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Australia
Travel Guide

Sydney Harbour Bridge featuring a river or creek, a sunset and a bridge

The land Down Under is like no other place on Earth. Australia is a country of such variety and contrast that you’ll have to see it for yourself to believe it.

Australia is a vast land with beautiful beaches, unusual bush animals, more than 60 wine regions and fascinating cities. Join a Cairns dive tour to swim among the Great Barrier Reef’s colorful fish and coral. Explore rainforests and watch crocodiles in nearby Daintree.

Surf and swim on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Walk along Brisbane’s pretty river. At the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, watch the cute creatures eating eucalyptus or sleeping. Let colorful rainbow lorikeets land on your arms at feeding time.

In Sydney, ride the train to Circular Quay to shop, dine and meet new people. The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb provides glorious city views. Attend a performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House and stay after dark as it lights up in brilliant colors. Ferry to Taronga Zoo and spend the night. Swim at Coogee Beach’s ocean pool. Then do the Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk in reverse to reach famous Bondi Beach, where you can surf and sunbathe on golden sands.

Watch sports at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Bike through Melbourne to the Royal Botanic Gardens or cruise along the river to enjoy the city’s magnificent skyline. The Great Ocean Road drive offers many stops to view the rugged shoreline.

Stop in Canberra, the national capital, to see the Royal Australian Mint, the High Court and numerous museums, monuments and galleries. Learn the meaning of ANZAC and reflect upon many important contributions of the Australian military.

Inland, visit the Blue Mountains, with ridge after ridge of beauty. Travel north to national parks to see exotic wildlife, including kangaroos, emus and large goanna lizards. Uluru, previously known as Ayers Rock, is an unbelievably massive red sandstone formation rising from flat plains near Alice Springs. Visit Adelaide for watersports on the Great Australian Bight. In Perth, look west to a sunset over the Indian Ocean.

Enjoy Australia’s friendly people, delightful wines and warm weather throughout the year. Ocean waters are warmest during the Southern Hemisphere summer, December through February.

Popular cities in Australia

Sydney featuring night scenes, a bridge and a river or creek
Sydney
Known for Seafood, Ports and Shopping
Blessed with more than 100 beaches and buzzing with youthful vitality, when it comes to the good life it’s hard to beat the Harbour City.

Reasons to visit

  • Sydney Harbour National Park
  • Circular Quay
  • Hawkesbury River
Southbank featuring a river or creek, a high rise building and a bridge
Melbourne
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Museums
Australia’s capital of style artfully blends the elegance and grace of yesteryear with the bold new world of modern design and culture.

Reasons to visit

  • St Kilda Road
  • Chapel Street
  • Yarra Riverfront
Adelaide Central Business District
Adelaide
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Family-Friendly
Nestled between the ocean and the Adelaide Hills, the South Australian capital is a hive of creativity, historical wonder and culinary delights.

Reasons to visit

  • Grange Beach
  • Glenelg Beach
  • Brighton Beach
Telstra Tower which includes landscape views and a sunset
Canberra
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Family-Friendly
Australia’s capital city is at the heart of Australian politics and where you’ll find some of the country’s best museums. 

Reasons to visit

  • Lake Burley Griffin
  • National Gallery of Australia
  • Questacon
Kangaroo Point which includes a city, a bay or harbor and night scenes
Brisbane
Known for Dining, Shopping and River View
Sunny Queensland’s laid-back capital city is the perfect base from which to explore riverside parks, subtropical islands and rugged mountains.

Reasons to visit

  • Glasshouse Mountains National Park
Perth featuring general coastal views, a high rise building and skyline
Perth
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Family-Friendly
Unwind in Australia’s most remote state capital, set in a lush valley along a picturesque river and surrounded by great beaches, historic harbors and vast deserts.

Reasons to visit

  • Scarborough Beach

Popular places to visit in Australia

Australia