The article is written by Jane Churchill
Cradle Mountain, TAS
Cradle Mountain is a World Heritage Area in the Tasmanian Wilderness which showcases some of the most stunning landscapes and views you can find throughout the country. With hikes, bushwalks, boat tours and kayaking, it is easy to keep yourself entertained. Although it is a little off the beaten track, it is well worth it! Cradle Mountain can be reached by car and is roughly 2 hours drive south from Launceston.
Much to the surprise of many international visitors, Australia actually has decent snow fields! The most famous resorts are Perisher and Thredbo, located in Kosciuszko National Park (Australia’s tallest mountain) which is about 2.5 hours drive south of Canberra. Fun fact: Perisher is actually the largest snow resort in the Southern Hemisphere! Skiing in Australia is a unique experience with both advanced and beginner slopes that weave through snowy gum trees and native flora.
Hervey Bay, QLD
Hervey Bay, situated at the bottom end of the Great Barrier Reef is one of the best places in the country to have the ultimate whale watching experience (whale migration season is July to November). Hervey Bay is also the main hub for transport over to the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island. It is located 3.5 hours drive north of Brisbane but can also be accessed by Train or Plane.
Esperance – Pink Lake, WA
Esperance is a town in the Goldfields region of Western Australia (south east of Perth) and one of its most notable attractions is the Pink Lake. Pink Lake is a unique natural body of water that gets is ‘rosy hue’ from red algae living in water. The untouched coastline of this area is beautiful and definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in Western Australia. There truly isn’t anywhere else on Earth quite like it!
Jervis Bay Territory, NSW
Jervis Bay is a quaint little seaside bay located three hours south of Sydney. It is known for having some of the whitest sand on earth and has all the characteristics of a dream beach getaway without swarms of tourists or developments. One spot in particular, Honeymoon Bay, is a local favourite. For the best experience, switch off your phone and pitch a tent!
El Questro Wilderness Park, Kimberley WA
Among the vast, ancient landscapes of the Kimberley region sits a township and National Park called El Questro. The area is a must stop visit for those wanting to explore the untouched, natural beauty of Australia that is encompassed within the deep mountain gorges, waterfalls, thermal springs and rainforests.