Must-see attractions in Australia & Pacific

  • Orakei Korako geothermal park, New Zealand.

    Orakei Korako


    Tucked away from other more popular thermal fields, Orakei Korako is (since the destruction of the Pink and White Terraces, at least) arguably NZ's most…

  • Cape Otway Lighthouse - Winter Sunset

    Cape Otway Lightstation

    Great Ocean Road

    The oldest surviving lighthouse in mainland Australia, Cape Otway Lightstation was built in 1848 without mortar by more than 40 stonemasons. There are…

  • Kings Park Bridge

    Kings Park & Botanic Garden


    The 400-hectare, bush-filled expanse of Kings Park, smack in the city centre and enjoying epic views, is Perth's pride and joy. The Botanic Garden…

  • Australia, Melbourne - September 2018 - People sitting on beanbags and chairs in front of main stage at Federation Square

    Federation Square


    One of the city's newest public spaces and an urban focal point, Federation Sq is a place to meet, celebrate, protest, watch major sporting events or…

  • Fremantle Prison, Fremantle, Australia

    Fremantle Prison


    With its forbidding 5m-high walls, the old convict-era prison dominates Fremantle. Various daytime tours explore the jail's maximum-security past, give…

  • coastal view with era beach, royal national park, nsw

    Royal National Park

    Sydney Region

    The 15,091-hectare Royal National Park was established in 1879, making it the oldest national park in the world after Yellowstone in the USA. Stretching…

  • Test cricket match at the Adelaide Oval with the heritage scoreboard in background.

    Adelaide Oval


    Hailed as the world’s prettiest cricket ground, the Adelaide Oval hosts interstate and international cricket matches in summer, plus national AFL and…

  • Frying Pan Lake in Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

    Waimangu Volcanic Valley

    Rotorua & the Bay of Plenty

    The most visible wound from Mt Tarawera's 1886 eruption, the Waimangu geothermal area spreads down a valley to Lake Rotomahana (Warm Lake). The experience…

  • Trephina Gorge Nature Park

    Northern Territory

    If you only have time for a couple of stops in the East MacDonnell Ranges, make Trephina Gorge Nature Park (75km from Alice) one of them. The play between…

  • aerial view of royal botanic gardens, sydney

    Royal Botanic Garden

    Circular Quay & The Rocks

    Southeast of the Opera House, this garden was established in 1816 and features plant life from around the world. Within the gardens are hothouses with…

  • People at food stall at Mindil Beach Sunset Market.

    Mindil Beach Sunset Market


    Food is the main attraction here − from Thai, Sri Lankan, Indian, Chinese and Malaysian to Brazilian, Greek, Portuguese and more − all at around $6 to $12…

  • Auckland War Memorial Museum.

    Auckland Museum

    Parnell & Newmarket

    This imposing neoclassical temple (1929), capped with an impressive copper-and-glass dome (2007), dominates the Auckland Domain and is a prominent part of…

  • cockatoo island, Sydney Harbour

    Cockatoo Island


    Studded with photogenic industrial relics, convict architecture and art installations, fascinating Cockatoo Island (Wareamah) opened to the public in 2007…

  • Landscape of Moturoa Rabbit Island Beach Nelson, South Island, New Zealand.

    Moturoa/Rabbit Island

    Nelson Region

    With a Māori name that translates as 'Long Island', this low-lying expanse forms an 8km-long barrier to the ocean with a gorgeous sandy beach spread along…

  • Goat Island Marine Reserve.

    Goat Island Marine Reserve

    North Auckland

    Only 3km from Leigh, this 547-hectare aquatic area was established in 1975 as the country’s first marine reserve. In less than 40 years the sea has…

  • Parrot on Ulva Island, New Zealand.

    Ulva Island

    Fiordland & Southland

    A tiny paradise covering only 269 hectares, Ulva Island / Te Wharawhara is a great place to see lots of native birds. Established as a bird sanctuary in…

  • Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Australasia

    Centennial Park


    Scratched out of the sand in 1888 in grand Victorian style, Sydney’s biggest park is a rambling 189-hectare expanse full of horse riders, joggers,…

  • Military aircraft from WWI at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Blenheim, New Zealand.

    Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre


    When Sir Peter Jackson has a passion for something, there are no half measures. That's abundantly clear in the 'Knights of the Sky' exhibition, which…

  • Burke & Wills - tree and site of camp 119 - stock photo

    Burke & Wills Camp 119

    Gulf Savannah

    On 11 February 1861 the exhausted party of Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills set up camp close to the seasonal Little Blynoe River, in the…

  • The Champagne Pool at Wai-O-Tapu or Sacred Waters – Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua, New Zealand.

    Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

    Rotorua & the Bay of Plenty

    The most colourful of the region's geothermal attractions, Wai-O-Tapu (Sacred Waters) has a variety of features packed into a relatively compact, heavily…

  • Australia, New South Wales, Woromi Conservation Lands, barefoot man taking photo in desert

    Worimi Conservation Lands

    Mid-North Coast

    Located at Stockton Bight, these are the longest moving sand dunes in the southern hemisphere, stretching more than 35km. Thanks to the generosity of the…

  • The historic Sydney Observatory, The Rocks, Sydney

    Sydney Observatory

    Circular Quay & The Rocks

    Built in the 1850s, Sydney’s copper-domed, Italianate sandstone observatory squats atop Observatory Hill, overlooking the harbour. Inside is an intriguing…

  • Point Nepean National Park


    Commanding expansive ocean views, this windswept national park on the peninsula’s western tip was a seasonal base of its traditional owners, the Boon…

  • Naracoorte Caves National Park

    Limestone Coast

    About 10km southeast of Naracoorte is World Heritage–listed Naracoorte Caves National Park. The discovery of an ancient fossilised marsupial in these…

  • Australia, Northern Territory, Alice Springs. Wildflowers in the Alice Springs Desert Park.

    Alice Springs Desert Park

    Alice Springs

    Head to Desert Park, where the creatures of central Australia are all on display in one place, including many that are extremely difficult to find out on…

  • Manuka bush growing on sand dunes at Farewell Spit in Golden Bay, New Zealand.

    Farewell Spit

    Nelson Region

    Bleak, exposed and positively sci-fi, Farewell Spit is a wetland of international importance and a renowned bird sanctuary – the summer home of thousands…

  • The Hyde Park Barracks

    Hyde Park Barracks Museum

    City Centre & Haymarket

    This noble brick building was designed by the convict architect Francis Greenway to house prisoners arriving in the colony. Now a flagship museum, the…

  • Brambuk Cultural Centre


    Don't leave Halls Gap without visiting the superb cultural centre at Brambuk, 2.5km south of town. Run by five Koorie communities (including the…

  • Old Castlemaine Gaol.

    Old Castlemaine Gaol


    Looming from its commanding hilltop location, the Old Castlemaine Gaol is the town's most notable historical landmark; dating from 1861, it closed its…

  • Colorful heavy vintage truck collection in the Bill Richardson Transport World Museum in Invercargill, South Island, New Zealand.

    Transport World

    Fiordland & Southland

    A kingdom of shiny chrome lies beyond the doors of Transport World, touted as the largest private automotive museum on the planet. Across 15,000 sq metres…

  • Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne

    Royal Exhibition Building


    Built for the 1880 International Exhibition, this Victorian edifice in Carlton Gardens symbolises the glory days of 19th-century Melbourne's economic…

  • Blue Mountains, Australia - May 1, 2016: People at observation deck at Echo point lookout with view of famous Three Sisters mountains and Blue Mountains eucalyptus forest

    Echo Point


    Echo Point's clifftop viewing platform offers a magical prospect of the area's most essential sight, a rocky trio called the Three Sisters, sacred to the…

  • Olveston Historic Home in Dunedin, New Zealand.



    Although it's a youngster by European standards, this spectacular 1906 mansion provides a wonderful window into Dunedin's past. Entry is via fascinating…

  • Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary

    Outback Northern Territory

    Run by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), this ground-breaking wildlife reserve 136km south off the Tanami Track covers 2620 sq km and is on the…

  • National Portrait Gallery at dusk.

    National Portrait Gallery


    Occupying a flash, purpose-built building, this wonderful gallery is a striking representation of Australia's shifting self-image and a must-see for art…

  • Whiteley Studio, Surrey Hills.

    Brett Whiteley Studio

    Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

    Acclaimed local artist Brett Whiteley (1939–1992) lived fast and without restraint. Many of his multimillion-dollar paintings were created in this hard-to…

  • The Kemp House, Kerikeri Mission Station.

    Kerikeri Mission Station

    Bay of Islands

    Two of the nation's most significant buildings nestle side by side on the banks of Kerikeri Basin. Start at the Stone Store, NZ's oldest stone building …

  • Cairns, Australia - July 8, 2017: Zhanjiang Chinese Friendship Pavilion at Cairns Botanic Gardens

    Cairns Botanic Gardens


    These gorgeous gardens are an explosion of greenery and rainforest plants. Highlights include a section devoted to Aboriginal plant use, the Gondwana…

  • Old building in the Victorian Precinct of Oamaru.

    Victorian Precinct

    Dunedin & Otago

    Consisting of only a couple of blocks centred on Harbour and Tyne Sts, this atmospheric enclave has some of NZ’s best-preserved Victorian commercial…

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