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Travel to Australia: There's Nothing Like It

Luxury Vacation Favorites: From a picnic spot at a billabong to the best spot to meet roos in the wild, Australians love to talk about their favorite Australia vacation places. Now thousands of Aussie locals have shared their photos and memories on, which inspired us with our own list of must-do experiences. PS - Even if youíve been thereís a chance to go back and win a $10,000 trip if you share your favorite vacation, too.

Adventure Awaits
It's a land where itís easy to make friends with kangaroos and wallabies and a varied country bordered by coral reefs and endless stretches of sun-drenched beaches so rich in adventure and beauty that it has proven to be one of the top travel destinations among Americans for more than a decade.

From the red-hued outback to the Gold Coast, Australia offers a taste of Australian luxury adventure and welcomes one and all. The best spots are in the beaches, bush, billabongs and in the cities.

Dive In
If the thought of swimming alongside giant ó yet gentle ó whale sharks gets your adrenaline pumping, head to Western Australiaís pristine Ningaloo Reef. Not quite ready to come face-to-face with a giant sea creature? Then make a day trip to Mornington Peninsula outside Melbourne, where you will discover underwater cliffs, ledges and caves of kelp bed reefs. While you're fins are still on, why not take a dip with playful sea-lions in South Australia's Baird Bay, relax in front of Darwin Harbour's famous flamingo sunsets before a night dive amongst World War II wreckage. And of course, this list would not be complete without mentioning the world famous Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, the largest living organism that can be seen from space.

Coastal Views (bathing suit or Ďswimmersí optional)
Aussie lifestyle revolves around the beach. For those who want to soak up the lifestyle and enjoy the view then kayak off St. Kilda Beach in Melbourne or under Sydney's Harbour Bridge, white water raft the rapids of Tasmania's Franklin River or the Tully River in North Queensland, or cruise around Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin.

With massive waves and swells, Australia is a surfers' paradise. Enjoy the view of the iconic surf spots at Bells Beach and Byron Bay, and the vineyards at Margaret River overlooking the Indian Ocean in Western Australia. Though Queenslandís coastline is usually synonymous with surf, donít forget to relax on the Pacificís whitest sand beach in the Whitsunday Islands.

Connect with Australiaís past
Be sure to discover the Australiaís eclectic cultures and rich heritage. In Sydney, follow a heritage trail down Macquarie St. to Circular Quay, peruse the sandstone fortress of Hyde Park Barracks, and take a ferry to Fort Denison, the tiny harbour island where petty criminals were once held. From modern day to ancient indigenous culture, there are plenty of ways to connect to the countryís diverse history, Wander the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne; watch local Yuggera dancers perform in the bushland of Kangaroo Point; meander past the 1830s warehouses along Hobartís waterfront; and of course discover ancient rock art in Kakadu National Park, outside of Darwin in the Northern Territory.

Go on a Food and Wine Walkabout
Complement your cultural trek with a taste of Australiaís native bush tucker. Learn how local chefs use these Australian ingredients during a cooking class at Tjanabi, and enjoy your meal overlooking the heart of Melbourne.

From native cuisine to stunning natural landscapes, Australia is overflowing with adventures. The beauty of the land knows no bounds, so, whether you're a die-hard thrill-seeker or a luxury-minded traveler, you're sure to find whatever it is you're looking for in this enchanting place we call "Australia."

From national monuments to lavish theatre productions, Australia is overflowing with cultural activities. The beauty of the land knows no bounds, so, whether you're a die-hard thrill-seeker or a luxury-minded traveler, you're sure to find whatever it is you're looking for in an enchanting place we call "Australia."

Win a $10,000 Trip to Australia.
Already been to Australia or know someone who has? Tourism Australia is looking for Americans to share their favorite vacation photo and 25 words about their best vacation memory to join the map of Australianís recommendations. The best experience will win a $10,00 trip back to Australia (so if you tell a friend they owe you!)

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Christy Stewart

In her role as managing editor, Christina has developed a keen eye for all things luxury and is considered by many to be an expert within her field. Christina has covered a wide range of luxury lifestyle topics and finds passion in international travel, fast cars, and fabulous handbags. She graduated from San Diego State University in 2005 with a degree in both journalism and English. While attend...(Read More)

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