If you ask us about the highlights of Australia, we could talk for hours. After all, Australia - together with New Zealand, of course - is our number one travel destination. After long deliberations, we have somehow managed to select the top nine highlights of Australia.
Australia is a country full of highlights. Wherever you are, you will be treated to natural beauty, everywhere. From the ever-changing landscape and the thousands of species of animals that live there, to the bustling cities and cosy coastal towns. We have collected nine Australian highlights for you.
9 highlights of Australia
# 1 Explore the rainforest of the Daintree National Park
In Tropical North Queensland is the Daintree National Park, the oldest rainforest in the world. The park is only a fraction of the rainforest that covered all of Australia 50 million years ago - which is why it is now also a UNESCO World Heritage Site for protection. No fewer than 18,000 different species of flora and trees over 2,500 years old live here. At Cape Tribulation, the rainforest flows into the Great Barrier Reef. The only place in the world.
# 2 Take an adventurous journey through The Kimberley
The Kimberley is located in northwestern Australia and borders the Indian Ocean. In this area, adventurers can truly indulge themselves: the landscape is rugged, wild and deserted, so you can experience the real Outback. The vast landscape is uninhabited, except for a few cattle stations and has, therefore, remained untouched.
You cannot always travel through The Kimberley because of the rainy season. In that season there is not only a lot of rain, causing road closures, it also gets very hot. The best travel time is from May to September.
"A day trip to Horizontal Falls in the Kimberley area in Northern Australia was the ultimate day trip for me. It's not for the faint-hearted!"Michiel, Travel specialist
# 3 Experience the versatility of Mission Beach
The coastal town of Mission Beach is located on the Queensland coast, between Cairns and Townsville. Here, you will find dense rainforest and colourful coral. Mission Beach is, therefore, the starting point for various activities: from diving at the Great Barrier Reef and white water rafting on the Tully River to visiting Dunk Island. Do you feel like relaxing? Then chill-out on one of the many terraces and soak up the tropical environment.
# 4 Dive or snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef
With a whopping 2,900 reefs and 400 types of coral, the Great Barrier Reef is a must-see while in Australia. The area extends over an area of approximately 334,400 square kilometres and is - like the Daintree National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After all, the beautiful coral is home to rare tropical marine species, such as the green turtle and the manatee.
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# 5 Sample wine in Barossa Valley
In the Barossa Valley wine region, sample the most flavourful Australian wines while looking out at the rolling countryside, full of vineyards, that the region is so famous for. In this region, there is a Mediterranean climate and especially the dry, red wines are praised here, such as Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre. But Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot and Chardonnay are also worth a try. A visit to a winery should not be missed when you are there.
Also, another nice place to drink good Australian wine is Tasmania.
# 6 Spot koalas on Magnetic Island
Magnetic Island is located approximately 12 kilometres off the coast of Queensland and is relatively small compared to Tasmania. You can cross the island in half a day. Yet it is an Australian highlight: here koalas live in their natural habitat and you can enjoy pure nature. If you take the Forts Walk - a four-kilometre walking trail past historic relics of World War II - chances are, you'll spot a koala in the wild.
"If you would like to see koala's, I would really recommend visiting Magnetic Island. It's not uncommon to see koalas in residential areas, as well as the bush, in their natural habitat."Judi, Travel specialist
7. Learn about the cultural significance of the Uluru
As you drive across the flat desert landscape in central Australia, you will slowly see the Uluru rise. The sandstone monolith is the world's largest free-standing rock, at least 600 million years old, reaching a height of 348 metres and a circumference of 9.4 kilometres. It is for good reason, that it is an attraction that is inextricably linked to Australian nature and culture.
The monolith is also of great spiritual significance to the Aborigines - they see Uluru as an ancestral being. The indigenous people, therefore, own the rock and the surrounding land.
# 8 Drive to all the highlights of Fraser Island
Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island: although the landscape alternates with mangrove and tropical rainforest, as much as 98% of the island is made up of sand. Therefore, you can only explore Fraser Island with a 4WD. An ordinary car offers no grip and there is no public transport on the island. You can drive to the pure freshwater lake - Lake McKenzie, visit the rock formation - The Cathedrals or relax on the endless 75 Mile Beach.
# 9 Discover the highlights of Sydney or Melbourne
With over 3.5 million inhabitants, Sydney is the largest city in Australia. Although Sydney is grand, dynamic and cosmopolitan, the city is also cosy and inviting. It is not without reason that 140 different types of nationalities live here. While in Sydney, you can visit several highlights: from the Harbor Bridge, The Rocks district and the Opera House to one of the many parks.
If you really want to combine the 'urban' feeling with nature, visit Melbourne. Melbourne is located approximately 800 kilometres southwest of Sydney on the Yarra River. The city is also called Garden City. It is known for the city gardens, a place where you can relax after a day on the road.
"My first New Years Eve in Sydney was very special. I had arrived just a few days earlier. The fireworks in the harbour were a perfect start to the time I spent in Australia."Michiel, Travel specialist
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