Must Visit Locations in Australia

Australia is a big country full of natural wonders, laid-back cities and sandy beaches, and there are certain locations you must visit in order to experience that Aussie atmosphere and beauty. It doesn’t matter if you’re a serious traveler or just a simple tourist, we present to you the top locations in Australia.

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is almost synonymous with Australia. It’s about 2,300 km long, making it a home for some of the rarest and most unique flora and fauna on Earth. Of course, you can’t see every part of the reef, but make sure to visit Whitsunday Islands that are simply gorgeous. Maybe the best way to see the reef is by taking a two- to three-day sailing tour. The Great Barrier Reef is full of scuba diving and snorkeling spots unique to the area and you will remember those sights forever.

Byron Bay

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Byron Bay is not only popular with tourists, but it’s also a beloved vacation destination for many Aussies. It has many kilometers of sandy beaches, beautiful weather, surfing waves, scuba diving spots and many other attractions. Make sure you see the lighthouse in sunset and take some amazing photos or enjoy some music at the range of festivals all over the year. Byron Bay can be a bit crowded at times, but that’s normal for a top destination and a place as beautiful as this.

Uluru

Uluru

If you decide to visit Australia, you just have to see Uluru. Uluru is a huge sandstone formation surrounded by springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. It’s a sacred place for the Aboriginal people from that area, full of magic and history, and is simply so magnificent you must see it too. You can take a guided tour from Adelaide that lasts about three beautiful days. You’ll get to see not only Uluru, but explore the natural wonders of Watarrka National Park, see boulders of Kata Tjuta and have beautiful meals under the stars. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Sydney

Sydney

You simply can’t visit Australia and not see Sydney! It offers so many interesting and beautiful sites to see. Enjoy the view of the famous Opera House from the Sydney Harbour, check out the Sydney Zoo and the renowned Mainly beach. If you want to see Sydney from above, visit Sydney Tower and enjoy a beautiful panorama of the whole city. If you’re young (or just young at heart) remember that Sydney’s one of the Australia’s nightlife centers. It has so many different clubs, bars or pubs that everybody will be able to find their favorite spot. When in Sydney, make sure to visit Randwick, especially if you’re a sports lover. Randwick is a suburb in Eastern Sydney that offers all kinds of different activities from chill walks to competitive team sports. But, make sure to take a walk along Randwick’s Coastal Walkway and enjoy wonderful views, and unique flora and fauna of the coastline. If you’re a surfer, you can try out the waves at Maroubra or Coogee Beach or simply enjoy surf carnivals from the shore. There are many Randwick serviced apartments located close to Randwick’s main attractions, so you don’t even have to worry about transport. Relax and have fun!

Melbourne

Melbourne

The indescribable atmosphere, art, multiculturalism, food and nightlife all make Melbourne a must-visit place in Australia. But, you simply must take a drive on the Great Ocean Road. What is interesting about this coastal road are the sights you’ll see on your way. Strong waves and winds over time created giant monoliths of rocks that are called the 12 Apostles. Now there are only eight standing, but are definitely worth seeing.

Australia has so many things to offer, and every traveler will find something to spark their interest. Start planning your trip and pick the hotels that suit your budget and your itinerary. Welcome to the Land Down Under and enjoy!

Sydney’s Lush Restaurant Scene

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The dining scene in Sydney can be described just like the city itself: world-class and extraordinary. Award-winning restaurants (40 single-hatted and four three-hatted Chefs Hat Award included) are shiny examples of its offer, but also the less-known and secluded joints. Whether you find yourself in the heart of the city, near Sydney Harbour Bridge or somewhere in the city’s east, you will find diverse food and pleasant ambiance on offer. Here are eight of the most interesting foodie havens in this Aussie gem:

The Meat & Wine Co

Sydney’s very own steakhouse spread across five different locations is everything a meat lover could ever wish for. The elegant, yet relaxed dining ambiance is a unique blend of local decor and African heritage. Offering every guest an experience to remember, The Meat & Wine Co serves only top quality meals and pairs them with Australia’s finest wines. Everything you decide to try from Argentinean spiced chicken breast to pork ribs will leave you wanting more.

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Nomad

The living proof that hipsters are taking over the world: Nomad is a trendy warehouse-restaurant serving organic locally produced meals, but that is not all. Most of the meals are prepared in a huge wood fire oven which gives them a unique taste that keeps people coming back to Nomad. Oh and there wine cellar plays a big role here too.

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Mr. Wong

There is a special unbreakable bond between Australians and Chinese food, and Mr Wong, one of the largest restaurants in the northern end of CBD, is one of the threads making that bond. Bringing the spirit of the Sleeping Dragon to Down Under, this restaurant is beautifully decorated with Chinese colonial furniture and ornaments. The food is nothing short of amazing and the dishes we know as fast food are transformed into elegant meals.

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Whitewater Restaurant

Located in the peaceful suburb of Manly, this restaurant offers the ideal view of a giant beach promenade. The decor stuns with exposed wooden beams, shells and fishnets on the wall, mimicking the outside perfectly. The food is even better. You can’t go wrong with roasted Chinese duck, crumbed lamb loin with olives and pistachio and seafood plate, but for the first time it is always best to go with the succulent degustation menu with five most popular dishes.

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Hubert

Time Out’s winner of the Restaurant of the Year Award, Hubert is a romantic and ravishing restaurant that makes you feel like you’re in the most dazzling eatery in the post-war Europe – fringed lamps, scarlet drapes and bow-tied waiters. It doesn’t get any better or does it? Well only when you try the tomato tart and chicken fricassee…

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Zaaffran

The most alluring Indian restaurant in the entire city, Zaaffran aspires to please each visitor with a combination of sweeping interior, view of Sydney Harbour and spicy delicious meals. There is nothing here not to like – aromatic rice infused with saffron, creamy Indian cottage cheese cubes, chicken masala, lobster meat stir fried in curry… we could go on for days.

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Son of Tuysuz

Another international diner with dishes from Turkey straight to Australia, Son of Tuysuz is a warm and welcoming place, where food and guests are highly appreciated. The owner, Ifran, learned to cook authentic middle-eastern food from his father, and he never seizes to amaze his guests with fantastic dishes (fistic kebab, iskender burger, chicken breast kebab) and home-like atmosphere.

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Chiswick Restaurant

Anthony Bourdain loved this place when he visited Sydney, so there is nothing much left for us to say. Still, we have to mention that Chiswick is unique for the unbreakable link between food production and preparation, since the meat, vegetables and fruits come from Chef Matt Moran’s farm. Here, you can try tantalize your taste buds with lamb with zucchini and pine nut, smoked ocean trout, house-made mortadella, grilled baby octopus and plenty more.

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Feeling hungry yet? Stop by to one of these eight outstanding restaurants in Sydney, and you won’t regret it. Each of them has its own style when it comes to interior and food, so you’ll find one that suits you best. Still, don’t stop there, Sydney’s restaurant scene is incredibly rich, keep on exploring.

This article was written by Roxana Oliver, a travel enthusiast and an occasional blogger from Sydney, Australia.

Sydney’s Coolest Places

If you already reside in sunny Australia or you long for visiting this irresistible country, you just can’t miss the jaw-dropping beauty of one of its greatest jewels, Sydney. As the home of the world’s most beautiful Opera House, impressive harbour and stunning beach richness, Sydney really captivates with its attractiveness and cosmopolitan spirit. Gladsome mentality, unique lifestyle and eternal summer are just a part of astonishing Sydney magic, and if you add an endless number of magnificent spots, you realize why is this city among the best ones in the world.

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There’s no doubt Sydney is a very vibrant city, but here you can read couple of extra firsthand insights:

Surry Hills

In the very heart of the Sydney, Surry Hills is an entertaining and artistic kingdom. Energetic Crown Street is the ultimate location where you’ll be overwhelmed with cuisine and yummy Aussie snacks and desserts along with a variety of prime beverages. From wine bars and cafes to comprehensive restaurants, everything is wrapped into a creative atmosphere. Moving further through the street, you’ll come across a stunning artistic nest full of greatest galleries, design and fashion studios presenting top local and international artworks, designers’ pieces and vintage items.

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You just can’t miss a chance to peek into lovely the Cream on Crown boutique, magnificent Brett Whiteley Studio and imposing Badger and Fox Gallery. As you stroll around, you’ll find the architecture amusing wherever you go.

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Restaurants and bars

Sydney’s tremendous restaurant and bar scene offers a true journey through culinary treasures and premium amusements. Stylish and relaxing at day and powerful parties during the night make The Argyle Bar the ultimate Sydney dining and nightlife venue. In the middle of central business district, there’s a fantastic rooftop bar – The Rook, offering the best lobster dishes and a variety of great wines and cocktails. Excellent restaurants abound from Emperors Garden BBQ and Noodles abounding with royal barbecue menus, pastry delicacies in modern Kingston &Co restaurant to great Asian and Italian specialties in Blue Fin Sushi, Bar Nosh, Pompei’s, Lang Suan restaurant , etc.

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Nature

Not far from downtown, there’s spectacular beaches, from Aussies’ glorious Bondi Beach great for waves’ riding, bathing and relaxing, to spacious Cronulla ideal for beach walks. The best surfer paradises are definitely Narrabeen, Manly and Coogee Beach.

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The greatest natural landmark near Sydney is certainly the breathtaking region of the Blue Mountains, known for impressive rock formations, blue mist and amazing local wildlife. Enjoy the wonderful scenery by taking a Blue Mountains day trip, take a bushwalk, or visit the famous rocks called The Tree Sisters, spot kangaroos, emus, dingo and a lot more.

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Beer

If looking for place to enjoy the best “Amber fluid”, start with old style Keg & Brew that serves traditionally hand -brewed beer. In Surry Hills, jump into the legendary Dove & Olive to drink excellent beer on tap.

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For a multi-tasting experience, head for 4 Pines Brewing Company in Manly, and try anything from stout to Aussie Pale Ale.

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This article was written by Roxana Oliver, a travel enthusiast and an occasional blogger from Sydney, Australia.