Australia is a vast continent with a diverse landscape, a plethora of incredible wildlife, stunning natural beauty, a magnificent coastline and is home to a host of amazing attractions to see and experiences to have. Whether you are travelling domestically for epic Darwin holidays, a tour of the Red Centre or diving the Great Barrier Reef, or you are visiting Australia from overseas, you need to be sure you experience the very best the country has to offer. With so much to choose from, the biggest issue most travellers have is how to choose where to spend their time when exploring this spectacular country.
To ensure you get the most out of your trip, it’s important to consider the needs and interests of everyone in your travel group. For everyone to have a good time you will need to compromise but with the right approach, you can ensure that everyone has a memorable adventure. Be sure to speak with your travel buddies well in advance of your departure, so you can narrow down your “must-dos”. Once you have figured out what stops are absolutely essential you can start building an itinerary around these places and fill in the gaps along the way with some of the sights and scenes that the country is famous for.
Let’s take a look at four destinations that every explorer should consider for their Australian itinerary.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Queensland)
Whether you dive, snorkel or simply venture out on a boat trip, every visitor to Australia must experience the Great Barrier Reef at least once. Listed as World- Heritage Natural Wonder, this reef is one of the largest living systems on the planet. In fact, the Great Barrier Reef is so incredibly large, that it can be seen from space! Stretching for more than 2,300 kilometres off the coast of Queensland the Barrier Reef is home to an incredible array of soft and hard corals and is home to more than 1,600 species of tropical fish, as well as dolphins, sharks, turtles, giant clams, rays and dugongs. If you don’t fancy diving or snorkelling, you can still observe the reef on a glass-bottom boat tour or from underwater viewing stations.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Northern Territory)
Located in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre is Uluru, a huge red monolith that punctuates the desert landscape. This World Heritage Site is sacred to the local aboriginal people that call these lands home. You can learn all about their way of life, culture and history on tours with aboriginal guides in the park. Also located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, is Kata-Tjuta, a dome-shaped rock formation, also known as The Olgas. The highlight of any visit to this striking destination is sunrise and sunset when the colours of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta glimmer in the sunshine, seemingly changing colour right there in front of you. Catch sunrise at one and sunset at the other, or better yet do both at both locations to make your trip extra memorable.
Blue Mountains National Park (New South Wales)
For those explorers looking to get into the mountains and onto the trails, look no further than Blue Mountains National Park, a certified UNESCO World Heritage Site. Boasting 664,000 acres of wilderness, visitors can hike countless trails, see beautiful waterfalls, visit dramatic gorges and even check out ancient Aboriginal rock paintings. The giant rock formations known as the Three Sisters are one of the park’s biggest draws and is also home to the steepest railway in the world called the Katoomba Scenic Railway, which is always worth taking a journey in. The Blue Mountains are an outdoors person’s dream with more than 140 kilometres of hiking trails to explore and activities like rafting, rock climbing, abseiling and mountain biking all on offer.
Fraser Island (Queensland)
Yet another World-Heritage listed site, Fraser Island is the largest sand island anywhere in the world and is a must for anyone exploring Australia. The sand island is punctuated by beautiful turquoise lakes, covered in impossibly green rainforest, and home to stunning dunes and endless stretches of sand for you to explore. One of the most popular things to do here is to take a four-wheel-drive trip along the seventy-five-mile beach, whizzing by shipwrecks and huge sandstone cliffs. Away from the coast, there is, even more, to explore with freshwater lakes and rainforests that are home to a diverse range of wildlife. Go whale-watching, hike through the rainforest, enjoy a scenic flight or get your kicks hurtling down the sand in a 4×4 at this jaw-dropping destination.
Have The Adventure Of A Lifetime Down Under
With so many incredible places to visit in Australia, it’s important that you take the time to consider your options so you create an itinerary that will give you the best experience possible. With the right itinerary in place, you can start looking forward to your epic adventure down under and start preparing for the journey ahead.