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Great Australian destinations guest post written by Sebastian Chirino

If you’re looking to holiday somewhere warm with opportunities to surf, walk through wilderness and spend time enjoying the outdoors, consider a trip Down Under. Australia’s Gold Coast and Perth offer plenty for visitors to enjoy an unforgettable experience.

The Gold Coast, which is in South East Queensland, is one of the largest cities in Australia. Known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, visitors come for the nightlife, climate and surfing and for its proximity to the Australian rainforests. Flights to the Gold Coast can be expensive, as are most international flights. However, by booking well ahead of your trip and comparing the prices of different airlines, you can find some fantastic savings.

Among the many theme parks for visitors to enjoy in the Gold Coast are Sea World, Dreamworld, the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and the David Fleay Wildlife Park. It is also home to the Q1 building, the third highest residential tower in the world. Head to the observation deck on level 77 for spectacular vistas of the Gold Coast and Queensland from all directions. Another one of the more popular activities is walking through the Gold Coast Hinterland and the Scenic Rim. This mountain rainforest offers not just walking trails, but also other activities such as golf and rope courses.


Located on the opposite side of the country from the Gold Coast is Perth, which sits along the Swan River, only a few miles from the Indian Ocean. Like the Gold Coast, flights to Perth can be on the pricey side. However, if you do your research ahead of time, plenty of great deals can be found. Perth’s living conditions earned it a place in The Economist’s top 10 list of the World’s Most Liveable Cities.

Popular tourist activities to explore include the Aboriginal art that is abundant throughout the city. There are also a variety of museums and art galleries or you can spend time in the Kings Park and Botanic Garden, a 1000-acre park in the middle of Perth. Native bushlands make up most of the park, but you can also enjoy scenic viewpoints of the city from several vantage points. Rottnest Island is only 12 miles off the Perth shoreline and includes a miniature reef for visitors to explore. Because of Perth's location, there are also many options for taking side trips to vineyards or New Norcia, a Spanish Renaissance Monastery that is home to the Benedictine monks.


Although the Gold Coast and Perth have different options for you to enjoy on your visit, both offer a chance to spend some time outside, enjoying the climate and exploring all that Australia has to offer.

So, start planning your sunny holiday either in the Gold Coast or Perth. Booking in advance can give you the chance to find the cheapest flights available.