On Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a natural wonder in itself, Daydream Island is the jewel in the crown amongst Whitsundays resorts. What makes it amazing are the fringing reef a mere flipper’s kick from the beach and a Living Reef on the island.
Explore the ancient rugged mountain ranges, dramatic gorges, serene creeks with river red gums and copious wildlife. The park is among South Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. It is renowned for its Aboriginal rock art sites, geological history, remarkable fossils and well-preserved cultural heritage.
The water of the aptly named Turquoise Bay near the town of Exmouth is absolutely pristine. Dive there and you’ll be snorkeling a few feet of Ningaloo Reef. You’ll enjoy seeing colorful coral and meeting more than 500 fish species.
The famous white sand of Squeaky Beach is one of the best in all of Australia. The rounded grains of quartz make a squeaking sound when you walk, giving this popular local beach its name, according to Visit Melbourne. Adventurous tourists will love the northern end of the beach, where the large granite boulders are located, creating a labyrinth of passages to explore.
On the east side of the Karijini National Park is Dales Gorge. Walk the track and experience wildlife along the creek-side trail between Fortescue Falls and Circular Pool Trail, according to Karijini Eco Retreat. The easiest Dales Gorge trail is the Rim, starting from either Circular Pool or Fortescue Falls car park.
The Pinnacles loop walking track in Ben Boyd National Park is an easy hike with two lookout points from which you can see the Pinnacles erosion feature. With beautiful coastal views south to Lennards Island and north to Haycock Point, it’s also an easy family stroll.
“Move around to Cable Beach in Broome and you'll have one of the most beautiful sunsets you can ever see. [… ]Everyone flocks to the beach with their eskies and chairs, or grabs a seat at the Cable Beach Bar, or jumps atop a camel to enjoy it.”
The popular Gloucester Tree was a fire lookout tree. It is now a tourist destination available for the enjoyment of visitors. You can climb 190 feet to the lookout structure which offers outstanding views over the surrounding Karri forest and farmland.
This is a well-known landmark of the dramatic Denmark coastline on Western Australia’s south coast, located in the William Bay National Park, according to Travelers’ Guide. Walk out onto the tops of the rocks, then gaze down into the clear green water of Elephant Cove, and descend the staircase and walk between two massive boulders out onto the beach.
Fishery Bay is a slightly curving, low gradient sand beach and bar, which is moderately sheltered by prominent 20 to 40 m high headlands and its orientation, resulting in waves averaging about three feet, according to Beach Safe. There are usually two beach rips along the beach, with permanent rips against the headlands during periods of higher waves.
Ancient Aborigines used to call this Gold Coast suburb “good fish,” according to Explore Queensland. Tallebudgera is best known for its sparkling creek which is framed by the Burleigh Heads National Park on one side and Palm Beach on the other.
“Does a quad biking location get any better than this? Cruising around near Coral Bay, one chilled town you want to hang for a while and explore. Why not? You can walk onto Ningaloo Reef from shore, swim with manta rays and whale sharks, and enjoy adventures like quad biking.”
This is one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. It is an easy walk from the car park. You’ll pass several galleries of rock art and then climb to the top of Ubirr Rock. The experience of watching the sunset over the wetlands spread out below is unforgettable.
The rugged and beautiful Freycinet Peninsula is located right on Tasmania’s mild east coast. It consists of knuckles of granite mountains, all but surrounded by azure bays and white sand beaches. The park is one of the best places for bird watching in the country.
“There aren’t too many islands in the Great Barrier Reef where you can escape the crowds and stay in your own beach bungalow for a reasonable price. On Great Keppel Island, a 30-minute ferry ride from Yeppoon, you can.”
Kangaroos, or roos, as they are called by locals, rule here. With its flawless national park, windswept shore and sharp, pine-covered peaks that drop down to the ocean, Cape Hillsborough can easily pass for a postcard from Alaska rather than a beach in Australia.
With over 80 cellar doors and 150 wineries, you'll be hard-pressed to pick a favorite in the Barossa, according to South Australia. The Barossa is home to the biggest names in Australian wine, including two of the most prestigious –Penfolds (Grange) and Henschke Cellars (Hill of Grace).
Lara Station, just outside of Barcaldine in central-western Queensland, is about 6,000 hectares and it’s open for campers and caravaners.
The Outback Queensland sunsets with a dash of pink and orange are absolutely majestic. This photo was taken a few minutes down the road from Winton.
Gunlom, located on Waterfall Creek in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, is the fairylike combination of waterfall and serene plunge pool. A sheer climb to the top of the waterfall provides extensive views of parts of Kakadu National Park while you enjoy a relaxing dip in the crystal clear pools.
Rottnest Island off the coast of Perth City is home to plenty of idyllic swimming beaches. “The Basin” is by far the best one. It is a stunning natural swimming pool you can imagine. The Basin is full of crystal-clear, refreshing ocean water over soft white sand.
The Snowy Mountains region is home to the continent's five highest peaks, including Australia's highest – Mount Kosciuszko, according to Traveler’s Guide. Summit Walk, which takes about six hours each way, is a 5.5-mile scenic route that takes you through attractions such as the Snowy River, Seaman's Hut and Rawson Pass.
“One of the BEST sunsets we witnessed on our 18-month road trip around Australia was in the town of Strahan on the west coast of Tasmania. We thought it was going to be good, but not this good!! The other reason to visit Strahan is to cruise down the World Heritage listed Gordon River. Spectacular!”
Without natural waste from plant and animal life, the lake is extremely pure, according to Atlas Obscura. Strangely enough, the lake is too pure to sustain natural life that would otherwise inhabit its waters. Along with the clean water, the sand around Lake McKenzie is pure silica, giving the beach a shimmering white color.
“Where the rainforest meets the sea. Cape Tribulation has to be one of the most special places in the world. The only place where two World Heritage areas meet.” The remote headland and ecotourism destination offers a combination of rainforest and beaches. Boat tours are available to the Great Barrier Reef.
The island, which is 14 hectares coral cay, is the jewel of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, another natural wonder. It is an underwater oasis that is just waiting to be discovered. So put on your snorkel and mask to and swim in one of the Great Barrier Reef’s biggest swimming pools.
Dudley wines is Kangaroo Island’s pioneer winery, established in 1997. It is a small family-run business and produces a 100 percent island product, according to Kangaroo Island Food and Wine Association. Go for a visit and taste their range of handcrafted wines, including bubbly’s, whites, reds and sweet wines.