Australia is known for many things — extraordinary landscapes, laid-back cities, beautiful beaches. For most visitors its name is a shorthand for an endless summer where the living is easy; a place where the adventures are as vast as the horizons and the jokes flow as freely as the beer; a country of can-do spirit and easy friendliness. No wonder Australians call theirs the Lucky Country. Whether exploring the traditional lifestyle of the nation’s Aboriginal people, relaxing on a sun-kissed beach or reveling the night away in a city hot spot, Australia has something special to offer every visitor. These 17 places should be at the top of any traveller’s bucket list, whether he’s a foreign tourist flying in from afar or a native Australian looking to explore his own country.

Lake Hillier

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Shell Beach

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Lord Howe Island

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Painted Cliffs in Tasmania

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King’s Canyon

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Katherine Gorge in the Northern Territory

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Tasman Island

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Falls at Lamington

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Sydney Harbour

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The Great Ocean Road

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Kangaroo Island

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The cliffs of the Great Australian Bight

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Twelve Apostles

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Australian Outback

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Head of Bight

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The Glass House Mountains

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