5 Top Destinations to Visit in Australia - Travel Tamed

5 Top Destinations to Visit in Australia

Australia is a country of variety and contrasts with diverse terrain and many natural wonders. Those planning a trip on the continent can choose all destinations according to the type of visit they prefer, whether active, relaxing or both. Then, the choice can be modified to fit the budget and desired accommodation such as backpacking hostel, resort hotel, or cruise. Many visitors travel to the Sydney area, a center for culture and commerce, but many places around the country have much to offer.

Tasmania

Tasmania

Tasmania

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Rainforest Tasmania

Rainforest Tasmania

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The Island of Tasmania has several national parks, lavender and fruit farms, and alpine wilderness areas. The island offers excellent trout fishing. Hikers and backpackers can follow Overland Trail around Lake St. Claire and the rugged Cradle Mountain. Trails through parks and preserved wilderness areas wind through highland moors, mountains, and lush rain forests. Another important site is found at Port Arthur, some fascinating stone ruins. Then, Freycinet National Park is a true treasure. Lovely pink and rose granite cliffs form a backdrop for white sand beaches surrounding a sapphire bay.

Queensland

Queensland

Queensland

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Travelers most often choose Queensland, Australia, as their getaway because of the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s most spectacular coral reef ecosystem. The reef is teeming with tropical sea life. The naturally preserved Whitsunday Islands are located near the Reef and offer opportunities for discovery adventures, hiking and water sports, especially snorkeling. Daintree Forest, on the northern coast near Cairns, is an ancient tropical rainforest home to rare species of animals, birds and plants. Lamington National Park is another wilderness refuge. Visitors can go camping, hiking and the park has stunning waterfalls and forest.

South Australia

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

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The beautiful city of Adelaide is the capital of South Australia. Travelers staying in this city can take wine tours and sample local wines. Penfolds, Wolf Blass and smaller wineries are located right outside of Adelaide. Then, one of the most popular spots for travelers to visit is Kangaroo Island just off the coast south of Adelaide. People can enjoy beaches and wildlife reserves where people can see animals close up like kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, penguins and sea lions.

Victoria

Phillip Island

Phillip Island

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Melbourne, capital of Victoria, is Australia’s second largest city. Melbourne has fabulous shopping opportunities and is a center for the fashion industry. When it comes to attractions, Melbourne and the surrounding area has many places of interest. For natural favorite places in Victoria, Phillip Island Nature Parks is one of the very best. Most known for the evening Penguin Parade when the Little Penguins leave the ocean, cross the beach and find their burrows in the sand dunes, the island is a place to enjoy wildlife and has a koala reserve.

Western Australia

Outback

Outback

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The western side of Australia is remote and not as frequently visited by tourists, but it is the place to visit to experience the country’s real Outback. Adventure and outdoor activities are at their finest in Western Australia. The Ningaloo Marine Park has over 160 miles of unspoiled coral reef. Divers can swim with dolphins and manta rays. Visitors can watch whale sharks during their migration into this area. Lakes and wilderness hiking regions provide adventure discovery.

Guest blogger Natasha is a travel writer offering budget travel tips on how to find cheap flights and cheap airfares.

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ridendick mitro - March 30, 2012

i m glad to see the varieties.

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