From the variety of animals you’ll only meet there, to the fantastic scenery with cinema-like sunrises and sunsets, Australia is one of those places you can’t get enough of. Big and wild, it has made us feel like we have not known this planet before as it is so different from everything we had experienced before. The food highlight is definitely the fresh produce and the catches from the Ocean to be accompanied with a good Australian wine.
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As soon as you land in Australia you will immediately feel surrounded by gorgeous nature and a varied team of unusual inhabitants. Yes, it is not overpromising to say that in your trip you will have the chance to meet, see and – in some lucky instances – cuddle all of the animals you would expect to.
Like those fluffy koalas, for example. They will naturally prefer to rest on trees and barely not move, but for a couple of bucks, you will have the chance to hold them in your arms. Aaaawww…
Speaking of animals, after koalas you will for sure be off to see as many kangaroos as you can. There are different species of this Aussie iconic inhabitant and this will vary from the region you will visit.
Never forget that Australia is a huge island, actually as big as the whole of the U.S.A. We have been travelling the east coast and hence met almost small kangaroos on our way. Be aware they love following lights and jumping on the motorway at night. And whilst you would struggle to find a car insurance covering drivers after 6 pm, for your and everyone’s safety you should try and avoid hitting the road in the dark.
The best place where we have seen kangaroos free and not within the cage in a park has been at the Undara Volcanic National Park.
Aside from visiting lava tubes, you will have the chance to easily experience the gorgeous outback and board for a sunset safari in the bush to spot kangaroos.
3. Train – Undara
Undara is an amazing experience for a romantic overnight stay, as you will have the chance to sleep in an old train cabin, watch stars in the absolute dark (it’s beautiful, trust me) and wake up to a breakfast outside before walking into the rest of the park.
There is, of course, a restaurant inside, designed to serve big groups and not exactly gourmet but serving kangaroo, crocodile and emu meats. Never trust appearance: crocodile does taste like chicken!
And speaking of which… Driving in Australia will bring you along many creeks, also known as the reign of crocodiles!
If you fancy a picnic outside and close to any water and you are alone, no Aussies and no rangers with you, just make sure you search for a croc-free area. They can be silent coming out from water when they smell food and… well… you really don’t want to know.
5. Whitehaven beach
And after you have made it to the outback it is now time to experience one of the Australian wonders, also called the Whitsundays Islands.
They are a typical destination for couples and honeymooner and the main port, Hamilton Island, is not exactly a cheap place to stay. But worth the investment for a couple of days, just the time to have a boat tour and reach out to Whitehaven beach. Name chosen for a reason.
6. Sunrise at the Whitsundays
Did I already say the Whitsundays are romantic? Right, to get here you have two choices, so no excuse you cannot make it.
If you do not have a lot of time you can get a plane to Hamilton Islands, served by Qantas from major airports.
If you want to save a couple of bucks you can drive all the way to Airlie Beach and enter Paradise gates by boat.
7. Fraser Island
When travelling in Australia I thought the Whitsundays would have been the maximum hype of our trip. Can there be anything better than that to see? Well, in my opinion, yes. And it is called Fraser Island.
In short, it is the larger sand island in the world, covered by gorgeous rainforest and bordered by endless beaches. Only 4WD vehicles are permitted and unless you feel brave to rent a car, you will have the chance to tour around on a 4WD truck having fun with road bumps all the way.
Sight-seeing planes also land on the beach (the 75 miles beach to be precise, just a tiny one).
8. Maheno beach shipwreck
Whilst driving the 75 miles beach you will for sure bump into a shipwreck at some point. Once a well-known trans-Tasman liner the Maheno wrecked in a storm and now still represent a national Australian heritage.
Well worth visiting while it stuns among blue waters and the sandy beach.
9. Scallops from the Pacific
Finally hungry after long days in nature and spotting cute animals? Time for a nice dinner and for some traditional seafood you can only find in Pacific waters.
For example scallops, that down here look a bit different from their Atlantic sisters.
10. Colourful birds in Whitsundays
How cute can birds in Australia be? Picture says it all!