100 Great Reasons to Visit Australia Now!

Reasons to visit Australia!!

There sure are plenty, and if you’re a regular reader of 100 reasons to visit Australiathis blog, then it’s no secret that Australia is one of my favourite places!

A lot of my blog is dedicated to detailing the many good things about Australia!

I consider my decision to leave home and do an Australian working holiday, as possibly the best decision I’ve ever made!

Not only did I discover an amazing country, but I also awoke a passion for travel, that I didn’t know I had!

From Melbourne to Uluru, there are many reasons to visit Australia, and these are a few of the amazing places to see.

But, there are also a number of hidden gems that you should definitely shouldn’t miss out on when travelling Australia!

100 reasons to visit Australia

100. Weather

Coming from England, this was high on the list of factors that influenced my decision to travel to Australia! There is no getting away from it, the weather in Australia is fantastic!

Finding the best time to visit Australia is useful. It can get ridiculously hot, and yes the wet season is poo, and yes, Melbourne’s weather does defy logic! However, it’s better than being at home right?

99. Beaches

The beaches in Australia are fantastic! Golden sand and clear blue ocean, what’s not to love! This applies to virtually all the beaches as well! Picking the best beaches in Australia is a fool’s game, which is probably why I tried to do just that here!

The beach is a central part of life in Australia, and it’s not hard to see why, when they’re so beautiful! Visiting the beach is an essential part of any Australian bucket list!

 

Gold Coast beach

98. People

Aussies might have somewhat of a dodgy reputation, but then which country doesn’t? Aussies are great people, really friendly and welcoming, plus they like to have a laugh, which as an Englishman is always a plus! The Bogans do get some bad press, but they’re a good bunch really!

97. Wildlife

Australia is home to some of the most diverse and strangest wildlife on the planet! Kangaroos, Koalas and Crocs, there are all here in this crazy continent!

There’s even a million odd camels in the outback, which I would never have imagined! There might be a lot of deadly animals here, but that just adds to the

96. Melbourne

Consistently ranked the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne was definitely my favourite city in Australia! There is so much to see and do in this great city, and there is always something happening!

The architecture is a mix of classical and bold modern design, highlighted by Flinders Street Station and Federation Square. The weather can be very volatile, but it’s all part of the charm of Melbourne!

 

View of Eureka Skydeck from Botanical Gardens

95. Wilson’s Promontory

Visiting Wilson’s Promontory was definitely one of the highlights of my time in Australia! Considering I had never heard of the place beforehand, I was blown away by how beautiful it was.

The scenery here is incredible and the trip south from Melbourne is worth it alone to visit Squeaky beach! Yes, the sand does squeak when you walk on it!

 

Squeaky beach in Wilson's Promontory

 

94. Road trips

Road trips in Australia are perhaps the best way to see Australia, and there are plenty to choose from! My Adelaide to Darwin road trip was a particular highlight, as the change in landscape and scenery from bottom to top was incredible!

The distances may be big between the cities, but it’s what is in between that makes it worthwhile! There are some hidden gems to be discovered during a road trip in Australia!

 

Ultimate guide to Australian road trips

 

93. Nature

Australia is a continent of contrasting scenery and landscapes. You have the arid desert of the outback and the lush tropical rainforest of Northern Queensland, while in the south there is a Mediterranean climate.

As a lot of the country is uninhabited, this means that these places are often unspoiled and are all the better for it! This is one of the best reasons to visit Australia, as you have virtually the whole place to yourself!

92. Sport

It’s no secret that Australians love their sport, no matter what part of the country you are in, sport is everywhere. As a sports fan, this was fantastic for me.

I was able to go to numerous world-class events such as the Formula 1 in Melbourne and the British and Irish Lions Tour. The national sport is Australian Rules and it is definitely worth checking out during your time here!

 

A McLaren F1 car while watching the F1 in Melbourne

91. Sydney

Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of Sydney, it is still a great destination. The harbour area is fantastic and seeing the opera house up close is incredible. It really is a wonder of architectural design!

The Harbour Bridge is simply breathtaking. The first time you see it is quite special, as it pops into view walking around the city! The numerous cafes and bars dotted around the city are also worth checking out!

Despite not being the biggest fan of the city, there are plenty of interesting things to do in Sydney regardless!

 

Australia backpacking guide

90. Museums

Australia is home to some great museums, despite its wrong reputation as having little or no culture! Each state has their own individual museum and these are definitely worth checking out, as they each have their own unique exhibitions.

The Northern Territory museum was a particular highlight for me with great exhibitions! Most are free and are a great way to learn more about the history of Australia!

89. Festivals

Australia is home to a number of festivals throughout the year and it is definitely worth making sure you attend some of them!

The Adelaide Festival is one of the biggest in the country and the fringe festival held at the same time, is the second-biggest in the world after the Edinburgh one.

There are a number of music festivals such as Stereosonic, which is very popular!

88. South Australia

South Australia was arguably my favourite state in Australia, all the more so because I wasn’t expecting it to be so great when I first visited! Adelaide is a great city, with much to do, and the nearby Fleurieu Peninsula is also worth checking out!

Further north, there is the weird town of Coober Pedy in the middle of the outback, which has to be seen to be believed! There’s plenty of great places to visit in South Australia, and it’s a must visit for any trip to Australia!

 

Fountain in Adelaide Botanical Gardens

87. Western Australia

Although I didn’t visit Western Australia during my time in Australia, from I have heard about it from other backpackers, it is incredible.

As there are less people on the West Coast than the East, the scenery is more untouched and you don’t have the crowds that are commonplace on the East Coast.

Broome, Rottnest Island and the Ningaloo Reef are places that I really regret not seeing!

86. Lifestyle

There’s no getting away from the fact that the Aussie lifestyle is great! Fantastic weather means there is a great outdoor culture, with the beach and BBQs a central part of life.

Coming from rainy England, this was a great change for me and one of the main reasons I went in the first place! If you want sun, sea, and sand, then Australia is the place for you!

85. Outback

The Outback is a central part of Australian culture and is something that almost all foreigners who have heard of Australia are familiar with. Yes, for the most part, the outback is barren desert, but there are still some intriguing places, such as Coober Pedy. You get the feeling that you are travelling across another world while you here, such is the complete lack of civilisation!

 

Lone tree in the outback

84. Uluru

Also known as Ayers Rock, Uluru is one of the iconic images of Australia, and it is an image that is just as beautiful in real life. I actually couldn’t believe that it looked the same in real life as it does in the photos when I visited. This is one of the best places to visit in Australia, and if you don’t visit you are missing out big time!

 

Uluru at sunset

83. Food

Australia has a rich cafe and restaurant culture, with some absolutely fantastic places to visit. Despite what you might think, Australia is actually very multi-cultural, and you can find food from virtually every country on the planet here! Melbourne, in particular, is a foodie’s paradise, with many great places to eat!

82. Work

Working in Australia is great, and I highly recommend coming here on the working holiday visa, if you can. The minimum wage here is very high, around $16 an hour, and most jobs pay over $20, which is comfortably enough to live off! If you have a skill or trade, then this is the place for you, as you can earn some serious money, and perhaps even get sponsored to stay in this great country!

81. Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is undoubtedly one of the best road trips you can do in Australia! Although the stretch of road is not very long at 243 km (151 miles), there are a lot of things to see. The highlight is perhaps the Twelve Apostles, which are incredible, although the quirkily named Grotto and London Bridge are spectacular as well. I recommend doing this as part of an Adelaide <-> Melbourne road trip, to make the most of your trip!

80. Adelaide

I am firmly of the opinion that Adelaide is one of the best cities in Australia. For some reason, it has the reputation of being a bit of a backwater, which could not be further from the truth! There are lots of things to do in Adelaide, such as visit some great museums, check out Rundle Mall or head to the great Glenelg or Henley beaches!

 

Backpacking Adelaide

79. Port Eliott

This small town in South Australia is definitely worth a visit, either in winter or summer! It’s busier in the summer, with more people heading here to get their fix of sun and surf. However, if you visit during the winter, it is a lot quieter and you also get the chance to go whale watching, which is well worth it! There are some spectacular views of the Fleurieu Peninsula to be had from all around Horseshoe Bay and beyond!

 

backpacking South Australia

78. Queensland

Queensland is one of the most diverse states in Australia, with tropical rainforests in the far north, outback to the west, and the Gold and Sunshine Coast in the South. Chances are you will visit Queensland while backpacking Australia, as it is part of the popular East Coast route. With great places to visit such as Noosa, Hervey Bay, and the Whitsundays, it’s not hard to see why it’s so popular!

 

Backpacking the Gold Coast

77. Brisbane

Brisbane is the biggest city in Queensland and one of the most intriguing, as it is one of the only cities in Australia not to have a beach! However, there are still many great things to do in Brisbane, such as kayak along the river, or climb the Storey Bridge. The Southbank is one of the best spots in Australia and offers some great views of the city across the river!

 

Storey Bridge

76. Towns with weird names

For some reason, Australia has a lot of towns with some rather strange names! Mooloolaba, Moe and Tom Price were a few of my favourites while I was backpacking through Australia. I have no idea, why there are so many towns with strange names, but it certainly makes travelling around more fun, as you stare in disbelief at the road signs!

75. Goon

Maybe this shouldn’t be on the list because it is lethal, but if you are visiting Australia then you have to try this famous backpacker wine! I don’t really know why it is called Goon, but I do know that it gets you very very drunk! Beer in Australia is ridiculously overpriced, so goon is the go to drink, as you get a box of wine for $10-20!

74. Hostels

The hostels in Australia are some of the best that I have stayed in while I have been travelling. There are plenty to choose from and this can be overwhelming at times, but the majority are really good and conducive to meeting new people. I particularly liked the YHA hostels in Australia, and if you get a membership card for a year, you get a discount on every night!

73. Tours

Normally, I’m not much of a fan of tours. I prefer to do my own thing when travelling. However, with Australia being massive, it’s kinda inevitable you’re going to end up on a tour. Especially, if you’re travelling solo! The tours that I did in Australia were great, from the tour itself to the tour guide and the people on the tour. They are a great way to see more of this giant country, especially if you are travelling long distances!

72. Kata-Tjuta

Kata-Tjuta may not be as famous as Uluru, but that doesn’t mean it’s not one of the best things to see in Australia! It is arguably better than Uluru in many ways, as you can walk through the structure and appreciate the scale of the rock formations. Some parts are off limits, due to their significance to the local Aborigines, but what you get to see is still incredible!

71. Darwin

Darwin may only be a small city, but it is definitely one of the best in Australia. That said, if you went during wet season, you probably wouldn’t have that opinion, so it is definitely better to visit Darwin during the dry season, to see its true beauty! The marina here is one of my favourite spots in the country, and the nearby Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks are must visit’s as well!

 

Darwin Waterfront at night

70. Cairns

I found Cairns to be similar to Darwin in many respects, and that wasn’t just because both cities experience a wet season! The constant rain did dampen my time in Cairns a bit (sorry for the pun!), but it is still an interesting place with a lot to see, especially the Botanical Gardens, which give you an idea of what the tropical Far North of Queensland is like!

69. Hervey Bay

This was definitely one of the places that surprised me the most in Australia. I wasn’t really expecting much from Hervey Bay and in fairness, there isn’t an awful lot to do here. However, I really like the vibe in Hervey Bay, it was relaxed and the beach was a great place to chill for a few hours. This is definitely a great place to stop along the East Coast!

 

Hervey Bay

68. Coober Pedy

Without a doubt, Coober Pedy is one of the strangest places that I have ever visited, never mind just in Australia. The town in the outback only exists because the biggest opal mine in the world is below. Travelling here really is an experience, as it takes a good 8-10 hours from Adelaide, and it feels like you have come across the last remnants of mankind when you arrive!

 

Coober Pedy landscape

67. Dingo Fence

The Dingo Fence is one of the longest structures in the world and if you visit the outback, you can’t leave without seeing it! The fence was erected to keep dingoes from eating sheep flocks in the south of the country. It stretches from the East of Queensland all the way to the Nullarbor Plain in South Australia, making it 5,614 km (3,488 miles)!

66. Aborigines

The Aboriginal people of Australia get a bit of bad press, but that is a bit unfair at times. Most of them are decent people, and even though you will encounter the odd bad egg, they are on the whole decent and caring people. Their culture is extremely interesting and perhaps not highlighted as much as it should be!

65. Architecture

As a fairly new country in terms of architecture, the buildings in Australia are a mix of Victorian and modern design. Melbourne is a classic example of this, with numerous skyscrapers and interesting modern designs along with the old Victorian buildings. The skyline in most Australian cities is easy on the eye, and full of interesting buildings!

 

Fed Square

64. Cities

Australia’s cities are regularly ranked in the top 10 of the world’s most livable cities and it’s not hard to see why! From beautiful skylines, nearby beaches and excellent living standards, Australia’s cities rival any in the world! The cities are very clean and safe and with lots of things to see and do, they will keep you entertained during your stay in Australia!

63. Mataranka Thermal Pools

Mataranka was another hidden gem, that I discovered while backpacking in the Northern Territory. I had no idea it even existed before we arrived here, and was surprised by the beauty and warmness of the pools! If you are travelling from Adelaide to Darwin, or vice versa, this is a great place to stop and let off some steam. Pun intended!

 

Mataranka Thermals in the Northern Territory

62. Adventure

Australia is a great country for an adventure. From travelling in the barren and desolate outback to exploring the tropical lands of the far north of Queensland, there is a lot to do! Though not on the same scale as New Zealand adventure wise, there are still lots of ways to get off the beaten track, such as hiking, kayaking or skydiving!

61. Backpacker friendly

Australia is definitely one of the most backpacker friendly countries on the planet. Australia is an ideal place for first-time backpackers, due to the ease of getting around and not being as culturally different as countries in Southeast Asia. The numerous tours and hostels available make Australia an easy place for a backpacker to travel in!

60. Kangaroos

Although I had a few dodgy encounters with kangaroos, there is no denying they are magical creatures. If you visit one of the numerous wildlife parks in the country, you’ll be able to get up close and personal with the kangaroos as they are very tame. It’s a different story in the wild, and its best not to get too close, as I found out, regardless they are great creatures and you can’t leave Australia without seeing one!

 

Josephine's Kangaroo orphanage

59. Great Barrier Reef

One of the many famous places in Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef. I didn’t visit here, but I really regret it, as it was one of the main reasons to visit Australia for me! From what I have seen from pictures, it looks incredible! Scuba diving or snorkeling here would definitely be worthwhile!

 

58. Nightlife

The nightlife in Australia is fantastic and one of the things you have to do while you are in Australia. Every city has a lively nightlife scene, Adelaide’s was a particular favourite of mine. Despite, its reputation as a quiet city, Adelaide actually has the biggest nightclub in Australia! Even small towns such as Byron Bay and even Alice Springs can be lively!

 

57. Gold Coast

The Gold Coast was high on my list of reasons to visit Australia! This was probably the reason I decided to go there first! When I was researching Australia, it fit my idea of the country perfectly, and it didn’t disappoint when I arrived. Although it’s a bit small, there a lot of things to do on the Gold Coast, and it is a must visit if you’re travelling along the East Coast!

Gold Coast coastline

 

56. Grampians

The Grampians are located in Victoria, close to the border with South Australia, and are another hidden gem in Australia! The national park is very big and there are some great hikes to be had, and some spectacular views as well. The area is teaming with wildlife, so it’s a great place to get a sight of some wallabies and kangaroos, just don’t get too close!

 

55. Mooloolaba

Apart from having a ridiculous name, Mooloolaba is a great little destination located on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Admittedly, there isn’t an awful lot to do here, but if you want to relax on a beach for a few days, then is a perfect place to visit. It is a bit quieter than nearby Noosa, and the scenery is just as good!

 

54. Street art

Street art is a common sight in Australia, and one which I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s not so common in England and certainly not as encouraged as it is in Australia, so it was nice to see some amazing murals all around the country! Melbourne, in particular, is a great place to see street art, with the bohemian Brunswick Street a particular highlight!

Graffiti in a laneway in Melbourne

53. Blue Lake

Blue Lake is located near Mt. Gambier in South Australia, and as the name suggests, it is a lake that is blue. However, that only tells half the story, as it changes colour depending on what time of year it is. So, during the summer months, it is blue, while in the winter it turns a green colour. It’s certainly one of the more unusual places to visit in Australia!

Blue Lake in Mt Gambier

52. Flinders Ranges

The Flinders Ranges are a mountain range located in the South Australian outback. I was supposed to visit them during my tour from Adelaide to Alice Springs, but they had seen a lot of rain and we were unable to camp there, so we headed straight to Coober Pedy. I was gutted as I really wanted to see them, as they looked spectacular in the photos!

 

51. Nitmiluk National Park

This national park located near Katherine in the Northern Territory is definitely one of the most underrated in Australia! It is home to the spectacular Katherine Gorge and has numerous trails for you to wander around and explore the great scenery. This is a must visit if you are travelling to or from Darwin!

Katherine Gorge on the Adelaide to Darwin road trip

50. Daly Waters

Along with Coober Pedy, Daly Waters is one of the weirdest and wackiest places I have visited. It is essentially a roadhouse stop along the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory, but it is the old vehicles and planes that give the place its quirky feel. As well as the Daly Waters Pub! The Stuart Tree and the original HQ of Qantas are nearby and definitely worth visiting!

Daly Waters Pub

49. Wineries

Australia is home to plenty of wineries, with the majority located in South Australia. So, unlike me, I would recommend you visit one during your stay here. The wine in Australia is very good, (no I’m not talking about the Goon!) and is renowned the world over! So, why not see how it is made, and sample a few free glasses!

 

48. Hahndorf

Hahndorf is an interesting little town, located in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. As the name suggests, it has a German influence. The town was founded by German settlers in 1838, and still, retains its German charm to this day. This is a great place to visit for a day from Adelaide and there are some amazing restaurants her that serve German cuisine!

backpacking in Hahndorf

47. Ningaloo Reef

The Ningaloo Reef is one of the top places to visit in Western Australia. It may not be as well known as the Great Barrier Reef, but that does not mean it is not as great! Although I didn’t visit here, it is definitely on my list when I eventually return to Australia! The reef looks incredible from the photos I have seen and is a must visit if you visit Western Australia!

 

46. Broome

Broome is another great place to visit in Western Australia. Like much of Western Australia, Broome doesn’t have a lot of inhabitants, which means that most of the surrounding area is untouched and more natural. Broome has a wet and dry season, so it would probably be best to visit when it is not monsoon season, to properly appreciate its beauty!

 

45. Jetties

If you are English, you would know these as piers, but in Australia, they are called jetties! Nearly every beach has one, and if you are an adventurous soul, then they offer a chance to do some great diving! The longest one in Australia stretches a staggering 2km out into the sea, and is located in Busselton, WA! They are a great way to appreciate the beauty of Australia’s beaches!

 

44. Glenelg

I absolutely love Glenelg! It is one of the best beachside towns in Australia, and definitely one of the best places to visit in South Australia! The beach is great, and it is not too crowded, even during summer! There are also some great cafes nearby, should you get peckish during your trip!

 

43. Brunswick Street

I lived very close to Brunswick Street, when I was in Melbourne, and it is one of the most bohemian and hispter places I have ever been. As someone who is the complete opposite of that, I did look out of place, but that didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it here. There are lots of cool shops and cafes here, a walk down here while in Melbourne is a must!

 

42. Surfing

Surfing is another image that crops up when you think of Australia! The image that a lot of people have is that Australians all have long blonde hair and are beach bums. While this is not entirely true, surfing is still very popular here and you should definitely try it during your stay!

 

41. BBQ

Another quintessential Aussie activity is the barbeque! Shrimps on the barby, might not be as true as is commonly thought, but a good barby is a big part of Australian culture! Nearly every park and beach will have a number of barbeque stations, so there is no excuse not to indulge in this famous Australian pastime!

 

40. Aussie accent

The Aussie accent is a bit of an obscure reason to visit Australia, but as someone that loves all kinds of different accents, it was for me! I enjoyed listening to the different accents during my time here, even if I struggled to tell them apart! Aussie slang is also very funny and made me laugh on a number of occasions!

The Lonely Planet even has a book you can buy to help you get to grips with Aussie language!

 

39. Flip flops

I’m not a big fan of wearing shoes or socks, so the Australian obsession with flip-flops, or thongs as they call them, was a big plus for me when I was travelling in Australia! Compared to living in Spain, where everyone looks at me like I’m crazy, no one in Australia cares what you wear on your feet. Just be sure to bring a decent pair, you’ll be wearing them a lot!

 

38. Devil’s Marbles

Again, this is another place that I knew next to nothing about before I visited! Admittedly, there isn’t an awful lot to do at the Devil’s Marbles, but it is the sight of giant round boulders in the middle of the desert, that is incredible. They look as if they have no place being here! This is definitely a must visit location if you are in the Northern Territory!

Devil's Marbles

37. Tasmania

Although I didn’t visit Tasmania, it looked amazing from the pictures that I saw from friends who had visited there! It reminded me a lot of New Zealand, with similar landscapes and scenery and would definitely appeal to those who have an adventurous side to them! Again, this is a different side to the Australia of the East Coast and well worth a visit!

 

36. Penguin Parade

The penguin parade is a little-known event that happens on both St Kilda beach and Philip Island. Every night, penguins that live in the the rocks near to the beach, their way from the home and waddle their way to the beach. This is an intriguing spectacle, although be prepared for cold weather and crowds if you go along to see the penguins!

 

35. Kakadu National Park

This is another place that I hugely regret not visiting during my time in Australia. Kakadu National Park is huge, it is the same size as Slovenia, and it would be near impossible to see all of it, but there are some great spots to see here. It is home to some of the oldest Aboriginal sites in Australia and also plenty of crocs, so keep your eyes peeled during your visit!

 

34. Child-friendly

Australia is a child-friendly country, so if you are family, looking to travel to Australia, then shouldn’t have any worries about travelling with your children. Australia’s infrastructure is great and most hostels cater to families, plus there are many great activities for travelling families to do in Oz!

 

33. Bondi beach

Bondi beach is without a doubt, the most famous beach in Australia, so it would be daft to not visit while you are in Australia! I’ll be honest, I didn’t think it was all that great and I preferred nearby Tamarama and Bronte, but as an icon of Australia it has to be visited. Plus, the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee is incredible and is a must-do!

Bondi beach

32. Sydney Harbour

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Sydney, living in Melbourne for 5 months probably accounted for that, but I can’t deny that the Harbour area in Sydney was great! This is definitely the best part of Sydney and it is incredible to see the bridge and Opera house up close as they really are spectacular in person!

Sydney harbour

31. Melbourne Cricket Ground

If you are a sports fan like me, then you have to visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) while you are in Australia! It is a massive stadium, capable of holding 100,00 spectators and watching a cricket or Aussie Rules match here is an experience. It is also home to the National Sports Museum, which is worth a visit as well!

Inside the MCG

30. King’s Canyon

King’s Canyon is overshadowed by nearby Uluru and Kata-Tjuta, but that doesn’t mean that there is nothing worth seeing! I actually thought King’s Canyon had some of the best views out of the three and the walk around the canyon is great and offers some amazing sights and views of the outback!

 

29. Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsundays and although there isn’t an awful lot to do here, it’s not the worst place in the world to be! It has a lively nightlife scene, and there are some great coastal walks around the area as well. The beach isn’t too bad either and they have a cool pool area just off it as well!

 

28. Whitsundays

The Whitsundays are one of the top attractions in Australia, and this owes much to the beauty of the many islands that make up the Whitsundays. Many backpackers go on a boat cruise around the islands and this is definitely something worth doing and something I regret not doing!

 

27. Byron Bay

Another location on the East Coast, that I didn’t stop at, Byron Bay is the most easterly point of mainland Australia. This is marked by the lighthouse at Cape Byron and there are some great views of the Pacific from here. Byron is also a lively town with plenty of other activities for backpackers!

 

26. Night sky

Australia is one of the best countries in the world for stargazing! This is mainly due to its isolation from the rest of the world and the lack of pollution, especially in the outback. I have definitely never seen clearer skies, save for when I was in New Zealand, so if stargazing is your thing, Australia is the place for you!

 

25. Botanic Gardens

Botanic gardens are present in all of the big cities of Australia. I believe they are one of the most underrated reasons to visit Australia! They are great places to visit on a sunny day and they are beautifully arranged. My favourite was the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, which one of my favourite places to go and relax.

 

24. St Kilda

St Kilda is one of the top things to do in Melbourne and the main beach in the city. The beach is good and there are lots of cool cafes and restaurants nearby. This is also a top backpacker spot in the city and a great place to meet like-minded travellers. Luna Park is also worth a visit while in St Kilda!

St Kilda beach

23. Melbourne trams

The trams in Melbourne are an iconic part of the city’s fabric and at some point during your stay in the city, you will use them. They are free to use in the city centre, and are contributing factor to why Melbourne is considered the world’s most livable city!

 

22. Qantas

Qantas is an icon of Australia, and one of the best airlines that I have traveled with! They are more pricey than other airlines such as Jetstar or Tiger, but there service is top quality and I recommend flying with them once, just to say you have! If you are in the Northern Territory, then check out the airfield near Daly Waters, as this is where Qantas first operated out of!

 

21. Islands

Although is mostly thought of as one big continent, there are actually a number of islands close by as well. From Magnetic Island to the far flung Lord Howe Island, these are places that you should and try to include on your trip. Often the scenery is spectacular and they are home to lots of diverse wildlife as well!

 

20. Blue Mountains

This is another place that I regret not visiting in Australia, and as that list is quite long, it just shows how much there is to do in Oz! The Blue Mountains are a mountain range in New South Wales and similar to the Grampians, they offer some incredible views and diverse scenery. A must-visit in New South Wales!

 

19. Straightest road in the world

Among many other weird and wonderful things, Australia is also home to the straightest road in the world! The 145.6 km (90 miles) road is on the Eyre Highway, which links Perth and Adelaide. If you love road trips, then travelling on this road, should surely entice you to do a Adelaide to Perth road trip!

 

18. Koala

Along with the Kangaroo, Koalas are another icon of Australia, and you cannot leave the country without seeing one. They are weird creatures up close and don’t really do an awful lot, but there is no denying they are cute! Most parks and zoos offer the chance to hold one, bear in mind you have to pay and it can be expensive!

 

17. Shark cage diving

Another animal synonymous with Australia is the Great White Shark. Normally, this is one of the animals that you do not want to come into contact with. However, if you are a little bit crazy then you can do a shark cage dive, to get up close and personal. Port Lincoln is the spot for this, and it can be expensive, but is definitely a once in a lifetime experience!

 

16. Rainforests

The Far North of Queensland is home to one of Australia’s rainforests, another, the Gondwana rainforest is located in Northern New South Wales and South-East Queensland. These are interesting places to visit and offer another diverse landscape to explore in Australia!

 

15. Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island is one place that you are unlikely to visit in Australia, as it is located 600 km (370 miles) from the coast of New South Wales in the Pacific Ocean. It is a World Heritage listed island and there are only 800 people on the island at any given time. If you get the chance to visit, then you should grasp it, as this really is backpacking into the unknown!

 

14. National parks

Australia has a lot of national parks and you should definitely consider visiting as many as you can. The cities are great, but the true beauty of Australia lies in its vast amount of diverse and beautiful landscapes! The national parks are one of the best reasons to visit Australia. You should include as many national parks as possible in your Australian itinerary!

 

13. Coffee

Australians are a proud bunch, and they are extremely proud of their coffee, and so they should be as it is great. I never really drunk coffee, until I visited Australia, but I have not looked back since. In fact, the coffee in Oz is so good, that Starbucks had to close a number of their stores in the country. If that’s not reason enough to try the coffee in Australia, I don’t what is!

 

12. Perth

Perth is the capital of Western Australia, and the most isolated city in the world, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit. There are plenty of things to do in Perth, and it is home to some of the best beaches in Australia. One downside is that the city is quite expensive, so unless you have a job there, you will have watch what you spend!

 

11. Big things

One thing that is slightly peculiar about Australia, is that for some reason, there a lot of big things scattered across the country. There are so many, they even have their own dedicated Wikipedia page! They certainly liven up travelling around Australia, and give an insight into the culture of the people here! They also make road trips much more interesting!

 

10. Spectacular storms

As certain parts of Australia are located close to the equator, and most of the country has a tropical climate, storms are a regular occurrence. However, these are not your regular storms, these are storms x 10! I have never seen such intense lightning storms until I visited Australia. There are no guarantees you will witness a storm, but if you do they will live long in the memory!

 

9. Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads is a largely underrated part of the Gold Coast. It is located close to the border with New South Wales and is a fair distance from Surfer’s Paradise, but it is definitely well worth a visit. There are some great views of the Gold Coast from here and the beaches in the area are among the best along the coast!

Burleigh Heads

8. Restaurants

Due to the cultural diversity in Australia, it is home to a lot of different cuisines from all corners of the globe. There is everything from Greek to Afghan cuisine and numerous fantastic restaurants! Some are expensive, while some are cheap, but the majority are very good, and you should sample the different restaurants on offer while you’re here!

 

7. Shopping

Australia is a paradise for shopping! Every city has a mall, and there are numerous boutique shops and independent retailers where you can get some great bargains. I’m not a fan of shopping, but seeing as a lot of people, I had to include it on the list, as there are many bargains to be had in Australia, and the malls are quite cool as well!

 

6. Camping

Australia is one of the best countries in the world to camp in, the numerous open spaces mean that you could pitch your tent in some great spots! If you want to save money while you’re on a road trip, then this is a great option. You’ll also get to experience the incredible night sky in Australia, so what other reason do you need to camp!

 

5. Cycling

Australia has some great locations for cycling. For instance, in Adelaide, you can rent a bike for free and cycle down to Henley beach for the day, the route is beautiful and this is generally the case for the whole of the country. If you are more adventurous then you could cycle across the country, but I would only advise this if you are experienced at this type of thing, as it would be brutal!

 

4. Fraser Island

Another one of the great reasons to visit Australia, Fraser island is the world’s largest sand island. Located on the East Coast, it is heritage listed and has a cool shipwreck that you can check out as well. 4×4 tours are popular on the island and are a great way to see all it has to offer. You may even see the odd dingo as well!

 

3. Whale watching

This is an underrated activity in Australia and one that I am really pleased that I did. The best time to do this is during the winter when the whales are close to shore giving birth to their offspring. Port Eliott is a great location for this, and is amazing how many whales you can see on any given day if you are lucky!

 

2. Coastline

As an island continent, Australia has a big coastline, and almost of all, it is spectacular. From sandy beaches to the cliffs of the coast of Victoria, there is a lot of diversity. As most of the population lives on the coast, you’re going to come into contact with it a lot, so make sure you make the most of it and explore as much as you can!

Gold Coast coastline

1. You won’t want to leave!

While not exactly a reason to visit Australia, this is very true. When it came to the end of my working holiday visa, I really didn’t want to leave. I’d had too much fun and fallen in love with the country, the thought of going back to England was horrible. So, make the most of your time in Australia, as it is a great country, and you’ll definitely be left wanting more!

Backpacking in Brisbane

Concluding thoughts

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to visit Australia, so what are you waiting for? Get out there!

Do you agree with these reasons? Is there anything that you think I’ve missed? Drop me a comment below to let me know what you think!

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Tom

Tom is a travel addict who first left England to spend a year Down Under. Not satisfied with this, he then went to New Zealand, about as far away from home as he could get. He is now planning his next adventures in Europe and Canada while maintaining this blog.

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35 Responses

  1. Awesome photos! Consider me sold on Australia.

  2. Akid says:

    I’m currently looking to go over! How long did it take you to write this post hah! Must have taken you AGES! great tips and definitely convinced me to head over.

    • Tom says:

      haha yes it took me about 2 weeks!! Well, I’m glad I’ve convinced you to head over, that was the main purpose of the article!

  3. Sher says:

    australia is high up on my bucket list!

    Sher
    http://www.shershegoes.com

  4. Dani says:

    That’s what I call “a very complete article”, you convinced me at from the 10th reason 🙂
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    -Dani

  5. Hung Thai says:

    Epic list Tom but I don’t think you need 100 reasons to convince me to move here. This is one of those places that has been on my list for so long. The weather, the beaches, the people, that’s really all you need to say 🙂

    • Tom says:

      Thank you 🙂 True, true, weather, beaches were my main reasons as well, but once you start travelling around you realise just how good the place is! i think I could think of another 50 reasons to be fair!

  6. Nathan says:

    That list is incredible, very comprehensive. I hope to visit Australia one day but I know it can be a bit expensive.

    http://www.foodieflashpacker.com

    • Tom says:

      Thank you 🙂 Ye unfortunately it can be quite expensive, lots and lots of pasta is the answer to saving money!

  7. Carol Colborn says:

    I have visited Australia but now will get a chance to do all these 100 reasons! My daughter is migrating to the country in January 2018 and I get to babysit my grandkids! I will have the weekends to do all of these!

  8. Great list! I lived in Adelaide for almost 2 years, so it’s great to see you loved South Australia. 🙂

    • Tom says:

      I absolutely love Adelaide, great city. South Australia is incredible, definitely the most underrated part of Australia!

  9. Angela says:

    So I’ve always wanted to go to Australia, but now I have 100 more reasons on why!! What an awesome list!

  10. Connie Reed says:

    What a great guide to Australia. I definitely want to go there but won’t be able to stay long enough to see the entire country. Your post gives a snippet of what to expect in the different areas, which helps in picking and choosing the areas to visit.

    • Tom says:

      There isn’t really a bad area to visit in Australia really! Perhaps Canberra is worth avoiding, as I’ve been informed by multiple people that’s it’s a bit boring!

  11. Jessica says:

    That’s a long list and more than enough reasons to convince me to visit this stunning country! Coffee and People will be enough for me though.

  12. MariaAbroad says:

    I’ve worked for a university in Australia, but remotely, so while I know a lot about the country, I have never actually been there. And now your 100 reasons to visit spark my wanderlust even more! Can’t wait to experience it all one day 🙂

  13. mark wyld says:

    That my friend is an extensive list of things one would think you like Australia lol

  14. Love this!! I’m heading to Australia in August to celebrate my 30th and then will keep on celebrating there for a full year. 😉 This is making me super excited for all there is to experience!

  15. Kevin Wagar says:

    Well I’m out of breath after reading that. I can’t wait for the chance to visit Aussieland!

  16. Christabel says:

    Incredible list! Australia has been on my bucket list for ages, and I have so many friends that live there – if only I could jump on a plane and head there right now 😉

  17. Great article!
    You’ve convinced us! It could be our next destination 😉

  18. Psychic Nest says:

    Hi Tom,

    I love how convincing your article is! Especially the wildlife, nature and beaches are good reasons to visit Australia!

    Zaria

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