The beautiful capital of Victoria, Melbourne, has a lot to offer to its visitors. It is one of the most exciting places in Australia. If you plan to visit this beautiful city yourself, this post can help you create a perfect 2-day Melbourne itinerary.
Find out about the best things to do in Melbourne – about places to visit, the best activities, and more travel tips for your trip to Victoria´s capital.
This post was written by Cathy – a Melbourne local
TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR MELBOURNE ITINERARY
Before talking about the best way to spend 2 days in Melbourne, here are some quick tips for your first stay.
Melbourne is the capital of Victoria’s state in Australia, with a population of approximately 4.8 million. I have lived in Melbourne my whole life, and each time I return from traveling, I’m reminded how much there is to love.
As I live six kilometers from the Melbourne City Center (CBD). And it’s my go-to place for shopping, gardens, the arts, museums, dinner, and drinks. Melbourne was voted the most liveable city for seven years, and there is a lot to do in Melbourne for visitors, too. So, this post for anyone who is wondering what to do in Melbourne.
Melbourne Travel Information
The best way to get around Melbourne is to walk, taking in the streets and lanes. Melbourne is based on a grid making it easy to find your way. Melbourne has an extensive tram and train system. My favorite form of public transport is the trams as there are many stops and it is free to travel within the CBD.
If you want to go beyond the CBD, you need to buy a Myki Card. They can be bought throughout the city.
The Circle Tram is Melbourne’s tourist tram taking you around the CBD border, providing information on landmarks. You can get on or off at each of the stops. I have taken the Circle Tram a couple of times. It is fun enjoying my own city together with tourists.
A hop-on-hop-off bus is available. I haven’t tried the Melbourne one but have taken many in other cities. A great way to learn about a city easily. And yes, they are double-decker.
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Best Time to Visit
If you are basing your decision on the weather, then I think the best time to travel is spring (September, October, November), with average temperatures ranging from a high of 17 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit) to 22 degrees Celsius (72 degrees Fahrenheit) and average low temperatures ranging from 9 degrees Celsius (48 degrees Fahrenheit) to 12 degrees Celsius (54 degrees Fahrenheit).
With the flowers coming into bloom, the days getting longer, and the air warmer it is a lovely time to explore the many gardens on the edges of the CBD. Daylight saving commences in mid-October.
If you’re a sports lover, you might like to visit in Summer to attend the five-day test cricket match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) beginning on Boxing Day, the Australian Open tennis at Rod Laver Arena from mid to the end of January, and the Spring Racing Carnival with the Melbourne Cup during the first week in November.
If you want to experience Australian Rules Football, the grand final is at the end of September. Note: it is a good idea to book for all of these sporting events.
The weather in Melbourne is often described as ‘having four seasons in one day. Ensure you bring something for sun, heat, rain, and cold winds, no matter what time of the year.
The Traditional Owners of the land on which Melbourne stands are the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation. There are many opportunities to learn about the First Peoples with an Aboriginal Yarra River Walk, Aboriginal Heritage Walk, A visitor’s guide to Aboriginal Melbourne, and much more.
The City of Melbourne is home to around 140 cultures from around the world. It is described as one of the world’s most harmonious and culturally diverse communities.
The people of Melbourne are friendly and are happy to advise on what to see and do, how to catch the right tram, and much more. During peak times, there are volunteers to answer your questions and provide advice on Melbourne.
Where to Stay in Melbourne
There are many places to stay in Melbourne. I’m sharing two where I have stayed. They are in different locations, and each hotel provides a different type of experience.
The Windsor Melbourne: A four-and-a-half-star hotel located at 111 Spring Street, The Windsor is in a great location for visiting Parliament House, Melbourne Museum, Little Italy, China Town, Theatres, and more.It was built in 1883 and has maintained its historic charm.
The Windsor Hotel is famous for Afternoon Tea, and its restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner. Make sure to wander through this grand hotel.
The Langham: A five-star hotel located at 1 Southgate Avenue, it is in a great location to explore the promenade along the Yarra River, restaurants and bars, the Arts Precinct, Federation Square, and so much more. The Langham has everything you would expect of five-star accommodation.
PLACES TO VISIT FOR YOUR 2-DAY MELBOURNE ITINERARY
This Melbourne itinerary covers much throughout each day. In creating it, I am assuming that you will spend a couple of hours in one place, possibly doing a tour, and then wander to visit others. Enjoy my city!
Day 1 in Melbourne
Day 1 is based on catching the Bourke Street trams: numbers 86 or 96.
Melbourne Museum, Exhibition Buildings, and Carlton Gardens
The Melbourne Museum is the largest museum in the southern hemisphere. It is a natural and cultural museum. Make sure to visit the First Peoples: Bunjilaka exhibition created in partnership with Museum Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal community. On my last visit, I spent most of my time at this exhibition. The museum is open between 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Located next to the Melbourne Museum are the Royal Exhibition Buildings. A world heritage site completed in 1880. Tours can be taken mainly on weekdays when there are no major exhibitions. You can walk around this historic building enjoying the Carlton Gardens.
Location: 11 Nicholson Street Carlton – take either the 96 tram (to East Brunswick) or the 86 tram (to RMIT and Bundoora). The free tram service stops at the corner of Victoria and Nicholson Streets. If you don’t have a Myki card, get off here and walk through the Carlton Gardens to the Melbourne Museum and Exhibition Buildings.
Parliament House, The Windsor, and Little Italy
Parliament House of Victoria was built in 1855. It is open to the public on weekdays. When facing Parliament House, walk to the right to visit the old Treasury Building and take a stroll through Treasury Gardens.
The Windsor is an iconic hotel in Melbourne built in 1883, and whether you are staying or not, it’s worth taking a look inside. Afternoon tea is available daily, and there is a restaurant.
Nearby is Little Italy or Bourke Hill. Walk down Bourke Street from Parliament House to enjoy a coffee. Melbourne is known as ‘the coffee capital of Australia,’ which is where you will find some of the best. And if you are ready for lunch and want an authentic Italian meal, there are well-known restaurants to choose from – all with delicious Italian food.
Melbourne is known for street art in the many lanes. To get a taste, take a look at Meyers Place, a short walk from Parliament House down Bourke Street.
Shopping at Elizabeth Street
Take the 86 or 96 tram to the Elizabeth Street stop to experience the heart of shopping in Melbourne. Did you know the top tourist activity in Melbourne, as identified by Business Victoria, is shopping?
Myer, David Jones, and the Royal Arcade are located in Bourke Street Mall. This is where you can enjoy Melbourne’s iconic department stores, stop for a glass of champagne and take in some of the famous architecture of Melbourne.
Make sure you look up! And if you are into street art, look for the long narrow lane with art on each side (hidden between the Royal Arcade and David Jones).
Return to the tram continuing east until you arrive at Southern Cross Station for Spencer Outlet Centre. Please take a look at our new modern Southern Cross Station. This station is where you catch trains to regional Victoria and interstate.
End Your Day at Docklands
Return to the stop you arrived at and take the 86 tram to Docklands. After a day of sightseeing and taking in what Melbourne has to offer, visit the Docklands for restaurants and bars. You could take a dinner cruise from here.
And to take in the sights of Melbourne at night, from high, you might like to visit the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. Located in the Docklands District, it is a 15-minute walk.
This itinerary takes you on day 2 along Flinders and Swanston Street tramlines, taking tram 70.
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
The Melbourne Cricket Ground is the home of sport, established in 1853. It was the central stadium for the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956 and the Commonwealth Games in 2006. It was the birthplace of Test and one-day international cricket.
It is the stadium where the Australian Football League (AFL) Grand Final is held each year.Attending an event at the MCG with the crowds, the thrills, and excitement is a great way to get involved in sport in Melbourne.
To learn more, take a guided tour of the MCG and visit the Nationals Sports Museum. Enter through Gate 3 to experience the National Museum, opened daily from 10.00 am – 5.00 pm, and/or take a tour of the MCG between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm, taking approximately 75 minutes.
Fitzroy Gardens and Hosier Lane
Catch tram 70 or walk through the Fitzroy and Treasuring Gardens to make your way to Hosier Lane and Federation Square. In the Fitzroy Gardens, you can visit Captain Cook’s Cottage, the Fairy Tree, and Conservatory. The garden has many trees for shade and a cafe.
Hosier Lane is famous for street art created by locals with the Melbourne urban art scene known worldwide. To find Hosier Lane walk along Flinders Street, and it is to your right past Russell Street.
Federation Square is one of the newest destinations in Melbourne CBD, described as a modern piazza. You will find restaurants and bars with great views, specialty stores, and cultural attractions and exhibitions. There are daily tours from 11.00 am.
Flinders Street Station
Flinders Street Railway Station, established in 1854, is on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets and is the central rail system for metropolitan Melbourne. It is common for people to say, ‘meet me under the clocks at Flinders Street Station. At the rear of the Railway Station is a bar with views of the Yarra River and South Bank.
Cross the famous Princes Bridge walking over the Yarra River. This will lead you to the Arts Precinct.
Art Centre Melbourne
With the spire on top, the Art Centre is Melbourne’s flagship performing arts venue with opera, theatre, and music. You can visit the Playhouse with Aboriginal artworks in the foyer and Hamer Hall.
National Gallery of Victoria
The gallery is open daily between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm. Admission is free with an opportunity to visit many of the exhibits. There is a charge for major exhibits.The National Gallery of Victoria is open on Friday nights from early December to early April. Enjoy arts, bars, dining, and DJs in the garden.
The Botanic Gardens, founded in 1854, can be accessed by crossing Swanston Street/St Kilda Road from the National Gallery of Victoria. There are beautiful parts of exploring and relaxing with 36 hectares of lakes, lawns, and living plant exhibitions.
End Your Day At Crown Casino
South Bank / South Gate has food courts, restaurants, bars, specialty shops, and the Crown Casino along the Yarra River promenade.
Or take a short walk to Federation Square for dinner and the sites of Melbourne. Both are great places to eat and maybe return to the Arts Precinct for theatre or music.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON SPENDING A WEEKEND IN MELBOURNE
As you can see, Melbourne is the perfect destination for a fun weekend getaway in Australia. Hopefully, this 2-day Melbourne itinerary has helped you to find out what to do. Have a great time and enjoy Melbourne!
About the Author
This post was written by Cathy of Cathy Travelling, sharing her home city of Melbourne. Cathy has traveled to many destinations in Europe, Canada, the USA, Thailand, and Australia. She writes in a story style with photos and provides great tips on the places she has visited.
Without a doubt, Australia is one of the best countries in the world to visit and is on most traveler’s bucket lists. Australia’s amazing scenery, beautiful beaches, outback, and stunning vibrant cities are the reason why!
There is a lot to see in Australia, so if you plan a trip down under and are not sure about the most beautiful places in Australia, here are the top recommendations by some fellow travel bloggers and me.
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Noosa is not only a beautiful part of the Sunshine Coast, but with the Noosa National Park, Main Beach, and Noosa River, it is one of the best places to visit in Australia to get out in the great outdoors.
The Noosa National Park offers both picturesque coastlines and a variety of walking tracks from easy to moderate. Tracks go through the rainforest and woodlands and, of course, along the gorgeous coastline. Walking tracks start from a few hundred meters to 5.4 kilometers.
The Noosa River’s calm, crystal-clear waters are just ideal for getting out and exploring in a kayak. You can bring your own kayak, hire a kayak from one of the various vendors along the river or join a kayak tour group.
Hire a kayak and paddle it right out to the mouth of the Noosa River, where you will find many sand islands where you can hang out on your own deserted island for as long as you like.
Of course, with the various surf beaches along Noosa, other popular activities include swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, and even snorkeling around some of the secluded bays around the National Park.
There are also several pathways around the area perfect for biking, walking, and running.
When you have had enough of the outdoors, head to fancy Hastings Street for something to eat and some window shopping.
Hobart is a quaint city on Australia’s island state of Tasmania. Hobart’s position on the Derwent River makes it so idyllic.
For travelers looking to explore the history of downtown Hobart, I recommend a walk through Battery Point. Battery Point takes up the southern part of the city’s harbor (just south of the CBD). The houses here were built by the owners and sailors of the shipyards. Hampden Road’s small cottage-like residences and gardens evoke the British style you’d expect from this former penal colony.
At Salamanca Place, the oldest part of the city, enjoy local shopping and fabulous pubs. On Saturdays, this is home to the Salamanca Markets.
If you have a car, you must visit the top of Mt. Wellington/Kunanyi. Along the route, a stop for a tour at (circa 1824) Cascade Brewery is possible, or you can just have a flight of samples whilst enjoying the view from the gardens.
The steep drive up the face of the mountain is not for the faint of heart, but the rewarding views of downtown Hobart and its surroundings are worth every anxious moment! Make sure you pack an extra jacket for the pinnacle, as it tends to be much cooler and windier than downtown Hobart!
If you’re looking for something free to do, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens have numerous examples of native Australian flora.
Australia is famous for its pristine beaches. The south coast of New South Wales could, arguably, have some of the best, and it is one of the most beautiful places in Australia.
Jervis Bay is our favorite spot, with spectacular beaches and national parks dotted all along the coastline, with a small-town feel. There are no high-rises here, and the beaches remain untouched by mass tourism.
You can’t really go wrong with any of the beaches along Jervis Bay, but the absolute best-of-the-best is Hyams Beach. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Hyams is said to have the ‘whitest sand in the world’ and have been almost blinded by it firsthand. We would have to agree!
The only thing that could be as impressive as the white sand is the array of blue and green water shades. Jervis Bay is also a favorite for whales during the migrating season, and you are likely to see dolphins there throughout the year.
You can enjoy the picturesque beaches from land and sea, with plenty of natural walking trails, whale watching cruises, dolphin tours, and kayaking excursions on offer, but as the saying goes, ‘the best things in life are free,’ and the beaches here are the best!
Grab your sunscreen, roll out your towel, and soak up the relaxed vibes on the best-unspoiled beaches along the south coast of New South Wales!
Australia’s Great Ocean Road is one of the best places to visit in Australia and follows one of the most iconic stretches of coastline in the world.
A stunning nature drive, the road winds through lush rainforest and beside pristine beaches on its 240-kilometer route along Australia’s southern coast.
The most striking Australian attractions along the way are the Twelve Apostles and London Bridge rock formations.
Though worn by the weather and time, these natural wonders rise out of the Southern Ocean dramatically. They are the main reason most people visit this area during their Australia travel.
Get off the beaten path and discover some of the lesser-known sites like Wreck Beach near Loch Ard Gorge, where you can see the remains of shipwrecks washed up on the shore. The treacherous coastline claimed many victims but is now protected by the iconic Cape Otway lighthouse. Here you can learn about the history and culture of the area.
If you would like to see Australia’s native koalas in their natural habitat, you can see them at Kennett River by taking a stroll along a bush path.
Many visitors take a long day trip from Melbourne to explore the Great Ocean Road, but if you spend a few days exploring your own, you will uncover many more treasures of this must-visit region of Australia.
By Jennifer from Australian Travel Family
Byron Bay is a well-known, beautiful part of Australia’s east coast, located at the top of NSW, near QLD.
Known for its beautiful beaches and surfing breaks, this seaside town has something for everyone.
Byron’s climate is semi-tropical and often boasts warm, sunny winter days, so it’s a great place to visit all year round. If you are looking for high-rise hotels, you won’t find them here, but there are certainly some luxurious places to stay.
The charm of Byron, though, is its relaxed feel. Many colorful characters visit Byron or make it their home because of this, and there is a real hippy community vibe.
Some of the best things to do in Byron are in line with this hippy, community theme celebrating the natural landscape.
The beach really is a highlight of any trip to Byron Bay. The walk from Main Beach north to Belongil is a beautiful one, but there are many gorgeous beaches in the area. As a surfing town, a few schools offer lessons and a variety of breaks to surf depending on skill and confidence levels.
A well-known landmark and icon here is the Cape Byron Lighthouse. The lighthouse stands on the most easterly point of the Australian mainland and is Australia’s most easterly lighthouse.
There are some great walks up to the lighthouse, or you can drive up. There is an abundance of amazing cafes and bars to choose from, focusing on tasty, healthy food.
If you are in Byron Bay on the first Sunday of the month, the markets are well worth visiting. Held at Butler Reserve has a wide variety of stalls, food trucks, and live music, so it makes for an enjoyable morning.
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Phillip Island is about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Melbourne, and it’s one of the great places to visit in Australia for a day trip or, better still, for the weekend.
It’s a popular place for Melbournian’s, and many have holiday homes there. One of the main tourist attractions here is the Penguin Parade, and it is regularly referred to as Victoria’s number one tourist attraction. Many tourists worldwide visit each night to watch the little penguins (formally referred to as fairy penguins) waddle their way from the water to their little nests up in the beach scrub.
Phillip Island has much more than the penguins though, Churchill Island is a working farm where city folk gets to experience what life on the farm would have been like in the 1800s. One of the most interesting places in Australia, the historic homestead, is as it was in the late 1800s and is a great insight into our ancestors’ lives. The kids even get to milk a cow, crack a whip, and shear a sheep!
Another great experience for tourists is the Koala Conservation Centre. This is a home for sick and injured koalas. The boardwalk is built for optimum viewing of our famous native marsupials. If you get there early in the day, you might just see these furry little favorites up and about and not asleep! They do sleep 22 hours a day, though!!!
There is more to Phillip Island than you think, so give yourself at least a few days to check out all it has to offer.
Sydney is such an iconic city with many amazing things to do and see. Still, most tourists do not know the utterly stunning peninsula, a little over 30 kilometers North of Sydney.
On the far end of the peninsula, Palm Beach is also really well known because of Australia’s famous tv-show Home & Away recorded in this cute little beach town. As the peninsula gets really narrow at the tip, there are two beaches to choose from within only 50m: one on your left side and one on your right side.
The bayside’s inner beach is very popular with windsurfers, and the ocean-facing beach is a popular surf spot. The best thing about this place is the hike up to the lighthouse on top of the cliff.
It will only take you about 20 minutes uphill and can be a sweaty walk in the hot and humid Aussie climate, but the 360-degree views are incredible. You can explore a secret cave on the bay side with some amazing instagrammable spots for super cool photos.
Palm Beach is easy to get to as there are even public buses that go there from the city center, and on Sundays, it is only $2,50 for the return trip. This place is definitely an ‘off the beaten path destination to see while in Sydney and a must-do on your trip around Australia!
Wilson’s Promontory National Park is more like a hidden gem – however, it is one the best places to visit.
Despite my lack of prior knowledge, Wilson’s Promontory turned out to be one of the places I visited during my time in Australia.
It is one of the most beautiful national parks I have ever been to! Wilson’s Promontory is the southernmost point of mainland Australia. Due to this, there are several great beaches to check out while you’re there.
You can head to Squeaky Beach, which is one of the quirkier beaches I’ve been to. Small grains of quartz in the sand means that every step you take emits a squeaking sound, hence the name. It’s a must-visit if you go to Wilson’s Prom.
There is also Whiskey Bay too, which has giant boulders located at either end of the beach. They are perfect for climbing if you’re bored of relaxing in the sun!
Wilson’s Prom is home to an abundance of wildlife. Don’t be surprised if you spot some kangaroos, wombats, and much more while you’re there!
Wilson’s Prom may not be the most well-known destination in Australia, but it’s definitely one of the best! It’s the perfect place for a weekend getaway from Melbourne!
If you are planning a trip through the state of Victoria, Australia, you’re probably aware of names such as Melbourne or Great Ocean Road, or even Phillip Island… But have you heard of Sovereign Hill?
Sovereign Hill is in the heart of the Victorian Goldfield Country, only two hour’s drive from Melbourne. It is simply an outdoor museum, the comprehensive reconstruction of a Victorian Gold Town around 1850. It is one of the best places to visit in Australia though it is not the most famous one.
Sovereign Hill has some 60 buildings, including two pubs, a theatre, gold mines, and even a school. The shops are mostly lined along the main street. They include a blacksmith’s, photographic rooms, a printing shop, a grocery store, a pharmacy, a clothing store, an undertaker, a foundry, a bowling saloon, a gold museum, a wheelwright, and candle works.
The great thing is that all the stores and workshops are staffed by people in costume who operate them as it was done in 1850, so you get a very direct experience, and you can ask questions and even try your hand at some of the crafts. Sovereign Hill is very well done, and I didn’t find anything tacky or Disney-like about it.
Even traveling on my own, I found it educational and entertaining. To do it justice, you do need to spend a whole day there. There is so much to see and do, and several options for food. Ready to travel back in time to Victoria?
Canberra is the capital of Australia and one of the world’s up-and-coming travel destinations. Named in Lonely Planet’s ‘Must Visit City List’ in 2018, this city is on the rise.
Known as the Bush Capital, Canberra is full of beautiful natural Aussie bushland. This means that there are plenty of hiking and bike tracks that intertwine the different areas of Canberra’s suburbs into the city. It isn’t uncommon to see kangaroos jumping around the nature reserves in the suburbs.
At the nature reserve, Tidbinbilla, along with the kangaroo, are koalas, emus, echidnas, and the elusive platypus that roam freely.
Although Canberra isn’t an old city, it certainly holds a lot of history and culture. With places like Old Parliament House, you can get an understanding of the political history of Australia.
The Australian War Memorial is the best memorial Australia has to offer to honor Australia’s past and current soldiers and peacekeepers. You could easily spend a couple of days here getting lost in this history.
During the springtime, there are two stunning flower festivals called Floriade and Tulip Top Gardens. They are both world-class exhibitions that draw in crowds from the surrounding land.
Port Stephens is a vast natural harbor on the New South Wales coast, three hours north of Sydney. Out of all the places to go in Australia, this part of Australia has more than its fair share of amazing coastline, but Port Stephens stands out even here.
It’s known as Australia’s dolphin capital, mainly because over 100 of them live in the harbor, and one of the local cruise operators claims a 99% success rate in dolphin sightings on their trips. Boats often hang a boom net out of the back, where you can hold on to the side and sometimes be joined by dolphins swimming alongside you.
Whale-watching cruises also run out of Port Stephens’ main town, Nelson Bay, between May and mid-November when humpback whales swim along the coast on their seasonal migrations.
The views underwater are as spectacular as the scenery above, and there are some great snorkeling and diving spots near Nelson Bay. Several operators also run diving trips offshore.
One of the best coastal walks in the area is the 20-minute climb up through coastal rainforest at nearby Tomaree Head for the glorious view over the pristine Zenith Beach and its neighbors, Wreck and Box beaches.
Less than 20 km from here, you’re in a different world – Stockton Dunes, at 32 km long, the largest moving sand mass in the southern hemisphere, a mini-desert accessible by four-wheel-drive only. Here you can take a tour of the dunes, including Tin City, some remarkable fishermen’s shacks in the middle of the sands, or try some sandboarding.
While most people head straight to the beaches and cafes in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s Red Center, which is filled with Australia points of interest, should not be missed!
Alice Springs is the third-largest town in the Northern Territory and one rooted in deep pioneer history. As it’s often called, Alice is a modern town with a strong Aboriginal culture and history.
The town earns its name as one of Australia’s most famous places as it serves as the starting point for many trips to Uluru, the large sandstone rock formation that is iconic to the Australian Outback.
Uluru is a sacred site for the Pitjantjatjara people and should not be climbed. Still, the ten-kilometer path around the formation is a wonderful opportunity to get up close with the important landmark.
Don’t miss sunrise at Uluru, as it is truly a magical moment. There is plenty to do in Alice Springs, from the historic Telegraph Station to the Kangaroo Sanctuary where you can hold orphan kangaroo babies!
Queensland’s capital, Brisbane, has plenty to offer. In recent times, Brisbane has come of age and has become a city offering plenty of attractions.
However, one of Brisbane’s best things is it’s a gateway to the South East Queensland countryside, which is fun to explore. A fabulous way to experience the region around Queensland’s capital is to go off-road. Rent a 4WD vehicle and head off on an adventure that will make your friends envious!
There some fabulous 4WD tracks in South East Queensland, offering a range of driving adventures, from easy to medium. You don’t have to be an experienced 4WD expert to have a great time. On your 4WD adventure, you’ll experience beautiful beaches, challenging river-crossing, and lush mountain ranges.
Visit country towns and meet the locals; have a beer in a real Aussie pub or gaze in awe at pods of humpback whales swim past deserted beaches.
Many of these 4wd tracks are close to Brisbane, making Brisbane a top place to visit.
One of the most beautiful places is – undoubtedly – Sydney, the capital of New South Wales. It is located on the east coast and one of the most famous destinations in Australia. If you ask me, Sydney is probably one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
If you are in Australia, you have to pay a visit to Sydney, Australia’s secret capital. While most people know the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge and doing a boat cruise on the water passing them is a must-do activity in Sydney, you can also cross the Harbour Bridge, which isn’t cheap is probably one of the highlights in Sydney.
When you visit Australia, you’ll find that Sydney also has many greenery and numerous parks, which are very inviting and perfect for resting and just soaking in the beauty. Of course, you have to visit the world-famous pool located at the beach, the Iceberg Pool with great views of one of the most famous beaches in the world, Bondi Beach, and it is a must-see place in Sydney.
Sydney is also great for just walking. You can stroll along the promenade, head to Darling Harbour, or visit the Royal Botanic Gardens. If you want to rest, why not go and see Manly or Bondi Beach, or do a day trip and explore Sydney’s stunning scenery, which includes the blue mountains.
If you are in Sydney, make sure to add the Blue Mountains to your bucket list.
If you are in Sydney, you definitely have to plan a visit to the stunning Blue Mountains, located to the west of Sydney, and have incredible scenery. Make sure you keep an eye out for the Three Sisters while you are there. The three sisters are a rock formation in the Blue Mountains, and I haven’t seen anything like it anywhere else in Australia.
It is also a great place for hiking. While I visited the Blue Mountains when Instagram didn’t exist, this is also a great place to get great shots of this beautiful area.
Here you can also learn about Aboriginal culture and do lots of activities like canyoning and climbing and a range of other outdoor activities. It is also possible to stay overnight in the Blue Mountains National Park.
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The most beautiful places are here: the Heart Reef – a perfect heart-shaped coral formation situated in the magnificent Great Barrier Reef.
Flying to the Heart Reef includes seeing many other renowned Australian travel gems such as Whitehaven Beach (a seven km long, white sandy beach) and the Whitsunday Islands from a mind-blowing perspective. From start to finish, this value-packed excursion will have you gasping at another level of natural beauty.
For easy access to these and other amazing tours, consider staying at Airlie Beach, which is known as the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Tours booked through scenic flight operators such as GSL Aviation and cruise operators such as Cruise Whitsundays include a courtesy bus to pick you up at your hotel in Airlie Beach.
Consider booking an apartment stay at Mirage Whitsundays – this stunning accommodation is close to the best bars, restaurants, and boutique shops in the area. It also features convenient access to the scenic boardwalk from Airlie Beach to Cannonvale and Airlie Beach Lagoon – all must-visit spots when you find yourself in one of the most beautiful places in Australia.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is probably at the top of most people’s list of what to visit in Australia, and this is actually still on my bucket list! While we talked about the Heart Reef above, the Great Barrier Reef as a whole is one of the most beautiful places in the country- if not in the world.
It was quite a bummer when I couldn’t visit the Great Barrier Reef. Thus, I was even more jealous to hear about my sister’s experience at the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most beautiful places in Australia or probably even in the world!
I say that without having visited it, these are a few bucket list activities for the Great Barrier Reef.
It is on the coast of Queensland, a beautiful state in Australia, and it is even visible from outer space. It is home to countless underwater species, but the largest coral reef in the world has more to do. You can dive (which I personally wouldn’t), but if you don’t want to snorkel or dive, you could take a speedboat tour or even skydive. You can see turtle hatchlings, spoil yourself with very abandoned places, explore the rainforest or go water rafting.
Hot air ballooning must be amazing in Cairns, where you can see the Great Barrier Reef, so there’s a lot to do in Australia, especially for those who like to do many adventures outdoors in or close to the water.
Most of all you should plan a visit to Whitsunday Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world where you can take a seaplane flight and discover the best beach from the air.
Last but not least… If you plan a trip to Australia, you will miss out if you do not have Melbourne, only our Australia itinerary.
Melbourne is actually like my second home, and although Melbourne and Sydney are always in competition (especially among the inhabitants) and Sydney is probably one of the most wonderful cities in the world, Melbourne is the one that feels like home to me.
This means it is near the top of my list of Australia destinations you must visit!
There is also tons to do in Melbourne – which is the second biggest city in Oz – and since Melbourne is very famous for sports, you have to watch at least a football game my family and cousins went for Essendon. Watching it at the Melbourne cricket ground is obviously a highlight, but there is so much more to see and do in Melbourne, even if you’re not interested in sports.
This includes the casino, which is probably the best in Australia; the Crown Casino is big! There are many clubs and places to walk and dine located on the south bank, so it is one of the best Australian tourist spots.
St Kilda beach and the area around it is another of the gorgeous places to visit. It’s great to swim and relax, or it’s a great place to go for a drink or go clubbing in the evening.
Like Sydney, Melbourne also has a lot of nature to chill out in, for example, the Royal Botanical Garden. While you’re there, don’t forget the beaches in Melbourne, including Mordialloc Beach.
One of the things that you should definitely not miss, especially if you want to go out at night, is Chapel Street, a very alternative shopping street with lots of cafes, fashion brands, shops and clubs to enjoy. Check out the Melbourne itinerary for more tips.
FINAL THOUGHTS – MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO SEE IN AUSTRALIA
Hopefully, this post has helped you find out about the most beautiful places in Australia – given its size and the many gorgeous places to visit. It is probably not possible to visit all those places in one trip. So, there will always be a reason for re-visiting Australia.
Did you know that I studied in Australia for one year, and back then, my nightmare was to do a road trip in Australia?
Now, road tripping Australia is on my bucket list – to road trip through this huge country and discover the most beautiful places it has to offer!
Things change, and the older I get, the more I want different things in life.
I once did a bus trip from Melbourne to Sydney, and if it had not been for my cousins, I probably would have died out of boredom. And now, I cannot wait to pack up my dog and buy a campervan (this also changed, as I used to prefer sporty cars once upon a time) and travel Australia.
Of course, I would pack my tech stuff. I mean, I am not a nerd, but I need my phone and laptop 🙂
My camper would be full of important items that I need for my travels, such as travel gear and clothes. But that is the reason that I prefer a campervan over a normal car – I would like to take more things with me.
As mentioned, I would like to take my dog, and he has a lot of stuff.
Seriously, sometimes his stuff is more than mine – I would take his box, his special food, his toys, his little bed, and towels… at the very least!
Since Australia can be quite hot or cold, depending on where you are, I would like to take clothes… a lot of them. I like to be prepared!
But what is there to see in Australia that has made me change my mind and add an Australia road trip to my list?
Here are some must-see spots for an Australian road trip.
I would love to start in Melbourne – this city has become my third home and I have great memories. If you ever visit Australia, make sure to add this to your Australia itinerary.
This beautiful city, which I used to call home for about one year, is the capital of the southeastern state of Victoria and never ceased to amaze me! Seeing the gorgeous Yarra River, visit the Royal Botanic Garden, and chill at the stunning beaches! There is definitely something for everyone.
Before touching base in Sydney, I would love to see Canberra – I have never visited the capital of Australia, despite the fact that I have been to Australia three times already.
Though it does not have as many sights as the cities, I would still like to see the Australian Parliament House, etc.
Sydney! One of the most beautiful cities in the world has won me over – I mean, how could you not fall in love with the architecture that you will find there (including the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge)? Check off a visit to the Bondi Iceberg pool and relax at the Royal Botanic Garden.
P.S. What might sound like a quick tour does include a drive of about 900 kilometers already. But, this is just the start.
Back in the “old days,” I actually flew from Melbourne to Brisbane – now, I would like to continue the journey from Sydney to Brisbane by driving there myself.
Queensland has a lot to offer. The Great Barrier Reef is on my list, as I did not manage to see it back then. I would love to see that gorgeous sight, but some other places that are on my list in Queensland are: Gold Coast, Brisbane, Frazer Islands, and of course, the Whitsunday Islands.
Yes, I finally want to visit the Outback and see the majestic Uluru with my own eyes.
Also known as the Ayers Rock, this massive, red sandstone monolith, in the heart of the state of Northern Territory, is one of the main sights in Australia. This giant sandstone is in the middle of nowhere and attracts people from all over the world. I am sure it is another thing that should not be missed on any Australia road trip.
Almost located in the middle of Australia, it is far… far, far away from any other tourist attractions, but probably still a highlight.
Stargazing is one of the other activities that I have added onto my list. I just wish the day would come when I can finally hop on and start my road trip.
Well, Australia has many other places to see and discover, but I think that after traveling the whole time and enjoying life in the desert, I will be happy to be heading to Adelaide, which is in the southern part of Australia and quite “close” to Melbourne (with about 700 kilometers in between, it is one of the closest cities to Melbourne):
After reading Sara´s post on Adelaide I added this city to my road trip itinerary as well, and I cannot wait to stroll the River Torrens, or visit Ebenezer Place.
What do you think about road tripping Australia? Have you done so? What did you like and did not like about it?