10 Must See Places in the Land Down Under – Australia
Planning a trip to Australia? If so, here are the top 10 places you should check out during your visit! Having recently returned from spending 4 and a half months down under, I’ve got you sorted!
1. The Great Barrier Reef:
Located in the state of Queensland, The Great Barrier Reef is a touristy place to visit that will not disappoint! Known for being a spectacular place to scuba dive, you will be able to spend an entire day under water enjoying the colourful coral and interesting sea creatures. Not keen on scuba diving? No worries. You can also opt to snorkel and see the same thing from a different perspective. You may even be luckily enough to see jellyfish, sea turtles, stingrays and more!
2. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays:
I guarantee that you will never experience a beach that compares to this one. A short hike to the lookout point will have you breathless as you take in the panoramic view. Once you walk down to the beach you might mistake the sand you’re walking on for sifted baking flour. The water is crystal clear and there are few to no other people on the beach. Sounds like heaven right? Just make sure you wear a wet suit if its jellyfish season! This beach is known to have invisible jellyfish the size of one’s fingernails and will sting bare skin.
3. Daydream Island, Whitsundays:
Once again the Whitsundays are absolutely stunning and I’m sure anywhere you choose to check out would make for quite the adventure, but Daydream Island is perfect for a few days of relaxing. The resort on the island most definitely lives up to the name. With multiple pools and hot tubs, great food, water activities, tennis courts and more, there is something to do for everyone!
4. Myella Farm Stay, Queensland:
After many days on the water it’s nice to stop somewhere different and spend some time with animals on a farm. If you’re looking for an instagram worthy picture with a kangaroo this might just be the perfect spot for you! When I visited Myella farm I was lucky enough to spend time with a baby kangaroo named Roxy. There were also many adult kangaroo’s hoppin’ around the outskirts of the farm. Besides the roo’s there were many other animals such as horses (which you could ride), cows (you could milk), chickens, a parrot and more! You also are invited to check out a spectacular sunset on the farm and trust me; you don’t want to miss out!
5. Fraser Island:
Jump on a bus that drives through the forest and on the sand and explore the amazing Fraser Island! Spend time paddle boarding on the lake, hike through the forest, spot a dingo on the beach and run through the sand dunes! This island offers all that and more, promising to make your trip memorable.
6. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane:
Feel like getting cuddly with a koala? Well the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane can get you sorted! Watch the koala’s climb on trees, take a picture with one or simply enjoy their company. Whatever you decide it’s bound to make for a great day! You can also see many other animals native to Australia such as kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and wombats.
7. Surfer’s paradise, Gold Coast:
The Gold Coast is a lively city built up along the water, with plenty of great restaurants and nightlife. During the day you can try out surfing, just be aware of the riptides! The beach is also stunning and a fantastic spot to soak in some sun.
8. Bondi Beach, Sydney:
If you choose to check out this famous beach while visiting Sydney you will not be disappointed! With various shops and restaurants along the beach there is plenty to do if you aren’t keen on spending a day in the water. If you are looking for a beach day it’s the perfect spot as there are many people around to toss a Frisbee in the water with, kick around a soccer ball, ect. You can also check out the iceberg pools, situated on the edge of the beach, with the waves of the ocean crashing into the water as people swim.
9. Great Ocean Road, Melbourne:
Melbourne has a lot to offer, one of the main attractions being the Great Ocean Road. If you have a few days to spend in Melbourne it’s the perfect place to rent a campervan with some friends and explore all that it has to offer! The long winding road makes for a fantastic drive and a great opportunity to try out driving on the opposite side of the road. Some places you can’t miss out on are the 12 Apostles, Grampians National Park, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and Erskine Falls.
10. Hosier Lane, Melbourne:
Having spent most of my time in Australia in Melbourne, I came to know the city quite well and found the best graffiti lanes. Hosier Lane is probably the most well known graffiti lane in Melbourne. It is constantly changing and full of amazing and colourful art. Each time you visit you can expect to see something that really stands out to you. Be sure to wander through other graffiti lanes if you have the time in Melbourne! Some other noteworthy ones are ACDC lane, Union lane, 21 Degraves street and Sister Bella.