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What is on your ultimate Australia travel list? This is a question I often ask people who are either setting off on a big lap of Australia or travelling from overseas to see our big wide land. I believe the majority of people answer that they would like to see the wonder of Uluru in Outback Australia, scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge, dive the Great Barrier Reef or drive the Great Ocean Road. So when I received Lonely Planet’s “Ultimate Australia Travel List” publication, I was interested to find out whether these places were highly ranked.
Well, I was pretty close with three out of four of these Australian travel experiences being listed in the top ten. How Lonely Planet came up with this ultimate Australia travel list was by compiling every highlight in their Lonely Planet Australian guidebooks. Then they surveyed their writers, editors, designers and cartographers to pick their favourite Australian places and experiences.
With a list of 500 of the most memorable, beautiful and compelling experiences to be had in Australia, there are far too many to list. However here I list the top twenty:
For someone like myself, who has actually travelled right around Australia, I have only experienced 11 of these Aussie places. So this tells me that I still have so much more to see and do in this great big country of mine.
I haven’t as yet travelled to the centre of Australia and seen Uluru or Kata Tjuta. Nor have I seen Kakadu in the Northern Territory. However these things are on my Australian bucket list. For this reason I will list my top twenty Australian places and experiences:
I absolutely loved this book! I actually found it to be absorbing and unputdownable. Mostly it was a trip down memory lane for me as I have travelled extensively throughout Australia. But I was also delighted to learn of new Aussie places to visit and explore. It made me realise that I have so much more to see in Australia.
For first-timers that haven’t seen much of Australia this book is an absolute must read. It could be used a handy planning guide for your trip around Australia. For those overseas it would also be perfect to be used as a planning tool.
As well as being an easy-to-read Australian travel guide, the book features spectacular photography for almost every place on the list. It also informs the reader of the exact location of the destination, its Aboriginal name or territory, a brief overview of the place of interest, factual information and why its memorable.
Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Australia Travel List is available at book stores in Australia, US and the UK. Or purchase online HERE.
Australia is a big country, so if you’re planning on visiting you need to keep in mind the long distances and the remoteness of some of these travel list destinations. For example, the distance from the east coast to the west coast of Australia is 4,000 kilometres. From south to north, (say Melbourne to Cairns) is a distance of 2,800 kilometres. The main attraction, Uluru is located in the centre of Australia and is 2,840 kilometres north-west of Sydney.
In other words you would need a considerable amount of time to see all of what Australia has to offer if you wanted to see everything listed here. So you really need to focus on either the east or west coast and then plan from here. For more on planning a trip to Australia read my post HERE.
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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DarrenJune 5, 2022
Nice holidays you’ve had in Australia Kathy!
Cape Le Grand National Park is amazing for camping and snorkeling. Exmouth and Coral Bay are destinations not to miss. So much in Western Australia that travelers don’t know about!
Next time you can hopefully add Margaret River to your list and we can grab a vino or 2!
KathyJune 5, 2022
Yes I’ve experienced some of the best of the West! Cape Le Grand National Park was a big highlight as were the amazing beaches around Esperance. I also spent about 10 days at Coral Bay and Exmouth, swimming with the whale sharks and snorkelling most days. So I totally agree with you. There are too many incredible places to list here. I have been to Margaret River on two occasions and enjoyed some of the fine wines here. I will definitely take you up on your offer if I’m in the area again!