Secluded in the furthest, south-eastern part of the world, Australia boasts a multitude of hidden gems, just waiting to be discovered. This 7.692 million km2 area is home to some of the most magnificent mountains, stunning sandy beaches, vast deserts, and rich wildlife.
When it comes to the Land Down Under, one can only raise the question – what to explore first? If you’re a true adventurer at heart, then you will not be disappointed with the number of different activities this continent has to offer. For the following article, we’ve decided to list some of the most exciting adventure holidays you can embark on.
Cape to Cape Walk
Located on a not-as-densely populated western Australian coast, Cape to Cape Track offers a one-of-a-kind experience. It is exactly 135 kilometres long and is somewhat parallel to the shore line. It cuts right through the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, known for its boundless beauty, and it provides breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, numerous lagoons, tidal pools, unique rock formations and rugged cliffs.
If you choose to go on a Cape to Cape walk, be prepared for a 5-day trip along some of the most magnificent boardwalks, limestone tracks and sealed paths. It also offers a number of spots appropriate for camping, picnic and bushwalking; and you’ll have company – sea and terrestrial birds, possums, reptiles, and, of course – kangaroos.
Swimming in a natural pool
On the south of the continent, overlooking the Great Australian Bight, Greens pool is tucked in between Denmark and Walpole. What makes this place a true paradise on earth is a sheltered beach, a part of the William Bay National Park, which is ringed by massive granite boulders which keep the place safe from the swelling of the Southern Ocean.
This true natural swimming pool offers serene views and solace. Although it is considered to be an ideal destination for families with small kids, as it is so calm and perfectly safe, at the same time it allows adrenalin addicts to dive off the rocks into the great abyss; and for those who are looking for a deeper adventure, there a number of snorkeling instructors which will help you with exploring the great ocean depths.
Evening exploration of Port Douglas
Now let’s head to the north to explore the wilderness of the Daintree Rainforest, the world’s oldest one. Out of all the amazing Port Douglas things to do, this one is to be explored by night. Here you have a unique opportunity to swing through the canopy on a zip line, as well as to climb to the top and enjoy stunning views. You can also take a guided 4WD tour and get to some secluded swimming holes and untouched beaches.
Still, the most popular tourist destination of Port Douglas has to be the Great Barrier Reef, which represents a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for avid divers. You can even take a speedboat to Low Isles to snorkel alongside turtles and enjoy the ultimate marine experience.
Deep Down Under
For our last destination, we are going to take you a bit more continental. West from Katoomba, situated in Megalong Valley, active travellers are bound to enjoy a phenomenal walk experience on a six-foot-wide track. Stretching from the Explorers’ Tree, this 44-kilometer long track will take about 3 days of your time. On your way to the Black Range ridge, you’ll be challenged by steep climbs which are not to be taken so lightly, so be careful when you choose your hiking equipment. On your way through Megalong Valley, you’ll get the chance to walk by dense eucalyptus forests, astonishing sandstone cliffs, clear Cox River, and enjoy the view of an out-of-this-world plateau that separates the Jamison and Megalong valleys.
Have we inspired you for your next adventure? Know that Australia is not just about lying around, tanning on one of its sandy beaches, and shopping. Its Eden-like nature has many secrets that are just waiting for you to unravel them.
Marie Nieves is a travel blogger who loves unusual trips, active holidays, gadgets and creative ideas. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag.
Most of her free time at home she spends walking her Labrador Retriever named Max. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences.