It’s often been said that people who spend their money on experiences rather than things end up being the happiest overall. And few experiences can be more life changing than visiting a place you’ve always dreamed of. As one of the world’s top tourist destinations, Australia has plenty of attractions worth visiting, from imposing cities and iconic buildings to exotic sights courtesy of Mother Nature. But it’s the latter that we’ll be focusing on today, with five locations that should be present on anyone’s bucket list. So make sure that, whatever you do in this lifetime, you won’t deprive yourself of the following things:
Watching the sun set over Uluru
Uluru is a large sandstone rock formation that can be found in the Northern Territory of Australia. Nicknamed “The Rock”, this monolith is as isolated as they come, with over 450 km distancing it from the nearest large town. Popular activities here include hiking and climbing, although potential climbers should be aware that strong winds can make the 800m ascent to the top quite difficult. Still, getting there more than makes up for it. With striking panoramas of the nearby surroundings and a clean view of the sun, Uluru is a great place to indulge in one of Mother Nature’s greatest free attractions: watching the sunset. With nothing to block out the skies above, the sheer colours that you’ll witness will leave you astounded. Few places can make you feel simultaneously so big and so small.
Going scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef
As the world’s largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef stretches over an area of 344,400 square kilometres and is comprised of more than 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands. This makes it the single biggest structure made by living organisms on Earth, by far eclipsing man’s greatest achievements. Over 2 million people elect to spend their holidays here each year, and it’s not hard to see why. Having the ability to scuba dive amongst an incredible diversity of marine creatures will allow you to glimpse at species you didn’t even know existed, like sea snakes, dugongs and even sharks. You’ll never look at the sea the same way again.
Going cage diving with great white sharks
Speaking of sharks, their reputation for violence may be blown out of proportion, but there’s no denying the eternal fascination we have for these imposing predators of the ocean. The epic experience of being able to dive alongside them can be initiated from Port Lincoln in Australia and is one of the most thrilling activities you can possibly engage in. You’ll get to spend a full day encased in a metal cage that will protect you from the shark’s jaws, while still allowing you to see them in their natural habitat and learn all about their presence in the ecosystem. It’s the most exciting biology lesson you’ll ever take part in.
Visiting Kakadu National Park
Another one of Australia’s goldmines, Kakadu National Park is located about 171 km southeast of Darwin in the country’s Northern Territory. It is the largest national park in Australia, covering a surface area of 19,804 square kilometres. It also offers some of the most memorable activities you can experience in the Australian outback, including staples like crocodile-spotting, waterfall sighting and swimming. You can even book a night in the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, which, true to its name, is actually shaped like a crocodile. As you’ll soon find out, nothing is more Australian than blending humour with a wild sense of adventure.
Setting foot on Fraser Island
After so much walking about, you deserve a great place to simply rest and relax in. Located along the southern coast of Queensland, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, measuring about 1,840 square kilometres. It is also the only place where rainforests grow directly out of the sand, thanks to the naturally occurring fungi that releases nutrients in such a form that they can be absorbed by plants. Fraser Island is notorious for its beautiful lakes. Lake McKenzie , with its crystal clear water, is one of those jewels where swimming is an unforgettable experience.
What’s more, Fraser Island is a paradise for animal lovers, as wallabies, possums and dingoes have found a permanent home here. History lovers will be in for a treat as well, with the remnants of the S.S Maheno adorning Eli Creek ever since the ship got stuck on the east coast of Fraser Island back in 1935.
That wraps up our countdown of the top five bucket list destinations in the land Down Under. Few could deny the incredible sense of wonder that infuses many of Australia’s top sights, which is why we encourage you to seek them out and enjoy them at your earliest convenience. You’ll thank yourself later.
And most importantly have a nice trip!
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