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AustraliaAustralia - New Zealand and the South Pacific

Visit the sunny “land down under.” Surf, explore rainforests, dive in underwater wonderlands and see kangaroos, koalas and emus. 

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 a bay or harbor, theater scenes and views
Sydney
Known for Dining, Ports and Shopping

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Reasons to visit

  • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
    SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
  • Wild Life Sydney Zoo
    Wild Life Sydney Zoo
  • Sydney Opera House
    Sydney Opera House
Southbank featuring a river or creek, a high rise building and a bridge
Melbourne
Known for Dining, Shopping and Museums

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Reasons to visit

  • Rod Laver Arena
    Rod Laver Arena
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Brighton Beach
    Brighton Beach
Southbank Parklands showing a skyscraper, boating and a city
Brisbane
Known for Dining, Shopping and Rivers

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Reasons to visit

  • Queen Street Mall
    Queen Street Mall
  • Roma Street Parkland
    Roma Street Parkland
  • South Bank Parklands
    South Bank Parklands
Perth featuring general coastal views, a high rise building and skyline
Perth
Known for Dining, Shopping and Family-Friendly

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Reasons to visit

  • Scarborough Beach
    Scarborough Beach
  • Hillarys Boat Harbour
    Hillarys Boat Harbour
  • Cottesloe Beach
    Cottesloe Beach
Adelaide featuring heritage architecture and a city
Adelaide
Known for Dining, Shopping and Family-Friendly

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Reasons to visit

  • Glenelg Beach
    Glenelg Beach
  • Rundle Mall
    Rundle Mall
  • Adelaide Oval
    Adelaide Oval
Surfers Paradise showing landscape views, a coastal town and a sandy beach
Gold Coast
Known for Beaches, Dining and Shopping

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Reasons to visit

  • Sea World
    Sea World
  • Warner Bros. Movie World
    Warner Bros. Movie World
  • Dreamworld
    Dreamworld

Popular places to visit in Australia

Great Barrier Reef
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Great Barrier Reef

The largest coral reef in the world lies just off the coast of Cairns and offers thousands of kilometers of coral, marine life and untouched white sand beaches.

Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House

One of the world’s most famous buildings is surprisingly accessible; take in a show or just take a stroll to admire this astonishing building.

Darling Harbour
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Darling Harbour

Once the site of rusting railroad yards and wharves, one of Sydney’s greatest urban renewal projects now buzzes with museums, boutiques and eateries.

Royal Botanic Gardens
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Royal Botanic Gardens

Escape Sydney’s busy downtown and enjoy the winding pathways, art installations and rose gardens of this lush haven.

Kings Park War Memorial
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Kings Park War Memorial

Check out Elizabeth Quay and Kings Park and Botanic Garden—just two of the top sights around Kings Park War Memorial, a city also notable for its beaches and restaurants.

Three Sisters
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Three Sisters

Check out Katoomba Scenic World—just one of the top sights around Three Sisters, a city also notable for its mountain views and waterfalls.