This year I’m focusing on long-haul adventures and planning dream trips a little further afield than Europe. Whilst I’m off to Las Vegas and New York later in the year, it doesn’t stop me thinking about other trips, specifically, what I could see in Australia.
If you’re planning a trip down under, we’ve probably read a lot of the same tips and tricks to visiting – when to go, what to pack, what not to pack, and which tour companies to use. From what I’ve seen, one of the best guides on holidays to Australia has been made by Flight Centre, so be sure to check this out.
For now though, I want to take an unashamed look at some of the most beautiful places to see in Australia, perfect for a lunch break distraction, or to prepare for your trip. We all know Uluru, or Ayers Rock, so where else should be on your list?
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is a popular ‘bucket list’ destination, and with good reason. Known as Australia’s Great Natural Wonder, it’s the world’s largest coral reef system with over 900 islands stretching over 1,400 miles. Set off the coast of Queensland, it is absolutely breathtaking.
One of the seven wonders of the natural world, it’s accolades are countless. It’s even been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981. You can experience it from above with helicopter rides, and explore the depths with scuba diving.
However you see it, try to ensure you do not damage the delicate coral. Tour operators and guides will help you plan your trip in the best way and advise you on the ground rules.
The Whitsunday Islands are uninhabited islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Made up of 74 islands, you have beauty surrounding you on all sides. Brilliant greens, aqua blues and floral yellows are a sight for sore eyes whether you see them from a sailboat, on foot, or from a water plane.
On a visit, get close to nature with beach camping and for the more active, bushwalking. Two popular beaches to visit are Whitehaven and Airlie and you’ll be spoilt for choice for tour operators looking to show you the best these islands have to offer.
Sydney Harbour probably needs no introduction and is one of the more densely populated, developed sites in Australia that can be thought of as beautiful. The highlights are of course the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the reflections of the city lights in the clear water as the sun sets on a warm evening.
Apart from dining and seeing the sights, you can also try your hand at water sports, such as sailing and diving. One of the easiest places to visit in Australia from the UK, it’s a no brainer.
Fraser Island is a mix of crystal clear waters, sandy beaches, and thick woodland and rainforests. It’s the sixth largest island off the coast of Queensland and is part of the Great Sandy National Park. A sought after destination, it’s serene and simply stunning. You can whale watch, sunbathe, take a boat out on the lakes, view gorgeous shipwrecks, and get close to the reptilian population. What better ways to spend time in paradise?
The Freycinet Peninsula
Freycinet National Park, Tasmania is a dramatic landscape with stunning pink peaks, gorgeous bays, and a huge variety of wildlife. The Peninsula is located to the north of the National Park and includes the beautiful Schouten Island and Wineglass Bay.
A dream location for any budding photographer, you can relax on short walks, long walks, explore the lakes on boat trips, and taste delicious local food. Some circuit trails take three days to complete, so it really is a place to get away from it all and be one with nature. Just remember to take your camera!
I have no idea when or if I will make it to Australia, but I hope you enjoyed this look at some of the most beautiful places not only in Australia, but the world! For more inspiration, follow me on Instagram and Twitter.