Whether you're an interstate visitor or a guest from abroad, Australia offers an amazing diversity of experiences to enjoy...

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

What’s the Australian destination for you? Well, to experience the world-famous harbour and some of the country’s most iconic beaches, head straight for big and beautiful Sydney. If you’re interested in gourmet cuisine, cultural indulgences and great shopping, make Melbourne your main port of call. The Victorian capital also offers easy access to stunning natural landscapes like the Great Ocean Road.

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Australia travel guide: Sydney Opera House

Up and down the Queensland coast you’ll find golden beaches and a relaxed tropical vibe to enjoy. Brisbane is the gateway to Southeast Queensland, and has come of age as one of the country’s most cosmopolitan capital cities. Cairns is the unofficial capital city of the tropical north. It’s a great base for exploring the world-renowned Daintree rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

Over in South Australia, Adelaide offers a genteel culture, gourmet cuisine and some of the most famous wine-producing regions in the country. Perth may be one of the world’s most isolated major cities, but you wouldn’t know it. The Western Australia capital is packed with world-class cultural attractions and museums, and innovative cafes and eateries. The Swan Valley and Margaret River wine regions are within easy reach.

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Australia travel guide: Margaret River

Tasmania offers a compact mix of dramatic scenery, quaint villages, convict heritage to explore, and wonderful food and wine to savour. Visit the awe-inspiring Gordon Wild River, see the wildflowers of stunning Freycinet National Park, and get in touch with your inner-convict at infamous Port Arthur. No visit would be complete without seeing Cradle Mountain. It’s the island’s most famous natural attraction. Start or end your Tassie holiday in Hobart — home to the fascinating Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).

The Top End and Western Australia’s Kimberley offer the quintessential outback experience. You’ll never forget your first glimpse of Geikie Gorge or the age-old Bungle Bungles; your first crocodile sighting in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park; your first sandy steps on glorious Cable Beach in BroomeDarwin is the capital of the Northern Territory and the gateway to everything the Top End has to offer.

Last but certainly not least, the iconic Red Centre is high on the list of must-sees for many visitors to Australia. Highlights include the quintessential outback city of Alice Springs, and majestic Uluru — one of the world’s most famous natural landmarks, and a renowned centre for Indigenous culture.

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

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Australia travel guide: Enjoy an amazing range of guided experiences across the country. Image courtesy of Bunyip Tours.

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