Australia is one of the most remote countries in the world and, ironically, one of the most popular places to visit, especially among backpackers and budget travelers. Because of its distance from the US, not many Americans tend to visit Australia. Pristine beaches, outback adventures, wildlife trips, hip cities – you name it and Australia has it. Still in two minds about visiting Australia, then take a tour through our top 15 reasons to visit Australia.
1. Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is a 250 km long stretch of road winding through some of the world’s most spectacular and diverse landscape. The breathtaking scenery is bound to sweep you off your feet. For a more enriching experience, walk the great ocean road where you get to experience the wonders of the region from a closer perspective.
2. Great Barrier Reef
Hugging the eastern coast of Australia is a conglomeration of coral reefs which go on to make the world’s longest coral reef systems. Take a closer look at this coral kingdom by going deep sea diving. More than 1500 species of fish live in these waters adding to your underwater marine experience.
This massive sandstone rock standing bang in the middle of nowhere is a sacred rock to the native Australians. This rock changes color dramatically according to the time of the day, a spectacle witnessed by thousands of visitors daily.
4. Lake Hillier
Have you ever seen a pink lake before? Well, probably not. Then this is your chance to see one. The unique feature of this lake is that it retains its pink color all year round in contrast to other pink lakes which keep changing color according to the season.
5. Heart reef
Located amidst the pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef, this coral reef formation is naturally shaped in the form of a heart. Due to its protected status, it can be viewed only from the air. Popular with tourists, and even more so with people in love.
Nobody leaves Australia without visiting Sydney, its largest and the oldest city. This huge cosmopolitan city has a wealth of attractions to keep a traveler busy. Chill out on Bondi beach, visit the opera house or check out the restaurants in Darling harbor – you won’t run short of sights or activities to indulge in when in Sydney.
Also referred to as the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne has a strong art and cultural scene. There is a relaxed and laid back charm to it, no wonder it is the favorite of retirees and people looking for that element of peace in their lives. Visit the city center to see some of the famous sights of this place.
8. Kakadu national park
Spread over 20000 hectares, this national park has waterfalls, gorges, wetlands all within its ambit. Home to many rare species of birds and animals, kakadu is also a prime example of a living cultural landscape inhabited as it is by the indigenous people of the region.
9. River rafting in Franklin River
Franklin River which winds its way through some of the most dramatic landscapes of western Tasmania is famous for river rafting. Taming the wild untamed waters of this river is an extremely thrilling experience. However it is a difficult river to negotiate, hence if you have any doubts about your rafting skills please do not proceed.
10. Philip Island
Everyday as the sun goes down; you get to see a magical scene – penguins waddling ashore to the comfort of their sand dunes after a hard day at sea. For an even closer look at the penguins go for the Penguin Sky Box or Ultimate Penguin Tour where you get to assist a ranger in the penguin count and also gain valuable information about these little beauties. A truly unforgettable experience.
11. Gold coast
More akin to the pleasures of Miami or Vegas, this little stretch of land is the most densely developed patch of land in Australia. Gold coast is well-known for its numerous beaches and a vibrant night-life that make it a happening destination. However, go a bit inland and you get two of Australia’s famous national parks – Lamington and Springbrook which are far removed from the madding crowd of the beaches.
12. Daintree rainforest
This 135 million years old rainforest plays host to a wide variety of plant and animal life found nowhere else in the world. A good way to explore the many attractions of this ancient rainforest is by going on the Dubuji boardwalk, a 1.8 km track where you get up close and personal with the varied flora and fauna of the region. Not in the mood to walk, why not board the Skyrail which offers the same experience but from the comforts of a cable car.
13. The Kimberley
Promoted as Australia’s last great wilderness, this region is crying out to be explored. Deep gorges, crystal clear pools, cascading waterfalls, all leave their mark on you. Visit the horizontal waterfall of Talbot bay, gape in wonder at the beehive shaped structures in Pumululu national park or take a cruise on the Fitzroy River marveling at the wonderful landscape.
14. Wilpena Pound
One of the famous out-backs of Australia; this is the most popular site in Flinders’ range. The enormous mountains surrounding it make it a desired hiking destination. Those looking for a safe hiking experience prefer to walk in and around the resort and the visitor area while serious hikers climb as far as St Mary’s peak.
15. Fraser Island
The biggest sand island in the world, this place deserves to be on the world heritage list. Called as K’Gari or ‘paradise’ by the locals, this island is famous for its shifting sand dunes, rainforests, and for the wild dogs that roam uninhibited in this pristine landscape.