Best place to Visit in Australia

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Popular Australian destinations include the coastal cities of Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, as well as other high-profile destinations including regional Queensland, the Gold Coast and the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest reef. Uluru and the Australian outback are other popular locations, as is the Tasmanian wilderness. The unique Australian wildlife is also another significant point of interest in the country's tourism.

Places to Visit in Australia

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Sydney

Enjoy Sydney’s natural beauty, from unspoilt beaches to public gardens and, of course, the sparkling harbour, before discovering its thriving restaurants and markets. Top it off with a trip to the Blue Mountains, a popular excursion among locals.

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Melbourne

Discover Melbourne's secret laneways and rooftops, the cultural hub of Federation Square, buzzing bars, boutiques and eateries, and the iconic MCG. Experience St Kilda, the Royal Botanic Gardens, bohemian Brunswick Street and the nation-stopping excitement of the Spring Racing Carnival.

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The Gold Coast

Fast-track fun on the Gold Coast, where the high-rises are built around superb surf beaches like Surfers Paradise. Dive into lively nightlife, international theme parks and designer boutiques, see the coast from a Spitfire plane and cheer on competitors in the Coollangatta Ocean Swim.

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Brisbane

Discover Brisbane, the sunny, sophisticated capital city of Queensland and gateway to its many famous attractions. Combine art and outdoor adventure in Brisbane, where South Bank's cultural institutions and restaurants meet riverside gardens and a lagoon.

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Hobart

Uncover Hobart's food, wine, and eclectic creativity at the galleries, bars and restaurants of MONA. Relax, eat and visit the weekend markets at the convict-built harbour and sandstone Salamanca Place.

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Blue Mountains

Breathe deep in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area - one million hectares of sandstone cliffs, bushland, waterfalls and eucalypt forest. Visit Wentworth Falls and the Three Sisters and go underground in Jenolan Caves. Do short bushwalks or longer hikes such as the Six Foot Track to Katoomba.

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Byron Bay

Unwind in Australia's easternmost town - home to sweeping surf beaches, lush rainforests, great regional dining and new-age retreats. Walk the Cape Byron Track to the trademark lighthouse, kayak with dolphins, trawl the markets and indulge in a day spa.

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Flinders Ranges

Lift your soul in South Australia's timeless Flinders Ranges and outback, home to Wilpena Pound and the underground opal town of Coober Pedy. Star gaze, see rare native wildlife, and uncover Aboriginal and pastoral history. For an adventure, drive the South Australian Loop from Adelaide, hike the Heysen trail or 4WD to the Simpson Desert and mostly arid Lake Eyre.

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Fraser Island

Embrace nature on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, a short ferry ride from Hervey Bay on Queensland's Fraser Coast. On the world's largest sand island, you can 4WD next to coloured sand cliffs, hike through rainforest, meet native wildlife, whale-watch and swim in freshwater lakes ringed with gold.

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Freycinet

Experience the beauty of Freycinet Peninsula, a paradise of pink granite mountains, white beaches and turquoise sea on Tasmania's east coast. Hike over the Hazard Ranges for breathtaking views of Wineglass Bay. Go surfing, sea kayak with dolphins.

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Gippsland

Escape from city life to explore Gippsland, a diverse wilderness coast stretching from Melbourne's eastern outskirts to Victoria's far east. Drive the Great Alpine Road to uninterrupted Ninety Mile Beach, the vast Gippsland Lakes, and relaxed coastal towns. Bushwalk, camp, kayak, snorkel and fish along the unspoilt beaches of Croajingolong National Park and Wilsons Promontory.

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Great Barrier Reef

The 2300 kilometre (1430 mile) Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world. You can swim, snorkel, dive and sail this living masterpiece. Home to diverse marine life of the most vivid colours, the Great Barrier Reef offers the opportunity for great adventure, whether you do it in luxury or on a budget.

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Great Ocean Road

Take a drive on the spectacular Great Ocean Road, which winds alongside the wild and windswept Southern Ocean. Home to the famous surf at Bells Beach and the towering limestone rocks of the 12 Apostles, this region with its diverse and extraordinary landscape.

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Kakadu National Park

Immerse yourself in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, a natural and cultural wonder around three hours from Darwin. Discover detailed Aboriginal art galleries, hike to the top of rugged escarpments and cruise the wetlands past waterlilies, waterfalls, crocodiles and migratory birds.

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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is one of the best places in Australia to see native wildlife up close. Kangaroo Island, 13 kilometres (8 miles) off the coast of South Australia and 30 minutes by plane from Adelaide, is brimming with native animals, some of which aren't found anywhere else.

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Namadgi National Park

Explore pristine bushland and fascinating history in Namadgi National Park, a section of the Australian Alps just near Canberra. Climb or abseil the granite outcrops, bushwalk along the Great Alpine Walk, and mountain bike, fish and 4WD.

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Ningaloo

Join the tropical-coloured party at Ningaloo Marine Park, home to 200 species of hard coral, 50 soft coral and over 500 species of fish. Dive the Ningaloo Marine Park, which protects a 260km fringing reef off Western Australia's mid north coast.

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Red Centre

Discover Australia's Red Centre, where Alice Springs offers access to the awe-inspiring landscapes of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, the MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon. Soak up Aboriginal culture and rugged natural beauty on classic outback journeys; drive the Red Centre Way, hike the Larapinta Trail, ride a camel in the Simpson Desert or take the Ghan train journey.

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Tasmanian Wilderness

Step into the ancient beauty of Tasmania's World Heritage wilderness and 17 national parks. Many of these are part of the World Heritage-listed wilderness that makes up 20 per cent of the island.

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Australian Alps

Climb Mount Kosciuszko, Australia's tallest peak, in the Snowy Mountains. In Victoria's High Country, hit the snow slopes or visit gold-rush towns on the Great Alpine Road. Bushwalk and mountain bike in Namadgi National Park

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The Kimberley

Be enthralled by the rugged gorges, epic waterways and incandescent ocean of the Kimberley, in Australia's north-west corner. Enjoy a sunset camel ride in Broome is also gateway to the remote, beautiful Dampier Peninsula.