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PLACES YOU SHOULD VISIT IN AUSTRALIA | BESIDES SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE - Bondi to Basic
I have been living in Australia for 7 years now and I often get asked what the best destinations in Australia are. Most people already know they want to see Sydney and Melbourne, but besides that, they are unsure where to spend their time. So, I have written down some my top suggestions for seeing the best of what this amazing country has to offer. WATCH A SUNSET AT ULURU Known as the “spiritual heart of Australia” Uluru is one of those places you just have to see and feel, for yourself. Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s Red Centre desert. It’s sacred to indigenous Australians and believed to be about 700 million years old. A must do is catching a sunset over this magical mountain as it can be absolutely stunning to witness. SNORKEL AT THE GREAT BARRIER REEF The iconic Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. When you are in Australia this is an absolute must-see. BE AMAZED BY THE WHITSUNDAYS The Whitsundays comprises of 74 islands in the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef, a massive stretch of coral teeming with marine life. What is not to LOVE! Most of the islands are uninhabited. They’re characterized by dense rainforest, hiking trails, and sensational white sand beaches. The winter months of June, July, and August offer visitors comfortable temperatures, but the water can be chilly. September (early spring) is the ideal time of year to visit the islands. VISIT BYRON BAY This legendary beachside town in Northern NSW has been attracting surfers, the spiritually minded, spa lovers, yogis, backpackers and those trying to find themselves for years. With some of the most famous surfing breaks in the country, the alternative lifestyle, and the stunning hinterland, Byron is the place to be, and be seen. Also, Thor lives here, so you might bump into him. Just that notion is worth a trip to Byron Bay. SWIM WITH WHALE SHARKS | EXMOUTH This has been a dream of mine for years and is super high on my to-do list. To go swimming with whale sharks. The whale shark is a slow-moving, filter-feeding carpet shark and the largest known extant fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 meters. Because they are slow-moving and its diet consist of mostly plankton it is safe for people to swim with them without too much danger. The only time you can go is between March and September. So if this is on your wish list as well make sure you plan your trip accordingly. Read more about it here. DRIVE THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD One of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, The Great Ocean Road in Victoria. It takes you from Torquay and travels 244 kilometers westward to finish at Allansford. See the towering 12 Apostles, get up close to native wildlife (kangaroos, Koalas, lorikeets Dolphins), and take in iconic surf breaks, lush…