Australia is one of those destinations that literally Got it all! So travellers have a wide range of choices depending on their tastes. If you want to be a beach Bum... there is no better place. If Bush and hiking is your thang... we have that too. If you are into urban / cosmopolitan settings... Australia has it covered too. If you area Brokepacker like me then you want to do a bit of it all... and on a budget... so i reckon the best thing about Australia is how much of the good stuff to do is for free! about 10 years ago
Depending on what you like, generally cities Sydney brisbane & Perth.
Depending on time of year Queensland is best Winter- May to Oct, New south wales Nov to April, My favourite places are south Sydney where there is some of the most beautiful beaches, lakes, rivers, mountains and general scenery Wollongong is 1hr sth Sydney to Narooma 4.5hrs sth Syd).
Airlie beach & the whitsunday islands in QLD, Gold coast has theme parks with rides of all kinds & attractions south of Goldcoast is Ballina/Byron, Port maquarie all the way down to Sydney are beautiful beaches & scenery but more populated & very crowded during holiday season & summer.
Sydney is fantastic city with almost anything & everything including Harbour bridge (do the bridge climb) boat cruises, great food & restaurants, nightlife but bit expensive (nicer suburbs are Many and northern beaches up to pam beach and then the eastern suburbs-the famous Bondi beach and coogee.
Biggest problem is Australia is so big and there is so much to do depending on what you're into you will need at least 4 weeks just to see the absolute minimum from Brisbane in QLD to Sydney in NSW
Let me know what youre into and maybe i can help further!
Hope this helps about 10 years ago
Sorry that should say Manly to Palm beach!
If you are travelling in next month or so and you have more than 4 wks hire a motorhome in the north and travel south with a book called camps 5, a listing on caravan parks and a travel atlas or similar. Take the coast roads, when you stop in little towns & villages talk to the locals-visit the pubs clubs etc, have a drink and strike up a conversation with some friendly locals they will help you with everything local! Most Aussies are nice & friendly and happy to know about you as your are about us and our country!
Hope this helps!
Mick about 10 years ago