Australia is a veritable 5-star destination if you are able to cover the majority of the 4-5 star sites below.

The following 5 experiences are unmissable on a trip to Australia.

★★★★★ New Year’s Eve in Sydney Harbor

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Fireworks at the Harbor Bridge  (Photo Credit:

★★★★★ Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park

Ayer’s Rock at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
★★★★★  Cruising the Sydney Harbor (including views of the Harbor Bridge & the Opera House)
This photo was taken aboard a cruise from Darling Harbor to Circular Quay around sunset. Another recommended cruise is the ferry that goes to Manly Beach.

★★★★★ The Great Ocean Road

The Twelve Apostles (only 8 standing), along the Great Ocean Road, is approximately a 2-hour drive from Melbourne.

★★★★★ Wildlife Park (with opportunities to interact with koalas, wallabies, and kangaroos).

We went to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure, which is an hour away from Cairns.

The sites below are ranked 4 and 3 stars.

★★★★ (It’s good to see)

a. The Great Barrier Reef

b. City of Melbourne

c. Beaches near Sydney: Manly, Bondi, and Coogee

★★★ (It’s OK to not go out of your way)

a. Cairns

b. Blue Mountains


Two weeks is enough time to cover the highlights of this country. (Credit:
Date City Itinerary
Day 1 Sydney Recovery
Day 2 Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb & Opera
Day 3 Cairns Lagoon and Promenade
Day 4 Cairns Great Barrier Reef
Day 5 Cairns Kuranda Train & Gondola & Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure
Day 6 Uluru Uluru
Day 7 Uluru Kata Tjuta
Day 8 (Christmas) Melbourne Melbourne
Day 9 Melbourne Great Ocean Road
Day 10 Melbourne Melbourne
Day 11 Melbourne Melbourne
Day 12 Sydney Manly Beach
Day 13 Sydney Blue Mountains
Day 14 Sydney Bondi Beach, Coogee Beach
Day 15 (NYE) NYE in Sydney Harbor Hoopla 2016
Day 16 Depart for US

Do you agree with my highlights?

If we were to go back to Australia, what cities/areas should we visit?

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