EXPLORE AUSTRALIAN STATES
In a country as vast and diverse as Australia, choosing which regions to explore can seem daunting. Thankfully, I’ve travelled much of the Australian coastline and blogged my adventures to help you plan your next trip.
Whether you’re longing to lie on a beach in the tropics or happier hiking in the fresh mountain air, this page on Australian states can point you in the right direction, so you can start planning an adventure of your own!
1. New South Wales
From the serene shores of Eden up to bustling Byron Bay, New South Wales has everything from lush temperate rainforests to beaches the colour of snow.
After spending a few years living in Sydney, as well as travelling most of the east coast, I’ve created an extensive range of NSW travel guides to inspire you to explore the nooks and crannies of this big and beautiful state. Browse through posts below, or click the button to see all NSW guides.
Featured Sydney Guides
New South Wales Guides
Home to Australia’s most famous scenic drive, the Great Ocean Road, as well as the cool and cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, Victoria has plenty of attractions to fill your holiday itinerary.
Whether you fancy holing up at a surf town after ticking off the Twelve Apostles or hiking your way through Wilsons Prom National Park, take a look at my Victoria travel guides to start planning your southern adventure.
If swaying palms and a balmy climate appeals, pack your beach gear and head up to Queensland for a holiday in the tropics. Check out my Queensland guides below to discover hikes, beaches and the best things to do from the Gold Coast up to pretty, laidback Noosa.
4. Western Australia
If you’re craving something different, veer from the east-coast tourist spots with an adventure through Western Australia. Whether your bucket list includes tasting fine wines in Margaret River, climbing giant karri trees in the ancient forests of Pemberton or spotting kangaroos on the blindingly white beaches of Esperance, my WA guides have got you covered.
Start browsing the posts below to plan your once-in-a-lifetime Western Australia adventure, or click the button to see all guides by region.
Western Australia Guides
5. South Australia
Home to salt lakes, sinkholes and mind-blowing coastal scenery, South Australia showcases a mixture of classic and rather unusual Australian attractions.
Climb to the depths of a lush garden inside a sinkhole in Mount Gambier, snorkel with playful wild sea lions in isolated Baird Bay or enjoy fresh oysters and native wildlife spotting in arid, unspoilt Coffin Bay. Check out my SA guides below to plan a trip with a unique edge, or click the button to see more.
South Australia Guides
Reachable by air or a long ferry ride from Melbourne, Tasmania is an unspoilt island not to be missed. The state’s beauty lies in its undeveloped status compared to much of mainland Australia.
Wind down tree-lined mountain roads or hike to snowy peaks passing silvery, mirror-like lakes along the way. And if the weather allows, Tasmania even has a choice of beautiful beaches to rival any other state. Take a look at my guides and itinerary below to start planning a trip of your own.
7. Australian Capital Territory
Located inland near the southern border of New South Wales, A.C.T. is a tiny state home to Australia’s capital city, Canberra.
While it’s not a typical holiday destination, Canberra is an interesting place to spend a weekend, with plenty of cultural attractions such as museums and art galleries, as well as Parliament House and a few nearby bush hikes. Check out my Canberra guides below to discover what this fascinating city has to offer.
8. Plan Your Trip – Best Travel Resources
If you're planning a trip in Australia, here are the travel companies I'd recommended using. Please note that if you book through these links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you, which helps me to keep producing free content for this website. Thank you!
HotelsCombined compares all the big hotel comparison sites and displays the cheapest offers for each hotel. You'll find a wide range of accommodation types too, including hotels, hostels, apartments, holiday parks and homestays.
If you'd like to stay in a local's home for free while they're away, in return for looking after their pets, house sitting is a great option. I secured plenty of house sits through Aussie House Sitters when I travelled Australia.
Rather than scour different tour companies, just search for your destination on Get Your Guide. It'll bring up a compilation of available activities and tours, so you can compare what's on offer and pick the best option for you.
For worldwide house sitting, I'd recommend Trusted Housesitters. You can even choose a membership that includes house-sit cancellation insurance and accident and third party liability protection.
For foreign currency transfers, I'd recommend using an online currency specialist to avoid hefty bank fees. I've been using Wise since I moved to Australia, as they're transparent with rates, simple to use and your money moves across quickly.
If you need a local person to take care of your pets during your holiday, use this link or the discount code LISA2754 to receive $10 credit towards your first booking with PetCloud, whether that's for a house sitter, pet visits or pet host.