Australia

Australia Travel Guide

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has sandstone and water vistas merge to form a spectacular landscape. Relics of Aboriginal life are preserved with artifacts including rock paintings, middens and cave art. The Royal Botanic Gardens is one of the finest in the world. The gardens feature a global selection of plantings and specific Australian gardens. In addition to the landscape features, the Observatory offers nighttime tours of constellations and the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden, a whimsical, child-scaled area that invites kids to explore their natural surroundings. The Sydney Opera House, arguably the most recognizable icon of Australia, holds six auditoriums where dance, concerts, opera and theater are staged. A bar and restaurant are attached nearby, so visitors can take a break and enjoy the view of the Harbor Bridge.

St. Kilda Foreshore features lively promenades. The breakwater near the pier was built in the ‘50s as a safe harbor for boats competing in the Olympic Games. Today, it is home to a colony of penguins that have, incredibly, chosen the city’s most crowded suburb in which to reside. Bondi Beach is quintessential Sydney, and one of the best things to do in Australia. Its bright blue waters and perfect waves are ideal for local surfers and beachgoers looking to cool off. Finally, head up to Mark’s Park for a view of the beach from the cliffs nearby.

Tasmania's most prominent organic vineyard.

With four bars and a Thai restaurant, this nightlife spot combines an Art Deco background with the vibe of a 21st-century dance club.

Graceful wines in a glorious setting, with an adjacent art gallery/museum.

Powerful, stylish wines—and some locals believe that Aaron Carr is the most consistent chef in the area.

Rock-art tours and extended camping expeditions with Gidja guides to the remote Mitchell Plateau, in North Kimberley.

This Paddington neighborhood shop is part of Edwards Imports, a company that works with international fashion brands to bring the latest trends to Sydney.

An agent since 2006, Cassandra Bookholder, who works with Camelback Odyssey Travel, specializes in custom trips to Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. One of Bookholder’s current favorite places to send clients is Australia’s Pretty Beach House hotel, located 60 miles north of Sydney.

Set in the western suburb of Summer Hill (about five miles from the CBD), this eclectic shelter shop is known to many Sydneysiders because of its owner, Monica Trapaga, a locally famous jazz singer and television host.

15 minutes southeast of Sorrento, natural mineral springs feed indoor and outdoor pools and baths.

A DJ-centric club with zebra-striped dance floor and tribal motifs.