What happens after calamitous cyclones Lam and Marcia slam the Northern Territory and Quensland? You might ask, what happens to the “endless summer” Australia is known for? Surely, the label makes it a top destination just when the mercury starts to drop in the United States and Europe.
Australia is small as a continent and too huge for a nation. It is one place that offers great potentials regardless of what you are looking for in a holiday. The opportunities for adventures are as vast as its horizons with its great outdoors. The Outback is iconic; there is nothing like it and its wildlife in the entire planet. Northern Territory remains an attractive destination for globetrotters who want to experience indigenous cultures.
The harshness of the interiors forced the development of coastal cities. These urban dwelling where the population choose to live are bursting with youthful vibrancy and offer every traveler a wide range of options.
If you got Australia in your bucket list, know that regardless of your interest or chosen destination, you will have so many options. With so many wondrous landmarks, your problem will be, “where to start.” Check out this post Top 10 things to do in Australia in Telegraph’s Travel Section.
- The Great Ocean Road in Victoria is … a dazzling, heart-stopping, 150-mile drive along the hemline of the continent. The climax is the Twelve Apostles, where the raging Southern Ocean has gnawed the limestone cliffs to leave tall pillars of more resilient rock stranded out at sea.
- … the birds and reptiles of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory are crammed into ever shrinking wetlands. The most spectacular is Yellow Waters Lagoon, which becomes an open-air zoo…
- … Sydney Harbour Bridge for a 360-degree panorama of the world’s greatest harbour. Wearing a special Bridgesuit, harness and communication gear, climbers ascend the bridge’s arch for the ultimate city view, 440ft above sea level.
The list includes Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia, a 100-kilometer stretch with Margaret River at its midst. Aside from the national parks, it knits together vineyards and a stunning coastline that showcases Australia’s Karri forests, unspoiled beaches, coastal moor, olden dunes, limestone cliffs, and granite bluff lines.
The Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk, a lush rainforest comes next. It is run by the local Aboriginal community. In local Kuku Yalanji language, Ngadiku (Nar-di-gul) literally means “stories and legends” from olden times. One attraction is the beautiful Mossman Gorge, a source of food, medications and spiritual sustenance for the Kuku Yalanji folks
The Flinders Ranges in South Australia has amazing sunsets that draw people from far and wide. The diverse attractions are jaw-dropping beautiful. The Wilpena Pound is a magnificent natural basin with the best hiking trails in the country.
Lake Eyre or Kati Thanda –Lake Eyre is about 15m below sea level. When dry, it is like a giant pan of white salt crystals beautifully reflecting the sunlight. The sight attracts people. On rare occasions when this basin is filled with water, the unfolding of life in the countryside is an astonishing sight and experience; it is after all the biggest in Australia and the 18th largest lake in the world.
The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland coast is a dazzling coral formation that nature has bestowed upon Australia. It stretches for over 2,000km. Its coral cays, lagoons, islands, lagoons, caverns and channels provide a home to a plethora of marine species. Aside from snorkeling and diving, other attractions include Whitsundays, Daintree Rainforest, Hayman Island and Lizard Island, and many coastal getaways (Hervey Bay, Cairns, Port Douglas, and Missions Beach).
Melbourne’s No 96 is a busy tram servicing the city and is described as one of the world’s best tram rides. This is the recommended transport for tourists visiting St Kilda that’s bursting with many lures including St Kilda Festival and Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. The route stitches together the city’s landmarks as well – the Melbourne Museum, Carlton Gardens, Exhibition Buildings, the Luna Park, State Parliament, and the Bourke Street Mall.
Magical Uluru in Australia’s Red Centre is a vision when the sun sets over its rust-red flanks. There is nothing more enchanting when you view it from the back of a camel back. Cap the experience with a quixotic dinner at Sounds of Silence in a sea of darkness and under the stars.
Bondi is a nude beach popular worldwide. If you are not shy, ditch the clothes and the swimwear, join the workout and have your breakfast in this beach. Bask in the beach, take a dip or join the surfers. You can get lessons here too if it will be your first time.
There is something for everyone to enjoy in Australia; options are overflowing. Go around the country on a campervan or board hop-on hop-off buses and travel whenever and wherever you like. Take the rails for a different experience. Ferries are great ways to travel to the Kangaroo Island and to visit cities and suburbs. Once you get where you want to go, walk and tackle city pedestrian streets or the longest and most beautiful trails in world. All these right in Australia.