Everyone who is travelling to Australia has no doubt heard of the beautiful Sydney with the stunning icons of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. However, there is so much more to Australia than this bustling metropolis. As the sixth largest country in the world by landmass, you’re going to get a bit of everything when travelling; from outback country Australia to glistening waters of the reefs to the tree-lined streets of country towns. If you’re still not convinced check out my personal picks for top 3 places in Australia to visit!
NINGALOO REEF – You’ve probably heard of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, however very few travellers have heard of Ningaloo Reef on the other side – Western Australia. Ningaloo is just as beautiful as the Great Barrier and is home to a wide array of marine life, but just doesn’t draw the crowds like the Great Barrier. If you’re lucky to be visiting during March to July, you can have a once in a lifetime experience of swimming up close and personal with whale sharks, dugongs, manta rays, and dolphins as it’s part of their migratory path!
The 14 hour drive from Perth to Ningaloo is a road trippers dream with beautiful stops along the way. However, for those that don’t love the idea of the 14 hour drive, you can find flights to Exmouth from Perth!
WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS – If you’re looking for heaven on Earth, it doesn’t get better than the Whitsunday Islands with their crystal clear turquoise waters and white sands! Home to Australia’s best beach by TripAdvisor – Whitehaven Beach, the Whitsunday Islands are a must see when travelling Australia. The islands boast average water temperatures of 26°C during the warmer months, and that in itself warrants enough reason to visit right? Spend your stay snorkelling, paddle boarding, kayaking, or simply laying on the beach with a good read! The best way of getting to The Whitsundays is to catch a flight to Proserpine.
ULURU – Not very many people would travel to see just a rock. However, Uluru is so much more than just a rock. Uluru is located in the heart of Australia, with significant ties to Aboriginal Australians. As an Australian, there is something so beautiful and almost ethereal about seeing Uluru at sunrise. To see the sun rise over Uluru, and to see it so clearly standing out among the Australian outback scenery is awe-inspiring. If you’re not looking forward to driving through the Australian outback in scorching temperatures, you have the choice of booking flights to Uluru.
Hopefully, now that you’ve got a glimpse at what else Australia has to offer you’ll want to explore more of this scenic country. However like I previously mentioned, Australia is a big country and with 80% of the population living on the coast line. So get out there and explore this great big nation!
While this post was not written by me, Diane, I loved the content so much that we decided to publish it here. A big shout out to Alex for such a great article on Australia. Alex is a 23-year-old lover of life, interior design & adventure. After moving to Sydney upon finishing a journalism degree, he began his blog Inspire A Better Life to positively influence others to get out there and see all life has to offer. Join Alex as he discovers this life one day at a time, documenting his thoughts along the way!