By Jessica Russo
Grab your camera and venture into the outback! We all know that Australia is home to tons of breathtaking beaches, but there is so much more to this diverse country. Sure, explore Sydney, soak up some sun on the Gold Coast, and snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, but be sure to check out the rest of what makes Australia so beautiful. From vast deserts and incredble wildlife to artsy cities and indigenous culture, discover the magic down under.
Admire street art in Melbourne
If Melbourne was a room, street art would be its wallpaper. This artsy city is filled with the eye-widening works of local artists! Hit Hoiser Lane and Centre place, where you'll find a new masterpiece with every step you take.
See The Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains
According to Aboriginal legend, these unusual rock formations represent three sisters who were turned to stone. Now, they serve as an iconic landmark (and an even better Instagram photo)!
Stand in awe of Wallman Falls in Girringun National Park, Queensland
Located in the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Wet Tropics in the northern region of Queensland, this cascading waterfall will keep you mesmerized for days.
Swim with whale sharks in Ningaloo Reef
Another World Heritage site? You bet! Swim along with friendly marine life like cute sea turtles, colorful fish - and yes - whale sharks!
Gawk at the magic of Flinders Ranges
Take in the beauty of the largest mountain range in southern Australia! Located just about 100 miles north of Adelaide, the Flinders Ranges run discontinuously for close to 300 miles.
Take in the beauty of Kakadu National Park
Talk about biodiversity. Kakadu National Park in Australia's Northern Territory is home to approximately 2,000 plant and wildlife species, as well as prehistoric Aboriginal rock paintings!
See a cute lil' quokka in Rottnest Island!
Just offshore from Perth in Western Australia, Rottnest Island is home to the adorable little marsupials known as quokkas. Once you've taken all your photos, relax on white sand beaches and discover secluded coves!
Visit the Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park, Western Australia
Ya' know those landscapes that make you stop and say "whoa?" Trust us - this is one of those landscapes. Purnululu spreads over 592,370 acres, and the Bungle Bungle Range is, undoubtedly, its most iconic area.
Drink wine in Yarra Valley, Victoria
Surrounding the Yarra River, this region near Melbourne is known for its rolling greenery and beautiful wineries. Sip a glass of Shiraz and cheers to an unforgettable experience.
Get caught in the Wave Rock in Hyden
No, that's not a tidal wave - it's a natural rock formation! Coming in at about 49ft in height and 360ft in length, the Wave Rock is the perfect place for a fun photo-op.
Hop around with kangaroos and see the "remarkable rocks" on Kangaroo Island
Just off the mainland of South Australia, Kangaroo Island is a must. Over one third of the island is made up of protected nature reserves, which makes it the perfect place to cuddle a koala, see kangaroos, spot seals, and see penguins! Be sure to check out the island's "remarkable rocks," a noteworthy natural attraction!
Swim with sea lions in Bairds Bay
Bairds Bay is the ultimate Australian marine experience. As part of the Eyre Peninsula, this bay is home to sea lions, dolphins, and other amazing wildlife! Treat yourself to a boat ride, take a swim, or relax on the sand.
Take photos of The Pinnacles in Nambung National Park, Western Australia
These limestone formations are just downright cool. Explore this amazing desert that will make you feel like you're in another world!
Visit Uluru, Northern Territory
Uluru, also known by its former name of Ayers Rock, is not just a natural wonder; it's also a sacred indigenous site! This massive formation is in the heart of the Northern Territory’s arid "Red Center" - the perfect place to experience Australia's iconic outback.