Choosing the right means of transport, booking your ideal accommodation and planning to visit the best attractions in Australia are all important to make the most of your time in this vast far off destination.
People tend to have different approaches to Australia, some people wish to strip themselves of everyday luxuries by exploring new cultures and locations via backpacking while others prefer travelling at the height of luxury with private air charters like Chapman Freeborn and spending time absorbing the countries expansive luxury offerings.
Whatever your style these are the top 5 destinations in Australia you have to see in 2015!
- Great Barrier Reef
Still one of the most popular experiences in Australia is the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest and most pristine coral reef system which is comprised of 900 islands and over 2,900 individual reefs, and stretches over 2,300km. You can bask in the reef’s magnificent whilst snorkelling or scuba diving at one or more of the snorkelling and diving areas that scatter the islands, getting up close and personal with a wealth of rare, endangered and unique animals and plant species that inhabit the reef.
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The best way to experience the reef without getting wet is to take a 2-3 luxury sailing trip/tour around the whole area, exposing you to the stunning views from the deck and letting you glimpse the underwater world through a glass bottomed floor. This will also expose you to all of the other luxuries and benefits of an actual boat cruise/tour, with a much more stunning backdrop!
- Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge
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You simply cannot go on a holiday to Australia without visiting Sydney and experiencing all that the wonderful city has to offer. The iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are two of the best attractions in the city, and offer up a whole host of photo opportunities. Dressing up and visiting the restaurants and bars along the harbour whilst watching the sunset and the lights of the harbour ignite the sky is as good a way as any to spend an evening. The great Taronga Zoo is another must visit place, allowing you to explore all of the wonders of the zoo with Sydney’s stunning city skyline in the background.
- The Great Ocean Road
Widely recognised as one of the most beautiful roads in world and regularly used for television commercials by international car companies, the Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic drives in the world and it is definitely worth spending a day or two exploring this stretch of Australian coast.
The road hugs the coast line and offers up panoramic views of the ocean and cliffs as it passes through rain forests, with a number of beaches to stop and swim at during a leisurely drive. There are also a number of towns, hikes and superb viewing points where you can stop and enjoy the scenery make your time exploring the road so much better.
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- Mindil Beach Sunset Market
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One of the best ways to appreciate and explore Australia’s, and more specifically Darwin’s, rich multi-ethnic mix is to visit this beach market, which is held from April to October every Thursday and Sunday evening. As you browse the market you can sample locally produced, handmade items like crocodile products, indigenous art, woodwork and jewellery. The market also has a wonderful selection of foods from around the world, letting you experience the best delicacies on offer whilst wondering along the beach, with the setting sun creating a wonderful backdrop.
- Byron Bay
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A popular holiday destination for international tourists and Australians alike Byron Bay is a beautiful stretch of beach that marks the eastern coast of mainland Australia. Being home to kilometres of pristine beach, luxury beach clubs, amazing weather and water sports such as scuba diving and surfing makes it a natural choice as one of the top tourist destinations. At night the lighthouse improves the already unique backdrop and provides brilliant photo opportunities at sunset. A range of music festivals also grace the beach over the year, attracting international and local musicians and improving the already incredible atmosphere of the bay.