5 Places in Australia You Need to See before You Die


Australia is one of those countries that keep you coming back for more. Filled with rolling plains, spectacular beaches, rugged outback, abundant rainforests and dazzling cities, this is one destination packed with unforgettable sights and sounds. It’s one of my favourite countries in the world and I can’t wait to return for a third visit. If you haven’t been to Australia yet, get on it! Here are five places down under you need to see before you die.

Whitsunday Island

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I've been to beaches across the world and back. None have matched the beauty that is Whitehaven Beach. Located on Whitsunday Island in Queensland, Whitehaven Beach is truly an untouched wonderland that needs to be experienced. 

The first time I stepped on Whitehaven Beach, I thought I died and went to heaven. The beach is only assessable by boat, therefore making it a peaceful paradise free of mankind. The sand took me by surprise as well. It was so white and fine, almost powder like. This is because 98 per cent of the sand is made up of pure silica. The ocean also radiated a beautiful shade of turquoise that I'll never forget. If you love soaking up the sun and swimming in the sea, this place is definitely for you!

Ayers Rock

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Ayers Rock is a massive sandstone formation found in the centre of Australia's. It is considered sacred to the Aboriginal people of Uluru and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Ayers Rock yearly, eager to snap a picture of the impressive rock at sunrise or sunset. If you're feeling adventurous, you could even climb it. Be careful though, it's a tough climb considering the rock is 348 meters high. Around the area, you can also visit springs, caves and ancient Aboriginal artwork.

Great Barrier Reef

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Do you love diving and exploring life under the sea? If so, then the Great Barrier Reef needs to be on your bucket list. It is the largest coral reef system in the world and consists of over 900 islands and 2,900 reefs. I recommend booking a scuba diving or snorkelling tour out of Cairns in order to experience the abundant wildlife. In the water, you'll have the opportunity to witness a variety of fish species, dolphins, turtles, vibrant coral reefs and much more.

Great Ocean Road


The Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic drives on the planet. Rent a car or book a tour from Melbourne and take an unforgettable ride along the gorgeous south-eastern coast of Australia. Here, you'll see the famous Twelve Apostles, a set of limestone rocks off the placid shores of Port Campbell National Park. Continue further along the road and you'll come across cascading waterfalls and surf breaks. You'll also have the chance to do a ton of outdoor activities including sea kayaking, scuba diving and surfing. 


Byron Bay


Byron Bay is the perfect getaway if you're looking for relaxation and scenic landscapes. This beachside town has a unique laid back atmosphere you can't find anywhere else in the country. Hippies jam on guitars by the water, surfers ride the waves and tourists sprawl on flawless beaches. Downtown Byron also possesses a funky small town feel. Vintage camper vans litter the streets while shops sell tie-dye t-shirts.

There are a variety of things to do in Byron Bay. Be sure to hike to the iconic Byron Bay Lighthouse. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for koalas and other wildlife. If you're into water sports, sign up for surfing or kiteboarding lessons. At night, experience the lively nightlife Byron Bay has to offer.




What other places in Australia are you in love with? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Melissa Li

I’m a Canadian girl on a quest to step foot in every continent before I’m 30. You’ll most likely find me chowing down on Japanese ramen, partying at a music festival, hiking to the top of a scenic lookout, cuddling with cats, or chilling out at the beach. I’ve visited over 60 countries so far and hope to inspire you to do the same.

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