The vast, sprawling landscape of Australia attracts people from around the world like moths to a flame. Its sweeping coastlines, spectacular landmarks and laid-back, outdoors lifestyle are incredibly alluring – and we promise holidays in Australia are even more stunning than the glossy travel brochures would have you believe.

We’ve all seen the pictures and been sold the dream – the Sydney Opera House, Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef, Bondi Beach – but that barely scratches the surface. Fortunately, with Sunny Heart Travel, you can explore the whole wealth of stunning beauty Oz has to offer.

Some of the most breath-taking sights in the world can be found down under, such as the Great Ocean Road. Starting in Melbourne, the road will take you to Torquay’s top surf spots, Otway National Park’s waterfalls and forests, the spectacular 12 Apostles rock formations just east of Port Campbell and to Warrnambool where you can see whales from Logans Beach.

Lake Hillier – a bright pink lake in Recherche Archipelago, off the coast of Western Australia – is another special spot not to be missed while enjoying Australia holidays. Take a cruise or helicopter tour to get the most impressive view of this natural phenomenon.

Obviously, Australia is also blessed with jaw-dropping beaches. But if you’re only going to visit one, strongly consider Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, nestled off the Queensland coast between Brisbane and Cairns, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s powder white sands, turquoise waters and general ‘wow-factor’ makes it well worth the effort of getting there, as it can only be accessed by boat or seaplane.

For family holidays in Australia, there’s no better spot than the Gold Coast, where you can take on the ‘big five’ theme and water parks just south of Brisbane. Dreamworld, WhiteWater World, Sea World, Warner Bros Movie World and Wet’n’Wild are all located within an epic 32 kilometres of each other, making for a brilliant (if slightly stomach-churning) adventure.

If being thrown upside down in a small kart isn’t really your thing, the Gold Coast also boasts world-class beaches, hiking opportunities at Tamborine Mountain (where there are also cool glow worm caves) and wildlife sanctuaries.

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