It is well known around the world that Australia has a lot of amazing destinations for tourists to take advantage of. Whether you prefer a stroll on a beautiful beach or a hike in the mountains, a desert excursion or wildlife encounters, Australia seems to have a little bit of everything.
There are a lot of unique places to visit, but many of them are located in remote and extremely harsh landscapes so you need to be covered for every eventuality.
Since Australia is such a popular tourist destination, the major attractions may not offer the ‘off the beaten path’ feeling you are looking for. The great thing is that Australia is completely full of hidden gems, you just have to know what you are looking for. It is a good idea to do some research before planning your holiday, it will pay off and leave you with some lasting memories.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the more interesting and unknown places to see when you holiday in Australia.
Coober Pedy – The Opal Mine Town
The first place on the list may just be the most unique and has its very own form of beauty. Coober Pedy is on the site of the largest opal mine in the entire world, and it sits about 8 hours away from any other settlement. With locals living below-ground in underground cave-like homes dug into the rock for part of the year due to the extreme temperatures, visiting Coober Pedy might leave you feeling like you have been transported to a different planet. There’s also the unique moonlike landscape created by the extensive opal mining which adds to that feeling. Check out the underground churches, multiple mining museums, the ‘Big Winch’ and there’s even a spaceship left behind from a movie set as the area’s landscape makes a great backdrop for science-fiction films.
Talbot Bay – Horizontal Waterfalls
For anyone who truly wants to try to see it all in their lifetime, this is something you are not going to find anywhere else. In the western part of Australia sits Talbot Bay and the waterfalls that don’t understand how to be waterfalls. Because of a perfect combination of factors, including the mountains and the sea level, these waterfalls flow horizontally instead of vertically like regular waterfalls. The “Horries” located in the Kimberley region, have been described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest wonders of the natural world”. They definitely deserve a visit if you can make it.
Victoria – The Squeaky Beach
Regardless of the name, Squeaky Beach really is a beautiful place to visit and relax in the sun for the day. Yet with a name like that, there is obviously something very unique about this particular beach. You will know exactly why it has its name the first time you put your feet on the sand and hear the ‘squeak’ when you walk. This naturally occurring phenomenon is caused by the round pieces of quartz making up the sand, and the end result is a squeaking sound under your feet as you walk on the sand. For those of you looking for some interesting finds on your holiday, you can’t get much more interesting than squeaking sand. You get the best of both worlds with Squeaky Beach in Victoria as it has all the natural beauty you can ask for with breath-taking ocean views.
There Are So Many Places To See
If you are planning to holiday in Australia you are going to need to pick and choose what to experience. There are so many off-piste places to visit that you need a lifetime to see them all. However, there’s no better time to start planning your off-the-beaten-track adventures than right now and with some careful planning, you can soon be on your way to some of Australia’s most incredible sights.