Australia has a bounty of world-class attractions. Literally.
Plenty of our natural, cultural, and historical attractions are cemented on the famous UNESCO World Heritage List.
There’s better news – most of these iconic Australian attractions are easily accessible to visitors.
It’s time to start exploring worldly wonders on your doorstep.
This mind-blowing natural attraction is the largest collection of coral reefs in the world, and myriad coral and fish species abound. Access the reef from a string of coastal locations and enjoy unforgettable snorkelling or diving opportunities, witness a burst of colour on a glass-bottom boat tour, and explore paradise-like islands.
Book now: BIG4 parks in QLD.
Stunning scenery dominates the Wet Tropics of Queensland. Incredible tropical rainforest blossoms from Townsville to Cooktown, leaving visitors wide eyed with wonder. Immerse yourself in a world of waterfalls, gorges, rivers, and a plethora of plant and animal species.
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Easily reached from Hervey Bay, Fraser Island hoards endless treasure. The largest sand island in the world is packed with stunning beaches, sand dunes, and colourful cliffs as well as a cluster of freshwater lakes. The towering rainforest that grows on sand is both a rare and exceptional sight.
Found 460km from Alice Springs, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is of immense importance to indigenous Australians. Uluru is our country’s most famous natural landmark, and viewing this monolith is a magical experience. While Uluru draws endless attention, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) is equally as gripping.
Three hours from Darwin is the largest national park in Australia. Kakadu's varying landscapes make for fascinating exploration: spot waterfalls, gorges, wetlands, and rugged escarpments and then marvel at ancient Aboriginal rock art. Like Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Kakadu is firmly entrenched on the list for both its cultural and natural values.
It’s ironic that Sydney Opera House is recognised by UNESCO for its superb architectural qualities considering this unique design was originally destined for the scrapheap...or so legend has it. Learn more by touring this grand site, then grab tickets to one of dozens of first-class shows held each week.
Accessible from Sydney, the Greater Blue Mountains Area is awash with eucalypt. UNESCO describes it as constituting ‘one of the largest and most intact tracts of protected bushland in Australia’, which equates to serious bushwalking opportunities. Abundant paths weave to waterfalls, caves, and well-known formations like the Three Sisters.
The numbers associated with the Willandra Lakes Region are phenomenal, among them lakes created as long as two million years ago and evidence of human occupation dating back 60,000 years. Nowadays, these dry lakes provide incredible photo opportunities. The funky Walls of China lunette, within Mungo National Park, is the standout formation.
Shark Bay is praised by UNESCO for its magnificent and rare natural formations and vibrant dugong population. This exceptionally beautiful 2.2 million ha area, in the Coral Coast region, provides an array of water-based leisure opportunities and breathtaking marine life encounters. Dolphin feeding at Monkey Mia is a time-honoured tradition.
Book now: BIG4 parks in the Coral Coast region.
Spanning more than 600,000ha, Ningaloo Coast is home to one of the world’s longest fringing reefs. Ningaloo Reef is a 260km-long underwater playground: hundreds of fish and coral species are on display and are joined by whale sharks, marine turtles, humpback whales, and more. Exmouth and Coral Bay are great access points to this extraordinary area.
Where to stay: RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park.
If you haven’t heard of Purnululu National Park, you’re at least likely to recognise its most notable asset: The Bungle Bungle range. UNESCO calls it an ‘extraordinary array of banded, beehive-shaped cone towers’, and there is no doubt it’s a gob-smacking sight. For the ultimate thrill, view this Kimberley region attraction on a scenic flight.
Where to stay: Lily Lagoon Resort in Kununurra.
The Tasmanian Wilderness area covers a whopping 1.5 million ha and is particularly special. Delve into an astounding landscape regarded as one of the last true wilderness areas on the planet: a vast selection of walks is available throughout. A prominent feature of the Tasmanian Wilderness is Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
Book now: BIG4 parks in TAS.
There’s no excuse to not visit the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens if in Melbourne – it’s just minutes from the CBD. The exhibition building is exquisite and extravagant both inside and out and its past is compelling. Learn more on a guided tour.
This is the only Australian World Heritage property listed exclusively for its Aboriginal cultural values. Budj Bim features the world’s earliest living example of aquaculture, with evidence of eel farming dating roughly 6600 years. This is the newest Australian addition to the list (July 2019), and tours of the historical area are available. Budj Bim is located in southwest Victoria, inland between Port Fairy and Portland.
Rare and threatened rainforest species feature within the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. Dozens of crowd-pulling national parks are incorporated into this property, which stretches from NSW’s The Hunter region all the way over the QLD border. Explore spectacular waterfalls, volcanic craters, rock formations, abundant plant and animal species, and much more.
Several structures located in NSW, Tasmania, WA, and Norfolk Island form the Australian Convict Sites property. Fascinating encounters abound at the various historical penal sites that include Tasmania’s Port Arthur Historic Site, Fremantle Prison in WA, and Sydney’s Cockatoo Island.
Two impressive properties form part of the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites. The Riversleigh fossil fields in QLD's Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and Naracoorte Caves in SAs Limestone Coast region are regarded by UNESCO as being among ‘the world’s 10 greatest fossil sites’. Both make for an enthralling visit.
Book now (Naracoorte Caves): BIG4 Naracoorte Holiday Park.
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Footnote: We have omitted those few properties on the list that are not easily accessible for visitors.