If you are planning a vacation, do think about going to Australia. It has many breathtaking places to visit across its length and breadth. Beaches, rain forests, mountains, coral reefs – you name it and Australia has it. While popular destinations like Sydney, Melbourne and Gold Coast are always on the wishlist of most traveler’s looking to visit Australia, there are a number of lesser known yet awe-inspiring places one should definitely explore – they are sure to blow your mind! Here are some of them.
1) Daintree Rainforest
It boasts of a rich and complex biodiversity. It is home to some very unique animals like the six-feet tall bird Cassowary and the Flying Fox. Some of these retain characteristics of the era of the dinosaurs.
It is the oldest surviving rain forest on earth and has some truly spectacular and pristine features to be explored. The breathtaking natural riches of the rain forest are enough to satiate a nature lover’s appetite.
Nearest airport: Cairn’s airport
2) Staircase to the moon
This is a beautiful sight to watch and a phenomena to look out for. From March to October this beautiful illusion of stairs reaching to the moon is created when the full moon rises over the mudflats during an extremely low tide.
Places from where you can watch this phenomenon are Broome, Dampier, Cossack, point Samson Peninsula, Hearson Cove, Port Hedland and along the coastline at Onslow.
Nearest airport to Broome: Port Hedland International airport, 602 kms
3) Rottnest island
This island has many salt lakes, some permanent while others dry out in summer.There is a beautiful bubble gum pink lake called Lake Hillier that has its color due to high salt concentration. All flora and fauna here is protected by law and can be observed only from a safe distance.
Cute furry little animals called Quokkas are found here and have been categorized as a ‘vulnerable species’ by the IUCN Red list.
Nearest airport : Jandakot Airport, 33.68 kms
4) Whitsundays Island
It’s a collection of islands between the coast of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. The sandy fringes of the island merge into the beautiful green waters of the Coral sea, the white sands of the Whitehaven beach make it look even more majestic.
Nearest airport : Best done by taking domestic flights from Brisbane (Brisbane Airport), Cairns (Cairns Airport), Sydney( Kingsford Smith Airport) or Melbourne(Tullamarine Airport)
5) Karijini National Park
The breathtaking beauty of this waterhole is only meant to be admired by the intrepid few. If you love adventure then give this one a shot! As explained by photographer Ken Duncan, you have to cross a huge wide rock above the waterfall and then launch over the falls into the deep green waters below.
Nearest airport : Paraburdoo Airport
6) The Blue Mountains
To the west of Sydney are the beautiful Blue mountains known for Eucalyptus forests, steep cliffs, waterfalls and gardens. Some attractions to look out for, are the three sisters rock formations, the Genolan caves and the undisturbed glow worm colony which looks spectacular during the night.
Nearest airport : From Sydney Airport there is an efficient Railway system to the Blue mountains.
It is a town 320 km’s southeast of Darwin and has many historical sites to visit. Also, there is the Nitmiluk national park where travelers can find beautiful gorges. You can even go hiking all the way up the 12 km trail in the national park and by canoeing, one can see all the beautiful gorges here.
Nearest airport : Darwin International Airport, 315 kms