Monday, February 18, 2019 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Most Popular Holiday Destinations for Australians in Australia

Australia is the land of beautiful reefs, pristine beaches, vast deserts, and unconquerable gorges. With so much to see and do, Australians have a world of adventure at their fingertips! Of all the great holiday destinations for Australians, a few stand out above the rest. Take a look at Australia’s most popular holiday destinations.

Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is still one of the most amazing reefs in the world. There are plenty of things to do here, and that’s why it’s forever one of the most popular holiday destinations for Australians. There are lots of boat cruises, rafting excursions, and even hot air balloon tours, but the best way to see the reef is diving. If you’re not a diver, snorkeling will do. But why not take advantage of the opportunity and get certified? There’s so much to see beneath the waves!

Great Barrier Reef

Melbourne offers a metropolitan flavor with food, sports, and culture being its biggest attractions. This capital of Victoria has been the favorite in-country destination for Australians for years and with good reason. Wander its arcades and markets selling farm fresh produce, hand made crafts, and even pieces from up and coming fashion designers. Admire the street art, including work by Banksy or grab a drink on a rooftop bar. Foodies will rejoice with choices ranging from Vietnamese street food to Chef George Colombaris’ flagship, The Press Club. Sports fans can cheer international cricket matches, Australian Football, or even the Australian Grand Prix.

Street Art Melbourne Australia

Gold Coast

Overtaking Melbourne for the top spot in recent years, this Queensland city located south of Brisbane on the east coast of Australia, Gold Coast is a perfect paradise for Aussies on holiday. It offers a little bit of everything, whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday, an outdoor adventure, or family theme park marathon. Miles of sunny beaches beckon surfers and sunworshippers alike while Tamborine and Lamington National Parks offer explorers everything from mountains to waterfalls to rainforest. Theme parks include Dreamworld, Sea World Gold Coast, and Warner Bros. Movie World.

Surfer Gold Coast Australia

Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains are undoubtedly the most stunning place in inland Australia. This is where Australians go to get away, and it’s full of adventures in the wilderness. Be sure to check out the Three Sisters lookout point, the Botanic Garden, and Evans Lookout. The many waterfalls are incredible, too. Wentworth Falls, Katoomba Falls, and Leura Cascades are three of the best. Take one of the endless hiking trails, go camping, and explore the forest. Or, head to Katoomba Scenic World, a nature-based theme park! You could spend a lifetime in the Blue Mountains and still never see it all—many Australians can attest to this.

Blue Mountains
Barossa Valley

If you’re looking for the place where Australians get their best wine, head over to Barossa Valley. Here, you’ll discover sunlit vineyards and delightful restaurants where you can partake of local wine. Tour a vineyard, and be sure to go wine-tasting while you’re there! This place may be all about the wine, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other great activities to enjoy, too. Go cycling, take a walk, or browse in the quaint shops downtown. Many Australians take  golf holidays here, too!

Barossa Valley

For cosmopolitan flair with a side of seaside resort, Sydney can’t be beat. Lovely beaches, including a few clothing optional selections, make a counterpoint to the world class restaurants and iconic Sydney Opera House. Of course, you can always celebrate your visit like these revelers in this GetNakedAustralia Instragram post.

The kids will love the Roar & Snore experience at the Taronga Zoo, where visitors can stay overnight in luxury safari tents. Feeling brave? Try the Sydney Skywalk for a 360 degree view of the city from a glass floored platform 880 feet about the street.

Skinny Dipping Sydney Harbour
Sunshine Coast

A holiday in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is a wonderful place to enjoy the best of Australia’s sand and sea. For beaching bumming, head to Mooloolaba Spit. This is a great, safe place to swim in the ocean. If you want to see marine life, head to HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park, where you can snorkel or dive around a shipwreck! There’s also plenty to do in the town. Aside from the many resorts where people can stay and play, there are plenty of restaurants and shops filled with Australian and foreign travelers alike.

Sunshine Coast
Crescent Head

Take a trip to New South Wales to see where Australians go to catch a wave. Crescent Head is a popular surf spot where locals rule the waves. Foreign tourists love this spot, too, but you’re bound to find mostly Australians in the water. You may even see a few famous faces while you’re there! There are a couple different spots to surf, and just sitting on the beach and enjoying the sunshine isn’t half bad, either.

Crescent Head
Cape Tribulation.

As uninviting as the name sounds, Cape Tribulation in Queensland is a holiday favorite for Australians. This is one of the best places in Australia for backpackers, and there are plenty of hostels and bed & breakfasts to stay at during your visit. This place can be a bit wild, with marine stingers part of the year and some crocodile-infested rivers. However, there are plenty of safe areas to explore. Cape Tribulation is a perfect entrance point to the Great Barrier Reef, so if you’re planning on hitting two places on one trip, this is the way to go!  There are also plenty of paths through the rainforest, and the Daintree Entomological Museum for those who want to learn the scientific side of their surroundings.

Cape Tribulation


If you’re traveling to Australia this year, be sure to go where the Australians go! Locals know their way around the continent, and there’s certainly plenty of adventure and fun to be had here. Make your way to any of these popular holiday destinations for Australians, and you’ll have the time of your life.

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