Australia is an enormous country, so it’s impossible to visit all places unless you stay for a month. But since that’s not quite possible, most tourists come to Australia for two weeks. Although it’s a short period of time to visit all the beauties and hidden wonders of this land down under, it’s enough to experience the best this country has to offer.
Sydney (4 days)
Sydney is the most visited place in Australia. So, you can stay at one of the Circular Quay hotels and spend several days in this famous city. There are many things you can do here, such as:
- Visit the Sydney Opera House – You can either go on a show or go behind the scenes with a backstage tour. This tour gives you access to the greens rooms of the Sydney opera house. When you finish the tour, stop by for a drink or a bite at the popular Opera Bar or Opera Kitchen on the harbour.
- Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge – By taking a climbing tour, you will enjoy the impressive views from the harbour. You will also feel how the bridge is part of this city’s life. If you aren’t afraid of heights, you can climb to the top of the bridge for a one-of-a-lifetime view of the sparkling harbour. Don’t forget to stop at the historic suburb, the Rocks.
- Go to a beach – There are many beautiful beaches in Sydney that are a couple of minutes from the city centre. It would be too bad to miss a swim in the ocean.
You can also go for a hike in the Blue Mountains to visit the scenic mountains and the forest near the city. And, don’t forget the royal botanical gardens. They are a true hidden gem where you can enjoy a piece of nature inside the crowded city.
Melbourne (4 days)
Melbourne is the second most visited city after Sydney. Although it doesn’t have places like the Opera House or the Harbor Bridge in Sydney, it still has much to offer. So, you can stay at a 5 star hotel Melbourne CBD and feel its special vibe just by walking around the city and:
- Going on a food tour – there are many delicious restaurants. So you can eat lunch or have dinner at some of them. In this way, you will get a chance to try the local cuisine and enjoy the delicious meals.
- Ordering a flat white – Melbourne is the birthplace of the most incredible coffee you have ever tasted – the flat white. It’s espresso coffee with steamed milk without the cappuccino foam.
- Going to a gig – Being the music capital of Australia, there’s no way to miss a gig while in this city. You can find different kinds of music, from hip-hop to pub rock.
- Shopping at Queen Victoria Market – Here you will find fresh products, a big variety of souvenirs and a small food court.
The Great Ocean Road (1-2 days)
With its twists and coastal rock formation, the Great Ocean Road is one of the most unique roads you can find on the Earth. It’s a bit less than two hours’ drive south-west of Melbourne, so you won’t spend many hours until you reach it. Driving down this road, you will see the:
- 12 Apostles – One of the most photographed rock formations which are actually the reason why this road is so famous.
- London Bridge – It’s actually a section of rock which appears out of the ocean. Due to its bridge-like look, it’s named after the famous London Bridge.
- Beaches and forests – This road will also ensure you enjoy nature with the countless beaches along the road and the mesmerizing rainforests.
The Great Barrier Reef (3 days)
The Great Barrier Reef is the greatest reef in the whole world. You can explore this wonder by going snorkelling or scuba diving. Also, you can fly over it in a seaplane or helicopter. Of course, you should go to the places with the best access to this reef: Cairns, The Whitsunday Islands, Lady Elliot Island, Cape Tribulation, and Port Douglas.
The Ancient Rock Paintings (1-2 days)
Australia is famous for its ancient rock paintings that are found in the Kakadu National Park, and the main galleries at Ubirr and Nourlangie. These paintings are more than 20 000 years old, which gives you an insight into the aboriginal life throughout history. Their ancientness makes them a bridge between the present the past.
Visiting Australia is indeed a unique experience. Although two weeks aren’t enough to see all the beauties this country has to offer, it’s enough to visit 5 of the most famous places. So, before leaving your home, make sure you’ve planned out your itinerary, so you don’t miss any of these tourist attractions.