The beaches are extraordinary, ranging from epic to absolute heaven, such as the Twelve Apostles beach in Victoria. This stretch of Australian coastline is perhaps the most beautiful on the planet. It is located along one of the most infamous roadtripping routes in the world – Great Ocean Drive. In fact, the beaches of Australia run the gamut of white sand to palm-studded in the Queensland islands to the secret coves of crystal clear waters on the western coast. Even the city beaches in places like Perth and Esperance are amazing. Not too many continents can say that.
Just outside of Adelaide in the south you’ll find Kangaroo Island. You can reach the island by short plane or ferry ride. The island is a literal heaven on earth; a true Garden of Eden. The island lacks natural predators, making it a sanctuary for various forms of wildlife, such as koala bears and, of course, kangaroos. Whales and dolphins can be spotted off the coast. Seeing these animals in their natural habitat without the threat of being hunted gives you a glimpse into their natural habits.
Deserts dot the landscape of the continent, and the famed Australian Outback is quite possibly one of the most surreal places you’ll find. Brightly colored red earth with striations of sand dunes of white; random canyons of waterfalls; cave paintings by the native peoples to this region, the Aborigines. A visit to the Outback is nothing short of life-changing.
Of course, when you think of Australia, images of the Outback flash through your mind; however, the coasts of this continent offer up a stark contrast to the dusty desert. Queensland especially could not be any more different, with prehistoric forests, lush green islands, and several parks, such as Daintree National Park, with jungles of ferns, hot springs, and waterfalls cresting through all.
Once you have visited Australia, you’ll never look at life or the world the same way again. It changes you, for the better.