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Most Popular Ports to Visit in Australia

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Australia’s popular ports include the Great Barrier Reef, the Dampier Archipelago, Sydney, and the Tiwi Islands. The country’s immense size and variety of terrain make it an expansive destination to discover the natural diversity of the terrain, a large variety of wildlife, and the cultural history of the land.

The capital of Northern Australia, Darwin, has a multicultural population, tons of markets, indigenous people, and a metropolitan atmosphere that gives way to experiences that put you center stage to the ever-changing culture of the country.

Sitting at the crossroads of the outback of the Western Kimberley region of Australia and long stretches of beach, Broome has an interesting mix of cultures, a reputation for harvesting much of the world’s pearl shells, and a diverse collection of restaurants featuring local cuisine.

Great Barrier Reef
Spread out over 1,800 miles off the eastern coast of the country, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system on the planet. Home to sea turtles, dolphins, humpback whales, and 1,500 species of fish; the reef is a playground for wildlife enthusiasts and an epic place to snorkel, dive, and marvel at the stunning surroundings both above and below the sea.

Montebello Islands Marine Park
The Montebello Islands Marine Park off of Western Australia is a collection of over 200 islands where active adventures include exploring the rich underwater world of coral reef systems and discovering the colorful history of the area.

Dampier Archipelago
This 42 island chain in Western Australia is one of the hidden gems of the country. The Dampier Archipelago has an estimated 500,000 to one million petroglyphs dating back as far as 20,000 years along with a wealth of other Aboriginal historical artifacts.

A thriving tourism hub with a laid back vibe for those heading to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns brings fresh air to exploring Australia with a great collection of cafes and restaurants. There is plenty to do within a short drive from the city including the Skyway Rainforest Cableway that travels high above the Barron Gorge National Park.

Sydney’s historic neighborhoods, its thriving population, and cosmopolitan culture bring people from all over the world, making it an intriguing place to explore and enjoy the hip atmosphere of the city. The iconic opera house, the Sydney harbor, the Paddington and Surry Hills areas, and the various museums and galleries are just a few of the highlights that bring a new perspective to the country as a whole.

Garig Gunak Barlu National Park
The Garig Gunak Baru National Park sits at the top of the Northern Territories and is only reached by air, sea, or with a four-wheel drive vehicle. The sprawling park covers the entire Cobourg Peninsula and has a variety of things to see and do including discovering the history and art of the Aboriginal Arrarrkbi people, who have called this area home for 40,000 years. Whales and dolphins are often seen off the coast, six species of turtle nests exist on remote beaches, and more than 200 kinds of birds call the park home. 

Tiwi Islands
Home to the Tiwi people in the Northern Territories and seldom visited, the Tiwi Islands offer an off the beaten path experience were discovering the talented artisans who live here is an immersion into the vibrant Aboriginal culture of the present.

For more information about Australia’s diverse destinations and the different options for exploring the different regions of the country, contact one of our travel experts.

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