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Australia is divided up into eight states and territories, including Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory. Below is a list of each state and its major cities and attractions for visitors.
Often referred to as the "Sunshine State" due to its consistently clear skies and overall warm weather, Australia's Queensland is a hot spot for tourism-based activities. Full of distinct geographical features and world-famous for its pristine golden beaches, Queensland offers a range of opportunities for travellers and has long been a state that provides a true sign of the Australian Tourist Experience. The main cities and regions in Queensland and their highlights are:
The Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is without doubt one of Australia's premiere holiday destinations for all occasions. A blend of natural beauty with a ton of man-made things to do, the Gold Coast sees one of the highest annual rates of tourists visiting of any other city in the country. The major highlights of the Gold Coast include:
- Theme Parks (including Dreamworld, Sea World, Warner Bros Movie World and Wet 'n' Wild.)
- Attractions to see wildlife including Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Paradise Country Aussie Farm
- Day Tours to beautiful locations such as the Gold Coast Hinterland, Mount Tamborine, Springbook to see glow worms, and more
- Cruises through the beautiful oceans, canals and waterways
- Whale Watching when in season from July until November each year
Tropical North Queensland's most popular tourist destination, the tropical climate in Cairns ensures you will have great, warm weather to enjoy all the adventure activities the region is famous for. As a gateway for people wanting to visit Australia's famous Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is close to both the Coral Sea and the Daintree and Kuranda rainforest areas. The major highlights of the Cairns region include:
- The Great Barrier Reef and the many cruises available to the reef's various islands
- Adventure activities on offer such as bungee jumping, skydiving, white water rafting and hot air ballooning
- Wildlife attractions including Cairns Wildlife Safari, Cairns Wildlife Dome, The Wildlife Habitat and more
- Water sports including rafting the Tully and Barron Rivers
Queensland's capital city acts as a fantastic shopping destination with many great restaurants, markets and buildings to view alongside the city's lovely river. Brisbane also has easy access to nearby resort islands such as Moreton and Tangalooma Islands that can provide a quick, tropical getaway for relaxing in a short period of time. The major highlights and attractions of Brisbane include:
- Day Tours to nearby locations such as Tangalooma and Moreton Islands, Byron Bay and more
- Activities such as Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Paintball and climbing the Brisbane Story Bridge
- Whale Watching during the season from July to November
- Theme Parks on the Gold Coast are also easily accessible from Brisbane
The Sunshine Coast
Situated to the north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is full of great beaches, fun attractions and activities, and great natural scenery. Whether you are visiting Noosa, Caloundra or Mooloolaba, you will be sure to find plenty to do whether in the beautiful blue waters or on land. The major highlights and attractions of the Sunshine Coast include:
- Day Tours to visit lovely Fraser Island or see the highlights of the Sunshine Coast itself
- Adventure and water activities including Water Skiing, Fishing, Kayaking, Jet Boating and more
- Visit many of the Sunshine Coast's great attractions including Australia Zoo, Underwater World and Aussie World
- Take a cruise either out on the ocean or down one of the many beautiful Sunshine Coast rivers including Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Caloundra and the Noosa Everglades
The island chain of the Whitsunday Islands provides an endless array of tropical paradises to escape to off the coast of Queensland within the beautiful coral waters of the Great Barrier Reef. This wonder of the natural world is home to a myriad of sea life below the waters, making it the perfect destination for snorkelling, scuba diving, and many other water-based activities. The major highlights and activities in the Whitsunday Islands include:
- Cruises to such beautiful areas as Hamilton Island, Daydream Island, Whitehaven Beach, South Molle Island, Long Island and the Inner and Outer Great Barrier Reef
- Scenic reef flights by both Helicopter and Seaplane
- Go Jet skiing or play a round of Golf on an island
Port Douglas is just a short trip away from Cairns and provides another popular holiday destination for families, couples, backpackers and honeymooners. A carefree beach holiday location, Port Douglas provides a perfect base to explore Australia's natural landscape with its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and Kuranda and Daintree Rainforests. The major highlights and activities to participate in in Port Douglas include:
- Day Tours to the many surrounding scenic areas such as Kuranda, the Daintree Rainforest, and Cape Tribulation
- Cruise to the many Great Barrier Reef destinations nearby including the Outer Great Barrier Reef, the Low Isles, and Sunset Sailing
- Adventure activities such as Bungee Jumping, Horse Riding, Whitewater Rafting, and Scenic Helicopter Flights
- Visit the many Port Douglas attractions full of nature and wildlife
Hervey Bay is one of the most popular whale watching destinations in all of Australia, with great, sheltered conditions for the whales that have made it famous as the country's "Whale Watching Capital". Hervey Bay is also a beautiful location that provides easy access to the lovely World Heritage-listed Fraser Island - the world's largest sand island. The major highlights and activities to participate in around Hervey Bay include:
- Whale watching from July to early November
- Adventure activities including Skydiving
- Day Tours to Fraser Island and for Dolphin Watching and feeding
New South Wales
New South Wales, home to Australia's biggest and perhaps most iconic city, Sydney, has long been at the forefront of business and economic development within the country. Sydney's famous Harbour in particular is a hugely popular destination due to its lovely waterway and the unique surrounding architecture including the famous Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. New South Wales is a large state with a range of other different areas, including lovely Byron Bay which sits close to the border with Queensland. The main holiday cities and destinations in New South wales are:
As Australia's largest and most vibrant city, Sydney will captivate you whether you are simply staying overnight or enjoying an extended stay. Explore Sydney and its surrounds including the famous Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, or participate in the many attractions and activities this lovely urban centre has to offer. In addition, the areas surrounding Sydney make for ideal day tour destinations that will let you experience more of the natural side of Australian wildlife and bush. The major highlights, activities and regions to visit in and around Sydney include:
- Day Tours either around the city of Sydney itself or the many nearby lovely destinations including the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, Jenolan Caves and Jervis Bay
- Cruise Sydney Harbour in a variety of ways, whether as a dinner cruise, by tall ship, sailing or sightseeing by yacht
- Adventure activities in Sydney include Jet Boating, Hot Air Ballooning, Skydiving, and Scenic Flights by Helicopter
- Visit any of the many attractions in and near the city such as Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Tower, Oceanworld Manly, Taronga Zoo and more
Byron Bay is a charming coastal town located on New South Wales' north-east region, close to the state's border with Queensland. With lovely coastal scenery and fantastic surf beaches, as well as an iconic lighthouse that marks the Easternmost point of the Australian mainland, Byron Bay is full of greenery in its hinterland, great craft shopping in the town itself, and a variety of things to see and do. The main highlights and things to do in Byron Bay include:
- Day Tours of Byron Bay itself, including the rainforest at night, the lighthouse and surrounding areas, and more
- Adventure activities on and over the great Byron Bay coastal scenery including Hang Gliding, Hot Air Ballooning, Skydiving and Surfing
- Visit popular attractions such as Tropical Fruit World, the Crystal Castle, or make the a booking for the Australian Outback Spectacular on the Gold Coast
- Cruise along one of the nearby rivers to the north such as the Tweed River to Catch a Crab
Victoria is a state famed for its combination of commercial success, the greenery of its gardens and the quality of its food, as well as its cosmopolitan atmosphere and nice balance between extremes. The capital city, Melbourne, is Australia's second-largest city and is often described by visitors as having a distinctly "European" atmosphere due to its many open-air cafes and wide range of shopping districts full of world-famous brands and fashion icons. Victoria has also recently become a major factor on the world's wine stage, with its valley region's cool climate producing great grape-growing conditions.
Melbourne is a city of culture, art and great food with unique and memorable things to do for visitors and locals alike. Whether you choose to enjoy the many activities the city has to offer or venture outside to the surrounding areas, you'll have plenty to keep you busy in this city that is alive with fantastic restaurants, cosmopolitan cafes and charming little side streets full of great shopping. With wildlife for animal lovers, world-famous vineyards that produce great wines, and much more, Melbourne has something for everyone. The main highlights and things to do in and around Melbourne include:
- Take a day tour of the city's highlights, sporting grounds, shopping and more or head outside to such scenic areas as the Grampians, the Yarra Valley, or the Great Ocean Road
- Experience activities in Melbourne including Helicopter Flights, Skydiving over the Yarra Valley, swimming with dolphins, and more
- Visit the many great city and wildlife attractions in Melbourne including Eureka Skydeck, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary
- Take part in water sports including scuba diving, surfing, kayaking, shark diving and snorkelling
Tasmania, Australia's Southernmost state and a self-contained island, provides a variety of different attributes and environments to most of its mainland brothers. Often referred to as the "natural state" due to its large number of green features and unspoiled natural environment, Tasmania is full of spectacular waterfalls, picturesque islands along the coastline and abundant fields and wineries that dot the landscape. Its lovely harbour capital city of Hobart is full of charm, and the state is full of historical remnants of Australia's colonial past. The main holiday regions of Tasmania are:
Sitting at the foot of the majestic Mt Wellington, Hobart has close access to national parks and many other famous natural areas of Tasmania. Explore the heritage-rich land with a guided Hobart tour or pick one of the many things to do in and around Hobart including cruises, activities and tourist attractions at your own pace. The main highlights and things to do in and around Hobart include:
- Day Tours of Hobart City, the Port Arthur historic site, Mount Wellington, Bruny Island or the lovely national parks in the region such as Mt Field National Park
- Visit the lush green natural highlights and wildlife rich areas of Tasmania including Coal River Valley Wineries, Bonorong Wildlife Park and Richmond
- Purchase a Tasmania attractions pass for entry to a huge number of great attractions including Port Arthur, Museums, wildlife parks, river cruises and much more
Situated on the north end of Tasmania, Launceston is a charming city surrounded by lush forest and mountainous terrain. With a diverse variety of wildlife to encounter and many man-made attractions as well, Launceston provides a laid-back pace that is ideal for a relaxing getaway from the bustle of urban life. The main highlights and things to do in and around Launceston include:
- Day tours of both Launceston City and the beautifully scenic Cradle Mountain National Park
- Climb amongst the forest treetops at Hollybank or among the canyons at Cradle Mountain
- Visit the charming marine sanctuary of Seahorse World
- Take a cruise along the Tamar River or out on the ocean to see Fur Seals
South Australia shares a border with every other mainland state and as such possesses a variety of natural scenery in its different areas, with beautiful green and coastal areas contrasting with its arid inland. The state has also become extremely famous for its production of wine over the past couple of decades, with some of the best vineyards and winery tours in Australia on offer. Its capital city, Adelaide, is widely-known as the "City of Churches" due to its number of architectural features that date back to the early days of British colonisation.
There are many popular things to do in and around Adelaide, with a great blend of historical architecture, lush wine growing regions, and native wildlife environments and habitats. Adelaide's close proximity to the highly popular Kangaroo Island also provides a gateway to one of the best natural wildlife destinations in the country. The main highlights and things to do in and around Adelaide include:
- Take a sightseeing day tour of Adelaide City, or head out for a winery tour of the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Hahndorf, see wildlife on Kangaroo Island and more
- Participate in adventure activities around Adelaide such as kayaking, cage dive with sharks, swim with dolphins, mountain biking and riding quad bikes
- Join a helicopter sightseeing flight over some of the region's most popular locations
Western Australia is by far Australia's largest state in terms of geography; however 85% of the state's population live in the Southwest corner of the state near where the capital city, Perth, is located. The state's vast area means that it contains some of the most unique landforms in the country, although travelling a fair distance is sometimes required in order to reach these amazing places. There are multiple must-see sights in the state outside the cities, as well as plenty of things to do in both Perth itself, and the town of Broome to the north.
Perth itself s a city full of historical sights, natural exhibits, arts and culture with lush national gardens and impressive river views. Bordering the shores of the Indian Ocean, Perth is one of the most isolated capital cities in the world - it is actually closer to Indonesia's capital Jakarta than it is to Sydney! The entire city has an energetic, outdoor atmosphere as a result of its adjacency to the Swan River and surrounding area of vast natural Australian bushland. The main highlights and things to do in and around Perth include:
- Day Tours of Perth City and its highlights, or the many engagingly beautiful surrounding areas such as Rottnest Island, the Swan Valley and its wineries, Margaret River, the Pinnacles Desert, Wave Rock and more
- Board a scenic helicopter flight over Fremantle, Margaret River or Perth City itself
- Cruise along the beautiful Swan River for lunch, dinner, sightseeing, to visit a winery or to view the city lights
Broome is a great sightseeing port of call located further to the North of Western Australia than Perth that is surrounded by rugged and beautiful landscape on all sides. Blending the seaside with wilderness, the Broome area will captivate your spirit in this beautiful town in the Kimberley region. The main highlights and things to do in and around Broome include:
- Visit any of the rugged, inspiring areas around Broome including Geikie Gorge, Cape Leveque, and Windjana Gorge
- Tour the town of Broome itself and its nearby surroundings on the back of a camel!
As home to the one and only Ayer's Rock or Uluru, the Northern Territory has one of the biggest tourist magnets in all of Australia. The giant, red stone monolith sits almost directly at Australia's "heart" and has become a great symbol of the country as a whole. The Northern Territory takes up much of the centre of mainland Australia and is home to the central desert area of the country (which includes Ayer's Rock and nearby Alice Springs) and contains many amazing natural geographical features and rock formations. The two main hubs of interest are the capital city of Darwin and the area around Ayers Rock itself.
The city of Darwin is one of the country's most modern capitals, having been almost entirely reconstructed after World War 2 and then being devastated by Cyclone Tracy; the resilient people of Darwin have rebounded to build a modern jewel of Australia's Far North. With extensive parks and gardens, the city combines modern architecture with well-kept natural beauty and is truly an "oasis in the desert". There are so many things to do in and around Darwin, the highlights of which include:
- Taking a day tour to Kakadu or Litchfield National Parks to view the beautiful environment and crocodiles, or the majestic scenery of Katherine Gorge
- Visit or swim with the crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove
- Fishing tours of Darwin to catch delicious and popular species of fish
Located in the red centre of the Northern Territory, Ayers Rock is one of the greatest natural attractions and an iconic landmark of Australia. Now commonly known by its Aboriginal name, Uluru, this giant sandstone monolith towers over the landscape and its famous red hue is recognisable the world over - for many travellers arriving at the rock is the most anticipated moment of their Australian holiday, and standing on top of the rock is a featured point on many people's "bucket lists"! The main activities and highlights around Ayers Rock include:
- Day tours to Ayers Rock itself or to the city of Alice Springs
- Hot air ballooning over the Australian Outback
Located just "across the pond" a short distance from Australia separated by the Tasman Sea, New Zealand is a wonderfully scenic country with a strong emphasis on nature that provides an alpine climate which can be accessed within a mere few hours' flight from the major cities on Australia's east coast. A country brimming with a mix of both European and Maori history, there are plenty of experiences, locations and things to see and do during a visit to NZ - expect not only breathtaking scenery but also unique culture, renowned Kiwi hospitality, fresh foods and delicious wines, and a huge variety of available thrills on offer as New Zealand also serves as one of the world's best adventure playgrounds. New Zealand is divided up into two main islands - its North Island and South Island.
New Zealand's biggest city, Auckland contains a dazzling array of activities, eateries and stunning landscapes - dubbed the "City of Sails", Auckland serves as the gateway to New Zealand for many people, but it is far more than just a transit point - located between two beautiful harbours and surrounded by rainforest, Auckland is both a modern and multicultural hub of activity. Providing easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities, Auckland city, its outskirts and the nearby surrounding regions make seeing and taking part in a variety of essential "must-do's" that the area is famous for a breeze. Regardless if you want to experience the buzz of a modern urban city and its highlights, relax and soak in some scenery or kick everything into high great by taking part in the range of available adventure activities, Auckland has something for all ages and personality types. Some of its highlights include:
- Winery and sightseeing tours of beautiful Waiheke Island
- Head out on the pristine waters aboard a sailing or sightseeing cruise
- Visit any of the number of attractions or extreme experiences available nearby
- Take part in the range of available adventure activities
Bay of Islands
One of New Zealand's most popular tourist destinations, the Bay of Islands is a glorious cavalcade of sheltered coves, stunning white-sand beaches and dozens of islands all located within a mild subtropical climate. Serving as the ultimate maritime playground, the Bay of Islands is a perfect destination for such aquatic activities as boating, fishing, kayaking, dolphin spotting and swimming. Highly popular with visitors from around the globe, the Bay of Islands combines an idyllic balance of natural outdoor experiences and historically significant features - and, as an added benefit, it is easily accessible from Auckland via ocean or can be accessed directly from Paihia - a destination that acts as a departure point from which many tours commence.
Many of the individual islands contained within the chain have their own specific, unique features that make them a desirable destination - so visit the Bay of Islands and find them out for yourself! Some of the highlights of the Bay of Islands include:
- A cruise to many popular destinations within the chain including Cape Reinga, Russell Island, KeriKeri Island and Hokianga Island
- A day tour to spot dolphins, swim, or explore the exotic lands of the islands themselves
Fiordland - Doubtful and Milford Sounds
New Zealand's Fiordland is an amazingly dramatic landscape that has been carved into the country's geography over the course of thousands of years, and provides an overwhelming presence of awe-inspiring landscape combined with lush, green rainforests and a series of amazing, tranquil fiords from which it derives its name - two of the most popular of which are Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound. A series of soaring, forest-clad cliffs surround Milford Sound and are reflective of the region as a whole; one spectacular sight after another all within close proximity of one another - expect to see cascading waterfalls flowing from sheer cliffs, rainforests that cling to the mountainsides, and a variety of native local wildlife that includes penguins, seals, dolphins and more that inhabit the area and add an extra touch of nature to the already stunning proceedings.
Both Doubtful and Milford Sounds make for ideal waterways to travel serenely along while admiring the gorgeous views of the snow-capped peaks that surround you in every direction. Both of these massive fiords provide the quintessential nature experience that acts as a microcosm of New Zealand in a single delightful adventure. Some of the highlights of visiting these regions include:
- A scenic cruise of their wonderfully calm waters
- Explore the region in a single day or over several on a tour
- Soar over the waters and amongst the cliffs with a scenic flight
Renowned as an adventure playground not only within the country but throughout the world, Queenstown is a hotspot for those wishing to experience the "wilder" side of New Zealand. Located amongst a stunning background populated with numerous tranquil lakes and rugged mountains, Queenstown has a magical feel to it that can be felt immediately upon arrival, and only increases when you see all the opportunities for adventure that await. Opportunities for such adventurous and extreme activities as bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, heli-skiing, jet boating, skydiving and more are there for the taking, and the adrenaline is sure to get pumping regardless which one you decide to participate in.
This popular South Island destination is not just for thrill-seekers however; various opportunities for tours and daily excursions to wineries, 4WD tours and scenic helicopter flights provide a more relaxing alternative for those with more laid-back personalities. In addition, the natural beauty of the region is widely-acclaimed - alpine mountains combine with crystal clear rivers and lakes to form a distinctly "New Zealand" panorama of views and sightseeing vantage points that will have you reaching for the camera and comic away with some glorious pictures. Some of the most popular things to do in the Queenstown region include:
- Go skydiving through the clear skies
- Whitewater Rafting or Jet Boating on the Shotover or Kawarau River
- Bungee jumping in the original home of the sport
- Scenic helicopter flights over the amazing scenery
- A variety of great value combo packages that encompass all of the above!
Rotorua is a unique region that has been shaped over the course of many years by significant geothermal activity, and to this day it is New Zealand's destination of choice to witness amazing displays of geysers, bubbling pools of mud, mineral pools and steaming hot waterfalls. With truly unique scenery, Rotorua allows you to either get away and relax amongst it all, or to experience the thrill of activities such as whitewater rafting, skydiving or jet boating.
The region is also full of cultural experiences, with satisfying forest walks accompanied by a Maori guide encounters with native wildlife species and exotic animals - including the iconic Kiwi, the national animal symbol of New Zealand. Some popular things to do in the Rotorua region of New Zealand include:
- Go skydiving above the stunning scenery
- Explore the caves of Waitomo with their famous glow worms
- Take a day tour of Rotorua City or the hot springs that surround it
Stewart Island is located off the shores of the tip of New Zealand's South Island and provides a great example of the simpler, slower lifestyle that harks back to the traditional days of New Zealand. Accessible from the mainland via ferry, this unspoilt, relaxing and incredibly beautiful natural sanctuary offers plenty of things to see and do for the visitor to the island - blanketed by a wide array of stunning bays, inlets, glittering golden beaches and lush, forested hills, Stewart Island serves as an amazing place to simply get out and explore.
Regardless of if you travel by land or water, there will be something special for you to see from both angles; take in the beauty of this island wonderland by navigating its many pristine waters and be exposed to the wondrous variety of both flora and fauna that dwell both above and below the waterline. Some of the most popular things to do in and around Stewart Island include:
- A cruise to take in the beauty of the island from the water
- Take a guided walk to travel directly into the island's heartland
- A day tour of the island's highlights
New Zealand's West Coast is a rugged region that is brimming with a wide variety of landscapes, the most iconic of which are the astounding blue-white glaciers which are truly a sight to behold. The most significant of these amazing natural formations are the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers - giant rivers of ice that have existed for millennia and are sandwiched between the majestic Southern Alps, and can be experienced up close with one of the many day tour operators that specialise in visiting these natural marvels.
The glaciers aren't the only natural feature however; there are also other opportunities for experiencing scenery such as the famous Paringa Track which offers a prime example of pure, untamed New Zealand "back country". Some of the most popular things to see and do in New Zealand's West Coast include:
- Visit the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers
- Take a guided walk through amazing highlights such as the Paringa Track
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