Australia is such a vast land / country / continent, with so much long roads and vast empty areas between cities and towns to visit by car only. I never quite understood what some tourists that I met while traveling meant when they told me how they found Australia to be quite empty!
The distance, though, serves to make Australia a land that can be explored and adventured in, and for that you shall need a car, a rather good one also, as you roam the lands and beaches and greenery, which makes for car-travelers’ paradise. Below is a list of some of my favourite areas of this ancient land.
1- Wineglass Bay, Freycinet, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay in Tasmania is absolutely beautiful. On the east coast of Tasmania, it is claimed to be one of the top ten beaches in the world. Having been there myself, I know firsthand how amazing the view is. The walk up a mountain, and when you reach the peak before you go down you see a view that is priceless. Move down to the beach, and you”ll feel as if you are in heaven and the horizon is hope. [Photo credit]
2- Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, New South Wales
The Blue Mountains, a region outside of Sydney’s west is an area full of national parks and natural wonders. Being a Sydneysider, it’s one of the areas I”d go to get away from the city. The Three Sisters is located at Echo Point, Katoomba. The area is a region that has influenced Aboriginal stories, which is where the name comes from. The Three Sisters were turned to stone, to sit in the Blue Mountains until the end of the Dreaming. At night, floodlights go up until 11pm, and the scene is something incredible. [Photo credit]
3- Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Another incredible natural destination to visit by car is Jenolan Caves, and it’s in the same area as the Three Sisters. Going underground isn’t everyone’s thing, but you are missing out on something beautiful, amazing and haunting by not going down into Jenolan Caves. Often, tourists (and natives) driving from Sydney to Canberra will stop off at Jenolan Caves. It’s worth making the time in your trip to tour the caves, they are totally out of this world. [Photo credit]
South Australia is a state that is a must-visit for many reasons, and those visiting Australia who made it off the east coast will attest to the fact. About 301 km west of Adelaide and 46 km west of Port Lincoln, Coffin Bay National Park is a place to get out and into a tent to enjoy nature. The bush-walks are beautiful, with all kinds of native wildlife to watch, and a heavenly beach so untouched that it’s hard to believe what you”re seeing is real. [Photo credit]
5- The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
The Great Ocean Road isn’t a destination exactly, but it’s got a multitude of destinations as well as amazing scenery to be experienced on the drive. The last time I was going along this road, it was a stormy night with lightning flashing off in the horizon and I could see the sea in its anger at being disturbed by the wind, sights I will never forget! During the day light, it’s amazing as well. Along the drive are Torquay, Apollo Bay, Port Fairy and Queenscliff. [Photo credit]
Turquoise Bay is found on the far western reaches of Australia in Western Australia. Found in the Ningaloo Marine Park, 60 km away from Exmouth, Turquoise Bay offers a range of snorkeling activities. There is also a barrier reef found 100 meters away from the beach. You don’t need to be a strong swimmer to be involved, as the water is clear and tranquil most days. Turquoise is a perfect name for a bay so beautiful.
Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory takes up a massive amount of land, and one can spend days and weeks in the National Park and see something new each day. It feels like a prehistoric land, one that pictures can capture but only seeing the region firsthand will leave you with a true memory of this ancient land. It’s a land to see what Australia was like before the English settled, and to learn a bit about the Aboriginal culture.
Head up north through Queensland, into the Far North, about 1502 km north of Brisbane and you reach the Daintree National Park. Australia is known for its deserts and the dryness of its land, but the Daintree shows a part of Australia that is filled with greenery and life. The Daintree National Park is known for its environmental biodiversity and is Australia’s last stretch of rainforest. It’s a long drive from Brisbane, so make sure to stop on the way to experience the other sights of the Far North.
Cradle Mountain in Tasmania is part of the Cradle Mt-Lake St Clair National Park. It’s one of those areas that feels like you”re isolated and on top of the world when you”re there. The national park is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The region contains mountains, icy streams flowing down, pine trees that may have been here before the English, and lakes that are well worth the walk. There are areas to spend the night camping, and it’s a popular area for travellers who make it down to Tasmania.