When it comes to holiday destinations, it doesn’t get much bigger or better than Australia, but with so much to see and do, how do you possibly get to see it all on one trip? Well, you don’t, unless you have a couple of years to spare and an unlimited travel budget, but even then, one trip down under is never enough!
If you are heading to OZ this year, you’ve probably got a bucket list of iconic places that you want to visit during your stay, and while the Gold Coast, the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, and the Sydney Opera House are all must-see attractions, Australia has so much more to offer the intrepid traveller, such as…
- Frazer Island: The only place in the world where you’ll find rainforests growing sand dunes, Frazer Island is a magical place. It has a 75-mile long beach, more than 100 freshwater lakes, and a shipwreck thrown in for good measure.
- Hamelin Bay: If Western Australia is not yet on your travel itinerary – add it now! So many travellers miss out on this spectacular state, and yet it is one of the most beautiful parts of the country/continent/island. While you’re there, head to Hamelin Bay in the Margaret River Region to go snorkelling with the local Stingrays. Then go into Margret River and have a glass of wine, a cheese platter, and a pastry…!
- Pinnacles – Nambung National Park: Sticking with Western Australia (see, we told you it was good!), the Pinnacles of Nambung National Park are simply fascinating. Ancient limestone formations reaching 3.5 meters high, the Pinnacles are a sight to behold. Go at sunrise or sunset – and don’t forget your camera!
- Wineglass Bay (Cole’s Bay) Tasmania: You won’t find any Tasmanian Devils here, but you will find a spectacular beach at Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park. Take a picnic, a bottle of wine (you have the glass already!), and spend the day hiking, biking, and kayaking. A nature lovers paradise!
- Kangaroo Island: You’ll need to take a ferry to get to this island paradise, but it’s well worth the journey. A spectacular haven for Australia’s iconic wildlife (kangaroos, koalas, you get the picture!), it is the most incredible place to spend a few days.
- The Whitsunday Islands: It can be costly to visit the Whitsundays, and as such, many people skip them, but if there is one place that is worth every penny, it would have to be these magnificent islands that lie between Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. Our tip would be to skip Cairns and go here… But we’ll leave that up to you to decide!
- Barossa Valley: If you love New World Wines and consider yourself a bit of a connoisseur, head to Adelaide and Australia’s most famous wine making region – the Barossa Valley. Here you can wine and dine to your heart’s content, but with over 80 cellar doors to keep you entertained, may we suggest you employ a local driver!
We could easily name 70 iconic places to visit in Australia, but one has to start somewhere! Where would you recommend for first-time visitors and seasoned travellers? Drop us a line and let us know!