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 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.
1. 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 for 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.
2. 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 is a sure winner for those who want to get away to Australia’s more rural and natural areas. 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.
4. 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, one of the most stunning Australia hidden gems. 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 the continent has to offer.
The land down under has so many sights that this isn’t even scratching the surface. This list with Australia hidden gems 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, they can’t be considered Australia hidden gems, as they’re on everyone’s travel itineraries.)