How to see Australia’s top 10 landmarks in 10 days
Our guide to ticking off TripAdvisor's top Australian landmarks.
Yesterday, TripAdvisor revealed the winners of its Traveller's Choice awards for top landmarks in the world as well as in specific regions, such as Australia.
So how did we do? Pretty good actually. Two of our landmarks, the Australian War Memorial and the Opera House, nabbed two spots in the Top 25 Landmarks in the World (23rd and 24th, respectively) and both won top spots in the Top 10 Landmarks in Australia category. Here's how our list turned out:
Top 10 Landmarks in Australia
- Australian War Memorial, Canberra
- Sydney Opera House, Sydney
- Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney
- Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne
- Block Arcade, Melbourne
- Port Arthur Historic Site, Port Arthur
- Fremantle Prison, Fremantle
- Kings Park War Memorial, Perth
- Australian Parliament House, Canberra
- Queen Victoria Building, Sydney
How to travel to all 10 landmarks in Australia
If this list is giving you wanderlust, we have a solution: a round trip tour of the Top 10 Landmarks of our country. We searched for flights and crunched the data to give you the perfect round-trip itinerary in under 10 days.
Day 1-2: Sydney
Tick off your first three hot spots in one day in Sydney. The Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Queen Victoria Building are walking distance away from each other.
If you want to truly make the most of the TripAdvisor Award's lists, stay in either the Park Hyatt (it's right under the Harbour Bridge), Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour or Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour. They're all extremely accessible to said landmarks and all won spots in TripAdvisor's Traveller's Choice Top 25 Hotels in Australia awards this year. Prices start from around $250 per night (Ovolo 1888).
Want to go all out? Spend your second day in Sydney checking out Manly, Shelly and Bondi Beaches while in town. They're all in the Traveller's Choice Top 25 Beaches in Australia list, too.
Day 3-4: Canberra (2 landmarks)
Canberra is a 3-hour drive from Sydney's CBD and while you can hop on a plane for an hour to get there for around $100 one-way, it's much easier (and usually cheaper) to hop into a car and drive it there and back that same or the following day. When you arrive, hightail it to its two top landmarks: the Australian War Memorial and Parliament House.
Stay the night at TripAdvisor's award winning East Hotel. It offers rooms for under $200 per night. Drive back to Sydney the following morning.
Day 5-6: Hobart (1 landmark)
From Sydney fly into Hobart. On budget airlines like Jetstar you can get a one-way flight down to $66 during winter and the flight time direct is just under two hours. When in Hobart, rent a car or hop onto any number of Port Arthur tours to get you to the historic site. While there you might also like to take a drive up to Wineglass Bay Point Lookout, which is a 2-3 hour drive north of Hobart. It was named one of Top 25 Beaches in Australia in the Traveller's Choice awards this year.
As for accommodation, if you want to keep the theme going, your must-stay is at the Henry Jones Art Hotel. It's one of Hobart's most lauded hotels and will set you back around $500 per night.
Day 6-7: Melbourne (2 landmarks)
Direct flights from Melbourne to Hobart can go down to around $47 during winter and have a flight time of just over an hour. You'll knock two more landmarks off your list here (Block Arcade and Shrine of Remembrance), which are both in the city and can be done in a day. In the evening, book yourself a spot in the Art Series - Larwill Studio.
It's a steal with rooms under $200 a night and a number 9 spot on that Best Hotels in Australia list.
Day 8-9: Perth (2 landmarks)
Melbourne has a direct connection to Perth, making flying across the country practically a breeze. The flight time for this leg is over 4 hours, so it's best to take two days to cover its award winners. These include Fremantle Prison and State War Memorial, which are around 30 minutes drive from each other. Those chasing the sun can head south to visit one of Australia's top beaches, Cottesloe,for a rest from your trip so far.
Sadly no Perth hotels made it onto the TripAdvisor list, but TripAdvisor's rankings point us to COMO The Treasury as our go-to for a good sleep. Rates here are from $600 per night.
Day 10: Sydney
Return back to Sydney on Day 10, having completed not only the top landmarks in Australia, but a few of its top beaches and hotels as well.
The TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Awards are held annually and are based on an algorithm that takes into account the quality and quantity of reviews posted on TripAdvisor's website over the last 12-months. To qualify, landmarks also have to be man-made.