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I have been inundating you all in the past 12 months with my wonderful photos and stories of our adventures touring around Australia. But now it is someone else’s turn to list their top Australian destinations as voted by over 5,000 people around the world.
I have fortunately visited all but three of these destinations. Thanks to Experience Oz for this list:
Kangaroo Island lies 112Kms south-west of Adelaide in South Australia. It is an extremely popular tourist attraction because of it’s pristine seas, granite rock formations and large abundance of wildlife such as Australia fur seals, kangaroos, wallabies, little penguins and birdlife. We never visited this island due to the fact that the island is mostly a National Park and we could not take our dog with us.
Delectable fresh produce, delicious wines and great surfing complete the picture in the Margaret River region 277Kms south of Perth in West Australia. I have been fortunate enough to visit Margaret River on two occasions and both times toured many of the great wineries and farms in the surrounding area. The beaches west of Margaret River are infamous when it comes to surfing and attract the best surfers from all over the world.
A fringing tropical reef off the mid-north coast of West Australia, the Ningaloo Reef is home to 200 species of hard coral, 50 soft coral and over 500 species of fish. You can snorkel off the beaches at Coral Bay and Cape Range National Park in Exmouth or swim with the giants of the sea, the gentle whale sharks. It is diving heaven protected by the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
My own hometown and popular beach tourist destination in South East Queensland, the Gold Coast is renowned for it’s beautiful beaches, theme parks, water activities, glitz and glamour of world-class resorts, non-stop nightlife, wide choice of restaurants and the green of the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Touted as one of the top Queensland tourist destinations where the rich and famous like to hang out, Port Douglas is located in 70Km north of Cairns in Far North Queensland. It’s known for its beach and golf resorts, and as a jumping-off point for tours to the Great Barrier Reef.
This spectacular red rock or dome rises out of the Central Australian desert in the heart of Australia in the Northern Territory. It’s a massive sandstone monolith, sacred to indigenous Australians and believed to be about 700 million years old.
Rottnest Island is an island off the coast of Western Australia, located 18 kilometres west of Fremantle, near Perth. On its shores there are 63 stunning beaches, 20 beautiful bays and many coral reefs and wrecks, as well as many unique plant and animal species.
The gateway to Queensland’s tropical far north, Cairns is a stylish city, which is also renowned for its relaxed, tropical climate and laid back ambience. From here you can explore the beauty of the Daintree National Park, the scenic railway and skyrail to Kuranda and dive the Great Barrier Reef.
Lying in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, in the warm waters of Australia’s Coral Sea are 74 tropical islands known as The Whitsundays. The majority of the Whitsunday Islands are spectacular, tropical deserted islands, but eight offer a variety of resort accommodation, all with the Great Barrier Reef and fringing coral reefs at their doorstep. But they also offer some of the best Whitsunday Island Beaches.
One of the world’s last wilderness areas, The Kimberley’s are made up of rugged gorges, epic waterways and incandescent ocean, in Australia’s north-west corner of Western Australia. I think it deserves its spot as number one destination in Australia – it will blow your mind away!
So what do I think about these selections? I think the voters have it pretty right. I am surprised however than not one of our cities made it into the top ten. e.g: Sydney or Melbourne. I’m also astonished that Tasmania nor the Great Ocean Road in Victoria didn’t rate a mention. I also think that Port Douglas could possibly be categorised as part of Cairns considering the short distance between the two.
What are your thoughts? Do you have a top ten of Australian destinations?
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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