Australia is one of the most popular and exciting travel destinations to visit in the world. It’s known as a major backpacking, road tripping, and surfing destination, but no matter your travel style, there is something to draw you here.
Luckily for those who visit, it is bestowed with a myriad of man-made and natural wonders that range from pristine white beaches, an eclectic variation of wildlife, cosmopolitan cities and dense forests to beautiful red deserts and pink lakes. With that being said, there is a little something for everyone, as Australia can cater to almost taste.
With so much to choose from however it can become difficult to pick exactly what to do with your limited time there. That’s why we have made it easy for you and condensed it down to the best ten destinations:
1. Pink Lake – Western Australia
Its real name – ‘Lake Hillier’, recently rose to social media fame due its aerial shot revealing a beautifully bright pink lake nestled amongst deep green forests and bordered by a crisp white beach and crystal blue waters. The body of water itself is located on Middle Island which is just off the coast of Western Australia. It’s quite a small lake, but it packs a powerful punch from the both air and land, providing some fantastic photo opportunities. The colour is believed to have been caused by the presence of Dunaliella Salina Microalgae. This is not the only pink lake either with others located in Melbourne and Hutt Lagoon, amongst others.
2. Scuba diving Great Barrier Reef – Cairns
One of the natural wonders of the worlds, this is something not to be missed when exploring Australia! There are plenty of ways to explore this beautiful underwater world, such as, boat trips, snorkelling or scuba diving. With some of the best ocean life in the world we would highly recommend scuba diving to get the full experience. You will have the opportunity to spot sharks, green sea turtles, manta rays, plentiful rainbow coloured fish and dwarf mink whales. Grab your GoPro and dive under!
3. Blue Mountains – Sydney
Located just outside of Sydney, are some of the most spectacular mountains that Australia has to offer (also check out The Grampians in Melbourne too). Surrounded by a haze of blue eucalyptus trees that go on for as far as the eye can see, it sets up your visit to be an enchanting one. Most famous for the ‘Three Sisters’ which are three soaring weathered sandstone cliffs, they stand out for some pretty impressive photo opportunities. There are also some fantastic hikes, which offer 140 kilometres’ worth of trails and walking tracks to keep even the hardest worn wanderer occupied. There is so much to admire here such as native bushland, Aboriginal myths and legends, extraordinary rock formations and underground caves. Jump on the cables cars to also get some epic aerial shots that you can send back to your family and friends.
4. Steve Irwin Australia Zoo – Sunshine Coast
If you want to see some of the craziest and most unique animals Australia has to offer, then look no further than the famous Steve Irwin’s zoo! Home to colossal crocodiles, angsty alligators, kangaroos, koalas, birds, wombats, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, reptiles, rhinoceros' and much more. It is spread over 40 hectares of land, offering entertaining shows, feeding routines and a day out worth of amusement for all the family. Be sure to swing by the ‘Glass House Mountains’ afterwards to watch the sunset.
5. Magnetic Island - Queensland
This island is one of the most visited national parks in North Queensland after the Great Barrier Reef. It is home to rock wallabies, koalas, brush-tail possums, and numerous varieties of birds. For such a small island, there is so much do such as exploring the Fort Trails and views, plentiful bays to chill on and snorkel, rent a bright pink Barbie car, and try to spot the wallabies hiding amongst the huge granite boulders.
6. Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park
Tucked away up in the Northern Territory is a giant red rock covering roughly eight kilometres of land. Now whilst it doesn’t sound that great – it’s actually pretty breathtaking! The relentless desert wind has blown cuts into the rock making it look like a wave of sand towering over the landscape around it. Standing at a resounding 348 metres, it is taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Chrysler Building in New York. The reason for its bright red colour is due to the iron in the rock which casts vibrant shades of orange and red during sunrise and sunset. It is a very sacred site for the Aboriginals and although they ask tourists not to climb it, they do allow tours up this impressive rock.
7. Skydiving in Mission Beach - Cairns
What’s better than scuba diving? Jumping out of a plane at 15,000ft and having an exhilarating, adrenalin pumping chance to get an aerial view of the famous striking scenery of Mission Beach and Cairns. Whilst falling in style, you will get views of the 14-kilometre immaculate white beaches, deep green forests and the Great Barrier Reef with its intricate tropical islands scattered throughout the lush blue ocean. Not only that but you get to experience falling towards Earth at over 200Km/hr in about 60 seconds! Well worth it we would say.
8. Off Roading on Fraser Island
No trip can complete without doing some four-wheel drive on Fraser Island – the world’s largest sand island and a chance to really immerse yourself in some remarkable Australian outback environments. There are many tour operators that will take you in groups to the island where you can drive a 4x4 that’s provided on the epic sand dunes and beaches. You will be able to camp 2-3 nights and visit places such as Lake Mckenzie, Indian Head, Champagne Pools, Maheno Shipwreck and the Pinnacles. Watch out for those dingo’s too!
9. The Great Ocean Road – Melbourne
One of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, it just a 90-minute drive from Melbourne and offers 400 kilometres of road tripping gold. The Great Ocean Road offers up numerous natural beauties such as – The Twelve Apostles, world-class surfing breaks, dense tropical rainforests complete with waterfalls, quaint sea side towns and my favourite Loch Ard Gorge.
10. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island
Not only is this beach an award-winning paradise but it is also the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. Most famously known for its bright white silica sand that is some of the purest in the world, it is also one of most beautiful places to visit in Australia. To explore it properly we recommend doing a boat tour as well as a scenic flight to get the most out your trip. At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, which is an exquisite inlet where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a beautiful fusion of colours. There are also plenty of trails and hikes around the island which often lead to high viewpoints some ultimate photos.
Be sure to check out my website Take The Leap Travel for more information and travel advice as well as my Instagram @explorewithlee and @taketheleaptravel.
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