24 places you must visit in Australia

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Australia is known for many things — extraordinary landscapes, laid-back cities, beautiful beaches.

It would be impossible to see the country and experience all it has to offer on a single trip.

But these 25 places and activities 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.

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