Posted on Jun 02, 2012 | Comments 0
Australia is one of the largest and most diverse destinations on the planet.
It’s filled with cosmopolitan cities as well as some of the most isolated locations on earth. These are some of the most interesting and off-the-beaten track places to visit while there.
1. Devils Marbles
(photo by peternijenhuis)
The isolated area known as the Outback is one of the most exciting places to see close up. If you travel about 240 miles north of Alice Springs you’ll come across the Devils Marbles. These are gigantic, round red rocks which are believed by local natives to be where rainbows come to the earth.
They’re fiercely red in color due to the iron oxide which is present in the rocks. They’re specially attractive in the early morning and evening.
2. Whitehaven Beach
(photo by pie4dan)
Whitehaven Beach sits in the tropical northern state of Queensland, which is where you’ll find the popular and colorful Great Barrier Reef. This beach is quite majestic and can be reached in about an hour by boat from the coastal resort communities of Airlie Beach and Shute Harbor. It’s simply a beach without resorts, cafes, pubs, and restaurants.
It’s quite isolated and can’t be reached by road. The beach stretches for about 3.5 miles and is home to some of the world’s whitest sand, due to the high percentage of silica in the sand. You can also camp out on one of the beachfront sites.
3. Coober Pedy
(photo by duremi)
The isolated town of Coober Pedy is used for opal mining. It lies about 550 miles to the north of Adelaide and is completely surrounded by hot desert sand.
The town is home to about 1,000 residents who actually work and live underground.
This means they do their shopping, worshiping, and dining, below the surface of the earth to escape the incredible heat. However, you will find a few structures that have been built above the ground.
4. Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
(photo by richard_lehnert)
The island of Tasmania, which is home to the famous Tasmanian Devil, has a lot to offer. If you head to the Central Highlands, you’ll reach Cradle Mountain. When here, you’ll find a windswept peak with a nearby plateau which features a trail through Dove Lake and the nearby national park. It’s believed that Cradle Mountain has some of the cleanest air on the planet.
5. Blue Mountains National Park
(photo by yathin)
This wonderful national park is about 50 miles to the west of Sydney. It’s a sandstone plateau which rises out of the Cumberland Plain and is about 3,600 feet in altitude. The park is filled with spectacular valleys, beautiful deep rocks, and lush eucalypt forest.
Of course, you’ll also see some amazing wildlife here including wallabies, kangaroos, lorikeets, and cockatoos. One of the most popular sites in the park is the rock formation known as Three Sisters.
6. Margaret River
(photo by gord99)
This region is well known for some of Australia’s finest wines. It’s located about 150 miles to the west of Perth and is home to some magnificent ocean coastline. If you head down to the ocean, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to see migrating Humpback and Southern Right whales between the months of June and September.
The area around Margaret River is filled with natural beauty, untouched wilderness, soft, sandy beaches, and desert land. There are approximately a dozen wineries and about 200 vineyards in the region.
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