7 of the most unforgettable experiences in Australia
23 November 2020
With international travel largely on pause for the foreseeable future, Australians have been presented with an incredible opportunity to explore some of the places a little closer to home. Places packed to the brim with experiences that will help you reconnect with nature, get active or present you with a chance to learn more about Australia’s rich history and culture.
So, to provide you with some travel inspiration this summer and beyond into 2021, here are 7 of the most unforgettable experiences in Australia that we think you should try.
1. Challenge yourself to climb Mt Kosciuszko in a single day
Making up a part of the Great Dividing Range in New South Wales, Mt. Kosciuszko is Australia’s highest mountain, sitting at 2,228 metres above sea level. Climbing to the summit can be achieved in a single day, and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the Snowy Mountain region. You’ll be treated to views of the crystal clear waters of Lake Cootapatamba, one of only six glacial lakes in Australia. But it isn’t all just about the views – keep an eye out for local wildlife such as native Corroboree frogs, wombats, pygmy possums and more. And by the end of the day, you can say that you’ve ticked off one of the Seven Summits!
2. Learn about ancient culture in Arnhem Land
A visit to the Yolŋu Homeland in the Northern Territory’s Arnhem Land is a transformative experience and an opportunity to learn more about the Yolŋu’s 40,000 year history and their connection to their country. When you visit their community, you’ll unplug from the world as you know it to learn about the traditional way of life in this part of the country from inspiring local women. Cover the basics of the Yolŋu language, traditional cooking, weaving, jewellery making and healing practices, as well as a special visit to Buku Larrnggay Muka Centre, one of the oldest and most respected Aboriginal Art centres in Australia.
3. Soak up some sunshine as you explore the beautiful Fraser Island
If island life is what you’re craving, it’s hard to go past an invigorating trip to the world’s largest sand island – Fraser Island off the coast of mainland Queensland. Exploring the island via a combination of walking and 4WD is the only way to experience this World Heritage-listed landscape, whether it be the white sandy beaches or lush rainforests that take your fancy. The chance to spot some of the unique wildlife of the region in their natural habitats is an experience like no other, so keep a close eye out for dolphins, sharks, turtles, goons, bandicoots and more.
4. Take in the unique wildlife and scenery of Kangaroo Island
Just off the coast of mainland South Australia, you’ll find Kangaroo Island, one of our country's most quintessential destinations. Abundant with native wildlife, delicious local produce and scenic seascapes, a few days exploring the island by foot has something for everyone. As you traverse the walking trails, keep an eye out for sea lions along the rugged coastline and thriving birdlife in the tea tree wetlands. The 2020 bushfire season ravaged the little island, so now more than ever, the community could use the support of tourists as they rebuild businesses and work to regenerate the landscape.
5. Work off the cheese and oysters with a hiking trip on Bruny Island
A trip to Tasmania wouldn’t be complete without visiting Bruny Island. While this small isle might be known for their fresh seafood and delicious local produce, it should really also be known for exceptional landscapes and hiking opportunities. From the unspoiled wildernesses of the native forest to the seemingly endless beaches, you’ll never get tired of exploring both the popular and lesser-known highlights. Challenge yourself to climb to the summit of Mt Mangana, the highest point on the island, all the while keeping watch for many of the rare and endangered bird species that call Bruny Island home.
6. Step back in time with a trip to Victoria’s Goldfields
There’s no better way to gain an appreciation of Victoria’s Gold Rush history than to walk in the footsteps of the original fortune-seekers. Visit some of central Victoria's most historic towns as well as exploring the deep bushland of places like Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. A mixture of nature and history, this region offers travellers the chance to learn about the local heritage, while enjoying plenty of good food to boot. In the end, you’ll feel rewarded not only by some of the most scenic landscape in Australia but all that you have learned.
7. Admire the views as you discover Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island might be famous for its cutest inhabitants – the quokka – but a trekking trip around this Western Australian paradise will allow you to discover so much more. If you can tear your eyes away from the coastline and look inward, you’ll see the spectacular inland salt lakes with their pink and turquoise waters, that support much of the island’s flora and fauna. Other unexpected highlights include learning about the island’s fascinating connection to WWII and the opportunities to learn about the old railway paths and the surfing history that goes hand-in-hand with the island way of life.