Home to the world’s largest coral reef system – the Great Barrier Reef, Australia is one of the top holiday destinations. Over 8 million tourists visited this exquisite land last year.
It was easily more than the number recorded in 2014. Thus, if you plan to explore ‘The Land Down Under’, we won’t be surprised! While most people seek the highly popular destinations, you can also explore some of the lesser-known ones.
Undara Volcanic National Park
Undara Volcanic National Park is a place where one can explore natural geological wonders. There is an abundance of wildlife here. Most interestingly, it is known for the remnants of the Earth’s longest flow of lava starting off from a single volcano. The park is also full of various colourful birds, including cormorants, herons, egrets, ibis, spoonbills, kites, eagles, falcons, quails, emus, parrots, rosellas, and cockatoos.
Situated in the Kakadu National Park, Gunlom has a beautiful cascading waterfall and peaceful plunge pool. A not-so-easy climb to the peak of the waterfall offers great views of the southern-most parts of Kakadu National Park. A rejuvenating dip in the clear pools is an exhilarating experience.
Apollo Bay, a coastal town in Victoria, has several swimming and surfing beaches. Green hills overlooking the bay create an attractive backdrop. The restaurants and cafes serve mouth-watering dishes. Apollo Bay also hosts the yearly Great Ocean Sports Festival and Apollo Bay Music Festival.
Melbourne Graffiti Alleys
The overall atmosphere of Melbourne is distinctly vibrant! Travellers with an artistic bent of mind can find some of the best works by simply walking through the city’s alleys and lanes. The beauty of street art and creativity is apparent as you simply stroll along. It’s almost as if the walls have something to convey or express! So, don’t limit yourself to art galleries.
The Pinnacles – These are rather strange, if not totally ‘hidden’! The Pinnacles are limestone formations which rise out of yellow sand dunes in a bizarre way. They are often described as ‘Life on Mars’. The natives believe that the rocks symbolize the people who died over the years in the desert.