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7 Reasons to Travel to Australia in 2023

Why travel to Australia in 2023? Australia is a place like no other on earth, with unparalleled sites, creatures you won’t find anywhere else, and Aussie culture that makes everyone feel invited. With its rich history and unique landscapes, you won’t find a more unique travel destination for 2023. There’s no shortage of beauty from the temperate rainforests to the Great Barrier Reef, come join the adventure with these seven reasons to visit Australia as we bring in the new decade.

Travel to Australia - The Great Barrier Reef

Travel to Australia – The Great Barrier Reef


1.   The Great Barrier Reef

One of the seven wonders, the Great Barrier Reef, sits off the coast of Queensland, Australia in the Coral Sea. With over 3,000 separate reed systems and coral cays, there is no more picturesque vacation destination on the planet. The natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef spans farther than the Great Wall of China, and is even visible from space.

Enjoy seeing the Great Barrier Reef by:

  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba diving
  • Aircraft or helicopter tours
  • Bare boats (self-sail)
  • Glass-bottomed boat viewing
  • Semi-submersibles and educational trips
  • Cruise ship tours
  • Whale watching and swimming with dolphins

2.   Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

Within Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area, the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park abounds with natural beauty. If you’re up for the adventure of a lifetime, check out the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk to trek their famous 65 kilometres (40-mile) hike to Lake St Clair.

At the Park, you’ll see the Southern Lights (Aurora Australis) all year round. During winter in Australia, the lights are at their most brilliants and dazzling, which is May to August. Much like the Northern Lights, this captivating display captures the hearts of travellers and stargazers.

3. The Great Ocean Road

Stretching from Torquay to Nelson on Australia’s Southern border, The Great Ocean Road spans 400 kilometres and provides a backdrop of the beautiful coastline.

Travel to Australia - The 12 Apostles

12 Apostles

The rock stacks of the Twelve Apostles stand tall against the jarring waves, and a natural wonder to behold. Carved by nature and sea salt waves, these rock formations have been leaving visitors in awe of their natural beauty for centuries.


Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm

Get up close and personal with the local culture, and pick your own raspberries at Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm off the Great Ocean Road.


Lorne’s Arts Community

Stop off at Lorne for a day of cultural immersion into the local art scene, or check out their local art festivals such as Port Fairy Folk Festival, Falls Festival, or the Lorne Festival of Performing Arts.


Great Otway National Park

Stretching from Torquay up to the Otways Hinterland, this Aboriginal cultural landscape pays homage to the natural beauty of the windswept coastlines and tall mountain forests with breathtaking waterfalls.


4     Tasmanian Wilderness

The wild west coast of Tasmania offers untamed rivers, awe-inspiring harbours, and rainforests as old as time itself to trek through. If you’re down for the challenge, head to Franklin River’s white-water rafting expedition. For hiking enthusiasts, you simply can’t pass up the Frenchman’s Cap track through one of the world’s last temperate rainforests.

After a day of excitement on the wild west coast, you’ll enjoy a cruise down the Gordon River’s calm waters. See the ancient Huon Pines and walk along Heritage Landing at Sarah Island.

5     Help Provide Relief Efforts after Bushfires

In 2020, Australia is still recovering from bushfires, and they need your help. Volunteers can help with animal rescue and rehabilitation, or join replanting cooperatives. The fires have ravaged Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills, but volunteers and supporters are eager to assist. Thanks to the overwhelming support seen worldwide, Australia has seen new organisations welcome travellers to help rebuild and rehabilitate the natural landscape and wildlife.

Travel to Australia - Kangaroo Island

6     Kangaroo Island

Head to the Galapágos Islands and immerse yourself in the wildlife of Kangaroo Island. From the sea lion colony in Seal Bay to learning about sheep shearing in Australia, there’s no end to wildlife exploration on this magnificent island. At the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, you can even hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies.

Travel to Australia - Outback Australia

Travel to Australia – Outback Australia

7     Safari Through the Australian Outback

Take a tour through the Australian outback safari-style with one of these amazing guided tours. See all that the outback has to offer from the East Arnhem to the Bungle Bungle Range.

Check out these Australian Outback Safaris:

  • East Arnhem Land
  • East Coast Wildlife Adventures
  • Galapagos
  • Kakadu wildlife bonanza
  • Great Ocean Road Penguins and Koalas
  • Western Australia’s Coral Coast
  • Gibb River Road and Bungle Bungle Range beehive domes

Travel to Australia 2020

See all that Australia has to offer travellers; start your adventure today.




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