Traveling down under? Australia can be a great destination for families, couples, or to just go solo. The continent itself is nearly 3 million square miles, so you can’t explore everything in just one trip. While most people stick to the most popular tourist destinations, such as the Sydney Opera House, below are ten hidden gems for people looking to get off the beaten path.
Umpherston Sinkhole, SA
Known as the “Sunken Garden”, this old limestone cave is infamous for its beautiful gardens. The collapse of the cavern’s ceiling created a sinkhole with perfect terrain for a garden to blossom. The garden’s fairy-tale like appearance makes it a perfect romantic spot.
Ningaloo Marine Park
Already seen the Great Barrier Reef? Check out Ningaloo Marine Park – home to over 250 species of coral and more than 500 types of fish. If you’re looking for a snorkeling experience that has less traffic than this is the place for you.
Lake Bumbunga, SA
This salt lake is famous for its seasonal pink color and breathtaking views. Lake Bumbunga will take you off the beaten path in no time. A short drive from the towns Lochiel and Bumbunga, it is a must see attraction.
The Haunted Bookshop
This uniquely themed bookstore is found in the heart of Melbourn. If you’re looking for a uniquely haunting experience, go no further. This bookstore has been giving tours for over 20 years and houses books on everything spooky.
Shark Bay, Western Australia
Home to the stromatolites (the oldest living organisms on Earth!), Shark Bay is littered with endangered species, beautiful beaches, and huge patches of seagrass. A science-lovers dream, this location is a must-see Australian destination.
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Convict Brick Trail, Campbell Town, Tasmania
This unique monument includes a brick from each of the 200,000 some convicts who died in transport to Australia from the late 1700’s to the late 1800’s. If you love history, this monument is Campbell Town is for you.
Bay of Fires, Tasmania
The Bay of Fires is a picturesque destination for beach-lovers. With its clear waters and sandy beaches, the bay provides visitors with plenty of inlets and wildlife to explore and see. The expansive stretch of conserved land is great for hikers and explorers.
Coober Pedy, South Australia
Coober Pedy, or the “hidden city”, houses almost half of its inhabitants underground due to the intense heat this area experiences. At one time, Coober Pedy was covered in ocean. The receding waters reacted with the sand to produce opal – Coober Pedy is now the opal capital of the world!
Australia’s Homebush Bay is home to wrecked ships dating back to World War II. Now a Sydney suburb, the city bay’s antique ships are overgrown with mangrove trees and provide a floating glimpse into history.