On a yearly basis, a lot of people visit Australia. For instance, just last year, almost 8.2 million people have visited the content, which is an increase of more than 11% compared to 2015, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
If visit a couple of more popular travel sites about Australia, and compare their “must see; lists, you’ll quickly see that they are all quite similar. Obviously, you have The Great Barrier Rift, Uluru and the inescapable Opera House in Sydney. Don’t get us wrong, these are all fabulous destinations, and they are definitely worth a visit – but is that all Australia has to offer?
No, of course not.
Some of Australia’s most beautiful locations are the hidden gems that are just waiting to be discovered by travelers ready to escape the well-known busy tourist trails.
If you’re a person who wants to get away from it all, then you have to patient, because Esperance is definitely not easy to get to. For starters, you have to fly into Pert and drive north for almost nine hours before you reach your destination. But trust us – this is just part of Esperance’s charm, and it’s worth it.
There, you’ll find some of the most stunning white sand beaches in Australia, and there’s a thirty-mile drive that circles around the area. You also have the Recherché Archipelago (a.k.a The Bay of Isles), which consist of more than a hundred islands, not far into the ocean.
· Hyams Beach
Don’t worry, if you want to visit this beach, you don’t have to travel for a half-a-day. Hyams is located just three hours from Sydney, and it offers everything from beautiful beaches and kayaking to snorkeling and rock poles to explore. Nearby, you have a couple of small towns full of shops, cafes and other amenities.
And if you’re a hiker, you’re in luck, because Hyams Beach is actually located inside the Booderee National Park that has nice walking trails and breathtaking views. If you visit the beach in just the right time, you’ll be able to see dolphins and even a few whales.
· Arnhem Land
For those of you who are interested in the native Aboriginal culture, and want to experience their way of life to the fullest, Arnhem Land island communities are a must. But we have to warn you, there are no accommodations in the Arnhem Land, and you’ll have to get a camping permit if you want to stay for a few days.
But once you arrive, you’ll be treated to warm hospitality of the natives, and you’ll have a chance to witness some of Australia most elusive wildlife, so it would be a smart idea to pack a good time lapse camera. Finally, make sure to visit the biggest Aboriginal art gallery in the world on Elcho Island.
· Montague Island
Just south of Sydney (on the way to Melbourne), located within the Batemans Marine Park, you’ll find this tiny island, which also doubles as a wildlife refuge. Montague Island is great if you’re traveling with your family, because the young ones will be able to see some rare animals and enjoy the costal scenery.
A historical lighthouse is located on the island as well, and if you want to spend the night on Montague, you’re in luck, because the place offers overnight accommodations. If you chose to stay, make sure to check out the two-day Eco Tour, which allows tourists to participate in the conservation efforts of Montague’s penguin colony.
Every state in Australia boasts hidden gems that will surely amaze you – you just need to look hard enough. Once you visit one of these gems, make sure to ask the locals for their favorite spots. And just don’t be afraid to dig a little bit deeper to find even more destinations that aren’t mentioned on your average travel site.