If you’re dreaming of your next holiday look no further than your own backyard. Add each of these Aussie must-see destinations off your bucket list!
1. Hike and swim in Karijini National Park, WA
Centred on the Hamersley Range, approximately 1,400km north of Perth, Karijini boasts rugged landscape, stunning gorges, and breathtaking waterfalls including Joffre Falls, Fortescue Falls, Circular Pools and Falls and Fern Pool.
Many of the gorges in the National Park have walking trails varying in length and difficulty.
Our favorites were Weano and Dales Gorge. We suggest staying for at least three nights to take it all in.
Karijini National Park
2. 4WD the Gibb River Road, WA
The legendary Gibb River Road is a 660 km dirt track through the wild heart of the Kimberley and is one of the Kimberley’s main attractions. Although the roads are not recommended for standard caravans, our time spent 4WDing and tent camping along this old stock route was one of the main highlights of our trip. The sights to see along the Gibb, including majestic boab trees and draw- dropping swimming holes, are well worth the journey.
The boabs of the Kimberly region give this region unique character.
Just one of the many remote campsites you’ll find along the Gibb River Road.
3. Take a “jumping croc” tour, Adelaide River, NT
More than 80,000 saltwater crocodiles roam the waterways of Northern Australia, yet they are rarely ever seen. However, on a one hour trip with registered guides down the Adelaide River you are sure to see these creatures up close and learn crazy facts that will scare you out of swimming in the many signed Northern Territory waterways, such as ‘Crocodiles can hold their breath for up to four hours underwater.’
We found the tour to be a safe and educational way to witness these crocs in their natural habitat and appreciate their existence outside of a Crocodile Dundee film.
One of the many hungry residents of the Adelaide River.
4. Snorkel the Ningaloo Reef, WA
Camp in Cape Range National Park for access to some of Australia’s best coral within meter of the beach. With your snorkel and flippers in tow, expect to see turtles, mantra rays, parrot fish, and reef sharks amongst many other tropical fish species.
Our top snorkeling spots included the Oyster Stacks and Turquoise Bay. For $300 per person you can also swim with the majestic Whale Sharks, well worth the splurge in our opinion.
On the Ningaloo Reef Drew swam with Whale Sharks, a very generous gift from his family to celebrate his birthday.
5. Stand at the northernmost point of the Australian Continent, QLD
Unhitch the caravan and prepare yourself with the necessary off-road gear to tackle the Cape York Peninsula and stand at the true tip of Australia. If you’re super keen, tackle the infamous Gun Shot Creek on the Old Telegraph Track or one of the many ‘chicken track’ alternatives. While you’re this far north, why not take a ferry over the Torres Strait to Thursday Island.
The most epic drive you’ll ever take just to stand next to a sign…Well worth the adventure though, especially if you can do it with a quality crew!
6. Fraser Island, QLD
Pack your 4WD, tent and fishing rods to make your way to the world’s largest sand island! Fraser Island is a mecca for landing the catch of the day – but if fishing’s not your thing, simply take the wheel and let the sandy tracks transport you along pristine beaches, through rainforests and thick bushland to remote picnic locations and crystal clear swimming spots.
Fraser Island – The worlds largest sand island
7. Walk around Uluru, NT
Uluru is perhaps the most recognisable Australian landmark just a further six hours drive from Alice Springs. For us, spending a couple of days exploring Uluru and learning about the Indigenous ancestral beings that are believed to have shaped the landscape was an enlightening experience. By choosing to walk around Uluru instead of climbing, you will be respecting Tjukurpa and Anangu wishes.
8. 4WD the Merrine Loop and explore the West MacDonald Ranges
The Mereenie Loop provides an alternative scenic route from Alice Springs to Watarrka (Kings Caynon) and Uluru (Ayers Rock) via the Western MacDonald Ranges and is well worth the drive. You’ll get the chance to truly immerse yourself in the vast dessert country, spot camels in the wild and hike some of Australia’s most impressive landscapes.
The size of Kings Canyon in the flesh is one of the country’s most impressive sights.
Hiking in the East MacDonald Ranges – this pic speaks for itself.
The adventures that are to be had around this country are truly endless and this list is just a tiny selection of the places and experiences we could recommend!
Let me know in the comments your top Aussie places. Or if you’re planning a trip, hit me up for campsite advice, places off the beaten track or even what you’ll need to pack! Always happy to help.
Note – I wrote this post for withoutahitch.com.au as a Freelance Writer… the perfect gig for a travelling nomad!