Australia is a vast and varied land. It has beautiful natural landscapes that make it a prime destination for travel. These are 7 holiday spots in Australia you must visit.
Great Barrier Reef
Located off the coast of Queensland, this is the world’s largest coral reef. It is made up of 3000 individual reef systems and coral clays along with hundreds of tropical islands. On the islands, you can relax on picturesque beaches. It contains plenty of marine life which can be met up close through scuba-diving, snorkelling, glass-bottom boat viewing, and cruise ship tours. There are also opportunities for whale watching and swimming with dolphins.
Other activities include aircraft or helicopter tours, bare boats, semi-submersibles, fishing charters, and educational trips. You can hire beaches (there are 100 islands to choose from) if you want, or partake in water sports. Day time and overnight tours are available. You can even sky-dive over the reef. It’s one of the 7 wonders of the natural world, and the only living thing from space. See it before it dies.
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a huge sandstone monolith located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, in the southwestern corner of the Northern Territory. The Aborigines consider it sacred, and there’s still a settlement which exists within the park. Uluru is 300 million years old and is composed of sand, feldspar, and rock. It originally came from the seafloor.
There are a variety of tours and experiences available here. It is possible to climb the massive formation as well as walk around it. You can go on a cultural tour with Aboriginal guides, where you can learn about the Aboriginal’s ancestors. There also camel tours available, in which you ride in a camel convoy through the surrounding desert up to a viewpoint overlooking the rock. There are also options for four-wheel drive tours, helicopter tours, and dinner tours.
There’s no landmark quite like it in the rest of Australia, and nothing like it in the rest of the world. It’s highly recommended to experience sunset and sunrise there, as Uluru colours become particularly stunning.
Great Ocean Road
This is a 243 kilometre stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between Torquay and Warrnambool in Victoria. You can visit many towns along this road such as Lorne, Port Ferry, and Port Cambell, from which you can access the Twelve Apostles. Apollo Bay and Bell’s Beach can also be visited along the road.
Given the number of beaches and the stunning quality of the countryside along the road, there’s plenty of opportunity for surfing and nature walks. There are particularly good walking trails in the Great Otway National Park, which occupies part of Cape Otway. Along these, you can observe beautiful fauna and majestic waterfalls.
Yes, Australia has a place called Kangaroo Island. It is the countries third largest island, situated around 70 miles southwest of Adelaide. It has bushland, desert, mountains, and a coastline, naturally. Activities include fishing, swimming, surfing, bushwalking, and canoeing. Food safaris are a thing here as well, with the island being known for its cheeses, honey, and wines. Eat well while enjoying the landscapes.
Kangaroo contains wildlife not found anywhere else in the country due to its isolation from the mainland. There are 1,5oo animals living on the island, including kangaroos, wombats, and koalas. The Aussie trinity, I guess? Sorry emus. There’s also a large colony of sea lions and a colony of penguins. On top of this, there are nocturnal animals like possums and bats.
Kakadu National Park
The Aboriginal people have lived in Kakadu for over 65,00 years. It’s almost 20,00 square kilometres. You can see rock paintings here, the oldest of which is 20,000 years old. The park is managed by its traditional owners in partnership with Parks Australia, and more than half of it is Aboriginal land. A lot of their traditions live on here.
Visitors can connect with the Aboriginal culture through tours and activities. These include rock art site talks, walks, and demonstrations in painting and weaving. You can go with an Aboriginal guide, and eat traditional bush food beneath the stars while listening to ancestral creation stories. It’s a truly unique experience in this way. On top of all that you can go fishing, boating, swimming, and on boat cruises and scenic plane trips.
Located in Western Australia, this small town is south of Perth. It’s most well-known for its wineries, craft breweries, boutiques, and surfing opportunities. It is Australia’s premium wine region and over 95 cellar doors are open to wine tasting. Wine tours can be organised so that you can sit back and enjoy tasting at various different wineries.
You can explore underground caves like Lake Cave. It’s known for the “suspended table”, a hanging crystal decoration that’s thought to be the only one of its kind in the world. Margret River also has the longest wooden jetty in the world.
A coastal town in New South Wales, known in particular for its whale watching opportunities. Activities include bushwalks in hinterland rainforest and coastal trails. There are several beaches that you can visit here, and there are also tours available in which you can go kayaking while getting up close and personal with turtles and dolphins.