Are you planning the trip of a lifetime? I’ve picked out my top five Australian must-see locations – let me know if you have any ideas and tips!

Sydney

Packed full of tourist attractions, Sydney is where most travellers to Australia head to first. The sight of the Sydney Opera House is one of the most well-known icons in the world, so book tickets for a show there or just snap a photo while you’re on a river cruise. Take in a whale-watching cruise and go up to the Skywalk at the 309m Sydney Tower. For some culture, check out the Royal Botanic Gardens before taking a trip out to the stunning beaches 15 minutes away.

Alice Springs

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Located about 900 miles from the nearest city, Alice Springs is Australia’s most famous outback town and a haven for nature-lovers. Explore the sights and hikes in the region – take a look at the famous Uluru/Ayers Rock, and visit Kings Canyon as you connect with the art and culture of indigenous Australia. Check out the Devils Marbles and the Red Centre Way for more incredible natural sights. There are also a lot of excellent dining options for you to enjoy in the evenings.

Great Barrier Reef

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The name of the Great Barrier Reef speaks for itself. One of the world’s best destinations for scuba divers and underwater explorers, the world’s largest barrier reef system is one of the most diverse and interesting ecosystems in the world. Fly into Cairns on the eastern coast of Australia before visiting Port Douglas, which offers snorkelling and diving trips, and make sure you book a trip to see the outer islands where there’s even more nature to be explored. You could also take a trip to the white sand beaches of Lizard Island or the travel brochure perfection of the Whitsundays.

Perth

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On the southwestern coastline of the country, Perth is the capital of Western Australia. Its hip, youthful atmosphere makes it an excellent chill-out zone for tourists. There are plenty of attractions to see in the city itself, from the 1300 species at Perth Zoo to the glorious Kings Park and Botanic Gardens. You can also meet koalas, wombats and kangaroos at Caversham Wildlife Park. If you’d rather take a beach break and you’re looking for luxury accommodation Hillarys Boat Harbour is a good place to start.

Melbourne

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The capital of Victoria, Melbourne is located near the southeastern tip of Australia. The city is best known for its culture – it’s full of fine dining options, cool cafes, interesting galleries and independent bookshops, not to mention the original architecture and vast range of events. Outside the city itself you can find rugged coastlines, excellent wineries, ski slopes and even the outback, but if you’d rather keep to an urban landscape there’s plenty to see. There’s a wide range of festivals and art exhibitions going on at all times of year and no matter what time of day it is, you’ll be able to find a dining option that suits you down to the ground.

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