trove of nature and a mosaic of awesome landscapes. This is a lovely compilation of places to see for the first timer in Australia. Of course the beauty of Australia will ensure that the person returns again and again.

  4. Chris

    I’m always curious to see an outsiders perspective on my home country.

    Sydney is indeed a beautiful city, but Melbourne is a touch more affordable and has more heart… sure, I may be a touch biased! lol

  5. The Travel Ninjas

    Australia is definitely on our bucket list! It sounds amazing and will definitely be re-visiting your post when the time comes. We surely don’t want to miss out on these wonderful recommendations.

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