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30 Famous and Offbeat Places to Visit in Australia

30 Famous and Offbeat Places to Visit in Australia

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

Australia is a land of endless beauty and diversity, from sun-kissed beaches and lush rainforests to iconic landmarks and the rugged outback. With so much to offer, it’s impossible for any one traveler to experience it all in a single lifetime.

Trust me, I’ve tried. I’ve sailed up the East Coast, explored every inch of Tasmania in our van, and road-tripped across many states.

But to truly bring you the ultimate guide to the best places to visit in Australia, I needed some help. That’s why I teamed up with over 20 Aussie travel bloggers. Together, we’ve traversed every corner of this incredible country and compiled our top picks, from must-see icons to hidden gems to help you plan your visit to the land down under!

Map showing the 30 famous and offbeat places to visit in australia
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The Great Barrier Reef - Queensland

The Great Barrier Reef, stretching over 2,300 kilometers along the coast of Queensland, is one of the world's most remarkable natural wonders in the world.

This UNESCO World Heritage site is the largest coral reef system on the planet, covering an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometers. Home to an astounding diversity of marine life and stunning underwater landscapes, the reef attracts millions of visitors each year.

Key access points to the reef include Airlie Beach, Cairns, and Port Douglas. From Cairns, you can visit Fitzroy Island and Green Island. Fitzroy Island offers lush rainforests, clear waters, and vibrant coral reefs, perfect for snorkeling, diving, and kayaking. Green Island, a coral cay, boasts white sandy beaches and abundant marine life, ideal for snorkeling and glass-bottom boat tours.

Whether diving at Agincourt Reef, exploring the Whitsunday Islands from Airlie Beach, or embarking on a scenic flight from Port Douglas, the Great Barrier Reef offers unforgettable experiences. Its vibrant coral gardens, teeming with colorful fish and sea turtles, make it a must-visit destination for any nature lover.

Great barrier reef from the sky

Kangaroo Island - South Australia

Contribution by Macca from An Adventurous World

Kangaroo Island is one of those rare places in the world where wildlife still rules the roost.

On my trip there I was lucky enough to swim with dolphins and sea lions, I saw echidnas plodding along by the side of the road, and of course, no trip would be complete without seeing the Kangaroo Island Kangaroos– these are a completely different sub-species to other kangaroos in Australia.

As for the rest of the island, it is all the best of Australia in one place - stunning beaches, jaw-dropping landscapes, but all with a more local feel to the island. 

If you love nature and wildlife, there are few places left quite like this one - you really do feel like a visitor here; it's the animals who get to call it a home.

Two kangaroos in australia

Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge - New South Wales

Contribution by Luca from Hello World Here I Come

If Sydney was known for one thing, it’d be its iconic landmarks. The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House are two of the most famous structures in the world, making Sydney Harbour a must-visit stop when in the city. 

Like the Eiffel Tower is the picture Paris, and the pyramids the picture Egypt, the Harbour Bridge and Opera House are what you think of when you think of Sydney. People come from all over the world to see, photograph, and experience these iconic spots.

I’ve lived near Sydney for 18 years, and visited the city more times than I could count. My favourite secret local tip that I share with everyone who visits the city… Is to take the ferry from Circular Quay to Luna Park. This ferry goes right under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and lets you get up and close without paying for a bridge walk. Plus, the ferries are always fun!

Sydney harbour bridge at dusk

Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles - Victoria

Contribution by Elisha Donkin from Beyond Wild Places Blog

The Great Ocean Road is Australia’s most famous road trip. The 243 km stretch of road traces along the southwest coast of Victoria from Torquay to Allansford. It takes you through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the state, including dense rainforest, dramatic sea cliffs, untouched, wild beaches, and consistent surf breaks.

In between, the natural attractions will have you constantly taking little side trips and photo stops, from magical waterfalls to hidden coves. Of course, it’s also home to one of the most iconic tourist attractions in Australia: the 12 Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks stranded off the coast.

Calling Victoria home, I’ve road-tripped down the Great Ocean Road countless times in my van. While many people short on time tend to take a drive from Melbourne along the coast just for the weekend, I recommend taking a few days to explore the road and all its attractions. There are plenty of fantastic walks, beaches, waterfalls, campgrounds, towns, and stunning vistas, and it takes at least 4-5 days to see the best of it. Give it enough time and you’ll begin to uncover why it’s one of the most beautiful regions in Australia.

Twelve apostles in victoria at sunset

Bondi Beach - New South Wales

Contribution by Annabel from Londoner In Sydney

A visit to Australia wouldn’t be complete without visiting its most famous beach - Bondi Beach. The picture-perfect beach attracts nearly 3 million visitors each year for good reason. You can’t miss the famous Bondi Icebergs ocean pool to get some Insta-worthy photos (if you’re looking to swim here, there’s a small entrance fee).

With plenty of things to do in Bondi, Bondi Icebergs is also the starting point for the famous Bondi to Coogee walk which is a 2-3 hour 6km walk. Stop off at the stunning Bronte Rockpool and Gordons Bay while you’re here. Head to Bondi Markets on the weekend for local crafts, vintage finds and food stalls. Tick off a huge bucket list and learn to surf on Bondi Beach, head up to the lesser-known Diamond Bay and onto Watsons Bay or Dudley Page Reserve for sunset views of Sydney Harbour.

For local insider tips, I recommend visiting around March time when the water is a nice warm temp and it’s not too crowded. For places to eat, you can’t miss the famous Speedo’s for breakfast or lunch and Totti’s for dinner, but you might like to check my full Bondi Food Guide for all the best local places to eat!

Bondi beach in sydney, australia

Blue Mountains - New South Wales

Contribution by Gabby from Budget Travel with Gabby

The Blue Mountains are a gorgeous oasis of natural beauty located just west of Sydney. Here you can find rugged rock formations, dramatic valley views, epic hikes, secluded campgrounds, majestic waterfalls, and lush forests. Even though it’s a protected national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s still surprising to find such pristine, untouched nature so close to the city!

There is something for everyone in the Blue Mountains, whether you want a knee-buckling trek down a cliff face, a refreshing swim in a secret slot canyon waterfall, or a leisurely stroll between panoramic viewpoints. The Blue Mountains are also home to charming small towns like Katoomba and Blackheath, where you can sip on a flat white or shop for antiques. 

My favorite thing about the Blue Mountains is how easy it is to escape the crowds! As one of the most popular day trips from Sydney, you can find lots of tourists at iconic locations such as Echo Point and the Three Sisters. But the sheer vastness of the Blue Mountains makes it super easy to find a secluded trail where it’s just you, the crisp mountain air, the Eucalyptus forests, and the wilderness

Blue mountains australia
Blue mountains by gabby

Esperance, Western Australia

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A location that has to be seen to be believed. With some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, renowned for their bright white sand, vibrant blue waters and sunbathing kangaroos. Esperance is a location that offers unparalleled beauty, feeling closer to a dream than reality. 

Nestled along the breathtaking southern coast of Western Australia, the coastal paradise of Esperance is the ultimate road trip destination. People travel from all over the world to see the famed beaches and take in the incredible natural beauty of the region. A highlight for most is being able to get a selfie with the friendly sunbathing kangaroos who call Esperance’s Lucky Bay home.

Initially drawn to Esperance for its iconic beaches (and being completely blown away by them!), we found ourselves equally captivated by the nearby mountain, Frenchman Peak. Scaling the steep rock face of the mountain, we were not only amazed by the incredible panoramic views at the summit but were fascinated to learn of its profound significance in Aboriginal culture.

Lucky bay in esperance, australia
Lucky Bay in Esperance, Australia

Tangalooma, Moreton Island, Queensland

Tangalooma on Moreton Island is a paradise for marine life enthusiasts and beach lovers alike. Just a short ferry ride from Brisbane, this stunning island is renowned for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and incredible wildlife experiences.

One of the highlights of Tangalooma is snorkeling at the incredible Tangalooma Wrecks. These wrecks have become vibrant artificial reefs teeming with marine life. Snorkeling around these wrecks is like exploring an underwater world full of colorful fish and corals.

I've sailed to Tangalooma a few times while staying in Brisbane. However, it's easy to get here via the public ferry or day trip. When you visit, don't miss the island itself for sand tobogganing down the giant dunes, kayaking through the clear waters, or simply relaxing on the beach.

Tangalooma wrecks, moreton island queensland australia

Surfer's Paradise & Gold Coast - Queensland

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The Gold Coast stands as one of Australia's most diverse destinations, where the salty sea breeze of the coastline meets the cool, crisp air of the Hinterland. 

Offering the best of both worlds, the Gold Coast has 70km of unspoiled coastline and 100,000 hectares of world-heritage rainforest, it captivates visitors with not only its beauty but also its diverse array of attractions and experiences. 

From the iconic skyline of Surfers Paradise to the sun-kissed southern beaches, thrilling theme parks, vibrant food scene and lush hinterland, you won't want to miss any of these in your Gold Coast Itinerary.

A memorable destination we have cherished since childhood is Tallebudgera Creek. It’s the perfect spot for a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters while offering amazing views of the Burleigh headland. Don’t forget to visit Custard Canteen for one of their famous Portuguese tarts while you are there.

Man standing watching surfers on the gold coast near surfers paradise

Byron Bay - New South Wales

Byron Bay is a coastal gem that perfectly encapsulates the laid-back Aussie lifestyle. Known for its stunning beaches, vibrant arts scene, and eclectic community, Byron Bay is one of the best places to visit in Australia for surfing.

The town's main beach is a haven for surfers, with waves that cater to all skill levels. Beyond the surf, Byron Bay offers an array of activities, from exploring the lush hinterland to visiting the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse. The lighthouse is not only a great spot for panoramic views but also a prime location for whale watching during migration season.

Although Byron Bay is getting a bad rap due to over-tourism lately, it's still one of the most iconic destinations in Australia and a must-stop for anyone on an East Coast road trip. I've come to love its bohemian vibe and the sense of community it fosters. The local markets are filled with unique crafts, organic produce, and friendly faces, making it a great place to soak up the local culture.

Surfers from above at byron bay, new south wales

K'gari (Fraser Island) - Queensland

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K’gari (Fraser Island) is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder located just off the coast of Hervey Bay, Queensland (the whale capital of the world). With enticing freshwater lakes, endless sandy coastlines and weaving rainforests throughout, K’gari is the world’s largest sand island, and is begging to be explored. 

Discover the most jaw-dropping, freshwater blue lakes with a visit to Lake McKenzie, spot dingoes on the open sandy beaches or soak up the beautiful surroundings with a relaxing stay at Kingfisher Bay Resort. As if one UNESCO region wasn’t enough, the nearby coastal hub of Hervey Bay has also been named a whale heritage region, making it a must-see destination for whale watching each winter. 

After visiting on several occasions, a personal highlight of mine is hiking into Lake McKenzie from Kingfisher Bay Resort. This 20km round trip is the perfect experience during the winter & spring months and you’ll likely get the entire track to yourself. After approximately two hours of walking through beautiful sandy tracks, fringed by breathtaking Australian woodland, you’ll be greeted by the mesmerizing sights of Lake McKenzie - cobalt, turquoise blues, as far as the eye can see!

Tip: Make an early start to beat the crowds at the lake. The natural attractions don’t stop there though, with Central Station, Eli Creek, The Maheno Shipwreck, Champagne Pools and The Pinnacles all on your doorstep. 

Lake mckenzie on k’gari (fraser island) - queensland

Daintree Rainforest - Queensland

The Daintree Rainforest is a natural wonder that holds the title of the world's oldest tropical rainforest. Located in Far North Queensland, this lush, ancient forest is a treasure trove of biodiversity, with countless species of plants and animals found nowhere else on earth.

Exploring the Daintree is like stepping into another world. The dense canopy, the sounds of exotic wildlife, and the sight of ancient trees towering above create an atmosphere of pure magic. I've hiked all over this region on the trails around Cairns and discovered over 30+ waterfalls, and let me tell you this place is wild!

From cruising down the Daintree River near Cape Tribulation to spot crocodiles to hiking through the dense forests of Cape Tribulation, this is a must-visit landmark if you love adventure.

Alexandra falls, cape tribulation

Kakadu National Park - Northern Territory

Contribution by Chris & Bec from Salt & Charcoal,

Kakadu National Park is a massive 20,000 sq km nature reserve that’s not for the faint of heart. It has jaw-dropping waterfalls, incredible hikes, ancient rock art… and lots of crocodiles.

People come here because of its contrasting landscapes (lush wetlands with sandstone escarpments), rich Aboriginal culture dating back 65,000 years, and lots of adventure! It’s in the Northern Territory, a 3-hour drive south of Darwin. 

The best time to visit it is in The Dry season (May to October), as you’ll be able to explore pretty much everything. The rains won’t restrict access to the hikes and rock art sites. The Wet season (November to April) is when the waterfalls are at their most spectacular, though. The con is that it’s really hot and humid for camping and access can be limited due to flooding.

That said… You can’t say you visited Kakadu if you don’t do the Yellow Water Cruise. Sorry, we don’t make the rules. 

We did the cruise first thing in the morning and it was life-changing. We went around the wetlands, seeing the flora and wildlife up close, including the crocs! It’s truly special to see them in their natural habitat, rather than through a cruel glass enclosure. 

Kakadu national park mole rockhole from above
Kakadu National Park. Image by @salt.and.charcoal

Barossa Valley - South Australia

Contribution by Kate from Kates Wanderlust

Discover the enchanting Barossa Valley, a gem in South Australia that captivates with its verdant landscapes and rich wine culture. Renowned for its world-class vineyards, the region offers more than just premium wines; it's a haven for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike.

With its sprawling vineyards set against rolling hills, Barossa combines natural beauty with thrilling experiences such as cycling through historic trails and exploring ancient wineries, offering visitors a deep dive into the region's vibrant culture.

Barossa also offers a plethora of activities for the adventurous spirit. Take a leisurely cycle along leafy paths, immerse yourself in local history with guided heritage tours, or engage in the sensory pleasures of gourmet food and wine tastings. Each activity provides a unique way to connect with the land and the traditions that shape this picturesque valley.

Having lived in South Australia since 2020, I've fallen in love with Barossa Valley multiple times. The adventures make every visit special, like whispering secrets across the Whispering Wall and tasting distinct flavours at local wineries. Each trip is a discovery, deepening my appreciation for this stunning region.

Winery at barossa valley, australia

Rottnest Island - Western Australia

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Located just a short ferry ride off the coast of Perth, Western Australia, Rottnest Island draws locals and tourists alike thanks to its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters and unique wildlife. This small, car-free island is best explored on a day trip from Perth. 

Soak up the relaxed island vibes as you spend your day beach hopping from bay to bay, snorkelling in the turquoise waters. Some of my favourite beaches on the island include Little Salmon Bay (ideal for snorkelling), Little Parakeet Bay, and the Basin. Of course, no visit to Rottnest Island would be complete without snapping a quokka selfie - these adorable friendly marsupials are found only on the island.

To get around the island, you can hire a bicycle (or opt for an e-bike for extra pedal power to tackle the hills) or jump on the bus that circles the island's main sights.

The best time to visit Rottnest Island is during the warmer months to make the most of its 60+ stunning beaches, although expect it to be the busiest during the Australian Christmas summer holidays. Thanks to Perth’s mild winters, you can enjoy exploring the island all year round.

Before hopping on the ferry back to Perth, stop in at the iconic Hotel Rottnest pub. Wrap up your day of island adventures with a drink, toes in the sand, overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean. 

Rottnest island

Ningaloo Reef & Exmouth - Western Australia

Ningaloo Reef, located off the coast of Western Australia near the town of Exmouth, is one of the world's most pristine and accessible coral reefs. This UNESCO World Heritage site is renowned for its vibrant marine life, crystal-clear waters, and breathtaking underwater scenery.

One of the most incredible experiences at Ningaloo Reef is swimming with whale sharks. These gentle giants visit the reef annually between March and July, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snorkel alongside them. The reef is also home to an array of other marine species, including manta rays, humpback whales, and countless colorful fish and corals.

For those who prefer to stay on land, Cape Range National Park, adjacent to the reef, offers stunning gorges, red cliffs, and a chance to see Australian wildlife like kangaroos and emus.

Ningaloo coastline in australia

Yarra Valley - Victoria

Contribution by Jenny of Little Wandering Wren

The Yarra Valley, an hour's drive from Melbourne, is renowned not just for its world-class wines but also for its diverse gastronomic offerings and stunning natural beauty. Vineyards are found dotted across the valley; there are quaint towns to visit and an ever-changing What’s On program.

With over eighty cellar doors showcasing excellent wines like Chardonnay, Sparkling wine, and Pinot Noir, the region boasts microbreweries, cider producers, and the acclaimed Four Pillars gin distillery.

Food enthusiasts can delight in the region's farm-fresh produce at numerous farm gates. Art aficionados can explore galleries and museums, including the Hubert Estate Gallery, renowned for Indigenous Australian art. Nature lovers can immerse themselves in the Yarra Ranges National Park's diverse landscapes, home to rolling hills, lush rainforests, and cascading waterfalls. For wildlife encounters, Healesville Sanctuary offers a chance to see Australia's iconic animals in their natural habitat. 

Seasonal variations provide distinct experiences. Summer is ideal for vineyard explorations, U Pick and visits to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery. Winter invites cosy fireside moments or a lingering dinner at one of the many excellent cafes and restaurants. 

You can conveniently reach the Yarra Valley by road from Melbourne via the Eastlink Tollway. Public Transport Victoria has regular trains to Lilydale Station. From Lilydale Station, catch a bus to either Yarra Glen or Healesville.

Yarra valley
Domaine chandon, yarra valley photo credit: little wandering wren

Jervis Bay - New South Wales

Contribution by Beck and Dan from Travel Made Me Do It.

Head 3-hours south of Sydney and you’ll arrive at the supremely picturesque Jervis Bay. Once claiming to possess the whitest sand in the world, Jervis Bay is easily one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in NSW, if not Australia. Here, crystal-clear waters meet brilliant porcelain sand. Quaint coastal forests delicately envelop beach after beach, with tranquil bush trails joining the dots in between.

Certainly, beach hopping is a must. From the exquisite Honeymoon Bay and renowned Hyams Beach, right around to the untouched paradise of Booderee National Park, you’ll discover new favourites each time you return. And return you will. 

Take a dolphin spotting boat cruise, kayak the coast and marvel at the pastry-layered rock formations, wander the bush in search of scribbly gum trees and hang around after dark to see the bioluminescence sparkle. Or, don’t. Simply lay out on the powdery sand and unwind in complete serenity, you do things your own way here. 

But, don’t assume Jervis Bay is best experienced in the summer. Winter offers a laid-back appeal that means it’s quickly become one of our favourite times of year to visit. In the undisturbed turquoise shallows, you might just get to watch a pod of playful dolphins enjoying the peace and quiet of Jervis Bay, just as we did.

Jervis bay, new south wales australia

Uluru & Kata Rjuta National Park- Northern Territory

Contribution by Harry & Lauren from Barefoot Bucket List

In the heart of Australia's outback in the flat desert plains of the Northern Territory rises the colossal sandstone monolith of Uluru, and the cluster of ancient domed rock formations that are known as Kata Tjuta ('Many Heads').

Visitors flock here from all over the world for more than just the breathtaking landscapes, they come to immerse themselves in the profound cultural significance of these historic landforms, places of great spiritual significance to the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of these lands, the Anangu people.

Uluru and Kata Tjuta national park is an area where nature and culture converge and there are many ways to explore and appreciate this area, from outback sunset camel rides, the immersive Field of Light art installation and the Sounds of Silence dinner under the stars.

We also really enjoyed the free ranger-guided Mala Walk around the base of Uluru where they talk about the meaning of rock art and tell you the Tjukurpa (creation stories) we definitely recommend putting this walk at the start of your itinerary to be able to fully grasp the significance of this area during your time here!

Travelers at uluru, australia

Lauren and Harry Miller at Uluru

Snowy Mountains - New South Whales

Contribution by Belinda Antonenko from Journey.Discover.

Explore the rooftop of Australia - Kosciuszko National Park, also endearingly known as the Snowy Mountains, occupies a massive 6,900 km2 of real estate in southeastern NSW and is home to the country's tallest peaks, all NSW's ski resorts, million-year-old caves and many lakes providing the ultimate outdoor adventure playground for endless unforgettable summer and winter activities.

From Jindabyne, take a scenic helicopter ride to experience the extraordinary beauty of Australia's snowcapped wilderness from above, or explore it on foot by hiking/snowshoeing to the summit of the nation's tallest peak, Mt Kosciuszko, remote camping under the stars in full gale force winds (nope? Just me then. Okay.) or by joining guided overnight backcountry skiing expedition.

At Thredbo, ring the community bell from the country's highest elevated point before skiing one of its longest snow runs then ski resort hop to Perisher and Charlottes Pass or tear up the terrain in a different way by mountain biking on one of the dedicated trails.

At the Yarrangobilly Caves, discover a subterranean world abundant with pre-historic stalactites, flowstones and crystals and swim amongst the trees in a naturally-heated thermal pool. For more immersive activities on the water head to one of the many accessible lakes of the Snowy Mountains Scheme and undertake every watersport under the sun, such as kayaking, jetskiing, and wakeboarding or join an exhilarating multi-day white water rafting tour for a remote adventure like no other.

Snowy mountains landscape in australia
Snowy Mountains by Journey.Discover.

Whitsunday Islands - Queensland

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One destination that left an unforgettable impression on us is The Whitsunday Islands of Queensland–especially Hamilton Island. Situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is renowned for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush tropical landscapes.

Its popularity as a top vacation spot stems from its perfect blend of natural beauty and luxury amenities, making it a dream destination for honeymooners, families, and adventure seekers alike.

What draws visitors to Hamilton Island is its breathtaking scenery and abundance of outdoor activities. From snorkeling and diving in the Great Barrier Reef to hiking through lush rainforests and relaxing on white sandy beaches, there's no shortage of adventures to be had here. Cultural experiences such as visiting the traditional indigenous sites or enjoying local cuisine add to the island's appeal.

During our visit to Hamilton Island, one standout experience was witnessing the sunrise from Passage Peak, the highest point of Hamilton Island. The panoramic views of the surrounding Whitsunday Islands bathed in golden light were simply breathtaking and made the early morning hike well worth it.

Travel tip: The best time to visit Hamilton Island is during the Australian summer months (December to February) when the weather is warm and sunny, perfect for hiking, swimming, and sunbaking. The island is easily accessible by ferry from the mainland or by flying into the Hamilton Island Airport.

Hill inlet in whitsundays

Bay of Fires - Tasmania

The Bay of Fires, located on the northeastern coast of Tasmania, is a stunning coastal region renowned for its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, and distinctive orange-hued granite boulders. Visiting this bay was one of my personal favorite things I did in Tasmania!

One of the highlights of the Bay of Fires is the opportunity to explore its pristine beaches and hidden coves. The striking contrast between the turquoise waters and the vibrant lichen-covered rocks creates a photographer's dream landscape. During my visit, I also witnessed some of the best sunsets I've ever seen in Australia.

Bay of fires sunset tasmania

Freycinet Peninsula - Tasmania

Freycinet Peninsula is also located on Tasmania's east coast and is a breathtaking region known for its stunning pink granite peaks, crystal-clear waters, and pristine white sand beaches. Home to the renowned Freycinet National Park, this area offers a unique combination of rugged landscapes and serene coastal beauty that is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

One of the most iconic spots on the peninsula is Wineglass Bay, often listed among the world's most beautiful beaches. The view from the Wineglass Bay Lookout is truly unforgettable, with its crescent-shaped shoreline framed by turquoise waters and lush greenery.

However, if you're up for a real adventure, I recommend checking out the Mount Amos hike for sunrise, which was one of my favorite hikes in Tasmania!

Sunrise at mount amos, australia

Tarkine Rainforest - Tasmania

The Tarkine Rainforest in northwest Tasmania spans nearly 447,000 hectares and is one of the world's oldest rainforests, dating back over 65 million years. This ancient wilderness is renowned for its dense forests, rugged coastlines, and stunning landscapes.

Access the Tarkine from the towns of Smithton or Stanley, which serve as gateways to this vast region. My favorite experience from the Tarkine was doing the Tarkine Drive, a scenic route with stops at highlights like Julius River Forest Reserve and Trowutta Arch. The drive provides access to beautiful waterfalls.

Rich in biodiversity, the Tarkine is home to rare species and offers a serene escape for nature lovers. Whether driving, hiking, or simply enjoying the lush surroundings, the Tarkine Rainforest promises an unforgettable experience in Tasmania's wild heart.

Trowutta arch track in tasmania

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island is a little slice of paradise located in the Tasman Sea, about 600 kilometers off the coast of New South Wales. This UNESCO World Heritage site is known for its stunning landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and rich biodiversity.

The island's small size means it's perfect for exploring by bike or on foot. One of the highlights is hiking to the summit of Mount Gower, considered one of the best day hikes in Australia. The views from the top are absolutely breathtaking, with panoramic vistas of the island and the surrounding ocean.

The island's beaches are pristine, the marine life is abundant, and the local community is incredibly welcoming. Whether you're snorkeling in the coral-filled lagoon, exploring the island's walking trails, or simply relaxing and enjoying the view, Lord Howe Island is a true hidden gem that shouldn't be missed.

Lord howe island

Grampians National Park - Victoria

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Welcome to the Grampians. If walking/hiking in nature, exploring beautiful waterfalls or seeing Australian wildlife such as kangaroos or emus then add the Grampians to your Aussie bucket list.

The Grampians is for everyone whether you want to relax by a waterfall or adventure up mountains for breathtaking views. This is the destination for you. If you are after a hike for sunrise head up to the pinnacle lookout. It is a 5.5km circuit and will take about 2 hours return.

You will be rewarded with spectacular views and a beautiful sunrise from the top. For one of the best lookouts over Halls Gap head to Boroka Lookout. Which also requires no hiking as you can drive your car to the top.

Along a very scenic drive. To reach the Grampians either hire a car or a camper. As exploring this destination you will need a vehicle to get around. It is located 3 hours from Melbourne toward Ballarat. The best time to visit is in spring, between September and November. Which is also shoulder season!

Rocks at sunset at grampians national park, victoria
Grampians national park, victoria by caravan of courage

Margaret River - Western Australia

Contribution by Chloe from I’m Just A Girl

Margaret River is one of the most beautiful and charming regions of Western Australia. With bountiful vineyards, fantastic restaurants and a close proximity to endless beaches and waves along the coast, Margaret River is a place that should definitely be on your Australia bucket list.

Home to more than 200 wineries, the Margaret River region is very well-known for its wine production and even if you're not a fan of wine, it's still well worth paying a visit to one of the many vineyards as they're usually set upon the most stunning properties (some of my personal favourites include Voyager Estate, Coward and Black Vineyards and Stella Bella Wines).

There are also plenty of brewhouses in the region to take your fancy if you're more partial to a pint than a glass of wine! I have so many fond memories from my time in Margaret River, including paying a visit to one of the best chocolate shops I've ever been to (Margaret River Chocolate Company) and staying at Big Valley Campsite when we managed to get a last-minute campervan spot on Australia Day!

The campsite was such a great place to base ourselves for two nights in Margaret River and as it's a working farm, it was so much fun to see all the animals running around!

Voyager estate vineyard in margaret river, australia
Voyager Estate Vineyard at Margaret River

Seal Rocks - New South Wales

Seal Rocks, on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, is a hidden gem known for its pristine beaches and relaxed vibe. Growing up, I often went on road trips to camp here and it truly still feels like it's a gem away from the hustle and bustle of civilization.

Highlights include the Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, offering stunning views and whale-watching opportunities. The area is great for surfing, relaxing, and enjoying beautiful sunsets. Dolphins and whales frequently cruise past the coastline, adding to the natural charm.

Accessible via a scenic drive from Sydney or Newcastle, Seal Rocks is perfect for a peaceful escape, blending adventure and relaxation.

Seal rocks lighthouse in new south wales

The Kimberley - Western Australia

Contribution by Marc and Sandy from The Wanderers at Heart

The Kimberley region, one of the last wild frontiers of Australia, is made for adventurers. Filled to the brim with awe-inspiring gorges, ephemeral waterfalls, stunning white sand beaches framed by red rock, rich Indigenous history, and the iconic Gibb River Road, there is no shortage of places to explore.

The Kimberley has something for everyone. Craving a relaxing beachside resort holiday? Then head to Broome. Looking to explore secret waterfalls and swimming holes? Kununurra and the East Kimberley are your best bet.

If you want to see unique natural formations unlike anywhere else, Purnululu National Park and Horizontal Falls cannot be missed. And don’t forget the Gibb River Road, a historical stock route that gives you access to places such as Munurru (King Edwards River) and Punamii-unpuu (Mitchell Falls), which have great cultural significance to the traditional custodians and are full of rock art not seen anywhere else on earth.

Our #1 tip for a visit to the Kimberley? Follow the water! When you get to a waterhole, look for a (often unofficial) track on either side. This is a telltale sign that the waterhole gets better the further you go!

Aerial view of james price point, broome, australia
James Price Point, Broome, Australia by Marc and Sandy from The Wanderers at Heart

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is one of the best places to visit in Tasmania. It's the most iconic wilderness area. With its rugged mountains, ancient rainforests, and glacial lakes, this national park offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in Australia.

The Overland Track, a 65-kilometer trail that traverses the park, is a bucket-list hike for many adventurers. It takes you through diverse landscapes, from alpine meadows to dense forests, offering stunning views at every turn. For those looking for shorter walks, the Dove Lake Circuit provides a beautiful and accessible way to experience the park's beauty.

The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including wombats, echidnas, and Tasmanian devils, making it a fantastic destination for nature enthusiasts. Whether you're hiking, wildlife spotting, or simply soaking in the serenity, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Tasmania.

Lake and mountain peaks in the cradle mountain region
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