Five unmissable places in Australia

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to explore the natural reefs, environment, crystal clear waters and white sands, or looking to experience great food and wine, Australia has got it all. Australia is the seventh largest country in the world by land mass, and no doubt it can be confusing when it comes to choosing what you want to see and do as there is a fair bit of distance between cities.

1. Ningaloo Reef

Chances are, if you’re coming to Australia you’ve heard of the Great Barrier Reef. However, not many people know of Ningaloo Reef located in northern Western Australia. Ningaloo Reef is similar to the Great Barrier Reef, however doesn’t have the same tourist attraction star power. That is, there are fewer activities, less tourists, and less commercialisation of the area. It’s the perfect slice of paradise if you’re looking for a more exclusive trip.

Perfect for marine life lovers, Ningaloo is more than a home for colourful fishes in the reef, but is also on the migrator path of whale sharks, manta rays, whales, dolphins, and much more. To get to Ningaloo, you can drive, or book Webjet flights into Learmonth Airport.

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2. The Whitsunday Islands

On the eastern coast of Australia lays the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. If your idea of a holiday mostly consists of spending your days by the beach in pristine sands and undisturbed nature then the Whitsundays’ is the right fit for you. Located up in Queensland, the best time to visit is in spring and summer where the mercury hits 30°C almost every day!

Spend your days relaxing on the fine, white sands of Whitehaven Beach. Stretched over 7 kilometres you’ll be able find your own uninterrupted slice of paradise along the shore. From the shores, the water is crystal clear with varying shades of aquamarine, set in front of an island backdrop. However, make your way up on any of hikes, and from above you’ll see the unreal marbling of the aquamarine waters and white sands of the Whitsundays!

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3. Uluru

Also known as Ayers Rock, Uluru is a large sandstone rock formation location in Australia’s Northern Territory. The rock formation is located in Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, which is beautiful in its own right. The national park is largely untouched, with the exception of clear trails for cars that lead drivers throughout the pristine park. Perfect for adventurers, expect hiking trails, waterfalls, and the beautiful great outdoors.

However, what you’re here for is the stunningly beautiful Uluru. It may seem like an odd choice to travel around the world to visit a rock; however Uluru holds substantial significance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people, and has been in Australia for millions of years. As such, expect to see rock art and markings on the rock that date back 5,000 years! It will be breathtaking to see Uluru so clearly stand out, whilst completely surrounded by the Australian outback.

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4. The Snowy Mountains

For adventurers, look no further than the Snowy Mountains. Although famous for the snow season, the real adventure time is when the snow melts away. Once the snow melts to form the rivers and lakes at the base of the region, find yourself fishing for trout on early mornings.

In the place of ski-slopes, the tracks now become mountain biking tracks. And no need to worry about lugging your bike up the slopes, the once ski lifts are fully equipped to get you and your bike up the mountains as well. The tracks range from those for beginner biking enthusiasts to seasoned professionals. The Snowy Mountains is the place to be for those looking for adventure with bushwalking, fishing, skiing, and horse riding all on the agenda.


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5. Byron Bay

If you’re looking to experience the world famous Australian beach, surf lifestyle, then it doesn’t get any better than Byron Bay. Byron Bay is the quintessential embodiment of the Australian surf lifestyle. Expect to see people barefooted with sand in their hair, fresh from the surf, and migrating to their early morning coffees.

Leave your phones and laptop to really experience what Byron Bay has to offer. In Byron scheduled meetings, phone calls, WIP meetings, are all on hold, and time seems to just not exist. Popular amongst everyone from school leavers to retirees, once you get up to Byron it’s not hard to see why. The relaxed beach lifestyle is a winner in everyone’s eyes. It’s no wonder why Byron Bay plays host to a wide range of yoga and meditation retreats, to major music festivals like Bluesfest.

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  • Vibeke Johannessen

    I have been to The Whitsunday Islands, Byron Bay and Uluru. It was one of my favourites when I travelled and lived in Australia. Did you visit Kangaroo Island? I really liked that place. This post makes me miss Australia. I really want to go back 😀

    • Girlswanderlust

      You have seen quite a lot already of Australia Vibeke! We haven’t visited Kangaroo Island yet, but hope to visit soon! Do you have any particular tips for visiting Kangaroo Island?

  • Chantell Collins

    I am Australian and I’ve only been to two of these places . I’d never heard of Ningaloo reef and it sounds like a great alternative. One day I hope get to NT and see Uluru :).

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