Spanning more than 4000 kilometres in length and 3000 kilometres in height, Australia is an island of massive proportions. While many tourists visit for the country’s enviable climate and never-ending beaches, Australia is more than just sun and surf. If you venture away from the heavily developed east coast, you will find towering, ancient rainforests, red ochre rock formations, and one of the earth’s oldest indigenous cultures. But give yourself time – lots of time – if you want to explore this country in depth!
What to do:
– Visit King’s Canyon, a geological wonderland in Central Australia often overshadowed by its more famous neighbour, Uluru, and camp out under the luminous stars in the uninhabited outback.
– Get your bohemian on in Melbourne where alternative cafes, retro shops and independent galleries abound
– Trek to Wineglass Bay on Tasmania’s east coast, one of the country’s most perfect curves of white sand (and thankfully development free!)
– Drink Australian wine. Where? SA’s McLaren Vale, NSW’s Hunter Valley, WA’s Margaret River, Tassie’s Coal River Valley – the options are endless and the quality sublime!
– Self-drive the Kimberley – a remote wilderness in the north west of the country where the rugged nature of Australia is on display.
– Dive the Great Barrier Reef – the world’s largest structure made by living organisms – and home to a myriad of weird and wonderful underwater creatures.
– Visit Kakadu National Park – home to some of the country’s most magnificent landscapes (as well as mammoth saltwater crocodiles) and delve into the culture of Australia’s indigenous community.