Want to make all your friends jealous of your travels? Head to Australia! With a vast landscape, stunning beaches, rock formation, national park and wildlife you won’t ever find yourself looking at your watch.
Great Barrier Reef
As one of the world’s most sought after tourist destinations, The Great Barrier Reef’s beauty is unmissable. If the picturesque islands, golden beaches and amazing water sports don’t have you hooked, maybe the fact that the Great Barrier Reef is both the largest coral reef system and the biggest living structure in the world will get you keen to visit this blue wonderland.
If you love a glass of shiraz, or just enjoy frolicking through the Barossa Valley – Adelaide Hills is the place for you. With beautiful rolling mountains, smooth wine, cellar door tastings and 19th Century cottages Adelaide Hills is the perfect destination for a long weekend.
The Blue Mountains is a stunning national park two hours away from Australia’s busiest city. Take the Six Foot Track for a difficult but rewarding exploration of the area. Alternatively, if you’re short on time drop into the Jenolan Caves, the Three Sisters and Leura Cascades to tick the main attractions of your bucket list. Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at one of the local cafes on your way out!
A small coastal town four hours North of Perth in Western Australia, Geraldton offers incredible snorkelling, relaxing beaches, and trips to close by islands. Visit the Abrolhos Islands and dive in crystal waters, make friends with some of the local marine life like the gorgeous baby seals.
Also known as Ayers Rock, Uluru is a sandstone formation in the Northern Territory. This UNESCO World Heritage site is sacred to the native Aboriginal people as a cultural location within myths, legends and history. With human remains indicating settlement over 10,000 years ago Ayers Rock has become a large part of Australia’s identity, and is not just a culturally rich place to visit, but also beautiful. Summer light installations are a wonderful excuse to visit this stunning place.
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is a 200km stretch of road on the South Victorian coastline. If you are looking for the ultimate road trip in Australia, taking the Great Ocean Road is it. Hop in your Budget car rental, and visit the Twelve Apostles, while you’re on the road see if you can get a snap on the famous Great Ocean Road.
Wineglass bay is home to the best sunsets in Australia, one of the top ten beaches in the world, and amazing pink granite cliffs rising from the big blue to form stunning mountain ranges. Visit year round, keep in mind that due to Tasmania’s distance from the equator seasons are dramatically colder than the rest of Australia, so pack wisely.
Nightcap National Park
Walk up to the stunning Minyon Falls, take one of the many hikes through the region, or climb up Mount Warning. A short 9km return loop, that will take you to the summit. Explore this World Heritage listed rainforest at your own leisure, remember your camera because this region is breathtaking.
Hamilton Island is one of the biggest islands in the Coral Sea and is the largest in The Whitsundays. Hamilton Island is a good base camp to explore the Great Barrier Reef, but as one of the most popular destinations in Australia expect to pay a pretty penny. Spend your days golfing, snorkelling, swimming, shopping or just relaxing at one of the many resorts and hotels.
Lord Howe Island
A subtropical island off the coast of Port Macquarie, heading to Lord Howe is an experience that many Australian’s have missed out on. With native flora and fauna only seen on this island, amazing dive sites and wild water sports you won’t want to leave. Climb Mount Glover and witness the island madness from above. Swim at any one of the local beaches or hire a boat and get yourself around the island for the day. Booking flights in advance is crucial as seasonality can greatly affect cost.
Bio – Olivia is a traveller, foodie and writer. Having spent the last 2 years traveling around Australia she is loving all that this country has to offer. With her next overseas ticket booked Olivia plans to set off to Cambodia at the end of this year, to explore more of what the worlds has to offer.