Places to be at in Australia
The excitement of discovering new things is the most important aspect of travelling. In an era where everyone is staying connected with each other and experiencing an explosion of information, there still remains a lot of unknown things waiting to be discovered. Australia is one such country that throws a good number of surprises every now and then.
Such surprises may include an unexplored region of pristine reef or a rain forest offering new adventures; a cultural precinct creating a lot of buzz or a city that is undergoing some transformation. Listed below are some of the familiar territories of Australia that are sheltering numerous unfamiliar places.
- North Western Australia: One should be unplugging themselves from their office and head straight to this part of the world. Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef features a vibrantly hued coral reef brimming with life. It will be lifting the spirits and sapping the memory cards. The beach camp here comprises of nine Eco-tents where days are spent unfolding the tales of kayaking, snorkeling and gorge walking. The Eco-system of Ningaloo includes 500 fish species and over 250 coral species. Outer-reef diving and snorkeling will bring visitors closer to turtles and manta rays. A lot of exciting things happen here round the year which varies from mass coral spawning to swimming with humpback whales and whale sharks.
- New South Wales: Here, one can go for Orange’s new cafes, restaurants and accommodations. Quite close to Sydney, this city has always been a foodie’s paradise, quite accumulating repeat diners and awards for using organic and seasonal local produce. The head turning new eateries include Rocking Horse Lounge, Factory Espresso, Byng Street Local and Racine Bakery. “Redini on Rowan” is a 3-bedroom boutique which was opened by the well-known chef, Simonn Hawke. A great time to visit the place is during April when the city plays host to the F.O.O.D Week. Otherwise, one can spend their time at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, a drive of 2-hours from Orange. Here one can see white rhinos, black rhinos and cheetahs.
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- Far North Queensland: It is recommended to witness the Great Barrier Reef, either by taking underwater stroll or by submarine. Mini-submarines are the best way to explore it in the Fitzroy island waters. One can go up to 40m deep with these submarines at a leisurely speed of 7.5 km/h. Underwater-walking is also offered at Green Island. One can also visit Daintree National Park where guided tours are offered by Mossman Gorge Centre. The Centre’s cafe uses the locally sourced ingredients in their menu. Port Douglas’ Silky Oak Lodge recently did a $5mn renovation, where its therapies are considered to be legendary. In Cairns, kids need to be set loose at the Wildlife Dome and Cairns ZOOm.
- South Australia: Here, one can get themselves indulged in both walking safari and gastronomy. The Arkaba Walk (between March and October) through the Flinders Range National Park is quite popular here with its unique flora, fauna and geology. It may not be as challenging as hiking, it takes one across the Wilpena Pound to Arkaba Homestead and Black’s Gap Camp. By walking, one can immerse themselves completely with pastoral history of the region, see salt lakes, pass among the native cypress stands and enjoy the bush silence. Apart from that, South Australia is also the place where the country’s longest running wine and food fest, Barossa Vintage Festival gets conducted. Events include auction of distinguished and rare local wines, wine tasting and concerts being played at the cellars.
- Lord Howe Island: This little island comes with a big heart and reputation of being the action ground for sailors, windsurfers and kite-surfers. The empty and unspoiled beaches here are described by many as the perfect place one can come across. On one side, this island envelops a reef which is as clear-as-crystal lagoon while making room for the waves on the other side. Visitors are quite rare here so once in a while, one might consider themselves to be the “King of Lord Howe Island”. Most of the island is covered by kentia palm forests along with ferns, orchids and banyan trees. Red mountain roses and wedding lilies are few of the rare plant species found in this region. The nearby marine park houses over 50 world renowned sites for scuba diving, including the Balls Pyramid. Large “tame” fish and seemingly endless visibility make for excellent underwater photography and snorkeling