Must places to visit in Australia

May 11 , 2021 by: Tash Boudville

Are you planning on visiting Australia but don’t know where to go? Do you want to go around Australia and discover its hidden gems? Do you want a list of areas to check out in Australia? This article is for you.

Australia has hundreds of reasons to visit, from beautiful landscapes, friendly locals, interesting cultural background and many attractions, activities to see and do. Honestly, I can’t think of one reason why you shouldn’t visit this beloved country as an expat or nomad.

Great Barrier Reef, by Gaby Stein on Pixabay

Great Barrier Reef

To start off our list of must places to visit in Australia is The Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef gets situated off the coast of Queensland, Australia, and is known as the world’s largest coral reef. For tourists, you must know that this reef isn’t just one whole reef. It gets made out of nearly 3,000 individual reefs that stretch over 2,300 kilometers.

The Great Barrier Reef is definitely a remarkable place to visit and shows the coral reef system and its organisms in their prime. There are so many good things to do here. You can see the beautiful species of fish using these coral reefs as protection and habitat. You can snorkel or dive into the deep and see these reefs close up. The activities are endless. As an expat or nomad, this is one destination you don’t want to pass up.

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Sydney Harbor Bridge

If you are in NSW, you have to visit Sydney’s famous landmark, the Sydney Harbor Bridge. This bridge is one of the largest arched steel bridge in the world. This iconic landmark opened to the public in 1932. The Sydney Harbor Bridge has thrived for being a way of transport, beautiful architecture, and a hotspot for tourists.

The Sydney Harbor Bridge carries the transportation of trams, vehicles, bicycles, and even pedestrian transport. The bridge gets known for its stunning views of the city, the fireworks that happen every New year’s night. And, of course, the Sydney Harbor Bridge gets known for its thrill-seeking bridge climb.

Uluru, by Meg Jerrard on Unsplash


Are you planning on visiting the Northern Territory? If so, you must visit Uluru. Uluru, also know as Ayers Rock, is a towering sandstone structure that started forming roughly 550 million years ago and is very sacred to the indigenous Australians.

You can find this sandstone structure at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Uluru is pretty secluded. For instance, Alice Springs is known to be the nearest town. The town is also 450km away.

However, on the plus side of Uluru, you received the best views, day and night. There are no street lights, so stargazing is breathtaking and is a popular activity done by tourists, especially expats and nomads.

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park, Western Australia, on Pixabay

The Pinnacles

Are you planning on visiting the coastal side of Western Australia? The Pinnacles is a great excuse for a trip up north of WA and is a hotspot for expats and nomads.

The Pinnacles get known for being naturally formed limestone structures that have been around for 25,000 to 30,000 years. Due to the sea receding over time and left deposits of seashells, the limestone has gotten worn away. The Pinnacles are sacred to the indigenous Australians, both spiritual and practical. 

There are so many activities you can do at The Pinnacles. You could walk through the desert. And see the natural formations up-close. You can visit the museum and discover the history behind these landforms. You can even drive your car through the desert.

Alice Springs, by Mark Hassed on Pixabay

Alice Springs

If you’ve planned a getaway to the Northern Territory, you must visit Alice Springs. Alice Springs is the third-largest town in NT and gets found between Darwin and Adelaide. This remote town is an iconic spot for expats and nomads looking to explore Australia’s red center and desert land.

Alice Springs gets known for the friendly locals and its contemporary and traditional art. Alice Springs is also known for its natural landscapes.

Karijini National Park, by Nick Dunn on Unsplash

Karijini National Park

If you plan on visiting Western Australia, you have to visit Karijini National Park. Found in the heart of Western Australia’s Pilbara region, you’ll find this massive national park. The park takes up roughly 1,400 kilometers and is 17 hours away from Perth city. 

There are many fun activities and attractions at Karijini National Park for an expat or nomad to do. For example, you could swim in freshwater pools. You could hire an eco-tent, you could also visit the Oxer Lookout’s and take a glimpse of the picturesque views.

Daintree Rainforest by Monika Hafliger on Pixabay

Daintree Rainforest

Are you visiting Queensland? The Daintree Rainforest is the place to go. Daintree Rainforest takes up roughly 1,200 kilometers of the Northern coast of Queensland, Australia. This rainforest is also known as Australia’s large area of tropical rainforest. 

Daintree Rainforest is home to a large portion of the entire country’s animal population. With over 65% of butterflies, 30% of Australia’s frog population, and even 12,000 different insect species. 

There are many activities for an expat or nomad to do here. For example, you explore the deep luscious rainforest grounds on foot, go sightseeing, and look at the unique selection of animals. You could even take a dip in one of many waterfalls. 


Cairns is known as a city of North of Queensland and is the home of the iconic Great Barrier Reef. It is also known for its tropical rainforests, including Daintree, Kuranda, and 27 other parks.

Are you wondering what you, as an expat, or nomad can do in Cairns? Including swimming in a volcanic crater. You could take a helicopter tour of the beautiful Great Barrier Reef or even dive with a group.

Blue Mountains, by Hans Braxmeier on Pixabay

Blue Mountains

If you are in Sydney, you must visit the Blue Mountains. Located in New South Wales, the Blue Mountains gets known for their beautiful forest scenery, waterfalls, and towering mountains. There are thrill-seeking activities for everyone. You can hike up the steep mountains or walk one of the bushwalk trails, join a ghost tour, or even sightseeing.

You will definitely want to spend at least an hour or two at the Blue Mountains, maybe a little longer if you plan on joining any tours.

Rottnest Island, by Jan Le Mann on Pixabay

Rottnest Island

If you fancy seeing the natural wonders of Perth, you have to visit Rottnest Island. Home to the famous quokka, Rottnest Island is a good place for a fun day trip or even a romantic getaway.

Rottnest Island is perfect for children, especially with shallow waters and low waves. Join one of the free walking tours or take a bike ride around the Island.

Whitsundays Islands by Brigitte on Pixabay

Whitsundays Islands

The Whitsunday Islands is definitely a must-visit place if you are an expat or nomad visiting Australia for the first time. The Whitsundays Island gets located off the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia. These islands get known for their stretch of coral reefs filled with marine life, which most islands have been left uninhabited for many years. 

There are some fun activities to do here. These activities include swimming with the fishes, discover the coral reef by snorkeling or diving. Or enjoy the view of the Whitsundays Island from the sky.

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park is definitely a place for expats and nomads who want to experience what Australia has. This park is perfect if you like long hikes, picturesque views of the world below, and discovering hidden tracks. Kakadu National Park is for you.

Kakadu National Park is home to thousands of plant species, wildlife, and animals such as fresh saltwater crocodiles and turtles. For nearly 40,000 years, this park was once the art site and home to many Aboriginal occupants. 

Lake Macdonnell

Are you wondering why a lake could be a tourist hotspot? If you are into interesting and beautiful natural landscapes like natural rock formations. You will definitely love this lake. Lake Macdonnell gets known as the pink and blue lake, which gets separated by a long narrow road. You can find this lake in South Australia, roughly 15 kilometers south of Penong. 

The reason the lake is pink is it was a former salt mine. It was also on the largest gypsum deposit in the Southern hemisphere of Australia. This place is perfect for gorgeous pictures and a nice drive to Point Sinclair.

Melbourne CBD

If you love the bustling cities, diverse food choices, and shops that are open till late every night, Melbourne is the place for you. Melbourne CBD gets known for being awake 24/7 and gets loaded with fun activities for all ages. You can visit the many clubs or bars. You can shop at the many shopping centers till you drop. You can visit the market at Queen Victoria Market. Or you could even visit alleyways and see the many graffiti artists at work.

As an expat and nomad, Melbourne CBD and surroundings are definitely a must-visit location.

Warner Bros. Movie World

If you are looking for a fun place to take the kids or a place you can be a kid at heart, you must visit Warner Bros. Movie World. Warner Bros. Movie World is a thrill-seeking theme park. It gets located in Gold Coast, Queensland. You will find that Warner Bros. is the creators of good movies such as Kung-Fu Panda, Justice league, Scooby-doo, Wonder woman, and even Aqua man, to name a few.

There are so many things to do at Warner Bros. Movie World, such as 120 rides to choose from, multiple shows throughout the day, fun attractions, and picture-worthy places a snapshot. 

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island is a small island off the coast of New South Wales in the Tasman Sea east of Port Macquarie. Lord Howe Island gets known for its subtropical forest, white sandy beaches, and crystal-clear waters.

As an expat or nomad, the best time to visit Lord Howe Island is between September and May. These months are the best for sunny warm days and calm waters. Lord Howe Island is famous for its fishing or snorkeling areas. 

The Twelve Apostles on Pixabay

The Twelve Apostles

If you are in Victoria, Australia, make a quick stop the Twelve Apostles. The Twelve Apostles is one of the iconic attractions of Australia all year round. And the Twelve Apostles are even better to see them in person. You can find this tourist attraction off the shore of Port Campbell national park, along the famous Great Ocean road.

The Twelve Apostles got formed by the constant erosion of the limestone cliffs by the Southern ocean water and wind. The best time to visit the Twelve Apostles has to be when the sun sets over the ocean.

Yarra Valley

Are you wondering what there is to do in Yarra Valley in Victoria? Yarra Valley gets known as the Australian wine region in Victoria. Yarra Valley is roughly 25 kilometers from Melbourne CBD and is a perfect day trip, especially for couples.

The Yarra Valley is totally worth visiting if you love fine wine and dining. Amongst beautiful scenery.

Black Spur Drive by Yoni Kozminsi on Unsplash

Black Spur Drive

Are you wondering why a road is an iconic tourist hotspot? Well, it has a brilliant history behind it. The road was first known as the Blacks Spur. However, the name changed slightly throughout time. This road is the original route that the Indigenous Australians from Northern Victory would take when traveling to Coranderrk.

The drive down Black Spud drive is like no other. You will be dipping and curving through the deep green rainforests. You can see the single beams of light shining through the breaks of trees. Roadside, you will find overgrowing ferns and tall trees towering above. This drive definitely feels like something out of a movie.

Wave Rock

Wave Rock is a popular tourist attraction amongst the expats and nomads and will definitely be worth the long drive. Wave Rock is a natural rock formation of granite that has gotten worn away by the wind and rain. This wearing down of the rock has shaped it into a towering wave, like an ocean wave. This shape is where it earned its name Wave Rock.

The Wave Rock stands roughly 15m high and is 110 long. Wave Rock can get found in Hyden, Western Australia. 


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