I was chatting with the BF last week about places we should visit and Australia cropped up as a OMG we must do. Nature, greenery, waterfalls, beaches, deserts, what is there not to want to see? With Australia vacation rentals sprouting like mushrooms since the country’s tourism started booming in the last couple of years. Sadly though, visitors are only excited about the main highlights like Sydney Opera, Blue Mountains, and Great Barrier Reef. There is so much more of Australia to see, like the underrated places which most people don’t know they exist.
- Hahndorf (South Australia)
This town is a 35-minute drive from Adelaide. It gets the credits of having the oldest German settlements. The town has an intrinsic natural significance and is built on the model of fachwerk architecture. It is recommended to have a bite at Australia’s largest hot dog and later pick strawberries at Beerenberg Family Farm.
- Echuca (Victoria)
This town is founded on the banks of the mighty Murry River. Focusing upon the river trade industry, the town boasts of having the world’s largest collection of paddle steamers. If you want to relive history, try boarding one of the oldest vessels. If you are coming from Melbourne, use the Calder Freeway and you will reach Echuca in 2.5 hours.
- Orpheus Island (Queensland)
Ever suffered from a condition where you want to go to a new place but don’t want hustle and bustle of other people? Try visiting the Orpheus Island. It is a 30-minute flight from Townsville. You can snorkel and have fun at Gwandalan spa. The best part about Orpheus Island is that at any particular time, the Island is only opened to 28 people at five-star Orpheus Island Lodge.
- Bruny Island (Tasmania)
Technically, these are two islands which are narrowly connected with each other. Bruny Island is situated at southeastern Tasmanian coast. The island features the 2nd oldest Australian lighthouse and the ‘South Bruny National Park’ is home to multiple trails. Visit with your friends to make your trip a worthwhile memory.
- Lord Howe Island (New South Wales)
Try fish feeding on Ned’s beach and traverse through the crystal-clear water lagoons. The island is also home to glorious mountains so adventure hiking at Mount Gower and a visit to ‘The Valley of Shadows’ will surely make one of your best travel memories.
- Jervis Bay (New South Wales)
Jervis Bay is home to white sand beaches, whales and orcas. You can board a cruise and sightsee all kinds of marine lives. To satisfy some of your thirst for a thrill, you could rent a mountain bike and race against the sunset at Kangaroo River bike trail.
- Sunshine Coast (Queensland)
This place is located towards the north of Brisbane. Sunshine Coast has a rich variety of theme parks which include Aussie World & Ginger Factory. To spice up your stay, you take a boating trip to river of mirrors (Noosa Everglades).
- Coral Coast (Western Australia)
To take in in the full sites of Coral coast, you need to start from Perth and drive to Exmouth or for a short-term experience, start your journey from Shark Bay and proceed to Monkey Mia which is famous for dolphin visits. Next, proceed towards Coral Bay and get a quad bike to ride upon sand dunes. Ending your journey at Exmouth, try snorkeling in the breathtaking waters of Ningaloo Reef.
- Central Coast (New South Wales)
This is ear marked as the coastal pride of New South Wales. Less than a two-hour drive from Sydney, the Central Coast is famous for its unspoiled wilderness. It is recommended to travel towards Bouddi National Park, which is home to aboriginal sites and then perform a camping stay at Glenworth Valley. For people looking for hard thrill in their lives you have got to try the rollercoaster zip line at Ourimbah State Forest.
- Katherine Gorge (Northern Territory)
When people talk about Australia, they get excited about cape journey of West Coast or eastern adventures of ‘The Great Barrier Reef’. Astonishingly, the beauty of the Australian Northern Territory is still hidden from mainstream media.
One of the most famous Northern Territory places is Katherine Gorge. It is located inside the Nitmulik National Park and you can charter a helicopter, bushwalk and get a firsthand canoe experience. You can stay at both, tent and caravan sites at two permanent campgrounds of Nitmulik National Park.
Going towards south, once you reach towards the end of the tunnel, it is highly recommended to visit Cutta Cutta Caves – a place where houses are formed of ancient limestones.
And here’s the history lesson; Katherine Gorge is formed due to slow and steady carving through the ancient sandstone by river Katherine. It has a total of thirteen gorges and is a home to both, freshwater and saltwater crocodiles.To get there, fly directly to Darwin and drive south to get to Nitmulik National Park. It is three-and-a-half-hour drive but the journey is so worth the view.