10 Favorite Places to Visit in Australia
1. Magnetic Island
Okay, I might be a bit biased with this one. This was my home, the first place I really lived in Australia. But it’s awesome! It is a beautiful Island in northern Queensland, off of Townsville. It has amazing hiking, great reefs for snorkeling, and beautiful beaches.
I liked Perth a lot more than I thought I would, going in. It is a beautiful city, with cool museums, nice parks, and awesome beaches. I am including Fremantle as part of Perth, because it is a really cool part of the city, and has the Little Creatures Brewery, which is both interesting, and- more importantly- full of delicious beer.
When people ask me what my favorite place in Australia is, I always say Tasmania. I really loved it there- the mountains, the waterfalls, the people, the beer, everything. It actually makes me really excited to go to New Zealand, because I have heard that it’s similar. Tasmania was just so lovely- I probably could have spent a month just exploring, hiking, and looking for Tasmanian devils.
4. Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon was absolutely gorgeous. If you go, you should definitely go early to see the sunrise. We slept out under the stars, and woke up at 4am to go hike to see the sunrise (its 3am in the summer!). I always think waking up for a sunrise hike is worth it, but here it was especially beautiful. You can hike down to the beautiful garden of Eden, walk around the canyons ridge, and keep an eye out for Peregrine Falcons (the fastest animal on earth!)
5. Daintree Rainforest
The Daintree rainforest is a few hours north of Cairns, and is home to lots of crocodiles, snakes, and spiders, which makes it a top destination in my book (who doesn’t love danger?). Besides all the things that could kill you, it has stunning beaches, lovely waterfalls, and awesome hikes- it’s definitely worth checking out.
6. Byron Bay
I debated putting this one on my list, because I didn’t love Byron Bay. Still, literally everyone I have ever met in Australia has a huge thing for Byron- I know multiple people who would (and have) picked up and moved there, because they love it so much. It’s a hippy beach town, with great surfing, nice hikes, and weed free love to go around. The bars have hipster beer and live music, and you are pretty much guaranteed to have a good time there.
7. Blue Mountains
The blue mountains are a couple hours outside of Sydney, and they are beautiful. I love hiking, even though I don’t do it too often, so I was happy for taking a day trip out here. I did the hop on/hop off bus, but there are many different ways to see them. There’s even a few hostels in the area if you want to stay overnight. The views are stunning, the hikes are (generally) moderate, and you can even spend the night in a cave (if that’s your kind of thing).
8. Mataranka Hot Springs
These springs were gorgeous. Absolutely stunning. It felt like I was in another realm, a magical place. I was re-reading The Raven Cycle at the time that I visited here, and I definitely felt like I found my way into Cabeswater. The water was warm and crystal clear, the forest was lush and green, and there was the added possibility that you would be eaten spotted by a fresh-water crocodile. It felt otherworldly, magical, and I could have spent hours just floating down the river.
9. Phillips Island
This was definitely one of the coolest things I have ever done- I think I died from the cuteness of it all. Phillips Island is where the little penguins do their little penguin parade, coming from the ocean back to their little homes on the shore. It is absolutely adorable, and one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.
10. Coogee Beach
This was without a doubt my favorite beach in Sydney, and probably one of my top beaches in Australia. It wasn’t the beach itself that I loved, though- it was the women’s pools near the beach, where I could lay topless in the sun for hours, reading my book and watching the waves crash against the rocks.