This collection of islands offers more than the simple beach resort destination. There are mountains to hike, reefs to explore and a native culture to experience. Plus, Fijians are notoriously welcoming to foreign travelers, and their easygoing attitudes will imbue your vacation with a relaxed atmosphere ideal for R&R.
This doubly-named island is especially popular among honeymooners and other travelers searching for once-in-a-liftime vacations. Here, you'll discover matchless vistas of cerulean waves, lush jungles and towering volcanoes. Though, travelers should note that a trip to this picturesque island comes with a high pricetag.
Sydney offers both the fast-paced vacation of a world-class metropolis and the laid-back attitude of a beach town. Sunbathe at Bondi, explore the museums of Darling Harbour or stroll along Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney offers a bevy of entertaining attractions, most famously the glamorous Opera House, awaiting exploration.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef stands with the Grand Canyon as one of the world's most astounding natural wonders. Its sheer size and diversity of life continuously wows travelers. You can't explore the entire reef in a single trip, but just visiting a portion will instigate a deep appreciation for this underwater marvel.
Cairns is the perfect city for merry revelers, passionate divers and adrenaline junkies, offering booming nightlife and heart-pounding adventure amid a vibrant, tropical setting. This friendly Queensland city of 130,000 is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation, Cooktown and the rest of Cape York Peninsula.
Tuck into succulent five-star meals in Port Douglas, the culinary gem of Queensland, or suck down a killer cocktail at a casually swanky lounge. A perfect base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the rainforest at Daintree and the beaches at Cape Tribulation, this Queensland town has an out-of-this-world setting. Sunbathe on the golden sands of Four Mile Beach, then melt into perfect pampering at one of Port Douglas’ glorious day spas for the ultimate in relaxation.
Perched on Australia’s southeastern coast, the lively city of Hobart is a unique mash-up of the 19th and 21st centuries. The waterfront cafes, restaurants and studios of Tasmania’s largest city are housed in centuries-old converted warehouses that overlook a harbour bustling with yachts and fishing boats. An active arts scene, vibrant nightlife and leisurely daytime pace add to the city’s charm.