1. The Twelve Apostles, via The Great Ocean Road
The Twelve Apostles proudly stand off the coast of Port Campbell National Park in Victoria. They are also rather conveniently nestled up right against The Great Ocean Road (which was named by CNN as one of the "World's 10 Ultimate Drives"), so bowing down to them is not only required — it's also easy.
2. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, via camel:
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (home to Ayers Rock) is located in what is almost the center of the continent. But getting there is pretty easy because it's just West of Stuart Highway, which runs from the top of the Northern Territory to the bottom of South Australia (for a total of 1,761 miles!). Once you're there, you can continue to explore the area by soliciting a ride from one of the very friendly-(looking) camels.
3. Litchfield National Park and Kakadu National Park, via 4WD:
The Litchfield National Park and Kakadu National Park are located at the top of the Northern Territory and can both be experienced in one glorious trip! Litchfield has a few monsoon rainforests that are practically unmissable for the conservationist. And then drive over to the Kakadu National Park to check out a reported 5,000 sites where Aboriginal art (that dates back between 20,000 and 40,000 years) can be viewed.
4. Daintree Rainforest, via sky rail:
The Daintree Rainforest in Queensland is the largest area of continued rainforest in all of Australia. With over 4,600 square miles of lush greenery and stunning wildlife, the Daintree Rainforest is just begging to be explored. But first, take in its breathtaking views from the sky rail!
5. Australia’s Coral Coast, via boat:
Exmouth is in the very northwest corner of Western Australia, which makes getting there a bit of a trip. But the voyage is worth it for two reasons: the "range to reef" experience (which refers to the close proximity between the water and the outback), and the incredibly scenic boating opportunities around the Coral Coast or the Ningaloo Reef.
6. Iron Blow in Queenstown, Tasmania, via Lyell Highway
The Iron Blow is a mining site in Tasmania that dates back to 1883, so it's as rich in history as it is in beauty. If you find yourself in Tasmania, it's definitely worth a visit — and Lyell Highway makes it possible.
7. Freycinet National Park, via Tasman Highway
Freycinet is on the east coast of Tasmania and is famous for the breathtaking Wineglass Bay. And fortunately enough, the journey to the bay is simple: It's less than 100 miles northeast of Hobart. And even though the park is your destination, don't forget to check out the perfect views as you're driving down Tasman Highway.
8. Mt. Kosciuszko, via your feet!
Inside Kosciuszko National Park in New South Wales (and 220 miles southwest of Sydney) is Mount Kosciuszko, which is Australia's highest peak. At 7,310 feet above sea level, the top of the mountain rewards climbers with a dazzling view of the park — but technically, the same is true about the hike itself.
9. Whitsunday Island, via sailboat
The Whitsunday Islands can be found off the coast of Queensland, and they're one of the most picturesque places in the world. Even though you can't get there by car, the transportation options do not disappoint: There are air taxis, seaplanes, and sailboats that can whisk you away and drop you off in heaven.
10. Locks Well Beach Lookout, via motorcycle:
Locks Well Beach in South Australia is known by fishermen for its abundance of salmon, but the views are another major source of the area's notoriety. But in addition to the gorgeous setting, it's the perfect place to take your motorcycle for a spin to sample a growing wine industry and experience firsthand why the Eyre Peninsula is known as the "seafood frontier."
11. The Great Barrier Reef, via The Sunlander
If you're in Cairns and are interested in a scene that's a little more relaxing, the Sunlander provides excellent (and easy!) access to the Great Barrier Reef. Just hop off the train at Townsville — which is a little more than 200 miles from Cairns — and you'll be swimming with the fishes (in a good way, of course) in no time.