Top 5 Reasons To Visit Australia

Top 5 reasons to visit Australia
Top 5 reasons to visit Australia

Australia. The Land of Plenty. Down Under.
You’ve probably heard of this incredible country, seen photos and if you grew up in the 80s/90s, you watched Home and Away or Neighbours. Jason and Kylie are two great reasons to hop on a plane but if you’re thinking of a longer stint backpacking or that holiday of a lifetime, you might need more persuading.

I lived in Australia for a year in 2010-2011, working in New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory. I got to see quite a lot of the East Coast, North and some South and it was a tough but unbelievable experience. I made some really good friends and had a huge amount of adventures. As well as coming away from it an expert boomerang thrower and a dab hand at a barbie, I also left with loads of backpacking tips and reasons to recommend it to everyone. Australia is bonzer. Here are my top 5 reasons why you should visit:

1. Everything is BIG

Big Merino Australia

The Big Merino’s Big Merinos

Do not underestimate how large Australia is or how fast you can cover ground. It takes best part of a day to get from one city to another and internal flights are the quickest route.

One of the first things I remember from stepping off the plane in Sydney is that everything is in panoramic view. The sky is huge and so is everything else (including the creepy crawlies!)

As seen in the photo above, our Aussie mates across the pond like to have fun with the idea of this vastness, and have built several giant landmarks. As well as The Big Merino, there is a shrimp (which would never fit on a barbie) and the big banana amongst others. Apparently size does matter down under…

2. Roos, Tassie Devils and Deadly Critters

Australia is teeming with weird and wonderful creatures and I’m not talking fit surfers. From snakes, lizards and kangaroos, to koalas and too many birds to mention; Australia is a lesson in how not to get killed by wildlife on a trip.

The flora and fauna here is like nothing anywhere else. Completely different species and loads of animals in the wild. Its a lot of fun going out to see kangaroos in their natural habitat.

I saw a red bellied black snake on a farm, one of the deadliest spiders the red back, a koala and crocodile in the wild and I survived. I know you’re thinking a koala doesn’t fit into that list but trust me Charlie went feral when I got too close to his eucalyptus…

Don't try to touch the eucalyptus! Koalas are junkies!

Don’t try to touch Charlie’s eucalyptus! Koalas are junkies!

3. The Great Outdoors

Miles from anywhere you think? Some of it is, yes. In many places, the Bush is right outside not far from most towns and cities. Canberra is known as the Bush Capital and I stayed here with friends. The great outdoors doesn’t feel far away when you can take a walk to where kangaroos roam.

The Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road

The Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road

One of the big places I missed was Uluru and the centre of Australia. I’d planned to take the Ghan from North to South or vice versa but it didn’t work out. I will go back and do this in the future.

I had an amazing time visiting the Blue Mountains and outback near Darwin and Brisbane. The arid landscapes or vast forests were breathtaking. One of my favourite trips was the Great Ocean Road. The coastal landscapes are proper ripper mate!

4. The People, History and Culture

As well as fellow backpackers, I worked with Australians and people from all over the world. Its a real melting pot of culture and a diverse mix of people. Aboriginal culture and traditions were fascinating and I visited museums to understand the sometimes difficult history of the indigenous people.

Culture is a pretty flexible word and for some people it means experiencing the surf, Christmas in the sun or why Byron Bay is such a hit with travellers. For others its the Gaol museum, coffee in Degraves St or aboriginal art. Australia has it all.

Coffee in Degraves St, Melbourne

Coffee in Degraves St, Melbourne

5. Great Deals, Easy to Explore 

Most round the world tickets have Sydney as an option and even if you are just flying there and back, I’ve seen loads of flight sales. Accommodation is varied and there is a choice for every budget and tours are competitively priced as well. You can do a great value holiday to Australia.

The main language in Australia is English (with some fair dinkum slang thrown in the mix) which makes it easy to navigate for most people. Hand gestures work too. Everywhere is well connected along the coast and there are options for going inland with an organised tour or hiring a car. For adrenaline junkies, anything you want to do from scuba diving to bungee jumping and sky diving is available. Be right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of a big city or out in the desert/on a beach watching the stars. You can do it all. So what are you waiting for? Visit Australia, ya flaming galah!

Sydney Opera House at Night

Sydney Opera House at Night

(I hope no Australians were offended in the reading of this post!)


  • Todd says:

    So if someone had, say, 10 days, where would you recommend planting oneself to get the most interesting mix of those five things (let’s assume your audience has three children, so moving home base a lot is not an attractive option)?

    • Kate says:

      Hi Todd, thanks for your comment. I found Brisbane was a brilliant base. Its a good location midway up on the east coast, near great beaches of Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, not far to travel to find great outdoor places and its a lovely city. Alternatively, Melbourne down in Victoria is another favourite place of mine. Great city with lots to do and see (museums, art, sport and brilliant transport) plus its very close to the Great Ocean Road. There are day trips in each place for different budgets. I don’t have kids so its not something I take into account on trips but I’m sure there will be options for people travelling with children too.

  • Natasha says:

    Makes me a little homesick!! Nice pics 🙂

  • I agree with all five of your reasons. Sure there are much more as well.

  • Revati says:

    Hahahah I was wondering how you were going to fit those into 5, but you managed rather nicely. Aus has been pulling me back and I’ve been returning for years for precisely these reasons!

  • No, I’m definitely not offended. As an Australian I find the fascination with “big” things rather curious. The Big Pineapple in Queensland is actually rather good!

  • heather843 says:

    It’s so easy to forget how big Australia is…I always think you could just ‘nip’ down the coast, but when I compare it to how many UK’s we could fit along the route the reality sinks in! And I’d never have put koalas on the deadly list, but sometimes it’s the cute ones you have to watch out for 🙂

  • Kim says:

    I had the chance to go to Australia years ago when a friend got married there. She still lives there so hopefully one of these days I can make it out there to see her and visit this beautiful place.

  • Hannah says:

    Ahhh I want to go to Aus so bad! My mom keeps reminding me of all the deadly snakes and spiders, I just come back with roos and koalas. They win any day.

  • Tim says:

    It is a pretty incredible country in terms of animal life and scenery.

  • Vlad says:

    Australia is so beautiful, I would love to see it with my own eyes one day. I love the photo of The Twelve Apostles 🙂

  • natalietanner says:

    Australia looks incredible, but I have always been put off by the sheer number of deadly critters there. Now even the koalas are scary, too? LOL! Maybe one day I will get there. 😉 BTW – what animal is that in the first photo? Can’t help but wonder…..why? LOL

  • I am planning to visit Australia for my 50th birthday, and I hope I’ll get to do it. It would be so much fun to celebrate Christmas on the beach! Plus see everything else, too.. Yeah, lovely place. Thanks for sharing all those great photos!

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