5 Amazing Australia Tours To Add To Your Travel Bucket List
Go beyond Bondi and the Great Barrier Reef with this guide to Australia’s best attractions.
Bondi Beach, koalas and kangaroos may have been what first sparked your interest in traveling to Australia, but the country’s awe-inspiring attractions go far beyond sun, sand and marsupials. In fact, some of Australia’s lesser-known treasures are actually its most intriguing.
Whether you’re interested in uncovering hidden gems in and around Sydney and Melbourne or going off the beaten path to experience the wilder side of the country, these Australia tours are definitely worth adding to your travel bucket list.
Swim with whale sharks in Western Australia
The Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, one of the longest near-shore reefs in the world, is the only place on the planet where you can experience swimming with large groups of whale sharks. The groups visit close to land every year from April to July. The reef is also home to ancient coral gardens and over 500 types of fish.
Explore Daintree Rainforest
It’s the Great Barrier Reef that draws most tourists to northeastern Australia, but nearby Daintree Rainforest is equally as captivating. Located two hours north of Cairns, Daintree is the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. Home to thousands of species of birds and 30 percent of Australia’s frog, reptile and marsupial species, the area is best explored with a local private guide.
Discover Melbourne’s hidden bars
Some of Melbourne’s coolest watering holes are completely under the radar and a bar crawl of these secret speakeasies is a must for any visitor who enjoys a clandestine cocktail. Most tours include a stop at the Gin Palace, a 90’s revival laneway bar with velvet seats, dim light and more than 200 varieties of its namesake spirit to choose from.
Visit Kangaroo Island
This island in South Australia has so much more to offer than kangaroos. Flinders Chase National Park is home to Remarkable Rocks, an otherworldly granite boulder formation that lives up to its name, as well as Admirals Arch, a New Zealand fur seal colony, and perhaps one of the most beautiful luxury hotels on earth.
Explore The Blue Mountains
Roughly two hours outside of Sydney you’ll find 3861 square miles of eucalyptus forest, sandstone cliffs, canyons and waterfalls. The crowning glory of the area are The Three Sisters, a trio of towering rocks that, according to Aboriginal legend, were once three beautiful women who were turned to stone by a powerful tribal elder.
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