Even an extended trip to Australia means you need to narrow down the “must-sees.” However, that can be tough in such a large and diverse country. As you plan your vacation, go beyond the staple tourist attractions. From the Sydney Opera House to the vast beaches, there’s a lot more to Australia than what tour companies have in store for you. In fact, when you have access to a new truck or SUV, you’ll be capable of more activities than you’ve ever imagined. Getting behind the wheel gives you freedom, helps you save money, and allows you to design a customized getaway just for you. Many travelers stick to taxis and ride shares, but that can be costly—especially in Australia. This also limits you because you’ll inherently want to save and the thought of spending money on a taxi that could go towards more experiences or dining will keep you grounded.
When planning your Australian vacation, rent a car and check out these five unique places:
1. The Pinnacles. Just one hour from Perth you’ll find yourself in the Western Australian Nambung Desert. It’s where the Pinnacles are found, one of the staple reasons to head to Western Australia. You’ll easily spot them in the bright golden sand by their looming and ghostly formations. Some have dubbed The Pinnacles "life on Mars," and according to indigenous Australians, they symbolize past aboriginals who died in the surrounding quicksand. Locals know that new pinnacles appear regularly, and take it as a warning to stay away. However, for those with enough bravery, The Pinnacles Desert can be hiked. The eerie limestone rocks are a once in a lifetime sight, and at sunrise and sunset, the shadows they cast are incredible.
2. Coober Pedy. If you're heading towards Adelaide, take a detour to Alice Springs. Here, you'll be greeted with miles of a rich red desert. However, it's what's below the surface that's amazing. Underneath the sand is the underground town of Coober Pedy, where the majority of the country’s opals were mined. It was founded right after World War II when soldiers home from the war discovered a way to get rich in the midst of the mining era. But working in the Australian heat is dangerous—an underground town kept them cool. Soon enough there were hotels, museums, restaurants, and even a church underground.
3. Daly Waters Pub. Looking for a genuine outback experience? Head to Daly Waters Pub and grab a beer with the locals. Surrounding this favorite pub is the pinnacle of Australian landscapes. You'll find memorabilia throughout the bar, all encouraging visitors to leave their IDs and country flags behind. However, that's not all you'll discover here. From bras to flip-flops, nearly everyone who visits leaves a little piece of themselves in Daly Waters. And if you have too much to drink? There are tin cabins where you can sleep it off.
4. Nimbin. These days, there are plenty of peace-loving communities in Australia, but Nimbin was one of the first. It's located in a rainforest near Byron Bay. In the 60s, it was the heart of the country's counterculture movement, and both art and music festivals continue to thrive here. Although the major festivals have come to an end, the Nimbin community is still intact. It's entirely self-sufficient and worth a visit for the hemp museum alone.
5. Port Arthur Ghost Town. Usually, ghost towns are tiny and falling apart, but this particular historical settlement has a unique history. You'll find it near Tasmania, and it will instantly give you chills. In 1833, it was a prison for the hardest British criminals. These days, it's listed as a World Heritage Site and proudly calls itself the most haunted place in Australia. However, it's not entirely vacant. There are ghost tours that let you see the torture chambers, hospital, and asylum.
Once you go off the beaten path, you’ll get to know the real culture of Australia. There’s a lot to see and with so much biodiversity, driving a few hours can take you into very different landscapes. No matter where you go, look into the history of the region. Sign up for a lesser known tour. You never know what you might uncover.
Posted By PaulJ
Updated : 21st October 2021 | Words : 704 | Views : 891