waterfall in the grampians, victoria
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7 Places to visit in Australia

7 Places to visit in Australia


Australian states are mapping out their own timelines for easing lockdown restrictions, with cafes and restaurants set to open soon. Queenslanders such as myself will be given greater freedom to travel further for recreational purposes, amongst other things. Whilst international travel appears to still be a long way off, it seems that domestic travel may resume as early as July. There has also been a lot of talk about re-opening travel between Australia and New Zealand. Whilst many of us long to explore an array of far away countries, there is plenty to see right here in Australia. So here are seven of my favourite places to holiday without going overseas.

1. Port Douglas

port douglas 4 mile beach

I write about Port Douglas and the surrounding area often, because it’s where I live. However, it is an incredible place for a holiday with the reef, the rainforest, exquisite restaurants, and relaxing vibes.

Top 5 day trips from Port Douglas

5 tips to enjoy Port Douglas on a budget

Why you need to add Port Douglas to your Australia bucket list

2. Magnetic Island

I visited Magnetic Island last year with Conor and his parents and it was lovely! Take the ferry over from Townsville and hire a car to navigate the island more easily. Enjoy snorkelling, seeing wallabies and koalas in the wild, and the excellent Fort Walk.

Magnetic Island

3. Airlie Beach


I lived in Airlie Beach for a few months back in 2017, and re-visited last year. It is the gateway to the Whitsundays, which everybody should visit. Take a day trip to Whitehaven Beach and snorkel around the islands. Experience lively bars and restaurants, and soak up stunning harbour, sea, and mountainous views.

Airlie Beach

4. Melbourne


When I first came to Australia in 2016, I lived in Melbourne for almost two years. It is an incredible city to explore. Discover unique cultural experiences, mind-blowing hidden cocktail bars, and exciting day trips amongst much more.

My favourite spots in Melbourne

5. Great Ocean Road

12 apostles, great ocean road

Whilst you’re in Victoria, take this world-famous road-trip for sweeping coastal views, native Aussie wildlife, and charming seaside towns.

A long weekend on the Great Ocean Road

6. The Grampians

waterfall in the grampians, victoria

It’s definitely worth finding a few days to soak up the natural beauty of The Grampians. Take scenic hikes, chase waterfalls, and see beautiful natural wonders.

A long weekend in the Grampians

7. Ayers Rock

ayers rock, or uluru, northern territory, australian outback

See one of Australia’s most iconic sights in the heart of the outback. Learn all about Aboriginal culture, dine under the stars, and see some stunning sunrises and sunsets.

48 Hours at Ayers Rock

This is by no means a comprehensive list, or the seven best spots in the country. They are just seven places that I have visited and enjoyed.

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