The 35 Most Beautiful Places In Australia (That I Saw In 2015)

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 most 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 35 most beautiful places in Australia that I experienced over the past 12 months:

1. Sydney Harbour

most beautiful places in australia

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

Prettiest places in Australia: South Molle Island

See also: I Got Naked On South Molle Island

3. The Great Barrier Reef From Above

Most beautiful places in Australia: Heart Reef in the Whitsundays

Prettiest places in Australia: Whitsundays

See also: Highlights From A Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight

4. Whitehaven Beach

Prettiest places in Australia: Whitsundays

See also: My Chilled Out Whitsundays Sailing Trip

5. Sydney New Years Eve Fireworks

Most beautiful place in Australia: Sydney New Years Eve fireworks

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

6. Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

Most beautiful places in Australia: Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

See also: A Very Unplanned Tasmania Roadtrip

7. Binalong Bay & Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Prettiest places in Australia: Tasmania

Prettiest places in Australia: Bay of Fires Tasmania

See also: A Very Unplanned Tasmania Roadtrip

8. Tasman National Park

Most beautiful place in Australia: Tasman National Park

See also: A Very Unplanned Tasmania Roadtrip

9. The Overland Track

Prettiest places in Australia: Overland Track

See also: Highlights From The Overland Track

10. The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Most beautiful places in Australia: 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

Prettiest places in Australia: Royal National Park

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

12. Palm Beach

Prettiest places in Australia: Palm Beach Sydney

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

13. 12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road

Most beautiful place in Australia: Great Ocean Road

See also: Highlights From A Great Ocean Roadtrip

14. Loch Ard Gorge, Great Ocean Road

Most beautiful places in Australia: Great Ocean Road

See also: Highlights From A Great Ocean Roadtrip

15. Bay of Islands, Great Ocean Road

Prettiest places in Australia: Great Ocean Road

See also: Highlights From A Great Ocean Roadtrip

16. Sandringham Beach

Prettiest places in Australia: Sandringham beach

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

17. Sunset From a Mountain in the Grampians

Most beautiful places in Australia: the Grampians

See also: Highlights From A Melbourne to Perth Roadtrip

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

Prettiest places in Australia: Cape Le Grand National Park

Most beautiful places in Australia: Lucky Bay

See also: The Luckiest Bay in Australia

19. The Night Sky On Hinchinbrook Island

Most beautiful place in Australia: Hinchinbrook Island

See also: 20 Stunning Photos From Hinchinbrook Island

20. Sunset at Zoe Beach, Hinchinbrook Island

Most beautiful places in Australia: Hinchinbrook Island

See also: 20 Stunning Photos From Hinchinbrook Island

21. The Perth Coastline

Prettiest places in Australia: Perth

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

22. The Basin, Rottnest Island

Most beautiful place in Australia: Rottnest Island

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

23. The Margaret River Coastline

Most beautiful places in Australia: Margaret River

See also: Bingeing on Beaches and Wine in Southwest Australia

24. Sunset at Canal Rocks

Prettiest places in Australia: Southwest Australia

See also: Bingeing on Beaches and Wine in Southwest Australia

25. Two Peoples Bay, Albany

Most beautiful place in Australia: Albany

See also: Bingeing on Beaches and Wine in Southwest Australia

26. The View From El Questro Homestead

Prettiest places in Australia: El Questro

See also: Random Notes On Working in the Outback

27. Mac Micking Pool, El Questro Gorge

Most beautiful places in Australia: El Questro

See also: El Questro Gorge Hopping in the Kimberley

28. Emma Gorge, El Questro

Most beautiful place in Australia: El Questro

See also: El Questro Gorge Hopping in the Kimberley

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

Prettiest places in Australia: El Questro

Most beautiful places in Australia: Wandjina's Window, El Questro

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

30. The Night Sky From Saddleback Ridge, El Questro

Most beautiful places in Australia: Outback

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

31. View Over Lake Argyle

Most beautiful places in Australia: Lake Argyle

See also: Surprise! Lake Argyle is Actually Pretty Rad

32. Litchfield National Park

Prettiest places in Australia: Litchfield National Park

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

33. The View From Port Phillip Estate

Most beautiful places in Australia: Mornington Peninsula

34. The Tip Of The Mornington Peninsula

Most beautiful place in Australia: Mornington Peninsula

35. Dromana Beach, Mornington Peninsula

Prettiest places in Australia: Dromana Beach

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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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