Take a look at a map of Australia when starting to plan your vacation down under.
Australia is a huge country, and unless you have many weeks or months to travel through it, you will have to make some hard choices on where you will want to visit. Keep in mind you will most likely will have to fly from place to place.
The majority of where you will want to visit will most likely be on the East or Southern Coast, and maybe the red center to see Uluru (Ayers Rock). Oz (as it is nick named) is an island and 90% of the population lives on the Eastern and Southern Coast from Queensland to Adelaide.
If this is your first trip down under then you will want to visit, the Sydney area, Queensland, both the Far North near Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef and the Brisbane areas. You will most likely want to see Uluru (Ayers Rock).
I would highly recommend Melbourne in the South. I lived here for 6 months and took Warren and Montana back on our vacation there. I would recommend Melbourne in the summer (December, January and February) or in the spring or fall season. We were there in August and it was quite cold.
Use the maps below to tour around the country and then zoom in on a few areas to get an idea of where places of interest are and plan your days in Oz.
If we missed a place you want to visit, go to Google Maps and type in the name of the city or an address and explore around.
See how large Queensland is?
How far Perth is from Sydney (look to the West).
far south Melbourne and Tasmania are.
Zoom in to see the different areas of Sydney. You can see how the historic Rocks area, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanic Gardens are all near each other and can be visited together.
Move around the map and see if you can find the amazing Darling Harbour, and Sydney Aquarium.
Melbourne (my favorite city in Australia) is in the southern state of Victoria. The Yarra River runs through the city and provides a lot of it's charm. See if you can find the Queen Victoria Market (another one of my favorites!) and Flinders Street Station.
Look for the fun dining area of Southgate, or the dining and meeting area of Federation Square (across from Flinders Street Station). Look for the Crown Casino along the river. Don't forget the Melbourne Cricket Ground or the shopping area of Collins Street and Elizabeth Street.
Sydney is a vibrant, multicultural city, with a beautiful Harbour and so many things to do. Check out ideas on what to do in Sydney for your next Australian Vacations.
Check out Tasmania and Western Australia, including a great video to see what Perth is like.