Give some love to Australia’s hidden gems!

Australia is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and with good reason! It’s the sort of place that has just about everything! From gorgeous beaches and exotic landscapes to bustling cities and exciting nightlife, Australia’s hidden gems are very appealing. That’s why every year travelers flock down under to sample some of what makes this amazing country so impressive. A well-seasoned traveler has likely seen a lot of Australia’s more famous attractions. But for those who want something off the beaten track, here are a few places in Australia with something a bit different to offer.

Lake Hillier, Australia's pink lake
Lake Hillier, Australia’s pink lake

Lake Hillier

No, your eyes don’t deceive you. And no, it’s not trick photography or clever editing. That lake is, in fact, pink. What’s fascinating about Lake Hillier is that there is no confirmed cause of its bubblegum hue. There are a few other lakes dotted around the world that share this color. But no others keep their bright pink luster all year round. The water even stays pink when bottled. Sadly, you can’t get up close to the lake as it’s only accessible to the public via helicopter rides. But the incredible sight of this natural marvel is well worth it.

The Haunted Bookshop

Now this one is a real hidden gem. This spooky bookshop in Melbourne offers the perfect treat for lovers of the strange and supernatural. Packed with tomes on the dark, occult and obscure. Ghost’s, ghoulies, vampires and aliens galore! It even has a ghost tour! If you or your friends fancy raising the hairs on the back of your neck, make sure you stop by here! If you or your friends fancy raising the hairs on the back of your neck, make sure you stop by here!

Kimberley, one of Australia's hidden gems
Kimberley, one of Australia’s hidden gems


For those who want to get away to Australia’s more rural and natural areas, Kimberley is a sure winner. Get yourself a car from Bayswater car rentals and get off the grid! This region in Western Australia abounds with natural beauty. From the limestone cliffs to the vast national parks. The finest of which is Purnululu National Park, where you can discover the breathtaking Bungle Bungles. Teeming with places to explore and visit, it’s perfect for when you want to put on your hiking shoes and get back out into nature.

Newnes Glow Worm Tunnel

Now, usually, I wouldn’t recommend an old, abandoned railway tunnel as a travel destination. But this abandoned railroad is something pretty darn special. It could have collapsed and turned into a potentially dangerous eyesore. Instead, this tunnel became home to thousands upon thousands of glow worms. Make sure you take a flashlight with you! When you enter the cave, you’ll need to walk as close to the middle as you’re comfortable, then simply turn off the flashlight and wait. After a few minutes, the lights should start appearing. It’s like watching the stars come out at night, one by one. The Glow Worm Tunnel has got to be one of the most beautiful and captivating sights Australia has to offer.

The land down under has so many sights that this isn’t even scratching the surface. This list could go on for hours! But these are a few of my favorites, and I hope this list shows that there’s more to Australia than The Opera House and the Barrier Reef. (Although those are both spectacular as well.)

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12 Thoughts to “Give some love to Australia’s hidden gems!”

  1. So happy to read this post while I am planning my trip to Australia in March 2019. The haunted book shop is one that I have added to my list, since I am going to be in Melbourne. However, I am not able to figure where the glowworm tunnel is? I’d love to visit that too!

    1. I’m so happy this is useful to you, Medha! You can find all the necessary details for getting to the glow worm tunnel here:

      Happy travels! 🙂

  2. I love these recommendations, short and sweet but I’m so interested in visiting all of these places now! I’ve heard about caves with glow worms but I didn’t know they were in Australia. That must be a surreal experience to walk through something like that. Also the haunted bookstore really plays to my childhood fascination with ghosts – that’ll be at the top of my list 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jackie S.

    I need to go back to Australia to visit all of these places. One of the must-sees is the vibrant pink Lake Hillier. I went to Rottnest Island, Western Australia and they had pink lakes but it was more reddish than pink. The glow worm tunnel sounds interesting too.

  4. It’s a pity that you didn’t post a photo of the pink lake. I would have loved to see it. Have you been there or did you just heard of it?

  5. I want to see a pink lake! That is so cool. I thought It was pretty special when I found pink beaches in Indonesia but I think this is cooler! I’d also love to explore Kimberley. That would be right up my aisle.

  6. I haven’t been to Australia yet, but when I do it is great to have some “hidden gems” to check out alongside the more well known sights. I have never heard of Lake Hillier, but I am so intrigued by it!

  7. What a great list! Love how outside the box these are – I am from Australia but have not yet visited any of these!


  8. Lake Hillier and Glowworm Tunnel are something that caught my attention. I went to Google to check out the pictures and they look so amazing. These are lesser known places of Australia and I am glad that you brought these up in your blog.

  9. These are really quite unheard of places but so interesting! The haunted bookshop and the glow worm tunnel are going to be on my list when I do make it to Australia again. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Daniel

    Wow, I didn’t know about a few of the places on this list. I guess Australia keeps finding ways to surprise us all the time. Every time I visit, I discover something new.

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