We are often asked what our most beautiful sights in Australia are. The continent is so full of contrasts that it is difficult for us to choose the 10 best highlights. The absolute icons of Australia are by far the Uluru , which was formerly called Ayers Rock, and the Sydney Opera House . And both are really fascinating sights that couldn’t be more different.
But there are many other sights in Australia: The outback with its unique red sand, huge salt lakes or the cliffs on the coast, from which you can look down hundreds of meters into the water. The endless white beaches on the Great Barrier Reef , the wildflowers or even burned down car wrecks along a dirt road in the outback can inspire us.
We have put together our best Australia sights in the following overview, which always inspire us the most.
TOP 10 best things to do in Australia
1. Uluru (Ayers Rock) – the best sights in Australia
To be honest, the Uluru has exceeded all my expectations. The huge monolith, which was formerly also called Ayers Rock, was not on my radar for a long time – what is so great about a big stone in the middle of central Australia? Before visiting the Uluru, I didn’t understand why a red mountain in the middle of the outback can be so important. The Uluru was by far the most impressive thing I have ever seen in Australia. I still get goosebumps when I see my travel photos of Uluru and now more than ever understand why Uluru is a sacred site for the Aborigines. The best sights in Australia don’t always have to do with a lot of consumption.
2. The Great Barrier Reef – the best places to visit in Australia
With all that entails, the Great Barrier Reef is one of my favorite sights in Australia. Why a whole region? Quite simply, a coral reef that you can even see from space only exists in Australia. The Great Barrier Reef stretches along the northern part of the east coast of Australia in Queensland and is the largest coral reef in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is even one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The best way to get an idea of the size of the Great Barrier Reef is to take a helicopter flight. But there are also other great options such as a sailing tour or a dive to explore the reef. In order to find the right tour to the Great Barrier Reef for you, we are in the process of getting you oneGreat Barrier Reef tour finder build.
3. The Sydney Opera House – best sights in Australia
One of my top attractions in Australia is the Sydney Opera House . No other Australian city exudes as much international flair as Sydney. The city knows how to present its sights so relaxed that you can really only feel at home. The Sydney Opera House is always impressive and I am always happy to come back to this central location in Sydney and marvel at the timelessly beautiful architecture. And apart from the impressive architecture, you also have the perfect view of the Sydney Harbor Bridge from here .
4. Eureka Skydeck 88 in Melbourne – TOP sights in Australia
Melbourne has flair, Melbourne is hip. You just have to feel good in Melbourne. Melbourne is actually so great that I don’t want to name just one of the city’s attractions. There is a lot to do in Melbourne: Whether you relax in the sidewalk café, go kite surfing on the beach in St. Kilda or enjoy the evening in the chic rooftop bar – Melbourne will certainly fascinate you as much as I do. The Eureka Skydeck 88 is still one of the best attractions in Melbourne because you can see the city from above without having to fly. On the 88th floor of the skyscraper you can see Melbourne from above. For that extra thrill you can also use “The Edge”visit, a glass cage that drives you outside the skyscraper … also with a glass bottom. But don’t be afraid of nerves that are too weak, our 5 and 6 year old girls, after initially being shy, were also very impressed by “The Edge”.
5. Daintree National Park – Australia’s best sights
Daintree National Park is located north of Cairns in the Far North of the Great Barrier Reef. The beautiful rainforest even extends to the beach and at Cape Tribulation you have a uniquely beautiful phenomenon – the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef here. Two natural wonders in one place and that’s why the Daintree National Park is one of our most beautiful sights in Australia. If you are in Cairns or the surrounding area, you should definitely take a tour to the Daintree Rainforest.
6. The Story Bridge in Brisbane on the Gold Coast
We hardly had Brisbane on our radar before we traveled here. The city, which feels in the shadow of Sydney and Melbourne, has its own charm. Great street cafes, cool burger shops and stylish bars line the cityscape, where you can also find the latest fashion trends. By the way, there are quite a few tours in and around Brisbane on which you can experience the diversity of Australia. The Brisbane Story Bridge is one of our most beautiful Australian attractions because it shapes the cityscape of Brisbane and is one of the most important traffic routes. You can also experience the Brisbane Story Bridge up close with a Story Bridge Climb.
7. Perth in Western Australia – the best places to visit in Australia
For me, traveling to Perth is like coming home. The capital of Western Australia is skipped by many travelers due to the great distance to the other metropolises of the continent. In my opinion completely wrong – there are so many great places here where you can stay for hours and experience the real Australia. Be it Kings Park right next to the city center, from which you have a wonderful view of the surroundings, or the Swan River, which leads from Fremantle via Perth to the hinterland. It is also fascinating that the sun sets over the ocean on the beaches of Perth. Incidentally, this is only the case in Western Australia. One of the most beautiful islands near Perth is Rottest Island , which is definitely a day tripshould undertake. In addition to the uniquely beautiful landscape, you can also experience the Australian quokkas that only live here in the wild.
8. Australia’s Attractions: The Whitsunday Islands
We also count dream beaches among the most popular Australia attractions! I love the Whitsunday Islands because they offer such a great contrast to the Australian outback. The Whitsunday Islands include around 150 islands, of which you can visit almost 75 islands. Each of these islands has something special to offer you. One of the largest and most famous islands is Whitsunday Island. For me it is one of the best sights in Australia because it has Whitsunday Beach with the whitest beach (in the world?) And the most turquoise water I have ever seen.