Australians have nailed the relaxed way of life that so many of us dream about. With miles of beaches in every direction, scenic national parks, and metropolitan cities, the country has pretty much everything you could ever want while on holiday.

Now that you’re ready to experience the Aussie spirit, how do you plan your trip? If you’re not sure where to start, make sure to read this list of Australia’s most awe-inspiring destinations.

Sydney Opera House

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Perhaps the most famous attraction in Australia is the iconic Sydney Opera House. Sitting against the short of Port Jackson, the Sydney Opera House has inspired tourists and locals alike for decades. Noted as one of the 20th century’s most distinctive buildings, this Sydney staple is a must-see on any Australian holiday.

Bondi Beach

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While in Sydney, stopping in at Bondi Beach is critical to maintaining your tan and getting a feel for the carefree Aussie attitude. Located just east of Sydney’s downtown, Bondi Beach is peppered with glamourous locals, jetsetters, and the Hollywood crowd. And while you’re there, make sure to take a dip in the Bondi Icebergs Pool!

Great Barrier Reef

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As the longest barrier reef in the entire world, and indeed the largest living thing on Earth, the Great Barrier Reef is Australia’s crown jewel. Bordering the northeast Queensland Coast, the Great Barrier Reef is a mecca for scuba divers, snorkelers, and adventurers from around the world. Make your homebase in Cairns or Port Douglas if you wish to experience the otherworldly beauty of the reef!

Melbourne City Centre

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For a distinct cosmopolitan feel, Melbourne’s city centre is the ideal destination. Renowned for its narrow lanes and glamourous arcades, Melbourne is full of art galleries, hip restaurants, and high end shopping. The notable blend of contemporary and Victorian architecture set against expansive gardens will inspire the city slicker in anyone!

Great Ocean Road

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If road-tripping is just your speed while on holiday, make sure to cruise the Great Ocean Road. Hugging the southern Victoria coastline, the Great Ocean Road is on Australia’s National Heritage list and full of scenic ocean vistas, charming historic towns, and breathtaking geographic features. A famous stopping point along the way is Port Campbell National Park, where The 12 Apostles (giant limestone stacks) rest gently off the coast.

Hunter Valley

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The Hunter Valley region, just north of Sydney, is one of Australia’s most popular wine regions. Spend the day touring vineyards, taking the Hunter Valley Steam Train, and cruising the Hunter River and Lake Macquarie. The region is known for its Shiraz, Semillon, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon, but also produces small quantities of Pinot Noir.

Litchfield National Park

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Take a dip in some of the only natural swimming holes in Australia where you won’t become crocodile dinner at Litchfield National Park. Only an hour away from Darwin, bring your swimsuit along for the journey- you’ll definitely want to experience the serene Buley Rockhole (a sequence of spa-like pools with waterfalls in between.) In fact, you might want to grab your tent and hiking shoes, too! Hikers and campers fall in love with Litchfield National Park each and every day.

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