A Year In Australia: The 35 Most Beautiful Places I Saw

I was feeling a little envious while reading a few year-end recaps by some other travel bloggers who’d been to 10, 20, god knows how many countries this year. That feeling immediately dissolved when I finished compiling photos for this post, highlighting all of the beautiful places in Australia I had the fortune of laying eyes on during my year on the Australia work and holiday visa.

I’m always going to champion quality over quantity, slow travel over country-counting travel, focusing more of my energy on enjoying one place at a time rather than diluting it across several. I definitely stayed true to that mantra this year by exploring just one country over 12 months. I knew I was crazy for Australia after my year studying abroad here, but returning 8 years later for Round 2 has really deepened my love and appreciation for this glorious nation. If San Francisco is my city soulmate, then Australia is unequivocally my country soulmate.

I look at these Australia photos and all I can think is, my god, this country is unbelievable. I’m thrilled to have seen so much of it and excited at the idea of being able to explore Australia even more thoroughly next year, hopefully getting to check out some spots that have thusfar flown under my radar.

Without further ado, here are the 33 most beautiful places in Australia that I experienced over the past 12 months:

1. Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour

See also: 21 of the Best Views of Sydney // Sydney Harbour Walk: Mosman to Cremorne // Sydney Harbour Walk: Watsons Bay & South Head // Sydney Harbour Walk: Manly to Spit

2. South Molle Island

South Molle Island

See also: I Got Naked On South Molle Island

3. The Great Barrier Reef From Above

Heart Reef in the Whitsundays

Hill Inlet, Whitsundays

See also: Highlights From A Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight

4. Whitehaven Beach

Hill Inlet in the Whitsundays

See also: My Chilled Out Whitsundays Sailing Trip

5. The Sydney New Years Eve Fireworks

Sydney New Years Eve fireworks

See also: The Best View of the New Years Eve Fireworks

6. Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

See also: A Very Unplanned Tasmania Roadtrip

7. Binalong Bay & Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Tasmania beach

Bay of Fires Tasmania

See also: A Very Unplanned Tasmania Roadtrip

8. Tasman National Park

Tasman National Park

See also: A Very Unplanned Tasmania Roadtrip

9. The Overland Track

Hiking the Overland Track

See also: Highlights From The Overland Track

10. The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

See also: Sydney Coastal Walk: Bondi to Coogee // All The Things I’ll Miss From Living On Bondi Beach

11. Royal National Park

Royal National Park coastal track

See also: A Guide To Hiking The Royal National Park Coastal Track

12. Palm Beach

Palm Beach Sydney Australia

See also: A Day Trip To Sydney’s Northern Beaches

13. 12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road in Victoria

See also: Highlights From A Great Ocean Roadtrip

14. Loch Ard Gorge, Great Ocean Road

Loch Ard Gorge, Great Ocean Road

See also: Highlights From A Great Ocean Roadtrip

15. Bay of Islands, Great Ocean Road

Bay of Islands, Great Ocean Road

See also: Highlights From A Great Ocean Roadtrip

16. Sandringham Beach

Sandringham beach in Melbourne

See also: Cycling Melbourne is the Best Way to See This City

17. Sunset From a Mountain in the Grampians

Sunset over the Grampians

See also: Highlights From A Melbourne to Perth Roadtrip

18. Sunset & Sunrise at Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park

Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia

Lucky Bay Australia

See also: The Luckiest Bay in Australia

19. The Night Sky On Hinchinbrook Island

Hinchinbrook Island in Queensland

See also: 20 Stunning Photos From Hinchinbrook Island

20. Sunset at Zoe Beach, Hinchinbrook Island

Hinchinbrook Island in Queensland

See also: 20 Stunning Photos From Hinchinbrook Island

21. The Perth Coastline

Perth beaches

See also: FIFO, Beaches, and Other Interesting Things About Perth

22. The Basin, Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island beach

See also: Visiting Perth? Get Thee To Rottnest Island!

23. The Margaret River Coastline

Prevelly Beach in Margaret River, Australia

See also: Bingeing on Beaches and Wine in Southwest Australia

24. Sunset at Canal Rocks

Canal Rocks sunset in Southwest Australia

See also: Bingeing on Beaches and Wine in Southwest Australia

25. Two Peoples Bay, Albany

Little Beach in Albany, Australia

See also: Bingeing on Beaches and Wine in Southwest Australia

26. The View From El Questro Homestead

el questro homestead

See also: Random Notes On Working in the Outback

27. Mac Micking Pool, El Questro Gorge

El Questro Gorge

See also: El Questro Gorge Hopping in the Kimberley

28. Emma Gorge, El Questro

Emma Gorge at El Questro

See also: El Questro Gorge Hopping in the Kimberley

29. Wandjina’s Window & The G-Spot, El Questro

Wandjina's Window, El Questro

G-Spot on Wandjina's Window hike

See also: Hitting the G-Spot (and Wandjina’s Window)

30. The Night Sky From Saddleback Ridge, El Questro

Outback night sky

See also: The Down Under Report: Month 9 of 12

31. View Over Lake Argyle

Lake Argyle hike

See also: Surprise! Lake Argyle is Actually Pretty Rad

32. Litchfield National Park

Litchfield national park

See also: The Down Under Report: Month 9 of 12

33. The View From Port Phillip Estate

Mornington Peninsula vineyard

34. The Tip Of The Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula

35. Dromana Beach, Mornington Peninsula

Dromana Beach bathing boxes

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35 of the Most Beautiful Places in Australia

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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  • Wow Australia is truly breathtaking and I definitely cannot wait to visit (looking for a flight deal)!

    • You need to find/like the Secret Flying facebook page and set it so that those updates appear at the top of your feed. I’ve seen a few US-AUS flight deals pop up lately! :D (You can search their website as well)

      • Oh yes I have been following them for a long time now – along with a few others :D I saw Australia pop up a small handful of times, but the dates never work out :(

  • Mimi Rose

    These pictures are absolutely beautiful and bring back such great memories from my own time in Australia. I only got to about 1/3 of these destinations, so many I missed while I was there for my working holiday, but I’m looking forward to making a visit again soon!

    • Aw, thank you so much! I’m the same – I missed most of these spots when I studied here 10 years ago… but that’s why I made a point to catch them this time around! :)