Travel bug: Australia

Australia is one of those places that everyone needs to visit at least once in their life. For starters, it is a huge continent, and you are literally spoiled for choice with all the great places to visit. Most tourists do indeed go to see all the typical sights – Bondi Beach, the Sydney Opera House, Ayers Rock etc. While those things are all good fun and definitely worth seeing, it would be a crime not to visit some of the other amazing places that Oz has to offer. One truly striking thing about the country is its hugely broad diversity in terms of its landscape. Rolling fields almost imitate Italy’s sun kissed region of Tuscany, and some of the lesser known, less crowded beaches are pretty much one step away from paradise. Your vacation to Australia can be a great way to get back to nature, something that has been proven to help us all relax. Here are some of the top places of natural beauty that Australia has to offer.

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Turquoise Bay, Exmouth

The West Coast of Australia is a hot spot for many travelers, as they revel in the great weather and the wild beauty that resides there. One such example of a beautiful beach is the Turquoise Bay – no prizes for guessing why it’s called that. Part of the reason why Turquoise Bay is such as must-see destination is because it has so much to offer. If you just want to relax and catch some rays, it is a pure white sandy beach – so all you’ll need are a few pairs of womens thongs to protect your feet from the ground below you.   It is also one of the best beaches for getting up close and personal with some of the marine life below the surface – the Ningaloo Reef sits just off the coastline, so bring your snorkel!

Cradle Mountain

If you fancy a little trip away from the mainland, Cradle Mountain in Tasmania is one place you just have to visit. It is part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Centre and features a whole range of flora and fauna. One minute you could be brushing past eucalyptus plants, the next you are looking out on a landscape reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands. You can walk to the mountain’s summit or, if you prefer something a little more leisurely, take a stroll around the beautiful Lake Dove.

Daintree Rain forest

If you are staying on the Golden Coast, take a trip out of Brisbane to visit Daintree Rain forest. Said to be the oldest rain forest in the world, this tropical paradise allows you to get up close and personal with a whole host of different types of wildlife. If you fancy the true rain forest experience, why not stay in one of the many lodges situated right in midst of all the action? You could easily give Tarzan a run for his money! One of the most popular activities there is crocodile spotting, something that takes place under the cover of moonlit.

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