Australia is internationally famous for many of its attractions — the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House and the Gold Coast are just a few famous examples. However, there are many other parts and features of Australia that are less well known but just as worthy of a visit. In fact, a visit to these places is often more enjoyable and memorable, because they may well be less crowded and hectic and, as such, you have an opportunity to experience these wonders in a less pressured and more calm and peaceful way.
Tours offer a great way to be introduced to Australia’s most famous cities, and taking an organised Melbourne tour, Sydney tour or tour of any of the country’s other capital cities is an ideal way to see and learn about many of the country’s most famous (and not so famous) features.
However, Australia definitely has more to offer than just its busiest and city-based tourist attractions. Here we take a look at six of these:
1: Great Ocean Road
One of Victoria’s proudest and most beautiful features, the Great Ocean Road runs along part of Australia’s most spectacular coastline and includes national parks, stunning beaches, iconic surf breaks and character-filled towns. Located within easy reach of Melbourne, a Great Ocean Road tour is highly recommended and will showcase the best attractions and provide you with interesting information about the area.
2: Staircase to the Moon
Located near Broome, a beachside town in Western Australia, the natural wonder that is the Staircase to the Moon emerges into vision when very low tides enable the reflection of the full moon off mudflats. When this occurs, an illusion results in which a staircase appears to extend upwards to the moon that is blue and bright. This is an amazing sight with an atmosphere that is enhanced by performers and night markets in Broome.
3: Bay of Fires
Tasmania’s Bay of Fires is something very special. The Bay of Fires features extended sandy beaches, sparkling blue waters, red rocks and natural lagoons with an abundance of fish. The area is incredibly beautiful in its own right, but for those that are particularly adventurous and wish to experience the area in a different way, it is possible to organise (and pay) to have a guide lead you on the Bay of Fires walk, which takes between three and four days to complete.
4: Arnhem Land
When visiting Australia, it is indeed worthwhile finding out more about the indigenous inhabitants of the land, and there is no better place to do this than in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Arnhem Land is unspoiled and completely owned by Aboriginal people. In this location, some of the world’s best fishing is possible and the opportunity to see and learn about ‘X-ray’ paintings created by Aboriginal people thousands of years ago should not be missed.
5: The Bungle Bungles
The Bungle Bungles National Park is known to Aboriginal people by the name of Purnululu National Park and is located in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. The Bungle Bungles are amazing and spectacular — they feature unusual rock towers with alternating black and orange stripes that occur completely naturally. Seeing the Bungle Bungles as the sun sets is particularly impressive because these incredible, large formations impose a supernatural glow on the gorge below.
6: Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is a beautiful destination in South Australia. It is home to an amazing array of plant and animal life and is also the location of Cape Willoughby, South Australia’s first lighthouse, which lights the Backstairs Passage between Kangaroo Island and the South Australian mainland. Kangaroo Island is a spectacular place that offers a range of things to see and do and many perfect ways to relax.