Why you've gotta see Australia A$AP [ROCKY]
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why people go nuts for the land down under.
Maybe it’s the diverse landscapes, maybe it’s the friendly locals, maybe it’s the ‘bucket list must-sees. Most likely it’s a little from column A, B and C. The vastness of Oz means that there’s something for everyone, mathematically you’re pretty much covered. What’s your flave? Island getaways, wacky cultural experiences, adrenaline fixes, basking in nature? Australia’s got it.
The East Coast alone stretches a gigantic 4000 kilometres (2485 miles) from Melbourne to Cairns. To give you an idea, it would take around 50 hours of non-stop driving to cover the entire coastline. (Mind you, we wouldn’t recommend that, because everyone needs a little shut eye.) Australia has over 10,685 beaches, over 500 national parks and, drum-roll… 8,222 islands. For anyone who likes looking at the ocean, smelling the ocean or dipping in the ocean, this place is definitely your vibe.
If that alone doesn’t wet your whistle, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Hostel World to hand pick a few more reasons:
Fraser Island, Queensland
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, and where else in the world can you drive a 4X4 on a legitimate sandy ‘highway’? Go on. WHERE? This is a magical land of rainforests, sand dunes and humpback-whale-spotting about 300 kilometres (186 miles) north of Brisbane and 15 kilometres (9 miles) off the coast of Hervey Bay. Make sure you show up with 4 wheels and a pair of thongs.
Uluru, Northern Territory
A visit to Uluru, the world’s largest monolith, is truly a spiritual experience. Uluru is around 600 million years old, standing taller than the Eiffel Tower and is a gigantic 9.4 kilometres (5.8 miles) in circumference. Check out the Tjungu festival from April 25 to April 29. Pronounced tjoo-ngoo (meaning "meeting together" in local Anangu Pitjantjatjara language), this festival celebrates the magic of Aboriginal culture.
The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
There are so many fun things you can do in the ocean. Namely, snorkelling and scuba diving around the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. As the world’s largest living organism, the entire Reef is bigger than the United Kingdom, Holland and Switzerland combined. We’ll give your head a minute to explode. You can literally go face-to-fin with some of the most beautiful underwater wildlife in the world.
The Whitsunday Islands, Queensland
You will feel like a bratty, overpaid pop star when you lie on Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Islands. It’s all dense rainforest, hiking trails and sand so pure and white that you can actually clean your jewellery with it. Airlie Beach, a town on the mainland, is in the core of the action and a good place to start.
Lake Hillier, Western Australia
There are pink lakes. Do you have pink lakes?
They’re all in Western Australia for starters, so don’t bother looking anywhere else: we’ve got Quairading Pink Lake in the Wheatbelt region, Pink Lake in the Goldfields-Esperance region, and the pinkest, poppiest lake of them all - Lake Hillier. This bubblegum beauty is on the edge of Middle Island, also in the Goldfields-Esperance region.
While your mind tends to head straight for natural landscapes when someone mentions Australia, there are heaving, exciting urban cities too. Melbourne is has been voted the world’s most liveable city time and time again (we get it, you’re liveable), for no doubt its impressive performing arts scene, buzzing nightlife and tasty food, etc. Don’t forget to check out St Kilda - the hidden rooftop bars and graffiti-lined laneways are a hit.
The Twelve Apostles, Victoria
The Great Ocean Road‘s Twelve Apostles are well worth pulling over for. They’re a collection of limestone pillars off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park in Victoria. There are only 7 left now because erosion is a jerk, so head out there and pour one out for our fallen homies. These bad boys are impressive for no reason other than they formed all on their own and they stand together like good Aussie mates.
Base Magnetic Island, Queensland
You can stay in a hostel on a tropical island paradise, like Base Magnetic Island which is literally plonked right on the beach. It has long, lush decks where you can lie poolside while overlooking the ocean. Yum. They also throw the Full Moon Party Down Under and a rippin’ New Year’s Eve festival event. So you might wanna board that bandwagon.
The Arkaba Walk, South Australia
There are historical walking trails left, right and centre that make for great ‘look-how-awesome-my-life-is’ Instagram content. The Arkaba Walk, for instance, which takes about four days and three nights, crosses 600 million years of history in the Flinders Ranges and the Elder Range in the private Arkaba Conservancy in South Australia. So worth it.
The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, Byron Bay
There are hostels that feel more like fancy retreats, like the Arts Factory in Byron Bay. (And yes… this is where the Inbetweeners Movie was filmed.) Self-described as a “5-acre subtropical haven”, these guys are all about swinging your woes away in a hammock by the pool. Established in the 70s by some local hippies, this place still stings with spirit!
Animal selfies, Rottnest Island
Aussie natives love a selfie. In fact, quokkas for example - a marsupial native to Rottnest Island in Western Australia - are known for being DTS (down to selfie) at all times. In fact, they instinctively smile. Google it if you don’t believe.
Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk, Sydney
The Bondi to Bronte coastal walk in Sydney will take you far longer than it should, because it’s so pretty you’ll need to pause a casual 700 times for photos. The walk, which includes Tamarama and Mackenzies Bay, stretches for only four kilometres (2.5 miles) so pretty much anyone can hack it.
Cape Tribulation, Queensland
A visit to Cape Tribulation in Queensland, where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef, will really drive home the fact that you’re in the middle of nowhere. This is a coastal area within Daintree National Park that will give you a hit of nature and wildlife so intense that you’ll forget what the city looks like.
Noosa National Park, Queensland
You may stumble upon your very own secluded beach in Noosa National Park. And then you may have to call your mum and tell her you’re never coming home, soz. Located 160 kilometres (99 miles) north of Brisbane, on the Sunshine Coast, this place is a beauty with its wildlife sanctuary, eucalypt forest and heathland.
Waterfalls, Northern Territory
The towering waterfalls, natural swimming holes and gigantic gorges in the Northern Territory will connect you so intimately to nature that if it weren’t your only means of bragging, you’d throw your phone away. Take the Jim Jim Falls for instance - found on the Jim Jim Creek that peeks over the Arnhem Land cliffs in Kakadu National Park. This sight will make it hard for you to compose yourself.