Top 5 Places To Visit in Australia

The year I spent in Australia was the beginning of my decision to travel long term and is without a doubt one of the best years I’ve ever had!

Backpacking through Australia is something I think everyone should do – whether just a few weeks or a full on working holiday visa. The place itself is MASSIVE, but luckily it’s easy to get around by bus, campervan, plane or even train so you can cover big distances pretty quickly.

If you’re really strapped for time and can only stop in a few places you’ll want to make the most of it – so here’s my Top 5 Places to Visit in Australia…


  • Byron Bay – I lived and worked in Byron Bay for the majority of my Australian adventure. For my it houses the lifestyle I headed down under to immerse myself in – surfing all day and partying all night! Surf wise there’s more breaks than you can shake a stick at, for beginners and advanced alike. The Pass, Wategos, Broken Head, The Wreck…all bases are covered. The hippy living means barefoot is the way forward and veggie and vegan food are easy to come by.


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Heaps of Amazing Places Down Under

  • Sydney – often mistaken as the capital of Oz (which is actually Canberra) Sydney is cramme dfull of stuff to do and is often the first place you’ll fly into. Take a stroll along Darling Harbour, photograph the iconic Opera House or even get up close with the local critters at the Sydney Wildlife Park or Taronga Zoo!


  • The Great Barrier Reef – Another of Australias icons and one of the 7 natural wonders of the world is the great barrier reef. If you already dive, or want to learn it’s arguably one of the best places to head! I spent a week diving on a liveaboard to get my PADI and it was an amazing experience. Huge coral gardens are home to all manner of marine life and just the views of the boat journey across perfect blue waters dotted with picturesque empty island is worth a day trip in itself.


  • Melbourne – one of my favourite cities in Oz was Melbourne. It’s such a metropolitan place to hang out and I stayed there almost as long as Byron! It’s got a great music and art scene and is home to great bands such as the Cat Empire. If you can pencil it in for the Melbourne Cup or tennis open as the whole city becomes a hive of activity! From here you can also roadtrip down the Great Ocean Road, one of the best coastal drives I’ve ever done!


  • The Whitsunday Islands – if island paradise is what you’ve come to Oz to find get out to the Whitsundays Islands. Book yourself onto a boat trip to explore secluded bays, get your snorkel skills on or simply top up your tan on the high seas. If you have a bit more cash to splash you could always book some nights on some of the more exclusive islands if boats aren’t your thing!


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Chris is a surfer, photographer, traveller and writer from Devon in the UK and In 2009 he ditched 9-5 life and headed off to backpack the world. When he’s not in the water catching some waves he’s busy exploring with his camera or blogging over and Top 5 Travel

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