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Why Australia must be on your bucket-list: Hidden gems & unforgettable adventures

If you’ve ever dreamt of getting up close and personal with kangaroos, wombats or echidnas, swimming in pristine waters, or exploring vast, rugged landscapes, then Australia is the destination for you.

The Land Down Under is not just about its iconic Opera House or the Sydney Harbour Bridge; it’s a continent-sized playground bursting with unique experiences, lesser-known facts, and jaw-droppingly beautiful spots that will leave you awe-struck.

So, grab your sunscreen, put on your explorers’ hat, and let’s dive into some of the great reasons why Australia should be your next travel destination!

Picture: Hikers admiring the view at the Gariwerd / Grampians

1. Australia is home to the world’s longest fence

Spanning over 5,600 kilometers, the Dingo Fence in Australia holds the title for the world’s longest fence. Built to protect fertile land from wild dingoes, this impressive barrier is a testament to Australia’s vastness and its unique efforts to protect stock.

2. The Quokka: The happiest animal on earth

Move over, koalas and kangaroos! The quokka, a small marsupial native to Western Australia, has been dubbed the “happiest animal on Earth” due to its perpetually cheerful appearance. If you’re looking for a guaranteed smile, a selfie with a quokka on Rottnest Island is a must!

Picture credit: Quokka| Earth

3. Discover the musical sands of Squeaky Beach

Squeaky Beach, located in the stunning Wilsons Promontory National Park in Victoria, Australia, has quartz sand on the beach that “squeaks” when walked upon. The unique composition of the fine, white sand creates a squeaking sound underfoot, which is a delightful and surprising experience for visitors. This phenomenon makes Squeaky Beach a popular and memorable destination for both locals and tourists alike, adding an extra element of fun and intrigue to a day at the beach.

Picture: Wandering the “Shipwreck Coast”, Great Ocean Walk, Victoria.

4. The Great Ocean Road

Stretching over 240 kilometers along Victoria’s coastline, the Great Ocean Road is Australia’s most famous coastal journey and one of the world’s most scenic drives. Renowned for its rugged natural beauty, highlights of the “Shipwreck coast” include the Twelve Apostles, limestone stacks that rise majestically from the Southern Ocean, and the lush rainforests of the Otway Ranges.

Picture: Magnificent rock formations and art galleries in Arnhem Land, Top-End Australia.

5. Kakadu National Park

Home to stunning landscapes, ancient rock art, and some of Australia’s most diverse wildlife, Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory is a UNESCO World Heritage site that offers a glimpse into Australia’s rich Aboriginal heritage. Kakadu has been home to aboriginal people for over 50,000 years, and contains extensive rock art sites.

6. The Bogong moth is a seasonal marvel of the Snowy Mountains’ ecosystem

Each year, these resilient moths travel thousands of kilometres from the plains of Queensland and New South Wales to the cooler alpine regions of the Snowy Mountains. Here, they seek refuge in the crevices and caves, providing a crucial food source for local wildlife. Rich in protein and nutrients, Bogong moths have been a traditional food source for Indigenous Australians for thousands of years, making them an integral part of the region’s cultural and ecological tapestry.

Picture: Hiker enjoying the forest in Takayna / The Tarkine.

7. Hidden wonders of the Tarkine’s ancient forests in Tasmania

Takayna, ot the Tarkine region in Tasmania, is a pristine wilderness that boasts some of Australia’s most enchanting and biodiverse forests. Spanning over 450,000 hectares, this ancient landscape is home to towering myrtle, celery top pine, and ancient rainforests that have remained largely unchanged for millions of years. The Tarkine’s forests are not only a sanctuary for rare and endangered wildlife, including the Tassie devil and spotted-tailed quoll, but they also play a vital role in regulating the Earth’s climate by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide.

8. Spend a night under the stars in a swag

Steeped in Australia’s folklore, the humble “swag” is one of the most iconic ways to experience the magic of Australia’s outback and landscape. From the comfort of your swag you’ll be mystified by distant galaxies as you doze to sleep under the stars. In the morning you’ll wake to the gentle hues of first breaking light across this golden land of Australia. Imagine walking with camels by day in Australia’s stunning Flinders Ranges before swagging the night away under the galaxies

Australia is a land of endless possibilities, where every corner holds a new adventure waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re exploring the vibrant cities, diving into the crystal-clear waters of the Bay of Fires, or hiking through ancient rainforests, Australia’s beauty and diversity will captivate your heart and soul.

Picture: Picturesque Ikara / Flinders Ranges.

So, what are you waiting for?

Start planning your Australian adventure today and discover why the Land Down Under is a must-visit destination for travellers from around the world.

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