The 15 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Australia

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21 August 2020

Australia is a country that’s as diverse as it is beautiful, from the ochre-red outback around Uluru to the frosty summit of Cradle Mountain, and the white sand of the Whitsunday Islands to the pink lakes of Western Australia. Check out 15 of the most gorgeous spots you can visit Down Under.

Sydney Harbour

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Sydney Harbour Opera House and Bridge NSW Australia
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Sydney’s sparkling waterway is the highlight of Australia’s largest city. Climb the lofty archway of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire the sails of the Sydney Opera House, and stroll through the leafy Botanic Gardens to reach Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, a vantage point that provides the postcard-perfect view of Sydney Harbour.

Daintree Rainforest

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North Queensland isn’t just about the reef – the region is also home to untouched rainforest. Just an hour’s drive north of Cairns, the Daintree is brimming with ancient vegetation and rare Australian wildlife, including a healthy population of saltwater crocodiles. Be careful where you swim!

Great Barrier Reef

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Divers exploring the coral formations of Agincourt Reef, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
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Some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery is found underwater, particularly when it comes to the Great Barrier Reef. The world’s largest coral reef system spans 2,300 kilometres (1,429 miles) of tropical North Queensland terrain – a playground for visitors keen to snorkel, sail and swim in paradise.

Lord Howe Island

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This tiny volcanic island doesn’t feel like it’s part of Australia, partly because Lord Howe Island is situated 600 kilometres (372 miles) east of the mainland, and partly because it boasts forests, peaks, beaches, birdlife and snorkelling spots that feel utterly exotic compared to the rest of the country.

Margaret River

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Surfing at Boodjidup Beach, Margaret River © Tourism Western Australia
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This region three hours south of Perth is one of Australia’s premier wine-growing areas, right up there with the Barossa Valley, the Yarra Valley and the Hunter Valley. But it’s the series of world-class surf beaches and acres of tumbling green hills that make Margaret River easily the most beautiful wine region in the country.

The Kimberley

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This remote corner in the north of Western Australia is a vast expanse of jaw-dropping outback scenery, including the beehive-like Bungle Bungle Range, the tranquil Ord River, the freakish Horizontal Falls, the epic Gibb River Road, the gushing Mitchell Falls and King George Falls, plus everything Broome has to offer.

Wineglass Bay

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With the thick forest and dramatic granite peaks of the Freycinet National Park providing a stunning backdrop, Wineglass Bay is one of Tasmania’s most photogenic vistas. Climb to the summit of the Wineglass Bay lookout for an aerial view of the smoothly curved, snow-white beach, the highlight of the Apple Isle’s east coast.

These recommendations were updated on August 21, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.