Australia is a pretty big place. Even if you’ve travelled the length and breadth of this great country twenty times over, there’s a good chance you still haven’t seen it all. To help you plan your next great adventure, here is the Australia you don’t know.
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Armidale – NSW
If someone were to suggest you visit Armidale for a few days, would you say yes? It may not a well-known holiday spot, but if you leave your preconceptions at the door you’ll find a historic city renowned for its fine wine, fresh produce and impressive national parks. Beautiful inside and out, Armidale is well worth a look.
Bellarine Peninsula - VIC
If you’ve never heard of the Bellarine Peninsula, you’re not alone. The Mornington on the other side of the bay does tend to get most of the tourist traffic, but the Bellarine deserves its time in the spotlight too. Whether diving off Queenscliff or biking along the brilliant 35km-long Bellarine Rail Trail, this overlooked gem could be the best holiday you’ve ever had. Take a chance on something wonderful.
South West Wilderness Area - TAS
This remote and inaccessible region of South West Tasmania is one of the most beautiful parts of the state. Think towering peaks, wild rivers and a rugged coastline with monster waves, plus a huge variety of unique flora and fauna. Many areas are over 50km from the nearest road, so the only way to explore is by foot, air and sea.
Rawnsley Park Station - SA
Another outback getaway worth exploring is the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, particularly Rawnsley Park Station. Located around 4.5 hours from Adelaide, the Station offers a huge range of activities from a sunset 4WD tour to scenic flights over Wilpena Pound, guided hikes and even mountain biking through the desert.
Rawnsley Park Station
Dungog - NSW
Not to be confused with the Dugong, a marine mammal that’s quite fond of lettuce, the village of Dungog is the jump-off point for the Barrington Tops National Park. Despite having more potholes than road in some places, it’s become somewhat of a mecca for cyclists, evidenced by the Pedalfest cycling event. If you’re a wine lover, check out nearby vineyards such as the wonderful Camyr Allyn Wines.
Lady Elliot Island - QLD
If the idea of diving in clear waters with 30-metre visibility appeals to you, this is where you need to be. The beautiful Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, accessible from Brisbane, Gold Coast and Bundaberg, is the dive destination you’ve always dreamed of. The island is renowned for abundant bird life, a dazzling array of corals and fish, and during the winter months it’s even home to large a population of Manta Rays.
Culburra - NSW
Though Jervis Bay and Gerringong tend to get more visitors, the sleepy village of Culburra is just as beautiful as those South Coast destinations. It has a gorgeous white sand beach, river brimming with fish, a grassy campsite overlooking the ocean and so much more. Nearby Greenwell Point is a fantastic spot for fresh oysters.
Bundaberg - QLD
There’s more to Bundaberg than sugar cane and rum. The sleepy town of Bargara, with its laidback coastal charm and extensive network of walking trails, is one of the most popular bases for tourists. Yes there are the Bundaberg Ginger Beer and Rum Distillery to see, but there’s more to the area than that. Nearby Mon Repos Turtle Rookery is a wonderful place to visit during the annual turtle-hatching season.
Cape Le Grand National Park - WA
If the idea of lounging on clear white sands, paddling in turquoise waters and exploring granite outcrops appeals to you, look no further than Cape Le Grand National Park. Within 45 minutes of Esperance on the south coast of WA, the park is where most of those iconic images of kangaroos laying on the beach were taken.
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The word outback tends to bring images of South Australia or the Northern Territory to mind, but NSW has its own Outback that’s worth exploring. Its rugged beauty stretches from Corner Country and Tibooburra in the northwest, right down to Broken Hill, Mutawintji and Mungo National Park in the state’s southwest.