There’s Australia that claims fame because of vibrant cities, skylines aiming for the sky and being the centre of modern world cuisine; then there’s Australia that shies away from the limelight, preserving the blessed beauty, rare wildlife, native traditions and culture as well as offering rare adventures. If you are interested in the latter kind, our list of authentic Australian experiences is just what you need to read right now:
Exploring the Colourful Lakes
Australia’s natural beauty is the stuff of legends, but nothing prepares you for your first tryst with the colourful lakes that shine even amidst the most breathtaking natural attractions. There’s Lake Hallier, a bubblegum pink lake on the Middle Island in the Recherche Archipelago that is easily the most splendid in the country. A photographer’s delight, the lake remains surrounded by verdant forest and cerulean waters of the ocean, adding a perfect contrast to the spectacle. Lake Ballard with its 51 dramatic metal statues and the ephemeral Lake Eyre are no less mesmerising.
Picnicking at the Lesser-Known Vlasoff Cay
Forty kilometres away from Cairns, the Vlasoff Cay on the Great Barrier Reef shows itself only to those who come seeking it during the low tide. Rather a cluster of sand than an island, the Vlasoff Cay rewards its visitors with serenity as much as absolute natural beauty. Ideal for a romantic getaway and even a proposal/wedding, the island is as exclusive as it gets in Australia. Settle on the beach with a book in hand, snorkel or swim, you will not once have to contest for space or solitude. Be mindful; you need to hire a helicopter to be transferred here.
A Walk Amidst A Tropical Rainforest
Australia’s tropical rainforests boast some of the world’s most rare species of flora and fauna, and a walk amidst the Daintree Rainforest is your chance for a close encounter with a few of them. Surrounded by years-old ferns, lush vines and canopies, the rainforest is where it is possible to sign up for a myriad of thrilling adventures. You can trek to breathtaking views, get a bird’s eye view of the forest on a zipline and ride on a boat along the waterways. The very inspiration for the Hollywood blockbuster-Avatar, it’s impossible to not be impressed by this magical forest.
A Day at the Mornington Peninsula
Live it up beach-style at the Mornington Peninsula, mirroring the European coast-side living in Australia! The whiff of sea follows you to every corner of the peninsula, marked by trendy galleries, fashionable spas and tasteful cafes. The eclectic experiences range from leisurely lunches to trips to lush vineyards, swimming with dolphins to riding horses right to the beaches and rejuvenating at hot springs to photographing Victoria’s colourful bathing boxes. Just an hour outside of Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula will soon feature on top amongst your favourite things to do in Australia.
A Close Encounter with the Wildlife
The Kangaroo Island is not only the best place to find the national animal but also a great spot for an encounter with Koalas, Cape Barren Geese, Echidnas, Black Swans, Sheep, New Zealand Fur Seals, Australian Sea Lions and Pelicans, Tammar wallabies as well as Ligurian Bees. More than one third of the island is a conservation park, making it possible for you to spot all these animals in their natural habitat. Besides, the island is replete with vineyards, luxurious lodges, delectable food options and sophisticated spas that render it perfect for an excursion.