Australia is one of the highest ranking in many areas including health care, life expectancy, and public education, making it an extremely popular destination for travelers and expats.

Ask anybody for trip ideas in Australia, though, and you’re likely to get a limited range of answers that include a trip to the beach, petting a kangaroo, and taking a photo in front of the Sydney Opera House. But with a land mass twice the size of Europe and climates ranging from sweltering desert to tropical rainforests, there’s much more to Australia than koalas and a souvenir didjeridoo. Matador has compiled first-hand knowledge about volunteer opportunities in the country, favorite roadtrip routes, and nightlife guides to Australia’s metropolitan areas to help you learn more.

The articles and photo essays below can get you started on planning your own trip to Australia.

Australia Articles

20 signs you were born and raised in The Kimberley

by LIss Connell

Dear travelers to Australia: Please don’t come visit until you’ve understood these 6 things

by Megan Jerrard

Australian school official banned this film about kids of gay parents. You can stream it

by Ada Tseng

Your chance to see the Great Barrier Reef is rapidly coming to an end

by Matt Hershberger

9 places to visit before they change forever

by Morgane Croissant

13 hacks and tips for road tripping the Australian Outback

by Sara Schneider

11 places to swim with whale sharks [PICS]

by Keph Senett

21 more crazy party hostels around the world

by Tom Gates

The 22 craziest party hostels around the world

by Matt Kepnes

The Great Ocean Walk: Victoria’s coastal hike

by Carlo Alcos

11 pristine photos of Whitehaven Beach, Australia

by Joe Batruny

Back to nature: 13 of the world’s richest national parks

by David DeFranza

Push yourself on this 600-mile motorcycle adventure up the Queensland coast

by Craig L. Hodges

The other side of Queensland: Journey into the Outback [pics]

by Alexandria Bombach

A dream realized on Lady Elliot Island [pics]

by Al Mackinnon

The art of slow travel: Fraser Island, Australia

by Cody Forest Doucette

The ultimate road trip through tropical North Queensland [pics]

by Scott Sporleder

7 reasons to book a live-aboard dive trip to the Great Barrier Reef

by Ross Borden
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