Whether you're an interstate visitor or a guest from abroad, Australia is a destination that offers an amazing diversity of experiences for travellers...

In every corner of this wide, brown land there’s something to inspire and delight travellers: stories to hear, characters to meet, and a laid back lifestyle to enjoy.

So what’s the Australian destination for you? Well, to experience the world-famous harbour and some of the country’s most iconic beaches, along with a relaxed lifestyle and great seafood, head straight for beautiful Sydney.

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Australia travel guide: Sydney Opera House

For gourmet cuisine, cultural indulgences, shopping and sporting exploits, make Melbourne your port of call.

Up and down the Queensland coast you’ll find golden beaches and a tropical vibe that the whole country can’t get enough of. Brisbane has definitely come of age as one of our most cosmopolitan capitals. Over in South Australia, Adelaide offers a genteel culture, gourmet cuisine and some of the best wine-producing regions in the country.

Perth in the West may be the world’s most isolated capital city but you wouldn’t know it. Culture and great cafes flourish, along with a fabulous wine scene. Don’t miss Margaret River, located three hours’ drive south.

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Australia travel guide: Margaret River

Tasmania is a compact destination of dramatic coastlines, quaint villages, convict-built heritage and magnificent food and wine. Visit the awe-inspiring Gordon Wild River, see the wild flowers of stunning Freycinet National Park and get in touch with your inner convict at infamous Port Arthur.

And no trip to Tassie would be complete without a visit to Cradle Mountain. This remarkable rocky outcrop soars above shimmering Dove Lake. It’s Tasmania’s most iconic attraction – next to MONA in Hobart.

The Top End and WA’s Kimberley are the wild Australia you’ve always dreamed of visiting. You’ll never forget your first glimpse of Geikie Gorge or the age-old Bungle Bungles; your first crocodile sighting in Kakadu; your first sandy steps on glorious Cable Beach in Broome.

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Australia travel guide: Explore Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory. Image: Bigstock

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and cruise on the Yellow Water billabong. Drift through world-renowned Katherine Gorge or swim at Wangi Falls in Litchfield National Park. Cosmopolitan capital Darwin is the gateway to everything the Top End has to offer. Don’t miss the chance to come face to face with the resident ‘salties’ at Darwin’s Crocosaurus Cove.

And last but certainly not least, the iconic Red Centre is high on the list of must-sees for most visitors to Australia. Start your visit in Alice Springs to learn more about our Indigenous culture, and end with sunset at majestic Uluru. Magic!

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Find Aussie tours and experiences

Here on The Big Bus tour and travel guide we showcase many of the best Australian day tours and short guided holidays. You can search and book hundreds of tours and experiences right here on our site. Guided tours are a great way to really connect with each region you visit. From Broome to Brissy you’ll find passionate experts willing to share their local knowledge through a whole range of amazing activities.

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Enjoy discounts on a range of top attractions with the Australia Multi-City Flexi Attractions Pass.

Save on top Aussie attractions

Travelling to Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart or the Gold Coast? Consider an Australia Multi-City Flexi Attractions Pass. Save up to 40% on many of Australia’s most famous attractions and things to do. Choose from five, seven or ten attraction passes. Your pass can be used in more than one city, over a period of three months.

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