Ah, Australia! The land where scorching deserts and cool ocean meet and live in perfect harmony. This is definitely one of my favorite places in the world, and I always come back for more Aussie flavor. If you want to have your own Australian adventure, here are some of “best of Australia” destinations you must visit.
Take the Best Train Journey in Australia
Darwin and Adelaide are two beautiful seaside cities divided by red-hot desert of the Red Centre. Luckily there is 2979 km of rail that connects these cities, and if you decide to take the train from Darwin to Adelaide, you’re in for a treat. The route is actually not all monotonous desert. You’ll be able to enjoy the tropical landscape of the Top End, beautiful Flinders Ranges, and grassy Adelaide Plains. The life out there is indeed dry and tough, but full of miracles of nature and indigenous culture. The train is really a great way to explore Australia, so don’t miss out.
Conquer the Snowy Mountains
A great way to experience the Snowy Mountains is on foot. During the warmer periods, you can walk to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak. The fastest way to the peak starts with a scenic ride on the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift that simply took my breath away. Make sure to bring your camera!
Ayers Rock or Uluru is one of Australia’s most famous landmarks, so it would be a shame to miss it. You can spend a couple of days exploring this historical area. You’ll learn a lot about indigenous culture and history, which was probably the best experience for me. Looking at the ancient rock paintings will also make a great impression and bring you closer to human history.
Live the Diver’s Dream
Australia is indeed every diver’s dream. Aussie waters are dotted with small islands and reefs, and they house more than 4000 species of fish! Naturally, you can’t miss the Great Barrier Reef, the biggest living organism on Earth. Dive through corals with turtles, fish and sea crabs, or explore the shipwrecks. Everywhere you turn you can see new colors, animals and plants. It truly is a miracle of nature.
Come Face to Face with a Sea Lion
If tiny corals and colorful fish aren’t your cup of tea, you can raise your adrenaline levels by diving with sea-lions and bottlenose dolphins on the Eyre Peninsula. Baird Bay is famous for sea-lions who are friendly and playful. You can also go deep-water diving in search of the dolphins that are much more secretive and shy. If you really want to taste the adrenaline, you can visit neighboring Port Lincoln and cage dive with great whites. I didn’t dare, but you might.
Have the Best View of Sydney
Who said you can’t experience a true adventure in the city? Climb the arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge and let the panoramic view of Sydney take your breath away. If you want to see Sydney from the bird’s-eye-view, but are not sure you can make it to the top, book a halfway climb and still experience a great thrill. Sydney has so many amazing things to offer, that you simply must visit this amazing but frankly quite expensive city. (I personally always use TravelPay, a practical “layby” holidays option for my travels because it’s a bit easier on the wallet.)
Feel the Adrenaline
Don’t forget about Tasmania when you’re in Oz. Have an adrenaline-pumping adventure while rafting on the Franklin River. You’ll get to see deep gorges, fast rapids, adorable calm pools, rainforests and pine forests while having the time of your life. I know I had (and hopefully will again soon).
The Best of Australia
There are so many things you can see and experience in the Land Down Under, so grab your bags and head for the adventure of your life!
- Visit Australia, www.australia.com/en-us
- Discover Australia My Way, www.uncharted101.com/discover-australia-my-way/
- Great Barrier Reef Isn’t Called Great For Nothing, https://highstylife.com/great-barrier-reef-isnt-called-great-nothing/
- TravelPay, www.travelpay.com.au/