Australia: The Best Of The Best

1 December 2015
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We call Australia home for a reason. From golden beaches to fiery red deserts, world-renowned coral reefs to lofty mountain ranges, we are blessed with myriad treasures all within our reach. Why set your sights on a land far away when right here in our backyard, we have cosmopolitan cities, picture-perfect islands and small coastal towns that are begging to be explored? From sun and surf in Queensland to the dusty outback plains of the Northern Territory, our very own country beckons.

Get wet in Queensland

 Explore the beautiful beaches at the Gold Coast

Make no mistake, the sun-soaked shores of Queensland are ideal for a beach escape. The hardest part is choosing where to go with nearly 7,000 kilometres of gorgeous coastline, stretching from the Gold Coast all the way to Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland.

For a taste of luxury island life, you can’t go past the stunning Whitsunday Islands. With the Great Barrier Reef at your fingertips, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve stumbled on paradise.

See the sights in New South Wales

 See the landmark attractions of Sydney

From the soaring Sydney Opera House to the lush landscape of Hyde Park, Sydney dazzles with a host of incredible attractions. Hop on board a ferry ride across the glistening harbour or scale to new heights with a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.

Less than two hours from Sydney by car, the Blue Mountains National Park is certainly worth exploring. Filled with cascading waterfalls, verdant rainforest and towering sandstone canyons, you can spend hours enjoying the leafy surrounds.

Find natural wonders in the Northern Territory

 Experience the rugged beauty of Uluru

The dusty outback plains of the Northern Territory thrill with their impressive collection of flora and fauna. It’s a pleasure to explore the wilds of Kakadu National Park, home to 20,000 square kilometres of fierce natural beauty.

Of course it would be remiss not to take time out to visit Australia’s most recognizable landmark, Uluru. Standing tall in the heart of Australia’s red centre, Uluru dazzles guests with its beautiful red-orange colourings.

Wind down in South Australia

 Take a break in the Barossa Valley

South Australia wows with its illustrious wine country found in the Barossa. Admire the patchwork farmland and prosperous vineyards as you take time away from the big city hustle. The region is a haven for food-lovers searching for the freshest local produce.

Browse the Barossa Heritage Trails dotted with small town museums, old wineries, and heritage-listed buildings. Sample the region’s finest nectar with a wine tour, take a scenic drive through the verdant valleys or pick up a few treats from the local markets.

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Enjoy the great outdoors in Western Australia

 Go for a camel ride in Broome

Western Australia has it all, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise given our nation’s final frontier commands a third of the country. Discover the contrast of aqua ocean against glowing red sand in Broome with a camel ride along the pristine shores of Cable Beach.

Explore the secluded bays of Rottnest Island, just off the coast of Perth or journey to the Kimberley region famed for its gorges and billabongs. While the state is mostly rugged and remote, photo opportunities come thick and fast – so don’t forget the camera.

Follow the foodie trail in Tasmania

 Explore the picturesque waterfront of Hobart

Australia’s southernmost capital, Hobart has a well deserved reputation as a gourmand’s paradise. Take a trip to the iconic Salamanca Markets and you will be rewarded with a plethora of good eats. Savour the moment with a mouth-watering breakfast down on the picturesque waterfront.

Continue your tasty adventure in Launceston and tour the city’s many award-winning restaurants. The scenic town of Strahan also beckons with its bounty of fresh seafood on offer.

Enjoy retail therapy in Victoria

 Shop 'til you drop in Melbourne

Touted as Australia’s fashion capital, Melbourne is a delight for shopaholics. The Bourke Street Mall boasts not only the biggest fashion chains across the country, but a host of international brands that now call Australia home.

In addition to legendary shopping malls, you can also meander down the city’s famous laneways in hunt for designer goods. Geelong is the place for vintage shopping or visit the popular arts and crafts markets in Dandenong.

Soak up the history in the Australia Capital Territory

 Discover the rich history in Canberra

History buffs can explore the political roots of Australia’s capital, Canberra. The city delights with top attractions that every Aussie needs to see, from the Old and New Parliament House to the Australian War Memorial.

Browse the wide range of priceless treasures on display at the National Gallery of Australia or learn more about the events that have shaped our country at the National Museum of Australia.

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Jessica Holmes

A foodie at heart, I love to travel to the USA and explore their expansive culinary culture. You’ll typically find me satisfying my sweet tooth in an American candy store, sampling macarons in a quaint New York patisserie or stocking up on American baking supplies.