My name is Sara Cigarini and I’m a 26-year-old Italian girl. I lived in Adelaide, for almost 6 months, and after, I traveled with my converted van for 5 months all around Australia, covering 19.228 km across 5 states: South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, and Northern Territory. I’m happy to share with you the most beautiful attractions in Australia I’ve seen during my trip to Australia. I hope this could make you fall in love with this fascinating country as happened to me!
Paradise on earth.
This place has been on my bucket list for years, and it was my happy place during my trip to Australia. I spent some wild and wonderful days camping on Whitehaven Beach, one of the world’s most stunning beaches. You could swim, snorkel, or even take a hike through the forest, home of thousands of butterflies and numerous goannas trying to steal your food. Take a kayak and reach Hill Inlet Lookout. This is a spectacular spot at Whitehaven’s northern end, from which marvel the incredible mosaic created by white sand and blue crystal water, that changes every time the tide shifts.
Wallaman Falls is part of the Girringun National Park, near Townsville in tropical north Queensland. It’s the highest, permanent, single-drop waterfall of the Wet Tropics World Heritage area. You could observe the fall from the viewpoint close to the car park, or reach the bottom of it, through a hike surrounded by the rainforest. The sounds of the water and the magic rainbows created by the droplets are simply extraordinary, and they will immerse you in complete serenity.
Every corner of this island has something special to offer: native wildlife, green plains, pristine beaches, and clear water. If you are after the wildlife like me, then this place won’t definitely disappoint you! It’s the perfect place to relax, slow down and reconnect with nature. Here, one of my biggest dreams, came true: swimming with a pod of dolphins in their natural habitat! It was an adventure of a lifetime!
Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park
No words are needed to describe this spot, you need to feel it! Still sacred to aboriginal people, It’s rich in mystery, stories, culture. Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, holds great spiritual relevance. It’s a rock formation situated in the southern portion of the Northern Territory. The ideal way to explore this site is absolutely by feet! You could follow the trails around the base of Uluru, take time to contemplate ancient rock paintings, waterholes, springs, and of course enjoy the sound of the desert. An unmissable activity is to observe Uluru changing colors during both sunrise and sunset, it’s an incredible phenomenon, rich in spirituality.
Great Barrier Reef
Nature doesn’t need humans to be perfect.
Great Barrier Reef is a site of remarkable variety and beauty on the north-east coast of Australia. It contains the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, species of fish, and mollusks. It’s the biggest living structure on the planet and also one of the world’s seven natural wonders. You could explore this spectacular spot both underwater and from above, taking a scenic flight. Every price will worth it. Meet endless species of tropical fish, reef sharks, mantas, turtles, and corals.
One of the premier travel attractions in Australia that you will visit during your trip to Australia. It is situated about 500km from Adelaide and characterized by peaceful gorges, mountain landscapes, plenty of kangaroos, eagles, and wallabies. Flinders Ranges is South Australia’s largest mountain chain.
Hiking, 4-wheel driving, and bushwalking are just some of the many activities available when you visit. The harsh mountain scenery is impressive and tourists can explore nature and native wildlife here. If you wish to spend the night inside the park, there are a lot of camping sites, bungalows and also luxury houses. This is a destination where aboriginal culture and outdoor adventure come together!
The small town still holds a special place in my heart. It’s part of the Sunshine Coast, 140km north of Brisbane, NSW. The weather is almost always good and that’s why a lot of surfers gather there. It is a perfect place to recharge yourselves with positive vibes and also a lovely gate away from the crowded city.
Noosa Heads is full of life and has everything you need: hikes, stunning beaches, and great vibes! You could rent a surfboard and go catch ocean waves or follow Noosa National Park walking trails. Otherwise, you could chill out and enjoy the sunset relaxing on the beach. This small city gave me an intense sense of freedom and pleasant relaxation being situated far away from traffic, noises, and structured life.
It’s worth it!
Wilson promontory is a National Park situated 3 hours from Melbourne. It has a large camping area, a lot of hikes and so much more to explore! It’s a great place to go bushwalking and take photos of wombats in their natural habitat. It also offers various landscapes and vast beaches, perfect for nature lovers and surfers! One of the most iconic hikes is the 7km return walk that starts from the car park and reaches Mt Oberon summit. The hard work is worth it, and I’m sure you’ll love it! Once you reach the top you could observe unrivaled views of the promontory and appreciate the best vista of the National Park. This is also the best spot to catch the sunset!
Innes National Park
It completely blew me away!
Innes National Park is located on the southwestern tip of Yorke Peninsula. Rugged coastline, huge sandstone cliffs, abundant wildlife, rockpools, and sandy beaches. If you’re heading to South Australia, make sure to stop by this place! You could admire one of the most beautiful attractions of the South Australian coastline during your trip to Australia. Breath-taking views, lighthouses, and shipwrecks make this park full of surprises.
It’s the perfect spot for a camping experience surrounded by nature. Many paths, starting from the sealed road, allow visitors to reach stunning naturalistic attractions. Visit Cape Spencer Lighthouse if you want to appreciate one of the most spectacular sunset views!
What are your favorite attractions in Australia that you would visit over and over again?