Australia is a hugely popular travel destination that has a whole host of famous tourist attractions. But if you live in Oz they you’re probably sick to the back teeth of hearing about the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Ayers Rock. So here we take a look at some of the lesser known, hidden gems in Australia.
Daintree Rainforest, Queensland
If you have ever dreamt of staying in a completely wild environment but with home comforts at your beckon call, then the Daintree Rainforest is for you. Within the huge expanse of jungle is located Silky Oaks Lodge, accommodation that is replete with spas, mountain bikes and a restaurant.
There is also Wi-Fi fast enough for you to be able to play games online or keep in contact with friends and family back in the city. The rainforest itself is a beautiful, luxuriant ecosystem that supports lots of wildlife such as turtles, platypus and crocs.
Whites Beach, New South Wales
Australia is famous for its glorious beaches, many of which have picturesque white sand and deep turquoise waters. Unfortunately the beaches tend to be rather too well know and can get pretty crowded. Not so Whites Beach in New South Wales however. The picture perfect coastal spot is just down the road from the busy Main Beach, but it does not attract nearly as much attention.
The route to the coast is not altogether straightforward but the drive down a dirt track and short walk through a wooded area is definitely worth when you are greeted with an empty beach, pearly sand, clear water and lots of rock pools. Dolphins are also often seen off shore.
Fitzroy Island, Queensland
Fitzroy Island brings together many of the best features of Australia but without the usual crowds of tourists that go with them. The tropical paradise island is around 45 minutes by boat from Cairns. Many of the activities on the land mass are geared towards helping visitors get the most out of the incredible environment on Fitzroy.
You can go snorkelling among the Great Barrier Reef, walking along rainforest trails and kayaking on the calm waters of the bay. Fitzroy Island also features a few very nice beaches and boutique accommodation.
Gawler Ranges National Park, South Australia
Gawler Ranges is officially only 12 years old, having been established in 2002. But while the park itself is relatively new, the rugged terrain within is ancient. The national park, located down in South Australia, some 350 km north west of Adelaide, features giant gorges, huge hills and gullies.
The massive rock formations are a result of volcanic eruptions that occurred in the area more than 1,500 years ago. The range is also home to a growing number of heritage sites, more and more of which are being uncovered as the area is explored. Already set up are Old Paney Homestead, Policeman’s Point and Pondanna farm Precinct.