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HIDDEN GEMS WITHIN AUSTRALIA

By House of Travel



1.  Bay of Fires, Tasmania
Tasmania as a holiday destination flies under the radar but we are here to tell you that there’s plenty on offer here. Bay of Fires is a slice of coastal heaven located on Tasmania’s east coast and boasts white sandy beaches, underwater caves and scenic reefs, as well as bold orange coloured rocks scattered along the bay. Make the most of beach activities and bird watching in this untouched and beautiful reserve.

 

 

2. Coober Pedy, South Australia
Don’t be fooled by what’s above ground, the magic of Coober Pedy lies beneath the surface. In the desert of South Australia much of Coober Pedy town has been built underground to help avoid the harsh climate of the outback. Visit the museum to learn about the regions history, mining and unique lifestyle before venturing to explore the underground houses, cafes, art galleries and even stay in an underground hotel for the night.

 


3.  Cockatoo Island, Sydney NSW
Cockatoo Island is the perfect spot for a day trip while in Sydney. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in Sydney Harbour and a short ferry ride from Circular Quay. When you arrive join a tour to discover the heritage of the island and fascinating convict stories but if haunted ghost stories give you goosebumps we suggest perching up at one of the cafes on the island or taking your own picnic and BBQ supplies to enjoy waterfront views.

 

 

 

4. Melbourne Lanes, Victoria
With numerous laneways all around Melbourne dotted with art, one-off boutiques, unique galleries, cafes and hidden bars, it can be a little overwhelming knowing the best ones to visit. Our favourites include AC/DC Lane which upholds musical traditions and is home to live rock ‘n’ roll music venues, Centre Place is lined with hole-in-the-wall cafes and street art which makes it the perfect lunch time go-to, and Hardware Lane is a place for foodies to dine on flavours from across the world including Mexican, Italian and Thai as well as sample a drink at a rooftop bar nestled amongst the skyline.

 

 


5.
Glass House Mountains, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Located an hour’s drive from the Sunshine Coast’s main hub, Noosa, the Glass House Mountains National Park is full of craggy volcanic peaks and home to walking tracks for all fitness levels which lead to spectacular lookouts offering panoramic views, as well as abseiling and rock climbing locations for those up to the challenge.

 

 

6. Nullarbor Links, South Australia
South Australia is home to the World’s Longest Golf Course. Nullarbor Links spans 1,365 kilometres with one hole in a different town or roadhouse along the Eyre Highway. This is a must-do for any golf fan looking for something unique.

 

 

7. Cape Tribulation, Tropical North Queensland
If visiting remote beaches and scenic landscapes tops your holiday highlights then a visit to Cape Tribulation needs to be on the cards. This slice of paradise is located at the end of a sealed road from Daintree River and offers rainforest walks, horse riding, and a great spot for sea kayaking to explore the reef.

 

 

8. North Stradbroke Island, Queensland
A natural playground perfect for a family getaway and an easy hop, skip and a jump from Brisbane’s CBD. Take a water taxi or vehicle ferry from Cleveland in Brisbane’s east to North Stradbroke Island where you can soak up the sunshine and turn off your phone. It’s the perfect destination for a bike ride, fishing, learning to surf, beach yoga, stand up paddle boarding, and at night head back down to the water to see the bioluminescence of local plankton light up the shore line.

 

 

9. Karijini National Park, Western Australia
Calling all adventure seekers! Karijini National Park is the second largest national park in Western Australia and an unspoiled natural attraction offering spectacular hiking trails through ancient gorges with crystal clear rock pools and waterfalls along the way. Make sure to pack a picnic for a day trip or ask us about extending your stay and overnighting at an eco-retreat to take in the outback starry sky.

 

 

10. Kangaroo Island, South Australia
An island off the coast of South Australia brimming with native wildlife, luxurious accommodation, friendly pubs and local cuisine. Where is this you may ask? Fly from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island and escape the hustle and bustle, slow down and enjoy the breath-taking scenery this island has to offer.

 

 

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