Australia

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Newcastle featuring waves and surfing

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What restrictions are in place for Australia?

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What other health information is available?

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This page was last updated April 22, 2021.

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There’s no doubt about it: Australia is a diverse place, with beautiful beaches, unusual animals, more than 60 wine regions and fascinating cities. You can surf, admire city skylines, explore rainforests and dive in underwater wonderlands all on the same continent—all you have to do is decide where to go.

Join a Cairns dive tour to swim among the Great Barrier Reef’s colourful fish and coral. Explore rainforests and watch crocodiles (from afar) in nearby Daintree.

Surf and swim on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. In Brisbane, stroll along the gorgeous riverbanks and across the famous Story Bridge. Take the family to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and watch these cute creatures eating eucalyptus or sleeping. Let vibrant rainbow lorikeets land on your arms at feeding time.

In Sydney, ride the train to Circular Quay to shop, dine and people-watch. The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb provides glorious city views. Attend a performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House and stay after dark as it lights up in brilliant colours. Ferry to Taronga Zoo and spend the night. Swim at Coogee Beach’s ocean pool. Then do the Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk in reverse to reach famous Bondi Beach, where you can surf and sunbathe on golden sands.

Bike through Melbourne to the Royal Botanic Gardens or cruise along the river to enjoy the city’s magnificent skyline. Visit the National Sports Museum at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Great Ocean Road drive offers many stops to view the rugged shoreline.

Stop in Canberra to see the Royal Australian Mint, the High Court and numerous museums, monuments and galleries. Take a trip to the Blue Mountains, with ridge after ridge of beauty. Travel north to national parks to see wildlife like wombats, emus and goannas. Uluru, around five-hours’ drive from Alice Springs, is an unbelievable sight at sunrise and sunset. Visit Adelaide for water sports on the Great Australian Bight. In Perth, look west to a sunset over the Indian Ocean.

Wherever you travel, you’ll find friendly locals and travellers, delightful food and drink and plenty of adventure throughout Australia. When is the best time to book your holiday? Right now!

Popular cities in Australia

Melbourne
Melbourne
Known for Dining, Shopping and Museums
This stylish city fuses contemporary design with an elegantly preserved past. Soak up the future and the past in this relaxed capital of style.

Reasons to visit

  • Princess Theatre
  • Carlton Gardens
  • Luna Park
Sydney which includes modern architecture, a bridge and a city
Sydney
Known for Dining, Ports and Shopping
Sydney has beaches by the bucket-load, must-see icons and a climate to die-for. But it also has a big brash heart that's certain to bowl you over.

Reasons to visit

  • Star Casino
  • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
  • Sydney Lyric Theatre
Perth
Perth
Known for Dining, Shopping and Family-Friendly
This may be one of the most isolated cities in the world, yet it has a beach scene full of beautiful people and a buzzing nightlife.

Reasons to visit

  • Scarborough Beach
  • Hillarys Boat Harbour
  • Elizabeth Quay
Adelaide
Adelaide
Known for Dining, Shopping and Family-Friendly
With a mix of beaches and botanic gardens, museums, food and music festivals, it's easy to see why this is South Australia's coastal, cultural and culinary hub.

Reasons to visit

  • Rundle Mall
  • Glenelg Beach
  • Adelaide Oval
Mooloolaba showing a coastal town and waves
Sunshine Coast
Known for Beach View, Dining and Shopping
Enjoy pristine beaches, lush rainforest and exciting cities in this area north of Brisbane, famous for its surf breaks, fresh seafood and laid-back locals.

Reasons to visit

  • Hastings Street
  • Mooloolaba Esplanade
  • Bulcock Beach
Kangaroo Point which includes night scenes, a bay or harbour and a city
Brisbane
Known for Dining, Shopping and River View
Come to laid-back Brisbane, the perfect base to discover the beautiful parks, mountains and islands of Australia’s Sunshine State..

Popular places to visit in Australia

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