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Australian Tourism: 9 Hidden Gems
We all know how beautiful Australia is, and can name many natural and architectural wonders off the top of our heads. However, much of Australia’s beauty can be found in its often overlooked and unknown locations. Australian tourism focuses on the cities and world-known wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef, but taking a venture to Melbourne’s hidden gems, or taking the time to discover unusual things to do in Sydney will be unforgettable.
Montague Island, New South Wales
On the New South Wales, South Coast, and 9 kilometres off the coast of Narooma lies Montague Island. Home to Little Penguins and Fur Seals, you can stay in old lighthouse keepers’ cottages and is also at an excellent vantage point to see the annual humpback whale migration.
Mungo National Park, New South Wales
Mungo National Park has stunning desert landscapes and camping grounds. You’ll likely have much of the place to yourself, and the park showcases the beautiful Walls of China that tower over the landscape through off the beaten track trails.
Atherton Tablelands, Queensland
West of Cairns is the Atherton Tablelands. At around 1,000 m above sea level, you are treated to a rolling landscape of dairy farms, crater lakes, and waterfalls. It also features a rainforest that is home to tree-climbing kangaroos and fascinating cassowaries. The Tablelands must be added to your road trip agenda.
Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory
Following the Larapinta trail is a must-do in the Northern Territory. More of an activity than a simple place to add to your photo gallery, you will experience the true raw environment of Australia. Here, you can even camp under the stars where pollution is unable to obscure your view!
Point Hicks, Victoria
Though it’s not quite a Melbourne hidden gem, Point Hicks provides a beautiful view of the ocean where you can camp under the stars, bush walk, explore massive sand dunes, fish, or surf in the ocean and feel far away from civilisation.
Castlemaine is one of the country’s best-preserved historic towns. Its gold mining heritage is clearly present with local gold mining activities like panning. You can also visit the town’s botanic gardens, cafés, wine and fine food vendors, and gaze at its Victorian and Art Deco architecture.
Secret Falls, Hobart, Tasmania
Although it’s not a secret to locals, Secret Falls is overlooked by and unknown to many tourists. However, with a rainforest surrounded by waterfalls and at the base of Mount Wellington, this is the perfect place if you’re looking to find a bit of tranquillity.
Great Wall of China, Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Similar in name to the Walls of China found in Mungo National Park, with a name like the Great Wall of China, you can expect to be impressed. Just outside the Flinders Ranges National Park is a rocky ridgeline in the South Australian landscape. It makes for an excellent spot to watch the sunset and is literally golden hour whenever you’re there.
Coffin Bay, South Australia
Coffin Bay is already well-known amongst oyster connoisseurs. So for a daring experience, head here to try out the local seafood on the Eyre Peninsula. However, if seafood isn’t your thing, you can spot emus and kangaroos in the area and try your hand at fishing or kayaking.
Australia is Waiting
Australian tourism is quickly catching up with showcasing these beautiful places, so make sure you check out some of Australia’s inland beauties.
Healthcare Australia encourages your adventurous spirit, and with our support, you will be able to see even more incredible places the country has to offer.