As the only country on Earth that is also an entire continent, it should come as no surprise that Australia boasts thousands of potential destinations for visitors who head to the outback each year.
However, many of the most popular destinations can become inundated with tourists, making it a less than authentic experience. For an Australian vacation that goes beyond the urban cities of Sydney and Melbourne, consider these top 5 unusual places to visit in Australia:
Although most people consider Sydney to be one of the best destinations in Australia, just a few miles to the West of the bustling city you will find the majestic and stunning Blue Mountains.
Home to several national parks and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Blue Mountains is one of the least frequented sites in Australia, although arguably one of the more beautiful. The temperature is much colder up in the mountains than along the coast just an hour’s drive away, making it ideal for those who want pleasant temperatures for outdoor recreational activities.
Although the mountain towns of Katoomba, Wentworth Falls and Glenbrook are all friendly and artistic communities, the real beauty of the area is the many lookout points offering breathtaking views of the landscape.
Although this island is located off the Australian mainland, it is a part of the country and is an unusual and scenic destination to consider for your upcoming vacation. The coastline of the island is more then 45 miles in length, and less than 2,000 people call the island their home.
However, there are adequate facilities and accommodations for visitors to explore the incredible destination. Limestone cliffs, sandy beaches and a dense rainforest all exist on Christmas Island.
Diving, snorkeling, relaxing on isolated beaches, hiking, caving, mountain biking and fishing are just a few of the enjoyable pastimes on the island. If you opt to participate in these more adventurous activities, be sure to have travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
Mention a reef in Australia, and most people think immediately of the Great Barrier Reef. However, the expansive Ningaloo Reef off of the Gascoyne coast is just as impressive and full of marine life. Head here for less crowded by stunning diving and snorkeling, along with breathtaking views at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shark Bay.
Although arguably one of the most famous scientists in history, the town of Darwin is far less famous. Located in the Northern Territory of Australia, it is an incredibly international destination, with the population of over 10,000 coming from over 50 different nations.
In fact, the Australian National Trust has designated the town of Darwin a multicultural icon of national significance. There are many historical landmarks in Darwin, including the World War II Oil Storage Tunnels, Darwin Wharf Precinct, Fanny Bat Gaol and the Adelaide River War Cemetery. Natural landmarks like the Lake Alexander and the Charles Darwin National Park are equally as impressive.
Although Australia is well known for wine production, few people consider actually visiting vineyards while in the country. Barossa Valley is home to some of the top wineries, and is located in South Australia. There is also a rich German heritage in the region, evidenced by many German speakers and local restaurants serving up German food. A trip to this scenic valley can almost seem like a European countryside holiday.
Dunya is a marketing specialist and travel writer from Brisbane, Australia. She works as a consultant for Fast Cover Travel Insurance, the home of low cost quality Australian travel insurance. In her free time she enjoys writing articles about travel, marketing and literature.