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Welcome to Australia

With its imitable mix of nature, culture, and laid-back coastal cool, there's far more to Australia than koalas and kangaroos—although they're pretty great, too. The cosmopolitan style and iconic cityscape of Sydney and its opera house don't compromise the quality of Bondi Beach, a hotspot for both surfing and sunbathing. In Melbourne, the cutting-edge culinary scene and nearby vineyards are top draws for foodies, while in Cairns, opportunities to spot wildlife in tropical rain forests or the Coral Sea abound. If you're a thrill seeker, climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a hot-air balloon over Alice Springs, or go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Nature lovers, on the other hand, might prefer to visit Adelaide's Kangaroo Island, watch dolphins at Port Douglas, or snorkel alongside tropical marine life on Fraser Island. And, if you're after unique and spectacular sights, you'll be spoilt for choice in the Land Down Under; natural wonders and World Heritage sites include the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Ayers Rock in Uluru (best seen on a sunrise tour), and the imposing Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains. And if that's not enough, flightseeing tours of the Whitsunday Islands, excursions to Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, and a ride on Melbourne's colonial tramcar restaurant should also be added to your Aus itinerary.

Top 10 attractions in Australia

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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

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Encompassing roughly 3,000 individual reefs and dotted with almost 900 islands and coral cays (small sandy isles), Australia's Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most unforgettable natural treasures. Snorkelers and certified divers flock here to see the unparalleled array of marine life.More
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Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

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A gigantic monolith of rust-red rock looming over the desert plains of the Australian Outback, Uluru (Ayers Rock) is more than just a postcard icon—it’s the cultural, spiritual, and geographical heart of Australia, one of its most impressive natural wonders, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.More
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Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge National Park)

Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge National Park)

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Nitmiluk National Park (formerly Katherine Gorge National Park) offers vast sandstone cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and a series of 13 gorges carved out by the mighty Katherine River. All of this dramatic scenery is located on the ancient lands of the Jawoyn people and is home to some impressive Aboriginal rock art sites.More
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Few sights are as instantly recognizable as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the grand centerpiece of Sydney Harbour and one of Australia's most photographed landmarks. The historic structure dates to 1932 and is the world's largest steel arch bridge. It's also an important transport hub, linking downtown Sydney with the north shore, Manly, and the area's northern beaches.More
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Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park

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With its waterfalls, waterholes, and lush rain forests, Litchfield National Park has no shortage of spectacular scenery. Just a short drive from Darwin, it’s also known for its magnetic termite mounds that tower up to 7 feet (2 meters) tall. These sculptural cairns were built by termites.More
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Horizontal Falls

Horizontal Falls

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The Horizontal Falls were once described by David Attenborough as one of the “greatest wonders of the natural world.” Located in Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago, the waterfalls are caused by the shifting of ocean tides through the rocks, and are one of Western Australia’s most spectacular sights.More
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Ubirr

Ubirr

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It’s hard to grasp exactly what you’re looking at when you see the rock drawings at Ubirr. Here, etched before you on ancient rock that springs from the red dirt Earth, are drawings placed here by Aborigines nearly 20,000 years ago. How the drawings have managed to survive for so long is a fascinating geologic story, but it's one that pales in comparison to the stories told by the drawings themselves.Located in what’s known as the East Alligator Region of Kakadu National Park, Ubirr is a UNESCO World Heritage site that borders on desert magic. In addition to collections of ancient rock art, the site offers sweeping, panoramic views of the surrounding flood plains and fields, and includes a sacred “Rainbow Serpent” painting in one of the three different galleries. According to local Aboriginal legend, the serpent was involved in the very creation of Earth surrounding the site, and is regarded as one of the world’s oldest figures of early creation. To access the ancient rock art at Ubirr, follow the short, one-kilometer walking path that takes 30 minutes to complete.More
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Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour

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With the iconic silhouette of Sydney Opera House and the dramatic arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge etched against a backdrop of glittering ocean and soaring skyscrapers, Sydney Harbour is Australia’s quintessential postcard image. The harbor, the natural heart of Sydney, features more than 150 miles (240 kilometers) lined with golden beaches, lush gardens, and vibrant neighborhoods.More
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Swan River

Swan River

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The liquid heart of Perth, the Swan River touches many of the city’s neighborhoods on its way to the Indian Ocean. The river passes through the Swan Valley wine region, Perth’s Central Business District and affluent suburbs, and the port city of Fremantle, and there are lots of recreational opportunities on the banks and in the water.More
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Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge

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Marking the southern border of Daintree National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mossman Gorge is one of the most popular places to experience the world’s oldest rain forest. Dating back more than 130 million years, the dense forest and scenic river gorge harbor a rich biodiversity and provide a stunning backdrop for hikers and swimmers.More

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Top activities in Australia

Outer Reef Pontoon Experience from Cairns
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Whitsundays Guided Jet Ski Tour
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Bruny Island Day Tour, Includes Lunch and Exclusive Lighthouse Tour

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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
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Bruny Island Traveller - Gourmet Tasting and Sightseeing Day Trip from Hobart
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Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns
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All-Inclusive Fraser Island Day Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Australia

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Value for money experience with great staff
Vicki_B, Jul 2021
Cruise 'n' Canoe to Australia's Everglades
A great way to see a unique part of Australia.
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Well worth doing
Kerry_A, Jul 2021
Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Cruise
A wonderful cruise to see all 3 gorges and Russell, our boat driver was very informative and humorous.
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fantastic
karenloraine, Jun 2021
Ayers Rock Day Trip from Alice Springs Including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Sunset BBQ Dinner
If you have limited time a brilliant way to see one of Australia's beautiful icon's.
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"Best daytrip"
Karlene_p, May 2021
Cygnet Bay Explorer
Horizontal falls had a neap time however it was still magnificent, then onto Cape Leveque for a brilliant brekky and swim, finally Cygnet Bay plus a 2 hour boat ride out to Hells gate....
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An excellent tour company with a great tour guide
Trang_L, Feb 2021
Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond
We hope to see Jarrod again in the near future.
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The Desert Park and Alice Springs Half Day Tour is highly recommended.
Peter_S, May 2021
Alice Springs Highlights Tour
Despite arriving early we didn't have time to see everything before the bus arrived to take us back to town at noon.
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Blown away - so good!
Nick_D, May 2021
Cygnet Bay Explorer
I wanted to see the Horizontal Falls but mostly I wanted to see Cape Leveque and the archipelago.
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Outback Dreaming tour to Kakadu
Trudy_S, Apr 2021
Kakadu Full-Day Tour from Darwin with Lunch
My tour was a small group of 13 and we came from all over Australia to see Kakadu.
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A nice visit east of Perth to the countryside
Lee_H, Dec 2020
1/2 day Swan Valley Wine Cheese & Chocolate Tour Inc Afternoon Cruise to Perth
Return via the riverboat is a very leisurely way to see a bit of the western Australia countryside.
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Would recommend it
Darryl_P, Nov 2020
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures Day Trip from Cairns
Than Australia zoo and more attractions to look at
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Definitely recommended
Hamid, Jun 2020
Whale Watching Jervis Bay
Got to see Whales,Australian Seals and Dolphins in one trip,Amazing.
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Grampian tour
Teresa_N, Mar 2020
Grampians National Park Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne
I would definitely recommend the trip to see Australia at its best.
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Fun among the Australian wildlife.
Vern_K, Mar 2020
Sydney Taronga Zoo's Australian Animals Tour
We were able to see up close the Koala bears and feeding the wallaby.
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Blue mountains
Kristine_R, Mar 2020
PRIVATE All-Day Blue Mountains Tour with Professional Guide for Up to 4 People
A lovely way to see the countryside and Australian mountains rather than the high rise towers of downtown Sydney.
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Worth the time and money
Mary, Feb 2020
All Inclusive Blue Mountains Small-Group Day Trip from Sydney
We wanted to see the blue mountains and some animals while in Australia.
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I saw a dolphin and had so much fun
laurahmohr, Feb 2020
Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Jet Boat Ride: 55 Minutes
Great driver and even got to see dolphins.
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Australia Fun
kjsierranevada, Jan 2020
Small Group - 12 Apostles, Otways & Great Ocean Road Day Tour from Melbourne
We had an incredible time on our tour and would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to see this section of Australia.
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Best decision we could have made
jakegriesenauer, Dec 2019
Grampians National Park Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne
This was our first trip outside the city and it was a tremendous way to see more of Australia!
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Unexpect beauty!
Roberta_N, Dec 2019
Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne
You think you go to see the 12 Apostoles....
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Awesome trip and guide
Raluca_T, Nov 2019
All Inclusive Blue Mountains Small-Group Day Trip from Sydney
Trip to Blue Mountains was a great oportunity to see beatiful places, to meet nice people and find out interesting information about Australia.
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