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  • Writer's pictureNicole Lawrence

Highlights of Australia and How To Plan Your Trip

Significant events in our lives should be celebrated, and what better way than through travel? When you travel, you have new experiences and create memories that will last a lifetime, making life's big moments even more special.

Visiting the Land Down Under and experiencing all that it offers is hardly possible in one trip. You'll want to shy away from overfilling your itinerary when you visit this island nation. Before you stack your list of "things to do" too high, we'd like to provide some insight on the highlights of Australia.


Sydney is one of Australia's largest and most beloved cities. It is a beautiful place to begin your first 4 to 5 days on the island, especially if you are traveling between June and August. There's so much to explore with lots of natural beauty and invigorating city life. Some places you should visit include the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Blue Mountains, Circular Quay and the Harbour, Royal Botanical Gardens, and, last but not least, the beaches.


It's easy to feel captivated by the beauty of Melbourne, so we suggest spending at least 4 to 5 days here, too. You could honestly get lost forever in all of its wonders. Although it's nowhere near as busy as Sydney, Melbourne has a bustling scene of its own.

You can dine at one of many delightful restaurants or shop at any of the unique boutiques in the city. However, the best way to get a feel for this area is by touring the entire city. Be sure to visit Federation Square, Flinders Street Train Station, the Yarra River, Chinatown, Bourke Street Pedestrian Mall, and the ever-so-popular Queen Victoria Market.

Great Ocean Road

Travel along Great Ocean Road for some of the most amazing sites in Australia. This coastal road stretches for 151 miles and makes the perfect 2-day trip. Take your time to soak in the views, and be sure to stop at the 12 Apostles, London Bridge, all of the beaches and forests situated alongside the road.

Ayers Rock (Uluru

Take 2 or 3 days to visit Ayers Rock if you can squeeze it into your itinerary. Unless you fly, it will take a few days to get to the famously massive sandstone, but it's well worth it. You can experience some of the most magical moments at Ayers Rock, including sunrise, sunset, and stargazing.

Great Barrier Reef

One of Australia's most quintessential tourist attractions is the Great Barrier Reef. Since the reef stretches from below the Tropic of Capricorn way up to the northern tip of Queensland, there is plenty of opportunity for scuba diving and snorkeling. Plan to spend 3 to 4 days here, visiting Cairns, The Whitsunday Islands, Lady Elliot Island, and Cape Tribulation.

If you have questions or want to start planning your Australia vacation, schedule a 15-minute quick "Hello" chat. We help families, friends, and couples plan amazing vacations to celebrate life and big moments through travel.

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