When most people visit Australia, they concentrate on the main attractions such as the Sydney Harbor, Uluru, and the Great Barrier Reef among others. It is probably not surprising to learn that Australia has many more attractions that most people have never heard of due to its vastness. The following are some awesome Australia destinations off the common tourist trail:
Newnes Glow Worm Tunnel, Putty
This is a closed and abandoned railway tunnel that was closed way back in 1932. It goes through the sandstone of Wollemi National Park in New South Wales. This tunnel is 1km away from Lithgow or Clarence or you can walk 22km from the old railway line from Newnes.
The Glow worms that light up this tunnel with their bioluminescent glow are the main attraction. Turn off the flashlights when you get to the middle of the tunnel and the worms will shine the light like a night full of stars.
The Pinnacles, Nambung Desert
This is a dry and vast desert located one hour north of Perth. Nambung desert has lots of pinnacles and weird rock formations sprouting from the yellow sand. This place is somewhat dark and carries a disturbing legend in Aboriginal culture. Legend has it that each rock is a representation of a person that died in the quicksand.
Come to this desert during the sunset for a photo-shoot and capture amazing glow and long shadows cast by the rock formations.
Broken River, Queensland
If you want to see some of the weirdest animals in the world, the Platypus, this is the place to be. Located in Eungella National Park, 90kms west of Mackay, there are lots of Platypus viewing platforms along the Broken River. Pick your spot and keep an eye out for these weird creatures.
The Grampians, Victoria
If the Great Ocean Road is a must visit, we have one suggestion for you. Head inland and you’ll find the Grampians with amazing sandstone ranges, breathtaking lookout points, and beautiful waterfalls. This place is also known as the “Garden of Victoria”, due to its outstanding wildflowers that make springtime simply spectacular. There are plenty of restaurants and wineries that make this place a pleasure for wine lovers and foodies.
Little Blue Lake, South Mount Cameron, Tasmania
This place has a bright blue hue that might tempt you to jump in but you shouldn’t as the amazing hue is a result of heavy metals that were mined here back in the day. The shores are safe for some camping and picnic. Gem hunters flock this place looking for topaz, amethyst and smoky quartz.
Nimbin, New South Wales
This place is located in the rainforest hinterland west of Byron Bay. Nimbin was popularized by the Aquarius Festival and the counterculture movement of the 1960s. Although this local art and music event came to an end, some people stayed being and formed a hippie community in this beautiful valley.
Today, this vibrant little town features a hemp museum and a number of art and craft shops. The style here is reminiscent of the 70s and you will smell a certain aroma in the air. This place is strange and surreal.
Magnetic Island, Queensland
Captain James Cook claimed that he was led to this island in the 1770s after his compass encountered a strange pull towards the island. Modern magnetic tests have not experienced such an occurrence but the name remains.
Take a ferry from Townsville to get to this nature and wildlife bliss. You will definitely see koalas slumbering in the tree branches. You can also check out the WWII surveillance deck overlooking the bay.
Wycliffe Well, Northern Territory
This is an odd town in the Australian Outback situated on the Stuart Highway, 380km north of Alice Springs and 130km south of Tennant Creek.
This is the place to be if you are intrigued by UFO stories that have been recorded here since the 2nd World War.
Don’t worry if you don’t spot UFOs, the local sunrises and sunsets are pretty amazing.
Port Arthur Penal Colony, Tasmania
This UNESCO World Heritage site has an unsettling and creepy past as this is where the toughest criminals in Britain were held and forced to carry our hard labor in the 1830s.
This place has torture cells, an asylum, and a hospital. Take the penal colony ghost tour at sunset where horror stories of this dark site are told.
Shell Beach, Western Australia
From a distance, this beach might look like your characteristic white sand beach, but once you look more closely, you will discover that it’s actually made of shells.
The Shell Beach is one of only two beaches in the world that has shells instead of sand. How does this happen? This rare occurrence is due to the massive bank of seagrass that blocks the flow of the tide. Along with high evaporation levels, the water is two times salty that of the ocean and this means that marine life can’t survive there but cockles can.
As time passed, the shells of the cockles ended up on the shore creating a vast dazzling white beach that is 110km long. The super salty water also keeps predators away making it an ideal spot for swimming.
These are only but a few hidden destinations in Australia that you may not have heard of before. Now that you have, take some time to go and discover these amazing places.