Australia is known, the world over, for its incredible diversity, jaw-dropping vistas and spectacular scenery. With a stunning coastline, countless national parks, vast wilderness, majestic mountains and a plethora of islands on offer, there is no shortage of destinations to explore throughout this incredible country.
While some of the country’s major attractions like Sydney Opera House, The Great Barrier Reef, Byron Bay and Uluru, attract thousands of visitors every year, there are many other less-visited sights just waiting to be explored. From beautiful bays to incredible islands and desert delights, these lesser-known locations are a must on any Australian itinerary.
Let’s take a look at five of the best-undiscovered locations in Australia to include on your next adventure.
Take The Right Precautions
Whether you are taking a trip for a few days or a few weeks, it’s important that you take out domestic travel insurance for your trip before you go. With the right travel insurance policy in place, you can enjoy more peace of mind throughout your trip. Knowing that you have travel insurance will allow you to focus on enjoying your trip, instead of worrying about what could go wrong.
Kings Canyon, Northern Territory
King’s Canyon is a spectacular destination that often gets overlooked by visitors to the Red Centre who bee-line for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. A long detour is required from the main road to Uluru, however, for those that make the effort, the results are worth every bit of the drive. Forged over 400 million years and standing 270 metres above sea level, King’s Canyon is an incredible natural wonder that is guaranteed to amaze!
Moreton Island, Queensland
Located just a one-hour boat ride from Brisbane, Moreton Island is one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. The island is composed entirely of sand and is home to one of the most unique man-made reefs in the world. The Tangalooma Wrecks are a collection of fifteen sunken boats, originally designed to serve as a breakwater in the ‘60s. Nowadays, it is an incredibly vibrant marine environment, inviting visitors to dive in and get up close and personal with the local sea life.
Cockatoo Island, New South Wales
There are many islands that punctuate the waters of Sydney Harbour and hidden among them is the undiscovered Cockatoo Island. Just a short hop from Circular Quay by ferry, Cockatoo Island is the only island in the harbour that allows overnight camping. Camp on the waterfront and enjoy the best views of the harbour to be found anywhere in the city, from the comfort of your tent. This is a unique Sydney experience that many visitors never witness. Don’t miss out!
Bay Of Fires Tasmania
Tasmania is well-known for its rugged, wild landscapes. Exploring the stereotypic ‘Tassie’ destinations such as Cradle Mountain, Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay are what most visitors are here to see, and with good reason. However, on the northeastern coast of the island from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point is a true hidden gem. Featuring impossibly-blue water, ivory-white sand beaches and unspoiled by the impact of humans, the Bay of Fires is a must-see. Orange lichen sticks to large granite boulders that hug the coastline creating a unique orange tinge to the coastline. Camp on the sand, watch for marine life or dive in and explore underwater caves and stunning reefs in this spectacular corner of Tasmania.
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Spanning an area of 4,416 square kilometres and situated just thirteen kilometres from the South Australian coast, Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third-largest island. This beautiful island has an abundance of native wildlife such as sea lions, koalas, birds of prey and even its very own kangaroo species, known to be one of the most placid roos anywhere. For nature lovers and those who want to experience a different pace of life, Kangaroo Island is the perfect destination to experience the best the country has to offer, without the crowds.
Get Off The Beaten Path And Explore The Road Less Travelled
Although the country’s major attractions are certainly worth a visit, it’s worth taking the road less travelled sometimes to explore some more off the beaten path destinations. With so much to see and experience in Australia, there is no end to the places that you can add to your travel bucket list. Your biggest dilemma might just be deciding where to go first.