It’s a well-known fact that Australia is a beautiful country and somewhere that is on almost every traveller’s bucket list. However, a mistake that a lot of travellers make is only visiting the touristy places. And failing to take time to experience the most authentic parts of the country. Australia is home to an array of beaches, stunning valleys, diverse forest landscapes, and sandy deserts. And yet, many travellers never set foot outside of the country’s main cities. It’s such a shame because there’s so much on offer to see and explore, as you can see below.
Located in Queensland on Fraser Island, Lake Mckenzie is part of Great Sandy National Park. (Somewhere that as a whole is also worth a visit.) The incredible thing about Fraser Island is that it’s the largest sand dune in the world and isn’t actually an island. Because of its bright blue waters, Lake Mckenzie has become a somewhat popular destination for travellers. Especially those travellers who have a love of sights of natural beauty. Paired with a sense of tranquillity and calm, the picturesque views of Lake Mckenzie are truly stunning. For travellers with a love of photography, this is a must-visit destination. It doesn’t have to be just a day-trip either, as there are various accommodation options nearby. From camping and hostels to hotels and guesthouses, there are lots of places to choose from. So whatever your budget and preference, you’re covered.
Just outside of Perth is Margaret River, a region with a lot of quirky character. Renowned for its boutiques, craft breweries and wineries, as well as the beaches lining the nearby coastline. The Margaret River is a popular spot for travellers wanting to get away from the hustle of larger places. Because of the array of beautiful beaches on offer here, Margaret River is seen as being a surfer’s paradise. If you’re not into surfing or don’t fancy taking a class, there are an impressive selection of caves to explore instead. As well as various wineries to visit. You could even choose to take part in some grape picking or winemaking. If you’re looking for a few days to relax and unwind, there’s nowhere better than the Margaret River region. Especially, as there is some fantastic accommodation in Yallingup on offer. Yallingup is a small coastal town located within the Margaret River region that’s got a lot to offer its visitors, and so, is worth a visit.
Many travellers presume that Australia is just beaches and outback, but that’s not the case. Believe it or not, Australia is also home to lush rainforest areas that are perfect for exploring – with a guide in tow, of course. Located along the Daintree River is the Daintree Rainforest. This is an area of forestry that’s packed with wildlife, waterfalls, and incredible gorges. It’s a place that has to be seen to be believed. While you can explore the rainforest alone, it’s best to go on a guided tour to ensure that you see all the best sights that are on offer. If you fancy more of an adventure that simple sightseeing, you could opt to camp out in the rainforest. There are various companies that offer overnight stays among the trees. These range from basic camping to more luxurious trips. It’s just a case of finding the one that’s a good fit for you and your travel buddies.
The Blue Mountains
Located in New South Wales, The Blue Mountains are a truly incredible sight. Renowned for its rugged cliffs, lush gardens, and haze that gave the area its name, this is somewhere every visitor should see. From a visit to The Blue Mountains you can expect breathtaking views, Aboriginal art, bush walks, and valleys that seem to have no end. There aren’t just have an impressive array of natural sights and attractions on offer, but also various towns and villages. All of which are perfect for exploring. For foodies, there are some fantastic restaurants on offer here. Many of which serves an impressive array of authentic Australian cuisine. So if you want a real taste of this incredible country, this could be the place to get it.
As you can see, there is a lot more to the land down under than Sydney Opera House and kangaroos and koalas. While it can be fun to do the touristy things, it’s also nice to travel a little further afield and experience the real Australia. From its famous wine region to its areas of outstanding natural beauty, this is a country that has a lot more to offer than meets the eye.
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