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City views of Melbourne, Australia
City views of Melbourne, Australia

by Amy Carlon

Summer holidays are finally here (HOORAY) and if you have some free time between work and summer subjects, here are some places you may want to check out! Personally, I’m looking forward to travelling as there is so much to do and see in Australia so here are the top places I recommend.

New South Wales

Sydney is certainly one of the first places that springs to mind when it comes to tourist activities in NSW. Why not be adventurous and climb the Harbour Bridge, or if you are afraid of heights, a ferry ride underneath it could do the trick instead. Head over to Taronga Zoo in Mosman, not only will you see some awesome animals but there are great views as well. Just go before the school holidays kick into gear!

For nature lovers and adventurers, there are so many amazing parks and walking tracks to explore. You could visit Carrington Falls in Kangaroo Valley, explore the Snowy Mountains in summertime or head down the south coast to walk the white sandy beaches like Mollymook.


For fellow photographers, Southbank is certainly a great location for some nightlife photography as well as the bonus of the bustle of Flinders Street Railway Station, which makes for some great photos.

Art lovers can head to the National Gallery of Victoria as they always have great exhibitions. If the sea is more your style then head to St Kilda with its amazing piers and cafes. The Princess Pier at Port Melbourne is also one to see.


Suggested by a friend of mine, if you are looking for some cool cafes or more of a rainforest type destination head to Tamborine Mountain. If you are looking for a challenging walk then Burleigh Bluff Mountain is the place to go!

South Australia

Head to Adelaide for the classic city tourist activities such as the botanical gardens and some shopping, or travel to the Barossa Valley known for its array of wineries.


Salamanca Market is the place to be if you love a Saturday morning spent at the markets. If you are interested in some killer views Wineglass Bay Lookout has stunning water views.

For history enthusiasts Port Arthur is a destination not to be missed. You can learn about the history of the heritage-listed site through audio tours and even ghost tours if you’re up for it.

Northern Territory

If you are interested in backpacking, camping or fishing then you should visit Katherine. The Nitmiluk National Park is known to be an amazing location. If you want to stay near Darwin, the Charles Darwin National Park also offers great opportunities for outdoor recreational activity such as mountain biking and bushwalking.

Western Australia

A personal favourite of mine that I really want to check out one day is the numerous species of wildflowers in Western Australia. You can actually book tours with flora experts who will take you on guided tours!

Take some time to explore these holidays as I’m sure it will only help to inspire and motivate you for your next year of study at CSU!

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