Unique Experiences in the Land Down Under
Ah, Australia! There’s nothing quite like the land down under and this incredible, red-earthed country of ours has some spectacular, fair-dinkim’ attractions that can easily rival some of those in the most popular tourist destinations all over the world. Like France has the Eiffel Tower, we have Bondi Beach. Rome has the Colosseum, Sydney has the Opera House. London has the Big Ben, Coffs Harbour has the Big Banana.
The list of attractions in Australia is as long as the land is wide, but our team of agents at Travel Partners didn’t want to bring you a list of the Top 10 tourist attractions. Our agents have compiled a list of some of the most unique experiences that you can do whilst in this beautiful country of ours. From the Great Barrier Reef, to the Great Ocean Road, this list will have you in awe of the Australian landscape and have you eager to hit the road this weekend.
Starting in the middle and then working your way north and then down the East Coast…
ULURU-KATA TYJUTA NATIONAL PARK
Deep in the centre of Australia you can find one of the most photographed natural wonders of our country, Uluru. Formerly known as Ayers Rock, the striking red monolith forms the centrepiece of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park – a World Heritage site. Uluru, meaning “shadowy place” in the local Aboriginal dialect, rises 328m, from the surrounding plain with most of its bulk hidden beneath the earth’s surface. Also in the park are the red dome-shaped rocks call Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). As the sun dips in the sky, visitors gather to watch Uluru and Kata Tjuta transform in the shifting light.
Our pick: Watching the colours change over this amazing landscape is a breath-taking experience and its certainly worth witnessing a sunrise and sunset. If you’re up for a hike, do the 10.6km loop around the base of Uluru and discover the amazing textures and colours of the rock and see the diverse plants and animals. The Walpa Gorge walk is also a wonderful way to experience the park. If you have a little more time, we also recommend the ‘Sounds of Silence’ dinner under the stars, a camel tour at sunrise or a scenic flight.
KAKADU NATIONAL PARK
Taking you north to the top end of the Northern Territory, you’ll find Kakadu National Park – another World Heritage site and one of the planet’s great wilderness areas. Covering more than 19,840 square kilometres, Kakadu is the largest national park in Australia and the second largest in the world. Within its borders lie monsoon rainforests, mangrove swamps, rivers, gorges, ancient rock paintings, wetlands and waterfalls as well as an astounding diversity of wildlife. Saltwater crocodiles prowl the wetlands and visitors can experience the park by car, air or on foot via the number of hiking trails.
Our pick: The 4.5 Day Kakadu Arnhem land luxury 4WD and light air tour is the best way to experience everything that Kakadu has to offer. Visit the very restricted area of Arhhem Land, do a sunset cruise, a 30-minute scenic flight, and some barramundi fishing.
THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Visible from outer space, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the largest living structures on the planet and is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The World-Heritage listed reef stretches more than 2,300km along the state of Queensland and is home to more than 3,000 coral reefs, 600 continental islands, including the beautiful Whitsundays. It goes without saying that diving and snorkelling among the soft and hard corals, more than 1,600 species of tropical fish, sharks, dugongs, dolphins, turtles, rays and giant clams is sure to make your holiday memorable.
Our pick: As one of the world’s most desirable dive destinations, nothing beats getting up close and personal with the exotic creatures of the reef. Swim with sharks, chase the fish and come up close and personal with turtles. Book a reef cruise day trip that ideally includes a visit to the dazzling white shores of Whitehaven Beach. A scenic helicopter tour is also breath-taking.
One of the world’s most famous beaches, complete with bronzed bodies, blonde sand, backpackers and surf. Only 20 minutes from Sydney, Bondi Beach is home to one of the oldest surf-life saving clubs in the world and is a magnet for tourists from all over the world. The golden sand, turquoise waters and the multiple shops, cafes and restaurants is what makes this a must for tourists and locals alike.
Our pick: Sit back, relax and enjoy the sand between your toes as you marvel at the hundreds of other people around you who have come from all over the world. The scenic Bondi to Bronte coastal walk is a great way to soak it all in, before heading to one of the buzzing restaurants for a bite to eat whilst overlooking the beach. Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap.
THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD
Nothing beats a spectacular road trip, and the Great Ocean Road, along Victoria’s south heading west towards South Australia is certainly worthy of the title. Originally built to provide employment during the Depression, the road stretches for 300km from the surfing town of Torquay to the town of Allansford, near Warrnambool. The highlight of the road is the Port Campbell National Park which is home to the wind and wave-sculpted rock formations known as the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and the Arch. For a unique way to discover the Great Ocean Road, there’s a 4 day, 3-night luxury guided walking tour which will allow you to traverse the windswept cliffs at a pace fitting of nature’s raw spectacle.
Our pick: See the Twelve Apostles from above with a short scenic flight around the National Park. Witness the sun come up behind the apostles and get the sand between your toes at Loch Ard Gorge. Be sure to stop for lunch in Torquay or Lorne – two old surfing towns where you’ll almost feel like you’ve been taken back in time.
Kangaroo Island may only be across the water from South Australia, but when you arrive you’ll feel worlds away. With 509km of coastline, and 155km from the east coast to the west, the native bushland, wildlife and pristine beaches will have you wanting to stay longer. Frolic with the sea-lions as they bask on the white beaches, and watch koalas dozing in lofty eucalyptus trees. And if this isn’t enough, you’ll also find rich histories, a thriving arts community, and a range of accommodation options ranging from outdoor swags to lighthouse keeper’s cottages to super-chic retreats.
Our pick: For extreme adventure, take part in quad-biking, sandboarding, kayaking, bike riding or horse riding to ensure your visit to Kangaroo Island is one to remember.
BROOME & THE KIMBERLEYS
Whilst on the opposite side of Australia, what was once the pearl capital of Australia, the town of Broome is certainly worthy of a visit. Ride camels into the sunset on Cable Beach’s endless white sands, visit the Broome Historical Museum and the Crocodile Park. If the timing is right, locals and tourists flock to Town Beach to witness the full moon rising over Roebuck Bay creating an optical illusion that resembles steps leading to the moon. If you’re a photographer, be sure to head to Gantheaume Point to capture the red-cliffs and eye-popping blue seas. And if cuddling a baby crocodile is something that you’ve always wanted to do, head to the Malcolm Douglas Wilderness Wildlife Park, a short 15 minutes outside of Broome.
Our pick: A camel ride along the 22km stretch of Cable Beach is definitely a bucket-list item. For an adrenalin-packed adventure, it’s hard to beat a scenic seaplane flight to the magnificent Horizontal Falls.
INDIAN PACIFIC TRAIN JOURNEY
Whether you’re journeying from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific or the other way round, the Indian Pacific Train journey is a great way to make your way across the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world. This is a journey defined by contrast, encompassing the towering majesty of the Blue Mountains to the barren expanse of the Nullabor and every goldmine, ghost town and grapevine in between. Outside your window, the landscape shifts over and over, revealing hidden secrets, from long abandoned homesteads of the Nullarbor to the marvellously resilient wildflowers of Western Australia. With all of its variance, this is the definitive Australia.
Our pick: To experience the true beauty of the east to the west, we recommend the 4,352km Sydney to Perth journey, or vice-versa. Enjoy three nights and four days via Broken Hill, Adelaide, Cook and Kalgoorlie.
THIS LAND OF OURS
There you have it! Travel Partners guide to some of the most unique destinations and attractions across this incredible and diverse land we call home, Australia! Whether you’re here for a visit, or here for good, we know that you’ll love every minute on your life-changing adventures of the land down under.
Safe travels from Travel Partners Australia ✈️