Since it’s been just over three weeks since I arrived in Sydney, I’ve started to put together a list of all the things I don’t want to miss out on as I am travelling around this vast country. Some are well known tourist areas but others are lesser known attractions. So, here goes!
< – – GREAT BARRIER REEF – – >
I think this one is on everyone’s bucket list who visits Queensland and who can blame them! With so many options of exploring this natural wonder, the really is something for everyone, diving, snorkel, boat trips, cetacean watching, island walks, there are a whole bunch of adventures to be had! And with coral reefs disappearing at such a fast rate, there really isn’t a better time to see Mother Nature in full glory.
< – – DAINTREE RAINFOREST – – >
Sticking in tropical Queensland, the oldest rainforest in the world stretches for miles along the beaches and is home to an abundance of flora and fauna. Here you can trek for miles, picnic on the beaches or take a drive up to Cape Tribulation. There are many options available to the wildlife lover as this rainforest has many species which are found nowhere else on the planet!
< – – THE RED CENTER – – >
This is what a lot of people think of when they picture Australia, endless red deserts and kangaroos everywhere. Uluru is probably the most visited part of the Outback and with good reason. At 600 million years old and a drive of over 2,000km to get here from Darwin, this iconic giant rock is a must if visiting Alice Springs or NT in general. Get up close with a walking tour around Uluru or admire from afar, either way it is a spectacular sight I don’t want to miss. Make sure to take bug spray, sun cream and lots of water with you!
< – – BLUE MOUNTAINS – – >
These gorgeous mountains are just a few hours out of Sydney, and with public transport easily available there is no reason to miss out if you are near to Sydney. The eucalyptus oil in the air make the mountains appear blue and they stretch for miles. The easiest way is to drive yourself or to get the train which will take you to Katoomba where you can get on the hop on hop off tour bus around all the different vantage points. Make sure to visit the three sisters and if you are up for a longer hike take the path down to the waterfall.
< – – TASMANIA – – >
This state just looks beautiful doesn’t it?! Lush forests, rugged coast line, cultural cities and 19 national parks, 19! This really is a nature lovers dream destination. Get here by flying to Hobart in the south or Launceston in the north, or alternatively there is a ferry which runs from Melbourne to Devonport. Some of the best places to visit include Cradle Mountain, Hobart, Wineglass Bay, Port Arthur and Mount Wellington.
< – – NINGALOO REEF – – >
Found in north west Western Australia, this 260km fringing reef is a real hub for marine life, including manatees, whales, dolphins, hundreds of fish and. This world heritage site is a must if you want to go swimming with whale sharks where hundreds congregate here from March to June each year. The reef is easily accessed from Perth and there are so many beaches you are bound to have one all to yourself.
< – – CHRISTMAS ISLAND – – >
Now this one is very out of the way and I probably won’t visit here anytime soon, but I really want to be on Christmas Island for the red crab migration. You have probably seen a documentary where the whole island is just covered in crabs, it just looks so cool. Mind you I won’t be wearing flip flops!
< – – GREAT OCEAN ROAD – – >
One of a number of classic Australian road trip right here. I think the majority of people who visit Melbourne will go to the twelve apostles and drive this road. And in every photo I’ve seen, the sun has always been shining. But there are plenty of places to see along this 243km stretch of road between Torquay and Allansford. Beaches, towns, scenic lookouts and bush walks all scatter this beautiful coastline.
What would you add to your Australian bucket list?