It's open and ready for visitors!
Over the last couple of weeks, my inbox has been bursting with some great news articles letting me know that Australia just opened up to visitors again, after almost two years! And now that they are welcoming vaccinated visitors, you may want to start thinking about vacationing to this incredible country! Visiting the Land Down Under and experiencing all that it has to offer is hardly possible in one trip, but you can certainly enjoy a lot while you’re there. To help fill your list of “things to do” in Australia, I thought I’d give you a little guide as to what’s available.
You can visit Australia as part of a scheduled guided tour, completely on your own, or a combination of the two: I can suggest an itinerary and you can follow it partially and modify what you’d like. Remember that Australia’s seasons are opposite of ours in the northern hemisphere, so if you go in our summer, it’s perfect timing for an Australian winter. Here are just some of the highlights of this beautiful country:
Sydney is one of Australia's largest and most beloved cities. I’d suggest starting here and spending 3 to 5 days. With lots of natural beauty and invigorating city life, there's so much to explore. Some places you should visit include the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Blue Mountains, Circular Quay and the Harbour, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and, last but not least, the beaches!
It's easy to feel captivated by the beauty of Melbourne, so I suggest spending at least 3 to 5 days here, too. You could honestly get lost forever in all of its wonders. Although it's nowhere near as busy as Sydney, Melbourne has a bustling scene of its own. In the city, you can dine at one of many delightful restaurants or shop at any of the unique boutiques. However, the best way to get a feel for it all is by touring the entire city. Be sure to visit Federation Square, Flinders Street Train Station, the Yarra River, Chinatown, Bourke Street Pedestrian Mall, and the ever-so-popular Queen Victoria Market.
Great Ocean Road
Travel along Great Ocean Road for some of the most amazing sites in Australia. This coastal road stretches for 151 miles and makes a perfect 2-day trip. Take your time to soak in the views and be sure to stop at the 12 Apostles, London Bridge, all of the beaches and forests situated alongside the road.
Ayers Rock (Uluru)
Take 2 or 3 days to visit Ayers Rock if you can fit it in. Unless you fly, it will take a few days to get to the famously massive sandstone, but it's well worth it. Some of the most magical moments can be experienced at Ayers Rock, including sunrise, sunset, and stargazing.
Great Barrier Reef
One of Australia's most quintessential tourist attractions is the Great Barrier Reef. Since the reef stretches from below the Tropic of Capricorn way up to the northern tip of Queensland, there is plenty of opportunity for scuba diving and snorkeling. Plan to spend 3 to 4 days here, visiting Cairns, The Whitsunday Islands, Lady Elliot Island, and Cape Tribulation.
To come up with an itinerary that matches your budget and interests for a trip to Australia, let me know! I would love to discuss all of the possibilities and great things there are to explore this gorgeous Oceania island!