Who needs overseas travel when you can embrace astounding and unworldly attractions in Australia?
There’s been strong recommendations to holiday here this year from our friends at Tourism Australia; message received loud and clear, and we’re ready to explore our backyard stat! Are you?
From bubble-gum pink lakes to castles set amidst enchanting rainforests, we’ve rounded up a list of out-of-this-world attractions across the country. It’s time to embrace another world.
History buffs will be interested to know that Jose Paronella, originally from Catalonia, Spain, created Paronella Park for the public's enjoyment after he lived for some time in Australia cutting sugar cane.
In 1935, the park officially opened to the public and was the go-to place for movies and dances at the time.
Today, you can embark on a 45min storytelling adventure to learn its history or come after hours for The Darkness Falls Tour where you’ll witness the park turn on the magic as it comes to light at night.
Top tip: Bring your camera to capture the countless photo ops.
Stay at: BIG4 Innisfail Mango Tree Tourist Park.
This charming town boasts a bohemian atmosphere and rich architectural culture, sitting pretty on the Bellinger Riverbanks.
It’s an ideal place to enjoy a getaway with activities like canyoning and kayaking down the tranquil river. Scenic drives lead you to lush rainforests and unique areas called Promised Land which, promises (of course) lots of swimming and exploring opportunities.
Thanks to its creative community of local farmers and artisans, you’ll also find many markets such as the Bellingen Community Markets, held on the third Saturday of every month, and The Bellingen Farmers' and Produce Market, which takes place weekly.
Australia is truly blessed when it comes to pink lakes. These picturesque creations are simply the kinds of attractions that need to be seen to be believed. Lake Hillier, located just off the south coast of WA, should be top of your list.
Picture this; a 600m Barbie pink lake sitting alongside the Southern Ocean perfectly separated by a sandy strip and backed by a dense woodland of eucalyptus trees. Yes, it’s as dreamy as sounds!
Take it in via a scenic flight or cruise, and you’ll be guaranteed to get stellar gram-worthy, shots like no other.
Hutt Lagoon, 100km north of Geraldton, is another eye-catcher (see header image).
Visit when: Touring South West WA.
Organ Pipes National Park is located 30km northwest of Melbourne. It’s part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape and one of the world’s most extensive ancient volcanic flows.
The relaxed walk – honestly, this is super easy – begins with a descend to a river valley and reaches the incredible stone columns, better known as the Organ Pipes. These rock formations were formed by cooling lava and sit at impressive heights above the river flowing underneath.
Remember to pack a picnic and enjoy the many relaxing spots dotted around the park for a rest with remarkable surroundings.
The world's opal capital, Coober Pedy is a town with a sense of ‘like no other’.
But there’s more to this unique destination than just sparkling opals. It’s a town located in the desert, so you’ll be greeted with astonishing views of the sun setting over the dug-out town.
You’ll also get the opportunity to go underground and explore houses, hotels, and shops set up beneath the earth’s surface. Now, if that’s not an out-of-this-world experience, then we don’t know what is!
Stay at: BIG4 Stuart Range Outback Resort.
The Museum of Old and New Art is anything but vanilla. It’s a quirky, almost mind-boggling experience. Boasting underground galleries, and fascinating hand-built technology, the creator David Walsh has indeed established one of the world’s most unbelievable museums.
None of the art hangs around for long (see what we did there!), but they showcase some incredible exhibitions. Tim (yes, an actual human) is one of the most alluring artworks and has sat in the museum for almost 4500 hours showcasing his artwork and inked body to museumgoers.
A museum so good, you won’t believe your eyes!
Stay at: BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park.
From stunning scenery, inviting waterholes and various plants and animals, Tjoritja evokes a sense of solitude that showcases the Red Centre's beauty.
This park is a dream location for any budding photographer, as the sun hits parts of the park throughout the day turning it into nothing short of a masterpiece.
From lookouts that provide spectacular views to dips at Ormiston Gorge with its towering red cliffs, and the remarkable sights you witness on one of the many scenic walking trails, this park is the definition of a desert oasis.