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.
Every Saturday, Sydney’s fashionistas make a beeline for this sprawling collection of market stalls, known for showcasing the work of up-and-coming designers.
From the tip of the peninsula, you can see black wallabies, blue-winged parrots, and long-nosed bandicoots.
Near the boardwalk, popular Magnums has its own party formula: a beer garden with live music, cheap drinks, mechanical surfboard riding, jelly wrestling, and...you get the idea.
Nothing says family vacation like a spin in the Cage of Death. At this reptile-themed spot, thrill-seekers can ogle massive crocodiles up close from behind an acrylic barrier, submerged in a saltwater croc tank.
This Darlinghurst neighborhood gallery has dedicated itself to promoting the provocative and edgy works of artists, both well-established and up-and-coming, within the Contemporary art form.
Must-try: 2005 Block 6 Shiraz.
The modern gallery represents top Western Australian artists, including Peggy Patrick and Phyllis Thomas.
Officially christened in 2005, this stretch along the Tasman Sea is part of a government effort to redirect leisure travelers south of Sydney onto a coastal highway.
The Transport Hotel's Taxi Dining Room may get top honors from the press, but its rooftop terrace, Transit Lounge Garden, is what delivers, with killer drinks and views to die for.
Top tip: In Hobart, Tasmania, she suggests a visit to the Salamanca market, where more than 300 producers peddle artisanal foods. Years as agent: 32. Other specialties: Culinary tours, Australia, New Zealand.
Take a family-designed adventure to Australia with Abercrombie & Kent’s Family Holidays. With meals and excursions for children in mind, the Outback Adventure takes families to Sydney, the Outback, and the sacred sandstone rock the Aborigines call Uluru.
Named for Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, you can browse used books, settle into a comfy couch, or munch on “modern Australian cuisine” like mushroom and leek soup or sweet soy chicken with broccoli; there’s no menu, just a changing list of a dozen specials.