THINGS TO DO IN AUSTRALIA
1.Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef as the Australians call it, has more than 2000km of extension and can see from space. It is surrounded by tropical islands like the Hayman and Lizard and of course, the paradisiac Whitsundays. It has coastal cities like Cairns, Hervey Bay, Misiones Beach or Port Douglas. Past Port Douglas lies the rainforest of Daintree, one of the oldest on the planet.
Snorkel on Magnetic Island, Hayman Island, the Whitsundays or Paradise Reef. Take a 1 or 2 day tour by speedboat or catamaran around the Whitsundays or parachute over them. Watch how sea turtles lay their eggs on Heron Island between November and March, it’s a unique sight. On the beach and holiday in Whitsundays and spend the day at Whitehaven Beach, one of the beaches with crystal water and the whitest sand in the world.
2.Kakadu national park
This park, world heritage site and the largest in Australia, is the most authentic in the country. Located about 3 hours east of Darwin, you will feel like Tarzan itself, amidst its wetlands filled with crocodiles, water lilies and migratory birds and their tropical rainforests and movie waterfalls. Browse kayaking through Katherine Gorge or on a cruise with all the amenities. Look at the art of its aboriginal rock paintings up to 50000 years old and soak up its ancestral culture. Bathe in its water pools and discover its 6 different climatic seasons. Access Arnhem Land in 4×4, meet the aboriginal Yolngu tribe, visit Jim Jim Falls Falls with more than 250m of freefall and camp under the stars like the same Crocodile Dundee. If your are the panoramic views, fly over the area by plane, it is an unforgettable experience. Drive a stretch of the Nature’s Way route and bathe in the relaxing natural pools of the Gunlom Falls waterfalls. Walk on foot the Gubarra Pools Walk route and the Bubba Walk route between cliffs, monsoon forests and marshes.
The Whitsundays are the perfect example of a tropical paradise. They are made up of 74 islands surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef. Its beaches with some of the world’s purest white sand, are surrounded by palm trees and crystal clear waters. Snorkeling in this area is a unique experience. If you want to know paradise, visit the endless 7km white sandy beach of Whitehaven Beach. Fly over the iconic Reef Heart Reef and land near Whitehaven Beach to enjoy snorkeling in total privacy. Take a 1-day speedboat tour around the Whitsundays or sail for 2 days on a catamaran, stopping at different beaches and snorkeling in different parts of the coral reef. For me it was an experience I will never forget. Hamilton Island is the only one of the Great Barrier Reef with airport and has the best tourist center in the world, the Hotel Qualia. The Hook and South Molle islands are the least developed and through their trekking trails you can enjoy incredible viewpoints and several caves used as a refuge by the Aborigines.
4.Great ocean road
The Great Ocean Road is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful roads on the planet. Its route through nature and steep cliffs with endless beaches, is something to see. If you are a daredevil rent a car and cross from Melbourne to Adelaide stopping to your liking. You can also go on tours for 1 to 2 days. The ride is worth it from Torquay to Warrnambool. If you are walking, you have the Great Ocean Walk stretching 104 kilometers from Apollo Bay to the magnificent Twelve Apostles. It crosses the beautiful national parks, walks on deserted beaches and contemplates crystalline marine sanctuaries, with the possibility to camp along the road or sleep in shelters. It flies by helicopter to the Port Campbell National Park and observes the greatness of the 12 Apostles from the air. Surf at Johanna Beach, one of the best beaches in Australia to practice this sport or at Bells beach in Torquay, home of the great Rip Curl Easter Pro championship. Past Warrnambol you have the Grampians national park, with towering cliffs, forests, waterfalls and rock formations .
Fraser is the largest sand island in the world. You can travel in 4×4 in an unequaled adventure, walk through its tropical forests, observe native species such as wild dingoes, whale watching and swimming in freshwater lakes. Enter in its leafy forests with a 4×4 expedition and you will feel like in Jurasick Park. Sail along with dugongs, dolphins and turtles. Mix with the autochthonous fauna, such as kangaroos, echidnas, walabies, zarigüellas and giant bats. The Island can only be covered in 4×4 vehicles along its sandy highway, at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Walk on the Lake McKenzie Circuit Walk route, which will one day take you to Lake McKenzie, one of the forty crystalline lakes that can be found here and represent half of the lakes of this type in the world. Until you see it, do not believe that there can be something so beautiful. Marvel at its giant trees and observe Rainbow Gorge with its curious sand formations, and the endless colors of Cathedrals and Pinnacles, north of the wreck of the Maheno.
The Blue Mountains are an imposing natural park with over 1 million hectares of cliffs, waterfalls and thick eucalyptus forests. Enjoy the Three Systers, go see the amazing Jenolan Caves, sit and watch the supernalist Claustral Canyon or take a dip in some of its many waterfalls, including the Wentworth Falls. It expresses the best climbing of the country in sectors like Diamond Falls, Shipley Upper or Centennial Glen. Walk one of its more than 145km of trekking trails from the Three Systers or go directly to its star trail, the Six Foot Track, which runs through the Katoomba Mountains to Jenolan Caves. Fly over the park by plane, admire its views from the skyway or the Railway, parachute or even make a base jump from one of its hills. If your mountain bike is yours, you will tire of the thousands of miles of trails and firewalls that cross and surround the Blue Mountains. Travel the 120 km uphill from Glenbrook to Wentworth Falls, or head downhill for the 55 km run that goes in reverse.
7.Uluru. Ayers rock
Uluru is one of the most iconic symbols in Australia. This monolith, the largest in the world, has 9km of contour, 2.5km deep under the ground and 348m above this. Although you can climb to its summit, it is a disrespect for Aboriginal people to do so as it is their sacred rock and has great spiritual meaning for them. Uluru is about 460km from Alice Spings. Although it looks like a simple big rock in the middle of the desert, you can not imagine its immense size until you have it in front of you. Of course visiting does not leave anyone indifferent. Watch it from the sky by helicopter or on a balloon trip. Walk the desert in a Harley Davidson or make a camel expedition. Take a tour accompanied by an aboriginal guide and learn about the ancient traditions and stories of “Dreamtime”. It crosses all its outline on foot and contemplates the sunset or the dawn of this ancestral marvel, with its magnificent variety of colors reflected from the sky.
Kangaroo Island is a paradise of animal and floral biodiversity. Discover underground caves, towering rock formations, green national parks and beaches and bays where you can practice, surf, snorkel and swim. Share your visit with friendly kangaroos, walabíes, equidnas, koalas, sea lions, penguins and many birds. Visit the Remarkable Rocks and as more than 7000 sea bears play at Admirals Arch. These are two of the most extraordinary places on the Australian coast. Swim in a secret beach in Stokes Bay, discover its friendly dolphins and kayak in the Bay of Vivonne. Make an expedition through the underground caves at Kelly Hill Park and immerse yourself in the natural setting of Flinders Chaserk National Park. Take a night out on the American River to admire its wild fauna. Spend the night in a lighthouse cottage, on the Dudley peninsula. Dive into the wreck of the Portland Maru and Loch Vennachar. Climb the same 512 steps as the explorer Matthew Flinders to contemplate the entire island from Prospect Hill.
The Nambung National Park is an authentic desert landscape of a certain alien aspect, in which the eroded pinnacles needles rise above the yellow dunes more than 3m high. The park is bathed by the Indian Ocean, along a narrow coastline, 3 hours drive from Perth. After enjoying the mysterious Pinnacles, stay in the fishing village of Cervantes, with white beaches, coral reefs and Lake Thetis, a salty lake full of fossils and one of the few places in the world where you can see marine stromatolites. Sit near a rich variety of wildlife in the Badgingarra National Parks and discover the national parks of Jurien Bay and its idyllic sandy beaches. Its magnificent white sandy beaches are perfect for swimming, snorkeling and surfing. Less than 5 miles from the park gate, you can visit the panoramic Kangaroo Point, which gets its name from groups of kangaroos that congregate on the beach at dusk and at dawn. Nothing like contemplating the sky at dusk from the Pinnacles.
Although Noosa is sold as a paradisiacal place of relaxation for wealthy people, it is much more than that. Discover on foot the trails of your national park and pay attention to its silent giant lizards, iguanas, koalas and exotic birds. Adventrate on its almost deserted beaches surrounded by deep forests, to enjoy a day of surf or snorkeling in Alexandria Bay. Kayak in the calm waters of Main Beach.
Enjoy a cruise on the Noosa River and sail across the Cooroibah and Cootharaba lakes. Enjoy a night tour through Cooloola National Park, travel by 4×4 and kayak through the famous Everglades to view its leafy subtropical jungle. Camping in the surroundings of this magical place next to the fire of a barbeque in the purest Australian style. Scale to the top of the Cooloola Sand Patch, the largest sand dune in Australia with more than 221m in height.
Byron Bay is the cradle of Australian surfing and a place you will not forget. You can not leave Australia without trying its waves at Wategos, Main Beach or The Pass and mingle in its picturesque setting. Located in the heart of a hippie village, it is normal to see live bands and fire, music and juggling shows through the streets and bars. Its quiet environment is perfect for an adventure or relaxation holiday and meditation. Kayak alongside dolphins, fly in hang gliding from its famous diving platform, snorkel and scuba dive at the Cape Byron and Julian Rocks Marine Park. Watch the migration of humpback whales along the coast between May and November and watch turtles, rays and dolphins in crystal clear waters. At Nightcap National Park, you can walk to Minyon Falls during an overnight excursion. Watch the beaches and subtropical landscapes from a hot air balloon or parachuting. Tour the peninsula on the Cape Byron Walking Track or take a 4×4 excursion through the iridescent waterfalls and Byron rainforest.
Kings Canyon is part of the Watarrka National Park in northern Australia. This ancient formation that rises over dense palm groves, is an important refuge for more than 600 species of native plants and animals. The Watarrka National Park was home to the aboriginal people Luritja for over 20,000 years. Climb to the summit of Kings Canyon at dawn or dusk. Walk the 6 kilometers of the Kings Canyon Rim Walk route from 3 to 4 hours and take in the spectacular views of the gorge and the surrounding landscape. Take a guided hike along the edge of the canyon with an aboriginal elder. Descend through the canyon to the Garden of Eden, a pool of water surrounded by lush vegetation. Explore the unusual eroded rock formations known as the Lost City. Walk through the popular 22-mile Giles Track that connects Kings Canyon with Kathleen Springs. Explore the landscape by camel or ride on quad Kings Creek Station. Appreciate the beauty and splendor of Kings Canyon from the air on a scenic helicopter flight.
Tasmania is the largest island in Australia and has 17 natural parks. Visit the Freycinet National Park and reach the impressive Wineglass Bay for snorkeling, kayaking or diving on its idyllic white sand beaches. If you prefer you can climb, rappel or trekking in the steep rock formations of the Ranges. Experience a challenge on foot on the famous 80 km Overland Track until you reach Lake St Clair, the deepest natural lake in Australia. Ascend to one of the towering peaks of Mount Anne, Mount Eliza or Western Arthurs, on the shores of Lake Pedder. It contemplates in a panoramic flight the jungle forest of Gondwanan. Enjoy the most challenging spots in Australia on the Port Davey and South Coast Tracks routes to the remote Melaleuca. Look at the three levels of the Russell Falls, lush fern forests and some of the tallest trees in the world at Mount Field. Descends the rapids of the raging Franklin River, until reaching valleys, deep gorges and mountains carved by glaciers.
14.Sydney east suburbs
Sydney is one of the few big cities in the world that combines constructive modernity with nature in perfect harmony. You can not go without surfing at the famous Bondi Beach or without strolling through the historic The Rocks. Visit Sydney Harbor National Park or take a trip up and down the majestic Blue Mountains. Walk the different Coastal tracks of the beaches of the east. Walk from Coogee beach to Bondi Beach through its cliffs and on the way back enjoy a barbecue at Bronte Beach or take a ferry to Taronga Zoo and take the coastal path that reaches Manly. Few cities offer such a natural spectacle. If your challenges are your thing, complete the Great Coastal Walk from Sydney about 100 miles from Palm Beach to Cronulla Beach. Spend a night camping on Cockatoo Island, which was an old prison. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Palm Beach, where you can surf, sail, kayak and dive. Nearly all Sydney beaches have free picnic spots and barbecues, do not forget.
15.Royal National Park
Next to the Blue Mountains, Royal National Park is one of the most beautiful places in Sydney. This park has lots of tracks for hikers and cyclists, camping areas and deserted beaches where you can stop to cool off, surf, snorkel or kayak. If you just want to see the highlights in a single day, you certainly have to do the Coast Track that goes from Buundena to Otford. You can take a photo at the famous Wedding Cake Rock or take a swim in the natural pool subrealistas Figure 8 pool. If you prefer to take it easy, you can divide the tour into 2 days and camp at North Era campground. Royal National Park is one of the best places in Australia to spot humpback whales in the migratory season. If you go in summer do not hesitate to refresh yourself at Little Marley, Wattamolla, Garie, North Era or Burning Palms Beach. Drive on Lady Carrington Drive or Loftus loop trail or walk on more moderate trails such as Bundeena Drive to Marley walk, Forest Path or Karloo walking track. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Governor Game lookout lookout and picnic in Wattamolla, Garie beach or Monie Vale.
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