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A visit to Australia incorporates breathtaking scenery, wildlife and memorable moments in abundance.
Whether you're sunbathing on the beach haven stretch of Queensland's Gold Coast or traversing the bush expanse surrounding Perth, Australia offers cosmopolitan riches alongside jaw-dropping natural sights for a holiday filled with unbridled adventure.
Explore some of the best locations on the eastern and western coasts which should be part of any Australian holiday bucket list.
There are few more iconic cityscapes in the world than Sydney, with the famous Sydney Opera House theatrically adorning Bennelong Point, and the wider Sydney Harbour as an enduring image of the New South Wales capital.
This visually breathtaking city satiates the adventurous and the culturally curious. Daily free walking tours of the city allow you to break into a sweat while discovering the city's lengthy historical intrigue, including the original settlement of The Rocks.
Sydney is also home to a beach worth travelling for if you have a penchant for impressive surf. Resting amidst the famous swells of Bondi Beach are pleasantly warm waters and designated surf club areas, while children can even enjoy the saltwater sea baths found at both ends of the beach.
The coastal capital of Victoria, Melbourne currently stands as the second largest city in Australia.
Hidden cultural charms and period architecture abound make Melbourne a must-visit during any east-coast Australian trip. The city's affinity with the arts, food and cafe culture lend the atmosphere to a decidedly cosmopolitan aura, akin to some of Europe's most fascinatingly diverse culture and entertainment hubs.
A multi-cultural population is reflected among a lively eating and drinking scene, with gastro experiences across the world reachable within its enlightened inner city neighbourhoods.
For those seeking the ultimate Melbourne adventure, look no further than the packed out sporting calendar, featuring the top tennis and Formula 1 drivers in the world gracing the city's premium sporting venues.
If your Australian adventure includes the west coast, then the laid-back, Western Australian capital of Perth offers an uncrowded alternative to the popular east-coast spots.
The consistent state of blue skies and sunshine are a huge appeal for inhabitants and visitors to Perth alike, and despite its relatively isolated geographical location, represents a burgeoning economy and ever increasing population boom in reflecting a city on the up.
As if a diverse assortment of bars, restaurants, museums and art galleries within the city's confines wasn't enough, Perth's natural growth has extended as far as the nearby suburban hub of bohemian nautical town of Fremantle. For lengthier stays, day or weekend excursions to the camping hotspot of Wellington National Park or along the 40km sprawl of surf friendly, secluded beach space are top of the list of activities.
Another city emerging from tag of alternative Australian stays would be the Queensland state capital of Brisbane.
Brisbane thrives with a palpable energy, stemming from a hip arts scene and a plethora of clubs in the evenings, before winding down the following day with a trip to one of many leading coffee houses or restaurants.
The tree-lined South Bank Parklands are a great place to fill any given day, with movie theaters and restaurants interspersed between picturesque inner city beach space and situated close to Brisbane river.
For the ultimate in beach-bound perfection, head over to powder white sands of The Gold Coast only a 30-minute drive away, while the wider state of Queensland is bustling with wildlife and activities including cycling, kayaking or rock climbing among splendid views.