What to visit while in Australia
If you are considering taking a trip to Australia, you won’t be bored while you are there. Depending on where your interests lay, the sights you will want to explore will vary, but don’t worry as there is something for everyone. Here are a few other ideas to help you get your list started and research going.
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While you may not first associate Australia with rainforests, Daintree rainforest in Queensland is a beautiful spot worth exploring. This is one of the three oldest rainforests in the world and is also Australia’s largest. If you don’t feel like trekking around, jump on a crocodile boat tour and view lots of crocs from the comfort and safety of the boat. There are also opportunities to zip-line through the forest canopy, walk on nearby beaches and take a guided tour on trails meandering through the forest. This whole area makes for the perfect place for nature lovers and bird watchers.
With 75 miles of beach, Fraser Island is the largest known sand island in the world and is a World Heritage Site. This picturesque place is just a ferry ride away from the coast near Hervey Bay in Queensland. Once you reach the island, renting a 4 wheel drive is a good way to spend a few days exploring the golden sand dunes or any of the 100 plus fresh water lakes scattered around. If you want to stay by the ocean, there is quality snorkeling or scuba diving to be enjoyed and this is also a unique place to see dingoes in their natural environment. If you plan on spending time on Fraser Island, please make sure to stay on the marked tracks to help reduce erosion as the island hosts anywhere from 350,000-500,000 visitors per year.
For those of you who love to go out for long scenic drives or want to cover a lot of ground in a short time, the scenic Great Ocean Road is a must. The route starts 60 miles from Melbourne in Torquay and ends in Allansford. This is one of the best scenic drives in the world filled with 150 miles of windy roads that offer panoramic views of both cliffs and ocean. Stops along they way include limestone stack 12 Apostles near Port Campbell National Park.
Last but far from least is Ayers Rock in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This iconic sandstone rock formation is much more than just a rock. Not only does it reach 1,100 feet in height, but it continuously changes colours throughout the day. It starts off as terracotta and makes its way through the colour spectrum taking in blue, violet and eventually turning deep red during sunset. It is also designated as a very sacred site by the local Aboriginal tribe, Anangu, and as such should be respected at all times.