The 10 Most Beautiful Views in Australia

Australia is a vast country/continent rich with scenic grandeur on a magnificent scale. From Queensland to Western Australia, Tasmania to the Northern Territory, splendor is always on display. Although this is only a small sample of what the country has to offer, here are arguably the 10 most beautiful views in Australia:

10. Mount Wellington Peak, Tasmania

The gorgeous state of Tasmania has many magnificent views to take in but one of the most rewarding is the view from the top of Mount Wellington. At its peak, Mount Wellington stands over 4,000 feet above sea level and provides spectacular views over the capital city of Hobart, the Derwent River and the World Heritage Protected Mount Faulkner Conservation Area to the west.

Mount Wellington Peak, Tasmania

9. Devils Marbles, Northern Territory

These gravity-defying rock formations are located in Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve, between the towns of Tennant Creek and Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern Territory. These large granite boulders have been shaped by weather and erosion and many are naturally precariously balanced on top of one another, forming larger rock formations. Some have even been split clean in half by natural forces. The Karlu Karlu site has great cultural and spiritual significance to the Aboriginal owners of this land, making the view even more special.

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8. Sunset at Mindil Beach, Darwin

Some of the most spectacular Australian sunsets can be witnessed from Darwin’s Mindil Beach as the sun dips below the Arafura Sea. Beautiful hues of pink, orange, blue and purple paint the sky each night while the beach setting of sandy shores and palm trees swaying in the breeze set the ultimate tropical tone. From April to October you can enjoy the festive nightlife of the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets which celebrate the gorgeous view each night.

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7. Sydney Harbour and Circular Quay, Sydney

It’s a view known the world round as one of the most popular and iconic shots of Australia. The famous Sydney Harbour and Circular Quay can be best experienced from a birds eye view, one you can experience yourself if you have the nerve to climb 143 meters above sea level to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It may be a nerve racking climb for some but it’s guaranteed to be an amazing view that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

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6. Uluru at Sunrise, Ayer’s Rock

There’s something magical about witnessing the first beam of sun hitting the big red rock as dawn breaks in the Australian outback. Uluru is a deeply spiritual place for the Aboriginal people of the area and it’s well worth a visit to see the colors of this monolith change over the course of the day depending on the light conditions. Personally we think sunrise is the most impressive when the whole rock is glowing red.

Uluru at Sunrise

5. The Pinnacles, Western Australia

This is one Australian view that’s eerily beautiful. These limestone formations are known as The Pinnacles and can be found in Western Australia’s Nambung National Park. One theory of how they formed is that long ago they were formed from seashells which were broken down into limestone sand which blew inland forming the dunes that can be seen today.

The Pinnacles, Western Australia

4. McLaren Vale, South Australia

This impressive wine region of Australia lies just 35 kilometers south of the city of Adelaide in South Australia. This internationally renowned wine region was first planted with vines in 1838 and has some vines over 100 years old that are still producing today. The lush rolling hills of vibrant greenery provide a picture perfect setting to rival the most beautiful views in the country.

McLaren Vale, South Australia

3. Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay

This next view is not only beautiful but significant; the Cape Byron Lighthouse is the most easterly point in the entire country. Each year more than 500,000 people visit the lighthouse which rises up above Byron Bay offering spectacular views of the bay, the beach and even an opportunity for whale watching when the season is right.

Lighthouse, Byron Bay

2. The 12 Apostles, Victoria

Who knew limestone could be so beautiful? The golden sand and rolling turquoise water probably helps out this magnificent view but the star… or should we say stars of this scene are the giant limestone stacks known as the 12 Apostles. Located near Port Campbell in Victoria, just off the Great Ocean Road, the apostles were formed by erosion. Over the years some of the stacks have fallen, with the most recent collapse in 2005. Today eight Apostles still stand on the shores providing a most breathtaking view.

12 Apostles

1. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays

For many, the typical Australian image is of a beautiful beach with soft sand and blue waters all around. The 7 kilometer stretch of sand known as Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island is about as beautiful of a beach view as one can get anywhere in the country. The beach is known for it’s powder white sands which are 98% pure silica giving it the signature bright white color. The sand at Whitehaven also doesn’t retain heat meaning that walking barefoot on the beach is comfortable even at the hottest points of the day. Whitehaven can only be accessed by boat making this a pristine picture worthy of any postcard.

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8 Awesome Markets in Australia

In a country/continent as big and diverse as Australia they’re able to grow, produce and make many products themselves year round. The best place to find fresh home grown produce and unique local products is by visiting one of the many markets that take place all around the country in cities big and small. No matter where you are in the country there’s bound to be a market held close by. To help get you exploring here are 8 awesome markets in some of the major cities around Australia:

8. Capital Region Farmers Markets –Canberra, ACT

Held every Saturday from 7:30-11:30am at EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra), it’s worth the drive out to these markets which feature the freshest produce in the capital sold by local producers. You’ll find fruits, vegetables, baked goods, meat and seafood, nuts, gourmet foods, flowers and plants all from local area growers. Come for breakfast and be sure to grab a flat white from the coffee stand and a sizzling sausage from The Brathaus.

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7. Cairns Night Markets –Cairns, QLD

The Cairns Night Markets and Food Court is world famous and a must do if you’re in northern Queensland. There are 130 stalls selling a wide variety of items but the focus is mostly on souvenirs and other aussie-made goods. Bring your appetite to these markets because the food court has a lot to offer including a few Chinese buffets where you pay for a plate and load up as much as you can. These markets are located on The Esplanade in the city center and are open 7 days a week from 5pm-11pm.

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6. Adelaide Central Markets –Adelaide, SA

The Adelaide Central Markets are located in the heart of Adelaide city center and are conveniently open Tues-Sat. This place is a foodies dream with bakeries, delis, fresh foods, meat and seafood, cafes and more. You can have a meal and then shop for the rest of your week and you’re pretty much guaranteed to find whatever you’re looking for at one of the 80+ stalls. This market is an Adelaide institution and is South Australia’s most visited tourist attraction so make sure you check it out.

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5. Brisbane MarketPlace –Brisbane, QLD

The Brisbane MarketPlace in Rocklea is a unique venue with 2 distinct weekend markets: The Saturday Fresh Market and the Sunday Discovery Market. On Saturdays from 6am—noon you’ll find over 190 stalls selling everything fresh including fruits and veg, meats and seafood, bread and baked goods, gourmet products and deli items plus much more. Then, on Sundays from 6am-noon you can come to the Discovery Market to explore new and second hand items, collectibles, books and more…come early and be prepared to haggle!

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4. Perth Home Grown Markets –Perth, WA

Perth City Center is home to many fantastic markets but one that stands out in front is the Perth Home Grown Market happening every Sunday from 11am-4pm in Forrest Place at the Murray Street Mall. The aim of this newer market is to provide the best quality local produce and local made products to the people of Perth. You can expect to find tasty home baked goods, organic teas, oils, pickles, hand crated goods in addition to fresh local produce.

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3. The Night Market (Queen Vic Market) –Melbourne, VIC

Never wonder what to do on a Wednesday night again because the Night Market at the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne is the place to see and be seen. These eclectic markets run every Wednesday night during the summer (Nov-Mar) from 5-10pm. It’s the perfect place for food, fashion, bars, music, shopping and more. While at these markets make sure you grab a glass of sangria, it’s legendary.

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Photo by Jonathan Khee

2. The Rocks Markets –Sydney, NSW

The Rocks Markets are nestled in the charming historic area of Sydney’s city center known as The Rocks and run every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. This quaint open air market consists of vendors lining the streets selling their wares in a very relaxed environment. The main highlights of these markets are the many artisan crafts including one of a kind clothing, handmade jewellery and original art. If you’re looking for souvenirs in Sydney, we suggest skipping the junky magnets and checking out these markets instead as you’re sure to find a timeless treasure.

The Rocks Markets

1. Mindil Beach Sunset Market –Darwin, NT

From the last Thursday in April to the last Thursday in October Mindil Beach is taken over by stalls and pedestrians all checking out the many offerings these markets have. Every Thursday night from 5-10pm and Sunday nights from 4-9pm most of Darwin heads to these unique evening markets which take advantage of the beautiful sunsets of the Northern Territories. Food is the biggest attraction here and you can find colorful cuisine like Thai, Indian, Chinese, Malaysian and more. This market also allows BYO so bring your cooler full of cold ones, grab some food and park yourself to watch the colors as the sun goes down.

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The 7 Most Beautiful and Underrated Cities in Australia

Australia is a beautiful country that attracts millions of visitors each year. Popular tourist destinations like Sydney and Melbourne offer visitors world-class sightseeing, but there are less popular travel destinations in Australia that are often underrated and overlooked. Take a look at seven Australian destinations that deserve a lot more attention.

1. Adelaide

Adelaide is a picturesque coastal city with a mild, year-round climate and lots of things to enjoy. Its beaches stretch for miles, from North Haven Beach with its boat marina to Sellicks Beach, a popular surfer’s paradise. Adelaide is also a city that’s full of exciting outdoor activities, culture and entertainment. If you like the outdoors, visit one of Adelaide’s 29 beautiful parks, the Adelaide Botanic Garden or the Adelaide Zoo, home to the world’s prized giant pandas. Brush up on culture at Migration Museum and the Art Gallery of South Australia. Enjoy a night out at one of Adelaide’s many restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars, then relax on the banks of the River Torrens while you row a boat and feed the ducks.

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2. Darwin

Darwin is a quiet city on the Timor Sea in the sparsely populated Northern Territory of Australia. With balmy, tropical breezes and beautiful orange sunsets, Darwin offers visitors a calm retreat from other bustling cities. Mindil Beach has open-air markets that feature crafts, pottery and foods from around the world. You can shop for bargains and relax with dinner on the beach while you enjoy a beautiful evening sunset. For sightseeing, Darwin has numerous guided tours that explore nature, culture and adventure. You can visit the local rainforests and outback, learn about the Aboriginal culture, explore a safari or fishing adventure, or take a harbor cruise to Crocosaurus Cove to see Steve Irwin’s beloved crocodiles.

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3. Broome

Broome, located in the Kimberly region of Western Australia, is a quiet, mellow place with friendly people. It isn’t that well-known to most travelers except for backpackers who love the laid-back atmosphere and spectacular scenery, like at Horizontal Falls, a natural phenomenon where tidal currents cause the waterfall to fall horizontally. Cable Beach, with pristine white sand, is famous for an undersea telegraph cable that connects Broome to Singapore. Town Beach, known for the Staircase to the Moon, is famous for dinosaur prints that are 130 million years old and etched in the sand. In Broome, you can shop for rare pink diamonds and pearls, go bird-watching in Roebuck Bay, rent a dune buggy in the outback or ride off into the sunset on a camel.

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4. Tasmania

The beautiful unspoiled landscapes in Tasmania are definitely an underrated attraction. Lake St Clair National Park is home to Cradle Mountain, one of Australia’s most beautiful wilderness areas. It’s a region that’s full of natural landscapes and gorgeous mountain ranges that were formed during the last Ice Age. You can take a walk around Dove Lake where you’ll see waterfalls and strange vegetation. If you’re up for a real adventure, you can take a six day guided walk along the world-famous Overland Track. It includes delicious meals, Tasmanian wine and accommodations in well-equipped huts. Tasmania is an Australian destination that will make you appreciate the real undisturbed beauty of Australia.

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5. Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is located in the state of South Australia. It’s just a short ferry ride from Cape Jervis or a quick flight from Adelaide. The island is full of natural landscapes and untouched bushland. It’s a natural sanctuary for wildlife and birds. Surrounded by water, Kangaroo Island is great for fishing and whale watching. There are sea lions, penguin colonies, rare birds, wallabies, and lots of free-roaming kangaroos and koalas. The relaxing atmosphere and unique wildlife is a treat for visitors looking for a restful, scenic destination. For another treat, you can enjoy gourmet food at the Kangaroo Festival, along with wines, cheeses, yogurts and authentic Australian cuisine.

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6. Phillip Island 

Located in the state of Victoria, about two hours south-east of Melbourne, Phillip Island offers a look at Australia’s natural beauty. Some of the terrain is rugged with rocky cliffs that line miles of sandy beaches. Other areas contain wetlands, mangrove flats and undisturbed bushland. You can stroll through seaside villages and shop for local treasures or enjoy delicious local seafood dishes. If you like to surf, you can catch a wave at Cape Woolamai, one of Victoria’s most popular surfing beaches. If you’re intrigued by penguins, visit the nearby village of Cowes to watch the Penguin Parade. At sundown each night, these resident penguins walk from the sea to their burrows to go to sleep. How cute is that?

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7. Cairns

Although most travelers know Cairns as the main gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, there’s a lot of things to explore in the city. Cairns has a mild tropical climate and relaxed atmosphere. You can enjoy the beaches while swimming, snorkeling, diving and sailing. The city has a diverse selection of restaurants, cafes and pubs for great food and nightly entertainment. Shopping is endless with world-class boutiques and specialty shops. If you enjoy adventure, Cairns is home to Daintree National Park, the world’s oldest living rainforest. You can explore the rainforest by taking the Kuranda Scenic Railway, a 90 minute ride through the rainforest where you’ll see platypus, crocodiles and colorful parrots.

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10 Exciting Cities to Visit on Your Australian Cruise

Taking a cruise down under? From city to city, there are a number of attractions throughout Australia that you won’t want to miss. Below you’ll find a list of the best cities to visit while on your Australian cruise.

1. Adelaide

Nearly one-third of Australia’s wine is exported from Adelaide, making the vineyards a must-see attraction. Wildlife enthusiasts have several opportunities to be amazed from visiting Kangaroo Island, a refuge populated with everything from koalas, wallabies, sea-lions and of course, kangaroos, to taking a nocturnal walk at the Warrawong Sanctuary. This walk takes place as darkness falls, and some of Australians unique wildlife emerges including bandicoots and bettongs. To feed your shopping appetite, you’ll find locally-made ceramics, wood-crafts and paintings, as well as some of the world’s most incredible gemstones, white opals, which are mined and sold in Adelaide.

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2. Sydney

Bike across the Sydney Harbor Bridge or enjoy the breathtaking waterfalls of the Blue Mountains. And what trip to Sydney would be complete without a visit to the Sydney Opera House? This iconic modern structure is a feast for the eyes, while being known as a world-renowned performing arts center. From shopping to beaches to festivals and more, there’s an array of sights and activities for all ages.

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3. Airlie Beach

The Great Barrier Reef is an obvious Australian tourist attraction not-to-be-missed. Airlie Beach provides access to this enormous coral reef system for snorkeling, as well as a variety of other water sports including sailing, water skiing and rafting. One of the oldest living tropical rainforests, Conway State Forest, is located here. Take in the breathtaking views from the forest’s peaks, while listening to the trickling creeks and roaming wildlife. Whitsunday Shopping Center features jewelry, clothing, entertainment and one-of-a-kind souvenirs for your friends back home.

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4. Alice Springs

One of Australia’s most famous outback towns, Alice Springs is surrounded with history and the beauty of the MacDonnell Ranges. From camel rides to hot air balloon rides, this unique city can quench your thirst for adventure. And don’t forget to check out the unique Aboriginal artworks.

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5. Brisbane

One of Australia’s big cities, Brisbane offers unexpected adventures for everyone from sand-boarding to sheep shearing. It’s home to the Australia Zoo, as well as the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Tour a 125-year-old brewery, XXXX Ale House, or marvel at the famous Story Bridge.

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6. Cairns

Cairns offers the best of both worlds. Relax as you meander through the Foreshore Promenade, or put on a brave face as you go whitewater rafting along the North Johnstone River. Cairns also offers another opportunity for diving the Great Barrier Reef. Before departing, make sure you visit Rusty’s Markets to get a taste of some of the freshest tropical fruits and seafood in the land.

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7. Darwin

Named after Charles Darwin, a visit to Darwin gives you the chance to get up close and personal with a variety of marine life. Start with a cruise down the Adelaide River to experience an encounter with the Jumping Crocodiles. Explore the coral, clown fish and sea horses of the Indo-Pacific Marine Exhibition. You can even work for your supper as you cast a line in hopes of catching a barramundi, known to be one of Australia’s most delicious fish for eating.

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8. Esperance

Go whale watching as the humpbacks visit this area known as a breeding ground for penguins, seals, sea lions and more. Take in the scenery of Cape Le Grand National Park, which provides access to some of the area’s best views and beaches. Don’t miss the chance to see the extraordinary changing colors of Esperance’s Pink Lake. A combination of the lake’s water and salts levels, mixed with the dunalella salina algae transform the waters from blue to pink.

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9. Ayers Rock

Get a real-life taste of Aboriginal life on a walking ancestral tour through the desert of Ayer’s Rock. Other tours include a guided hike to the peak or around the base of Uluru, the world’s largest monolith, rising over one thousand feet from the ground. It is also a sacred Aboriginal site.

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10. Melbourne

Start your visit to Melbourne with a trip to the interactive outdoor museum, Ballarat: Sovereign Hill. Guests can pan for gold, while experiencing life in the 1850s. Hungry visitors can head to the Queen Victoria Market for fresh foods from around the region, as well as clothing and other items. Or spend your entire visit discovering all there is to do at Federation Square, an entertainment hub filled with restaurants, bars, museums and shops.

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