Australia gave us kangaroos, Neighbours and vegemite sandwiches. It awed us with the Sydney Opera House, the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and sun-drenched beaches of Bondi. Enjoy one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world with these handpicked suggestions of the best places to visit in Australia based on Australian landmarks that others miss.
I love Australia. I love the vast expanse of striking, outdoor, stunning land. I love the chilled out, can-do, low-whinge nature of the people. I love that the culture extends back for thousands and thousands of years - and yet at the same time is so very, very new.
But let's face it. It's huge. And you're unlikely to be able to see it all in one go. So use the classic Australian landmarks to guide your initial planning. Then check out the ones that should be on everyone's list but aren't - yet.
"There's an expression in Australia called "go bush," which means to get out of the city and relax. I try and "go bush" to places where there's no cell reception. But I don't get to do that often, so for the most part, it's just a state of mind." Cate Blanchett
Explore and soak up Sydney; the food, the beaches, art galleries and sun-drenched days. Drive or fly from the magnificent deserts to Queensland, and experience the Great Barrier Reef or the charisma of Port Douglas.
Start in Perth; visit its castles, gardens and sample some of WA's stunning cuisine. Embrace the maritime history of Fremantle & spend a night on Rottnest Island. See the beauty of the Margaret River town and its craft breweries and wineries, before heading to Albany and Esperance for some delicious sun soaked beaches.
See the sights of Sydney, before heading to the stunning Blue Mountains. Visit the charming Hawkesbury Valley, and embrace the history and bountiful beaches of Newcastle. Venture to Gosford and the Brisbane Water National Park, and enjoy the state forests and some delightful Australian sun.
Use urban-chic Melbourne as a base for exploring the Great Ocean Road, a road trip that lives up to its name.