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Where do some of Australia’s top Travel Bloggers like to visit in their own country? I’m giving you the scoop from 18 travel addicts who like to share their love of our great big Aussie continent. Here are Aussie Travel Bloggers top travel spots in Australia.
Starting from A to Z here they are:
Noosa is one of the great Australian getaways regardless of whether you are after action, adventure of a little bit of relaxation. It’s located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast just a 90 minute drive from Brisbane or 30 minutes from the airport. Step from the golden sand and surf of main beach and you’ll find yourself amongst the stylish restaurants, cafes and boutiques of Hastings Street. Lace up your walking shoes and you’re only minutes from the serenity of the National Park, remember to look up to spot a koala. Is a secluded stretch of sand more your thing? Just head north along the beach or continue on past the river mouth, this section is popular with families for swimming and a myriad of water activities from kite boarding to kayaking. As the day draws in why not settle in for the sunset, it’s fabulous from here looking out over the river towards Mount Cooroora.
Whether you’re after a day trip or a week long holiday you’ll find plenty in Noosa and the surrounding area to make this one of your top Australian destinations.
Ellis Beach just north of Cairns in Far North Queensland always pops into my head whenever anyone asks me where my favourite place is.
Ellis Beach is just a speck on the Captain Cook Highway but it is a magic spot and there is a campground right on the beach. Our kids were only little so it was great having the beach right on our back door step. It is an easy 30-minute drive back into Cairns and just over an hour’s drive to the Daintree Rainforest. Cairns is a really beautiful place with lots to see and do. We loved the laid-back lifestyle and tropical vibe of the area.
Although Magnetic Island, off-shore from modern day Townsville in North Queensland, wasn’t the cause of Captain Cook’s whacky compass readings, it is true that The Island casts a hypnotic spell.
A zippy and hilly drive leads to Horseshoe Bay on the far side of the island. It’s long curved beach, water sports, bar and thriving café scene makes Horseshoe a good choice for day-trippers. But I suggest basing yourself in a holiday home in the chilled bays of Arcadia or Picnic to explore the island in more depth. Kookaburras, Rainbow Lorikeets and Curlews are common and if your home adjoins bushland, chances are you will be visited each evening by rock wallabies. There are delightfully out of the way bays to discover, lined with boulders, pine trees and wispy She Oaks.
A 20 minute catamaran ride is all it takes leave mainland worries behind and shift to Island Time – an addictive cocktail of sand, fun and relaxation. Magnetic Island is my Go To Aussie Destination.
To read the full article on Magnetic Island see Budget Travel Talk
One of our favourite memories was the town of Grawin NSW. This town left us speechless. The contrast between barrenness, landscape and scrub, red dirt and white sandstone sand, was nothing short of breathtakingly beautiful. A place where the real men and women of the earth reside.
Full of character and is often described as resembling moonscape, Grawin attracts visitors to see and learn more about opal mining. With several interesting local pubs to wet your whistle and mounds of white dirt mountains to fossick through, it left us with wonderful memories. Tip: Once there follow car door signs.
See more on Grawin at Blended Family Road Trip
I have to go for our hometown of Wollongong, in NSW, Australia. At just 8Okms south of Sydney, we have the sea on the east, and the escarpment or mountain range on the west of The Gong. This is what our visitors and we locals call our city. As a very multicultural city, we get the best of so many different perspectives. We are also a university city, meaning that we have a people from all over the world teaching and learning here. We are definitely a beach culture, and an arty city also.
The Grampians, Vic
We’d lived in Victoria for almost 25 years without visiting The Grampians region, so last school holidays we rectified that. We were astounded by everything the town of Halls Gap and the Central and Northern Grampians had to offer. An abundance of native wildlife, hikes to suit all abilities from gentle strolling to hard-core rock scrambling or rock climbing, Indigenous culture and ancient rock art, wineries and a range of active pursuits to suit all the family. On our first day there, we tackled the Grampians National Park walk from Wonderland carpark to the iconic Pinnacle (in the photo). It was hard work at time, but what a view awaited at the top! It was breathtaking.
Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Vic
One of the must-sees in Australia are the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road. It’s a dramatic scenery – the untamed Southern Ocean is steadily nibbling away on the soft limestone cliffs, eroding them to these iconic stacks that you can see in the picture. It’s a reminder of time and of the force of nature. Everything around us in this world is transitory. From a photographer’s perspective, the play of colours is simply fascinating: the white crowns of the foaming sea, the different shades of blue in the sea, the soft glow of the sandy beaches. With the wind pulling on my jacket sleeves and the salt on my lips I could stand on the lookout for hours, just enjoying the rawness of this amazing place.
Magnificent Murwillumbah, NSW
Due to its location Murwillumbah is a great place to base yourself to explore the Tweed Valley and surrounding areas. If you just want to chill out there’s some great rainforest retreats but if you prefer action the Gold Coast is only 30 minutes away.
There’s a variety of activities around Murwillumbah, from exploring spectacular rain-forests, showering under waterfalls, climbing mountains, fossicking through quaint hippy markets, cruising the Tweed on a river boat to lying on some of Australia’s most famous beaches. There’s something for everyone at Murwillumbah between the bush and the beach. It’s what keeps us coming back.
A laid back lifestyle with sun, sea, surf and sand is what I am all about so naturally Broome is my favourite destination in Australia. It is where the outback meets the sea with deep red earth to white sand and the bright blue water at cable beach. Cable beach is so wide that it is the only place in Australia that polo is played on the beach. Watch the sun set over the ocean while going for a ride on a camel. The town has lots of character with an interesting history. A vibrant town with stunning natural beauty.
Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles), WA
When asked my favourite Australian destination, Cathedral Gorge in World Heritage listed Purnululu in Western Australia’s Kimberley came immediately to mind. Cathedral Gorge was on the top of my visit list when we revisited the Kimberley this year.
Cathedral Gorge is well named. Entering its immense towering cavern is like entering a magnificent natural cathedral, a place steeped in time and history. Red and orange sandstone walls tower above you. White sand crunches softly underfoot. Tiny tracks from night time animals cross the sand to the central pool which sits still and undisturbed. Bird calls echo. It is a place for hushed voices. To sit quietly with your own thoughts. Cathedral Gorge has the spiritual atmosphere of a sacred holy place, a sanctuary.
2km return from the Piccaninny Creek carpark, I recommend you visit early in the morning before the tourist rush, so you can enjoy the peace undisturbed.
Lord Howe Island
“Lord Howe Island is so extraordinary it is almost unbelievable” – David Attenborough
I once heard someone say that arriving on Lord Howe Island felt like arriving in Hawaii in the 1950’s. I’m pretty sure they meant that as a compliment. It definitely feels like a land that time forgot and in a very good way. Dotted with tropical Kentia palms and blessed with aquamarine lagoons, Lord Howe Island is peaceful, extraordinarily beautiful, and somewhere that is like nowhere else on earth. It has the most southerly large reef on the planet providing some of the most accessible and beautiful snorkelling and diving in Australia. It has many bird and plant species that live nowhere else on earth. There are few vehicles on the island so cycling becomes an attractive option. People here rarely lock their doors. Protected by a World heritage status, it is, put simply, completely unspoilt.
Bay Of Fires, Tas
After travelling around Australia for 3 years you get to see quite a few amazing destinations. But our Top Travel Spot in Australia has to be in Tasmania. Bay of Fires is a truly breathtaking destination, with the pure white sand, turquoise-coloured ocean and burnt orange boulders to add to its beauty. The perfect place for camping, fishing, snorkelling or a simple picnic. Situated north of Binalong Bay and 2.5 hours from Launceston. Bay of Fires is a must see destination for any Australian travel bucket list.
Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, SA
It’s an adventure just getting to Australia’s premier ecotourism destination 600 km (360 miles) north of Adelaide, but once you arrive at the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, set in the spectacularly scenic – and rugged – northern Flinders Ranges, the action never stops. Hike, take a 4WD self-drive tour or fly over the outstanding natural attractions including multi-coloured ranges, rugged gorges, hidden springs (including the world’s only natural radioactive spring) and the vast night sky in the resort’s observatory. Along the way, discover an intriguing history in the many layers of rocks and minerals that form the region’s geological past, indigenous lore, colonial historic sites, mineral exploration and all about the amazing family who made the sanctuary what it is today. And if that makes you feel tired, just outsource all the effort and take the flagship Ridge-top tour to Sillers Lookout – one of the best views in Australia, and my personal all-time favourite Aussie adventure!
For more about Arkaroola, and a LOT more inspiration for your next Aussie holiday adventure, visit RedzAustralia
South Durras on the NSW South Coast
280 kilometres south of Sydney and minutes from Batemans Bay, South Durras is the ultimate beach getaway. Long stretches of thick, white sand encase your ankles like cake batter. The fragrance of eucalyptus trees, in the surrounding Murramarang National Park, intoxicate your senses while the Lorikeets gossip amongst themselves, as if you weren’t there. Kangaroos graze in the nearby grass, paying no mind to those who wander by.
Whether it’s surfing, fishing, kayaking, hanging at the beach or building sandcastles with the kids, it’s all here. This is the place we all need to escape to once in a while.
The Whitsundays, Qld– An Aussie Top Travel Spot
Captain Cook sailed into The Whitsundays over two and a half centuries ago – the sight that greeted him has changed little since. A whirl of blues dominates the landscape. Deep navy of the Passage, where whales frolic in season; turquoise meets fringing reef, home to a kaleidoscope of sea life; azure at the shore, lapping at the powder-fine sand of Whitehaven Beach.
74 Islands make up the archipelago, many of them still uninhabited – save for holiday makers enjoying the pristine National Park, access via boat only – the bob of white sails as much a part of the area as the smattering of resorts. From uber chic One and Only Hayman Island and award winning Qualia to family friendly Hamilton Island, Daydream Island and Airlie Beach mainland. The Whitsundays offer more than just a place to visit – you can escape, recharge, reveal in nature and wonder at the good fortune that it is one of ‘our’ best spots, in Australia.
Dargo & the Victorian High Country
A favourite place that always draws me in, is the Victorian High Country. The mountain ranges seem to roll on forever and being at the top of any peak or in a valley is stunning.
Dargo is a speck of a town with a fabulous old pub as the centrepiece. A rustic building with memorabilia from the days of the gold rush adorning the walls along with all sorts of bits and pieces. It attracts the locals as well as travellers, often putting on live entertainment on the weekends.
Free camping along the Dargo River is an experience that many travellers would love. Just pick a spot and pitch. The road through Dargo continues up and over the High Country towards Hotham and Omeo, another awesome drive. Many 4 wheel drive tracks can be explored too.
About 320 km’s or 4 hours East from Melbourne, follow Highway 1, and make a diversion to Dargo. This is a great introduction to bush camping in Australia!
Cape to Cape Track, South West Australia, WA
I love South West Australia, but particularly The Cape to Cape track, a beautiful long distance walk about 250km south of Perth. It stretches for 136km along the length of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, starting in the north at Cape Naturaliste lighthouse and finishing at Cape Leeuwin lighthouse in the south near Augusta. I love walking this track because you can do different stretches at a time (if you don’t want to do the whole trail in one go) and it covers coastal scenery, sheltered forests and long stretches of almost deserted beaches. Another plus is that wherever you are on the track you’re pretty close to the caves, vineyards and wine estates in the Margaret River Region.
Exmouth & Ningaloo Reef, WA
It’s a tough one, but I have chosen Exmouth and the incredible Ningaloo Reef in North West Australia as my favourite spot in Australia. When we travelled here in 2014 we stayed near the Cape Range National Park and spent 10 days exploring the beaches, gorges, waters and coral gardens of the Ningaloo Reef. Our days were spent snorkelling right off the beach witnessing some of the most amazing marine life, beach fishing, swimming and included a day out on a boat swimming with the magnificent whale sharks. The crystal clear waters, turquoise seas and white sandy beaches were like nothing I have witnessed anywhere else in Australia – simply stunning!
The header image of this website was taken sitting atop Vlamingh Head in Exmouth at the lighthouse at sunset and captures the true beauty of this top Aussie spot. To read the full article see X is for EXmouth
What a great collection of Aussie places. Such a wide variety with mountain ranges, outback opal towns, high country, pristine beach spots, tropical islands, reefs, rivers, beach resorts, wilderness areas to national parks, all thrown into the mix. I’m now spoilt for choice for my next Aussie adventure!
Where is your favourite Aussie Travel Spot?
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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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