Sydney Harbor, New South Wales, Australia - The logical starting point for most first timers heading Down Under is Sydney, Australia. The city is great for settling down, but don't stay there longer than you have to. Australia is an expensive place, and Sydney is the most expensive. From here you have the luxury of heading up the coast or down to Melbourne/Tasmania.
Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia - Katoomba is only a couple hours train ride from Sydney and provides a great introduction to the wildlife throughout the country. This is also the prime spot to experience the Blue Mountains. It's here that you can really get into the scenery by heading on any of the accessible bushwalks. Don't forget your hiking shoes.
Coastal walk from Bondi to Cogee Beach, New South Wales, Australia - This 10K walk follows the rugged coastline as you pass through several beaches and local rest spots.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Melbourne, in this writers eyes, is a much more appealing city than Sydney. The overall feeling is more laid back, for one. It also offers the same activities you'll find in Sydney, and it offers a shorter trip over to the west coast and the center. If you're more interested in traveling in those places, then consider starting in Melbourne or even Adelaide. Purchase this print of Melbourne Australia for your home or office.
Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia - Tasmania, also known as the Apple Isle, is a ferry ride away from Melbourne. The two biggest cities, Hobart and Launceston, and there you'll find plenty to do. Tasmania also has a rather shaky past as it was originally a penal colony for Britain's troublemakers. The most well known of which is at Port Arthur.
Griselda Hill, Arkaroola, South Australia - Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, located in the Flinders Ranges, is where you can go to experience the Outback as the locals do. The village is an 8 hour drive from Adelaide and is ideal for proper Outback bush walking, camping and off roading.
Coober Pedy, Northern Territory, Australia - In South Australia, Coober Pedy is the Opal mining capital. The town is located in the middle of nothing, and surrounded by mounds of dirt. Next to each mound you'll find a hole where some optimistic person started searching for their riches. Opals bring in lots of money and with money comes problems, hence the town has a very jaded past. According to a few locals, it's easy to go missing in Coober Pedy.
Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia - Kings Canyon (Wajarrka), located in the Territory is very much like a smaller Grand Canyon made out of Sedonas red rocks. The bush walking is fantastic and you even come past one of the settings for the movie Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
King's Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia - In Alice Springs you can take a tour for the budget conscious called The Rocks Tour. It will run you $295 and take you 3 days as you go from Alice to King's Canyon, Uluru and the Olgas. Be sure to check out a full tour review of The Rocks Tour in Alcie Springs.
Kata Tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia - Also so known as The Olgas, this series of monoliths makes for a great bushwalk. The area also holds a lot of Aboriginal importance and is located only a short drive from Uluru.
Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia - Uluru (Ayer's Rock) is easily the most famous monolith in the world. To appreciate its real beauty, you should get a guided tour. They will take you around to the different features and tell you the stories behind each of them.
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