Australia, the land down under and the land of wonder, is fantastic landscapes, astonishing sea life, and thrilling beauty. With an abundance of natural resources, Australia is a thriving continent, and this is reflected not only in the high quality of life, but also in the ever increasing number of people attracted to it, either for a visit, or to stay. An estimated 3700 visitors overstay their tourist visas a year and hardly anyone can blame them.
Auto Europe would like to inspire your next holiday with this compact overview of the greatest destinations in Australia. Remember, we can arrange your car hire and motorhome hire, your very own home away from home, perfect for touring this unforgettable continent. Here are our tips on what not to miss on your tour!
The name Sydney instantly conjures up the image of the iconic Opera House, a romantic sunset far beyond Sydney Harbour Bridge, and glass skyscrapers proudly standing at the water front. Here are some highlights:
Take a walk, a ferry ride or a nice cruise in one of the world’s best natural harbours. Climb the famous steel bridge or simply enjoy the view of the city’s landmarks.
Cape Solander is the go-to spot for whale watching with a great platform. Sometimes whales come as near to the coast as 600 feet!
Inner Sydney is such a lovely place, brimming with designer shops, cool bars, flea markets, quirky art galleries, and festivals. We recommend visiting during the famous Mardi Gras Parade.
Sydney Opera House
Probably the most iconic landmark of Sydney, the Opera House is a must. Choose one of the numerous top-notch musical shows ranging from opera to modern dance performances.
This world-famous beach does not need much introduction. Relax on the fine sand and try your hand at snorkeling, surfing, or other fun sports!
Australia’s most stylish city is the country’s unofficial capital in all things sports and culture. If you are looking for a big cosmopolitan city considered extremely liberal in many regards, you’ve come to the right place.
Sip on a cocktail on a rooftop of a tall building, listen to the sounds of the ever moving city, and relax watching a glorious sunset over Melbourne.
You are never sure what awaits you in Melbourne’s unique laneways a bit off the main city grid. Roam the “hidden” laneways and soak in the unique city vibe – listen to buskers, grab a quick bite in hip pop-up eateries, or take photos of grungy street-art. Some laneways are devoted to famous rock’n’roll artist, while some feature ethnic culture and food.
Yara River Cruise
Book a river cruise to see more of the city and learn about the local history. Whilst there, pay a visit to Birrarung Marr to see and hear more about the connection of Aboriginals to the river.
See a cricket game in the world-renowned MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) or watch a tennis match just opposite at Melbourne Park.
Queen Victoria Market
The city’s historic landmark, Queen Victoria Market, has been offering fresh produce since the 19th century. Nowadays, in addition to fruits, veggies, and meat, you can also buy unique souvenirs to remind you of your visit to Melbourne.
The sunniest-state capital in Australia, Perth on the East Coast, boasts pristine beaches, a laid-back atmosphere, and attractive lifestyles all centered around the city’s geographical advantages. Perth is near Bali, the bush, and right on the ocean. However, these are not the only reasons to visit it.
Locals know it as Rotto and it’s a great escape island with no cars allowed. Reach the idyllic island easily with a ferry and spend a day on one of its whopping 63 beaches! Snorkel with coral reefs or explore some of the 20 bays on the island. Bicycles are a great way to get around the island, but there is also a regular bus service.
The Twilight Hawkers Market
The biggest and oldest street food market is a platform for citizens and visitors of Perth to try delicacies from all over the world. It’s particularly popular as a Friday after work spot for a casual drink, light dinner, and live music.
Cartref Park Country Gardens
Dive deep into the native bush-land gardens, stroll lavender paths, and breathe fresh air infused with fresh citrus scent at Cartref Park Country Gardens. Admire the unusual flora and fauna at this lovely retreat near Perth.
With its epic weather and warm sea, the capital of the Sunshine State attracts sun-seekers all year round. As a city of contrasts, Brisbane will make you fall in love with its lush gardens, up-and-coming wining and dining scene, and turquoise sea brimming with dolphins. To cool down and unwind, head to the vineyards on the city outskirts.
We are so much in love with the happy koalas at Lone Pine, the first and biggest koala sanctuary of its kind, only a few miles from Brisbane! You can hold and cuddle these cute furry animals or even hand-feed them! In addition, there are so many other wildlife species that it’s a real must for any animal lover. Save at least one day from your holiday for Lone Pine and you won’t regret it!
Night-kayaking on Moreton Island
For a slightly different experience, book a night-kayaking tour on the world’s third biggest island with the finest sandy beaches. The kayaks have a transparent bottom and light up at night thus attracting the rich undersea life including not only colourful fish, but also dugongs and sea turtles. Kayak guides will also take you to see the old Tangalooma shipwreck.
Sunrise from Mt Coot-tha
Even if you are not an early bird, you should still rise and shine and catch the beautiful sunrise from the best known lookout mountain in the city. Drive up Mount Coot-tha before dawn, sit on a blanket, and watch the sun rise over Brisbane!
Far, far away, on the north-eastern tip of the Australian continent is Cairns, the city where the rainforest together with the Great Barrier Reef influence the city’s lifestyle and bring tourism in full swing. Cairns used to wear history on its sleeve, but due to the constant influx of visitors, the city has lost much of its original vibe of an old port town. There are no beaches in Cairns, but there is the Esplanade Lagoon nearby, with a real tropical flair.
The Great Barrier Reef
The gasp-inducing Great Barrier Reef is a mesmerising World Heritage site and in most cases the number one reason why so many tourists flock to Cairns. You can book one or more day tours and spend the night on a pontoon deck. It doesn’t get any closer than this!
Kuranda Railway Trip
Cool down from snorkeling and sunbathing in the rainforest in Tropical North Queensland. Take a ride with the historic Kuranda Railway and the Rainforest Cableway. You will be in for a great scenic trip, wildlife at your fingertips, sightseeing walk around the rainforest village of Kuranda and a cultural park devoted to Aboriginals.