For someone who hasn’t been to Australia, Googling and reading blogs might be the best option to start jotting down that much-coveted itinerary.
However, as I started my search I can’t help but notice that Australia is pretty much like the Philippines, as far as the beaches are concerned. They have wonderful resorts and sceneries with cascading white sands and sparkling waters alongside them.
And I happen to discover how rich their nature is as well! Take cue on the following to include in your bucketlist! 😀
Read on, my merfriends!
Alice Springs Desert Park
I am not really an animal person, but this place might just make me one. The Australia’s Central desert environment are effortlessly fashioned to make everyone enjoy, understand and appreciate the extraordinary ecosystem the plants, birds, animals and select people from arid regions are able to create.
They have carefully designed a program to leave every traveller a discoverer of beauty and a wonderful storyteller.
Victoria’s High Country
With my travels, I often allot a certain laidback day, wherein I can explore the city just by walking, and checking out the places where my feet takes me. This place looks interesting because it has a kaleidoscope of gourmet restaurants and amazing views.
You can also rent a car to go drive down the Alpine Road and discover beautiful high country tow, and learn about its opulent history.
I believe this would be a great venue for couples to take prenuptial shoots. With its enigmatic snow gums and lovely grass beds, who wouldn’t be drawn to show looks of love while being captured on camera by your supportive photographer friends?
Ayers Rock Resort
There are a lot of activities that every traveller can experience in this place, whether he or she is traveling alone, in a couple, or with some family and friends.
You can ride camels while enjoying the awesome sceneries, go Uluru sunrise viewing, participate in dot painting workshop, join ecology and museum tours, and learn about Anangu and Australian Aboriginal culture and traditions.
I am always fascinated about a place’s history. It always reminds me how people took care of a place and how it has changed and developed through time, with or with them, with or without their help.
Kings Canyon is located inside Watarrka National Park in the Northern Territory. Catching the sunrise from atop is an amazing experience to share both with friends and strangers. It is always nice to talk about the long and winding trek you had to take to get there. But of course, the view is always worth it.
You can also dine under the stars after a good helicopter flight all over the area.
- Kangaroo Island
This place is one of the best places in the world to see and experience native wildlife up close. You can actually walk on the beach together with a colony of sea lions. Take breath-taking photos with its picturesque rock formations. It’s definitely a good place to visit with friends and family!
- Byron Bay
Byron Bay has a lot to offer too, especially to adventurous travelers! It is Australia’s easternmost town, and is a home to gushing beaches, lavish rainforests, amazing international dining experiences and modern recreational activities.
You can swim and surf, vex on delectable carefully prepared dishes, climb fascinating clifftops and mountain trails.
And for the adrenaline junkie, prepare yourself and go crazy with a guided freefall from extreme altitudes of up to 4.3 km (14,000 feet)! Whoa, Skydive Byron Bay, here I come!
- Thredbo, New South Wales
Skiing is definitely a must-try, especially for an Asian girl like me, and what better way to enjoy this than to head on to Australasia’s longest ski run – The Thredbo Supertrail. Get ready to burn some calories and a thigh muscle endurance fest as you tread on the 5.9 km groomed snow!
Don’t worry; there is a trail perfect for all skiers!
- Flinders Ranges
The rugged landscapes and craggy edges of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia boast one of the most theatrical and intriguing backdrops in the country. It has an intense Aboriginal history and configures a nesting place for wildlife.
It has a famous outback pub that offers an interesting menu of delicious and exotic food you can only try in here, plus you can use luxury swag to sleep and cuddle under the stars.
Plus it’s an exciting prelude to explore the Wilpena Pound the next day!
- Lake Eyre
Officially known as Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre is an unbelievably vast, dry real estate of glimmering salt in the outback of South Australia. It’s so wide it crosses and occupies some parts of three states.
On a dry weather, the lake transforms like a land mirror, reflecting the sky, as though being there makes you the meat of a heaven sandwich. Its wondrous illusory effect has been a great tourist attraction making travelers around the world include it in their trip’s schedule.
And every eight years as it takes on a considerable amount of water, the lake becomes an oasis, serving as a stage for migratory waterbirds and a meadow for emerging wildflowers.
Truly reminds me of my dream destination, Salar de Uyuni salts in Bolivia!
- Buchan Caves Reserve
I have been a fan of caves, and have been visiting so many since I was a child, that was why when I went to Batu Caves in Malaysia, I was then reminded of how nature was able to form such bewildering and astonishing landscapes hidden from the sky.
That was why I find the same ardour for Buchan Caves Reserve. A guided tour can be availed to see and explore the stalactites and stalagmites that roam the Fairy Cave and the calcite-drawn edges of the Royal Caves’ little pools. And can you believe you can also see wombats and at least 60 species of birds inside? I can’t wait to go!
Soon I will be ticking off my bucket list one by one, but probably when Calum turns a year or two. Meanwhile, get your visas at Gogozing, and they’ll help you how to get to Australia!