Ah, Australia. It’s the time of the year again where millions of visitors around the world head to Australia. We mean, pristine beaches, diverse wildlife and nature reservation parks, spontaneous road trips that can stretch for hundreds or even thousands of miles — it’s an inexplicably memorable vacation experience that you can’t definitely miss out in your lifetime. Not to mention, tourist-loving locals who make outsiders feel welcome in their country is a plus.
If you think it’s easy to travel around Australia, you better think again. Some Australians don’t even know some of the best tourist sites from different cities in their own country, which is not surprising since Australia is the 6th largest continent in the world with only one country.
Months starting August until -ber months are the busiest times of the year for Australian tourism, with approximately 9.2 million visitors to Australia and will probably continue to project higher visitor rates by the end of 2019 with an estimated number of 10 million visitors.
Australians are pretty much known for being passionate about traveling, that’s why you’re in on our best catch. Here are the best Australian tourist spots to go to this 2019 depending on what kind of travel experience you’re looking for.
If you’re looking for something beyond adventure, go try these places out
Fraser Island (Queensland)
Belonging to the World Heritage sites and the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island is the epitome of tranquility and adventure. If you’re a traveller looking for a tranquil place or pursue serene activities like bird sightseeing, fishing, walking down the sands or taking a dip on the beach, drop by Maheno shipwreck and take a photo.
But if you’re in for something a bit off the edge, go try hiking, mountain biking along forest trails, and of course, having a 4WD adventure on the sands.
Port Campbell National Park (Victoria)
Aside from walking on the beach and marveling over the beauty of nature, how else can you view these beautiful rock formations? Why, by riding a helicopter, of course!
Port Campbell is known for its 12 Apostles, which are beautiful rock formations situated along the Great Ocean Road and would be viewed better via helicopter riding. Don’t miss out on other wonderful rock formations such as Loch Ard Gorge, The Arch, and The Sentinel.
Nitmiluk National Park (Northern Territory)
If you’re thirsting for an Outback water adventure, then you must try kayaking on the Katherine River at Nitmiluk National Park. A gentle rapid adventure awaits, as you paddle over some of the most historical sites along the area, with thick and lush green forestry, and waterfalls surrounding you.
Tip: if you want to level up the adventure, go kayaking during May to November since the rainy season produces faster rapids as compared to the dry season.
Three Sisters, Blue Mountains National Park (New South Wales)
Have you ever seen mountains that are color blue? We even haven’t, that’s why it’s the best time to go visit the Three Sisters at the Blue Mountains National Park in NSW.
Another tourist spot that belongs to the World Heritage’s list, this is an ideal place to go for a day trip. If sliding down these tall limestone cliffs isn’t adventurous enough for you, we don’t know what is.
Franklin River (Tasmania)
Looking for a wilder rafting adventure? Then head on to Tasmania’s best rafting spot: the Franklin River. It wouldn’t become one of the world’s best places for rafting adventures for nothing since this has been a staple place for passionate rafters to go on an adventurous and crazy ride since the 1980s.
You better get your body ready for the experience though, rafters must be physically fit in order to endure the wild rapids.
Here’s where you need to go if you adore architecture….
Sydney Opera House (Sydney)
A trip to Australia wouldn’t be complete without seeing this marvelous structure while eating at some of the best food places around Sydney. The Sydney Opera House was designed in the 1950s and was made to look like open seashells.
This beautiful structure is situated at Circular Quay and is often coined as the national symbol of Australia as a country and their culture.
The Olderfleet To The Rialto (Melbourne)
The Olderfleet to the Rialto is the most famous Gothic architecture building located in Melbourne, and this has an interesting history.
Built during the time Melbourne was third richest in British empire next to London and Glasgow in Scotland, did you know that this beautiful building was bound to be destroyed during the 1970s but was saved by the green ban movement or unions who were in defense of destroying the environment in order to give way for the construction of modern buildings.
Olderfleet is essentially one of the reflections of Melbourne’s prosperity back in the days, a wonder that tourists and locals are able to get to witness until today.
The Cowra Japanese Garden (New South Wales)
Take a breath away from the city and dive into something a little more Asian with The Cowra Japanese Garden located in New South Wales on a Japenese homeland in the town of Cowra.
This place earned to title as the key site for heritage diplomacy in Australia since it was established as a symbol of good relations between the people of Cowra and the Japanese people which dates back during World War II.
Sydney Harbour Bridge (Sydney)
The world’s largest, 87-year old steel arch bridge is definitely one of the best places you must visit when you’re in Sydney. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, also known as “The Coathanger”, is one of the best faces of modern architecture and engineering.
Tourists may be able to walk or cycle on the bridge (no horse allowed, though) or if you’d like to conquer your fear of heights, you can climb all the way to the top.
If you’re into anything about arts, visiting these museums are a must
Museum of Old and New Art (Tasmania)
The Museum of Old and New Art, popularly known as MONA, might probably have the most interesting, fun, and interactive art gallery in Tasmania.
This museum houses not just creative exhibitions and works of art and antique properties privately owned by founder David Walsh but provides a unique experience for the viewers.
But you know what’s cooler? They have a winery, cafe, restos, bars, and they also host large festivals at least twice a year.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (Darwin)
It is the largest museum in the North and houses some of the most important historical artifacts as well as contemporary art masterpieces, as well as exhibition programs and interactive experiences that even the kids will love.
This place is a perfect go-to with your family or friends if you’re out on a creative, learning, and interactive experience.
Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (Queensland)
QAGOMA is Queensland’s most prestigious contemporary Australian and international art and history museum and also particularly known for hosting different Australian and international exhibition programs, but their main trademark is to provide an experience for everyone which will best fit their mood.
For anyone who loves nature and animals, you might want to visit these wonders
Daintree Rainforest (Queensland)
One of Australia’s most beautiful natural wonders, Daintree Forest is the oldest tropical rainforest in the world at about 180 million years old.
Here, you’ll be able to find some of the rarest animals in the world such as the Cassowary and the White Lipped Tree Frog, as well as other 300+ species that are listed as rare or endangered and home to 3000 species of plants and trees, one of which is the Bull Kauri tree, one of the biggest tropical trees in the world.
Barossa Valley (Adelaide)
Barossa Valley is home to Australia’s finest grape vineyards, hence many people are going here any especially during the peak season when grapes grow bountifully and have a sip of the best wine selections from wineries.
When visiting Barossa, it’s best to go for a ride in order to maximise the experience of touring the whole place.
Kangaroo Island (South Australia)
Quite obvious from the name of the famous island, Kangaroo Island offers more than just kangaroos. It’s more of a conservation and natural park than an island since it is surrounded by national parks which house some of the most common and even rare or endangered wildlife.
They also offer hiking and sightseeing breathtaking views, as well as viewing penguin colonies (because they’re not only found in Antarctica, folks.)
If you’re born for the waves and blue seas, you might love these
Whitsunday Island (Queensland)
What’s a g’ day to spend the weekend than sailing on blue seas and drinking your favorite cold beverage? Whitsunday Island located on the coast of central Queensland is the best choice for some sunny sailing adventure.
Aside from sailing, you might be able to enjoy the beautiful white sand at Whitehaven beach, go snorkeling and explore coral reefs, or maybe go to the nearby national parks since Whitsunday Island is a protected biodiversity area.
Ningaloo Reef (Western Australia)
Wanna swim with whale sharks? Then Ningaloo Reef is your sea haven. Another World Heritage tourist spot next to the famous Great Barrier Reef,
Ningaloo also has its rich marine biodiversity of more than 200 coral species, 50 soft coral species, and a wide selection of tropical fishes that’s open for anyone to witness on a good, sunny day.