Visiting Australia for the first time, the must see destinations are: Sydney Harbour, The Great Barrier Reef and Uluru and it is easy to see why. However with over 22 thousand miles of coast line and 500 National Parks and 19 World Heritage Sites there is so much more to see, here are just a few options:
Glasshouse Mountains National Park, Southern Queensland, Australia
Located about one hour’s drive, north of Brisbane and just a little inland from the Sunshine Coast, this park is a truly amazing paradise for nature lovers. There are hiking tracks, ranging in difficulty, leading through the forests to various lookouts, which once your reach them offer panoramic views from craggy volcanic peaks that tower above the surrounding landscape.
The mountains are located in the traditional lands of the Gubbi Gubbi people, and Aboriginal legend says the mountains are all members of a family. Once you’ve finished hiking and exploring the area it’s a quick drive to the gorgeous beaches of the Sunshine Coast.
Litchfield National Park, Northern Territories, Australia
Just south of Darwin this national park is filled with things to see and do ranging from Ranger guided tours and activities, swimming in local swimming holes, hikes, camping, 4wd tours, and much more. With stunning waterfalls, gorges, and viewing platforms, this park is truly a treat for the eyes.
Broome, Western Australia
Located in the North West, it is somewhat isolated but well worth the making the effort to visit. The dry season is the time to visit and there is plenty to see and do from visiting The Horizontal Falls, riding Camels or taking PearlTour, to just relaxing on the Beautiful Cable Beach, whilst watching the sun go down. Broome is a great destination and easily incorporated into a self-drive of the Pilbara Region, Ningaloo Reef and Monkey Mia.
Coober Pedy, Southern Australia
Located pretty much smack bang in the middle of South Australia, Coober Pedy is a desert town famous for producing most of the world’s high quality opal gems. It’s a bit of a quirky town, as most of it is underground! Due to the searing heat, and the abundance of mining equipment, people have built their dwellings underground to keep them cool during the hot summer days.
Kangaroo Island, Southern Australia
Located just south of the capital city Adelaide (South Australia), Kangaroo Island is a perfect escape from city life. With over 509 kms of coastline, you’ll need longer to explore this island than you would first think. Combined with many activities and sites, including eco adventures, Wulde Wairri (the local indigenous tribe) culture tours, wildlife parks and sanctuaries, numerous beaches, bays, and coves, you’ll truly be busy for a week on this island!
Freycinet National Park / Wineglass Bay, Tasmania, Australia
Down in pristine Tasmania, sticking out into the sea on Tasmania’s mild east coast is the rugged and beautiful Freycinet Peninsula, home to Wineglass Bay. The peninsula includes numerous other bays which provide beautiful secluded swimming, snorkelling and scuba areas, rock pools, and many other attractions.
With many hikes (one goes along the entire peninsula and takes 3 days), guided ranger activities, camping areas, an outdoor theatre, scenic drives, there are enough activities to keep you busy for many days.
The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
The Great Ocean Road, located in Victoria, is arguably one of the best scenic drives of the world. Its official length is 243 kms, but it will take you a full day to enjoy it due to the narrow and windy traffic lanes. It hugs the coast line with panoramic views of the ocean and cliffs, and it winds its way through cool climate rain forests.
If you are looking to head down under any time soon and would like to make your time even more enjoyable, it pays to speak with the experts, so give the South Coasts Premier Australia Expert a call today at Amity World Leisure Travel.