Australia Trip – From short city breaks to walking trails, nature journeys, coastal drives and epic journeys across the outback, here are some suggestions to get you started on your Australian vacation planning.
1. Freo Prison
A visit to Freo is not complete without visiting the iconic Freo Prison. It is the only World Heritage listed site in the metropolitan area. There are several tours on offer. If you are brave enough the prison offers night tours by torchlight.
2. Sunset Time at Fremantle
To this day Fremantle is functions as a major Australian port. It is also the main launching point for people visiting Rottnest Island and arrival port for visiting cruise liners. Fremantle has an eclectic mix of artisan shopsand cafes.
3. Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island is 19km as the crow flies from the mainland, west of Fremantle. It is known colloquially as “Rotto”. Are you seeing a pattern? To get to Rotto, you will need to get catch a boat across. There are a couple of companies that will ferry you across to the island. You can catch the ferry from Perth or Fremantle.
A 30-minute drive south of Perth city, is the bustling port of Fremantle, or Freo as it is known to the locals. Formerly a separate settlement it now sits firmly within the greater Perth metro area. It is easily accessible from Perth city by public transport and once in Fremantle there is a free CAT bus that will allow you to access all the Freo sites.
5. Sidney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of Sydney, and Australia itself. The bridge is nicknamed “The Coathanger” because of its arch-based design.
6. Opera House
It is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings. Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the building was formally opened on 20 October 1973 after a gestation beginning with Utzon’s 1957 selection as winner of an international design competition.
7. Fraser Island
It’s only fitting that the largest sand island in the world should also play host to one of Australia’s best beaches. 75 Mile Beach does a great job of carrying the card while serving as the unofficial face of Queensland’s Fraser Island. As you might expect, the beach gets its name from its approximate length, and the number ’75’ should tell you all you need to know about just how expansive this huge stretch of coastline truly is.
8. Wineglass Bay
Talk about photogenic! While Tasmania probably isn’t the first state that springs to mind when you’re trying to conjure up images of beautiful Aussie beaches (as it’s definitely more widely known for its greenery reminiscent of England and Wales), there are definitely exceptions.
9. Mandalay Beach
When compared to the East Coast, Western Australia is often overlooked for travellers exploring interstate. A prime example of this is WA’s Mandalay Beach, situated to the south of Perth, and located around 30 minutes from the town of Walpole.
10. Lizard Island
The entire Great Barrier Reef in general offers a cavalcade of amazing spectacles, not the least of which are beaches. However, two destinations, in particular, stand out among the many choices as far as we are concerned (another of which you’ll come across later on this list).
11. Cable Beach
Just 250m from the famous Cable Beach, our contemporary, stylish resort is a budget travellers paradise. Experience the ultimate in luxury backpackers resort accommodation in modern and well appointed rooms, take a swim in our sparkling pool or stroll to the beach to watch the magic of a Western Australia sunset.