9 Places In Australia Urban Adventurers Can't Miss
Australia is best known as the continent you can explore for decades, and still not see everything!
The country is practically synonymous with adventure! We're not even biased, it simply is one of the most versatile and exciting places on the planet.
From the stunning marine wildlife, mysterious rainforests, blood-pumping extreme sports and unusual road trips to the sun-kissed beaches, Australia has it all.
So, where to first?
1. Ningaloo Reef
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Ever wanted to swim with sharks? Now's your chance. Ningaloo Reef is the perfect place for exploring the underwater wonders of Australia.
Ningaloo Marine Park is a World Heritage-listed site on the West Australian coast and it's home to the world's largest fringing reef. Along the 260 kilometres of this coral reef, you will be able to see various tropical fish, turtles, manta rays, humpback whales and whale sharks.
The massive but harmless whale sharks are quite rare and can't be spotted so easily, but in Ningaloo Marine Park, you get the privilege of swimming next to them in the clear blue waters. This once-in-a-lifetime experience allows you to glide alongside these gentle ocean giants and enjoy watching some 500 other fish and animal species and 200 coral species.
The season to meet white whale sharks is from April to July, but if you don't manage to get there on time, don't worry, from July to October, you can hang out with the whales. These friendly creatures love to approach curious swimmers, so it will surely be an unforgettable experience.
If you decide to embark on this adventure, the high-quality Patagonia Women's Long Sleeve Spring Suit is an excellent choice for every lady diver.
In case you want to stay dry, or you don't dare get so close to these amazing sea creatures, you can observe them from above in a scenic flight over the ocean. The water is so clear that you will be able to see all the animals splashing on the surface of the ocean.
When you wish to relax and stock up on groceries or find a nice resort to get pampered, charming little towns of Exmouth and Coral Bay are both excellent choices. And if you're more into glamping, make sure to check out Sal Salis, ranked 4th on Lonely Planet's 2017 Best Places to Stay in the World.
2. Gibb River Road
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Ready to get on the road? Gibb River Road is one of the most famous road trip routes filled with exciting activities along the way.
This 660km long dirt road is placed in the vast Kimberley region, and it runs from Derby on the west coast to Kununurra on the eastern state border. The journey will take you through majestic mountains, red-rock gorges, national parks and natural hot springs.
You can embark on this adventure alone or join a guided tour. If you decide to go on your own, make sure you come prepared. You will need a 4WD vehicle, several days to spare and a good plan.
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Your first stop is going to be Windjana National Park. If you ever wanted to see freshwater crocodiles in their natural habitat, here's where you'll get the closest look.
Don't worry, it's not too risky. During your walk, you will watch the crocs from a safe distance. Don't miss the opportunity to check out the Tunnel Creek and take a walk in the dark through the 350-million-year old limestone reefs.
Then proceed to the Lennard Gorge and Manning Gorge and take a walk through the amazing landscapes - rocks, creeks, and waterfalls. Drop your anchor in one of these gorges at least for a couple of hours and enjoy swimming, fishing or just peacefully taking the moment in.
From Ellenbrae Station Homestead, where you're welcome to enjoy a comfortable stay with dinner and breakfast, canoe down the remote Drysdale river. End your road trip in El Questro Wilderness Park where you'll be awestruck by the numerous wildlife species typical only for this part of the planet.
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We simply couldn't leave Fiji out of our list because, even though it's technically part of Oceania, there's something about this island we can all agree on - it is one of the most beautiful places in the whole world. But Fiji is more than sitting on the beach and sipping cocktails all day. It's an exotic adventure.
What makes Fiji different than other tropical paradises, is that this one comes closest to actually being one. The nature, the coral reefs, the animals, the romantic resorts and a perfect climate are just some of the charms of this magical island. But the real charm of Fiji is in its secluded, yet cheerful, spirit.
That's why Fiji is our all-time favourite Honeymoon adventure spot. It gives you a chance to enjoy a luxurious vacation, but it also offers a variety of adrenaline-pumping activities for those that love to add a touch of excitement to romance.
Our first suggestion is a snorkelling and scuba diving day trip to Taveuni, if you're a fan of underwatera adventures. But, Taveuni has much more to offer even on dry land, which you will realize if you decide to explore the stunning hiking trails.
If you want to learn more about the impressive history and culture of the indigenous people that lived on the island thousands of years ago, make sure to stop by the Fiji Museum. You will be able to see artifacts that span 3,700 years, some of them being a huge traditional canoe, as well as cannibalistic forks, and many other fascinating objects.
If you can, make sure to check out the firewalking ceremony performed by Beqa people. They are believed to have the gift from god to be able to walk on scalding stones without getting burned, and it surely is a sight to see.
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Travelling to the very north of the continent, Darwin is the place where the distinctive Australian wildlife, indigenous culture, and urban atmosphere come together. So it's a perfect vacation spot for all those that indecisive adventurers who want to try a little bit of everything.
Of course, one of the most attractive spots in this vibrant city is the Crocosaurus Cove. This unique attraction allows you to meet massive crocodile species up close. You will be lowered into a saltwater pool in an enclosed, transparent cylinder, also called the "Cage of Death." Once you're dipped in the water, you will come face to face with some of the largest crocodiles in the world.
Don't worry, however. Although the 4cm glass that separates you from this dangerous reptile is enough to get your heart racing, you will be completely safe. But that doesn't mean you won't feel any less of a daredevil once you're inside the Cage of Death.
Can't get enough of the scary crocs? Take a cruise of the Mary River Wetlands and observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. The largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles can be found precisely here.
Take a break from the adrenaline and danger, and indulge in wonderful Australian nature in Litchfield National Park. Take a boat ride along the peaceful Adelaide River, swim below the cascading waterfalls and explore the captivating nature in the park.
There is a special treat for train-lovers - hop on the Ghan, the train that will take you from Darwin to Adelaide. To be more exact, you will be travelling almost 3,000 kilometres from the north coast to the south coast of the continent. You will notice the wildlife changing right in front of your eyes, as it takes three days to cross the continent.
Depending on the length of your trip, you will need a durable bag with plenty of space for different gear, and Patagonia Black Hole Duffle Bag would make an excellent choice.
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While the town of Katherine offers multiple sources of entertainment and accommodation options, the real thrill of the region lies in the surroundings of the town.
One of the most exciting spots to visit here is the Nitmiluk National Park. You can trek through the rich nature of the National Park, enjoy the incredible vistas - waterfalls, cliffs, and the rainforest. But, if you're up for a challenge, don't miss the opportunity to kayak through the Katherine River.
Whatever you opt for, don't miss out on the hypnotizing Katherine Gorge. However, if you decide to take a kayak, you will be able to see beyond the first couple of gorges that are always crowded with tourists, and get to the more secluded parts of the river. Also, beware of the crocodiles that lurk in some parts of these waters.
If you happen to visit Katherine area from May to August, you will also get the chance to witness some of the many events happening in this area. You will be able to discover the fascinating Aboriginal culture at the Barunga Festival and Walking with the Spirits Festival.
In short, this area offers an abundance of options - fishing, swimming, canoeing, camping, wildlife spotting - to name a few. So, each adventurer will be able to find something fun to see and do.
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Take our word for it: you simply must visit Sydney, at least once in your life.
Millions of tourists swarm into this Australian metropolis for their first visit to the continent, and with good reason. Even if you just go sightseeing, Sydney will take your breath away.
You will finally get to see all those unbelievable landmarks that you've only seen on postcards and TV - The Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney Harbor, Sydney Opera House, the Coogee Beach, among others. There are a couple of things you absolutely have to try if you ever find yourself in this beautiful city.
Firstly, the famous Sydney skyline wouldn't be the same without the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and you can literally climb on top of the Bridge and observe the city from above. The BridgeClimb offers a chance to climb to the summit of the bridge, and enjoy the panoramic view of the iconic landmark of the city.
The climb can last up to 4 hours, and no special skills are required. Although the tours are organized throughout the day, the best way to experience the climb is at twilight, so you can enjoy all three views of the city - daylight, sunset and night.
Of course, once you're in Sydney, you will want to check off Sydney Opera House off your bucket list. This will be easy to do, considering there are about 40 different performances taking place every week. But, you can experience the Sydney Opera House from a different angle, as well. There are backstage tours that will let you take a peek at what's going on behind the stage.
Get your surfing gear ready, because Sydney has some of the best surfing spots in the world. Bondi and Manly are the favourites among the surfing enthusiasts, and if you don't have a surfboard yet, Rusty Surfboards Magic Thumb is among our picks every time.
Let Sydney take you on numerous other adventures, and you will realize why everyone falls in love with this city after just one visit.
7. Karijini National Park
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8. Great Barrier Reef
Get ready to be amazed by nature and its fascinating masterpieces. This National Park is the second largest in Western Australia and it features some of the most mesmerizing vistas you'll ever see in your life.
You will be able to see beautiful creeks, impressive gorges, spectacular waterfalls and dramatic chasms going up to 100 metres deep. Apart from these stunning natural wonders, the area is packed with unusual flora and fauna. Don't get surprised if you notice red kangaroos, rock wallabies, geckos, different kinds of snakes, reptiles, and birds, and many other creatures.
As you can imagine, the whole National Park looks magical, but one of the most exciting adventures to try here is descending into the Hancock Gorge. You will get the chance to descend 200 metres in this "journey to the centre of the world." As you climb down the ladder, you will be surrounded by smooth black rocks 2.5 billion years old and reach the Kermit's Pool.
You can descend other gorges such as Weano, Joffre, and Red gorge, but make sure you are physically prepared for the challenge of descending through the towering cliffs, make your way through the narrow paths and even submerge into freezing cold water.
After an exhausting day of climbing, trekking and exploring the unique Australian wildlife, allow yourself some downtime by camping or staying in the luxurious eco-retreat close to the famous gorges.
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Great Barrier Reef is one of the most famous sites in Australia – in fact, it's probably on the list of must-see places in the world.
Great Barrier Reef is the ultimate hideaway for a private family vacation or a romantic getaway. But, whoever you decide to take, you are bound to find something different to do every day and have a great time. Just ask 1.6 million people that leave the reef mesmerized every year.
But what is Great Barrier Reef exactly? Being 2,300km long, Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world. It is one of the few natural wonders, and the only living thing visible from space.
Once you're there, you will be able to pick and choose the activities to fill your days with. For starters, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the best places in the world for scuba diving and snorkeling, due to the amazing marine life that can be found along the reef. It is also great for first-time divers and experienced divers because of the abundance of different sites.
But, you can experience the Great Barrier Reef from the air as well. You are welcome to hop on a romantic hot-air balloon ride from Cairns to Port Douglas, or take a scenic flight and get the chance to snap some awesome photos from bird's eye view.
If you enjoy a more high-end adventure, make sure to stay at the luxurious Wilson Island that features 12 stylish tents with all the amenities so you can combine an adventure with pampering.
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Welcome to Lord Howe Island, also known as "Just Paradise." With so much beauty and a ton of fun activities, this amazing island is a recipe for a picture-perfect holiday. And the best part is that it's less than two hours flight from Brisbane or Sydney, so you can indulge in both kinds of Australian adventures.
Lord Howe Island is another World Heritage-listed place and it's only 11km long and 2.8km wide. Don't expect tall buildings and huge crowds. In fact, only 400 people are allowed on the island at a time and there is no cell phone reception on the island. A vacation on Lord Howe Island is a true escape from reality.
A trip to this charming island is surely going to make you lose track of time, but if you still need a gadget you can rely on, Tsovet Classic Mens Watch is the ultimate field watch.
Sure, you can sit back, relax and enjoy a good book and a drink at the beach. But, you probably won't be able to resist all the exciting possibilities that the island is offering.
If you're up for a good challenge, there is an amazing walking trail on the island. It's the 875 metre Mt. Gower climb and it will take you 8 hours to climb the summit. Believe us, climbing to the top is going to be worth it once you see the stunning view of the whole island and the vast Tasmanian Sea.
If you're more for an underwater adventurer, Lord Howe Island has some of the most spectacular coral reefs in the world, which makes it perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling. Besides, even if you want to stay on solid ground, you can explore the 64 rare plant species and 130 bird species.
Australia has one of the most versatile ecosystems in the world, making it endlessly fascinating. Whether you live in Australia, or you're planning a visit, you will never get tired of exploring this continent. And we hope we've given you enough ideas to start your exploration.