Many of us have Australia on our travel bucket lists. But when you decide to take action, and it comes to actually planning your trip, you’ll quickly come to realise that you may have taken on a little more than you bargained for. Why? Well, Australia is a huge country and spreads across 7.6 million square kilometers of land. It’s host to all sorts of landscapes, ranging from bustling cities to sandy beaches, stunning coral reefs, and the film-esque outbacks with tumbleweeds. How do you fit all this into your itinerary? Whether you are planning a 2 week holiday or an entire gap year, I’m here to tell you how and why you most definitely should not pass this country by.
So, where should you start? It would be nigh on impossible to get everything done in just one trip, even if you dedicate an entire month to your exploration! I traveled around OZ for 2 years and still did not see everything I had wished to. So, let’s start with the West Coast: one of my favourite and Australia’s most famous and visited regions.
Great Barrier Reef
The iconic Great Barrier Reef is a world-heritage listed source of natural inspiration. Considered one of the natural wonders of the world, it is the largest coral reef out there. When visiting, you are entering a space that has 3000 reef systems and nine islands. The reef plays host to 1,500 species of marine fish, 360 types of hard corals, six species of turtles and 30 species of whales and dolphins. Needless to say, it will not leave you wanting when it comes to wildlife.
So, what should you plan on heading out? First, consider booking a tour. As the area is so grand, you could do with pairing up with someone who has specialist knowledge and will be able to take you to specific spots that will allow you to see the animals and scenery that you’ve dreamt of. Check out ReefFree for information on scuba diving, snorkeling, glass bottom boat tours, and scenic flights. ReefFree were fantastic at hosting and I honestly can say I had the best experience of the Great Barrier Reef with this company. Although I wasn’t a fan of scuba diving, they offered a fantastic day trip full of snorkeling and other fun activities. As you can see in the pictures above, I had a great time and was lucky enough to see many different species of the waters below.
Lake Hillier is Australia’s famous pink saline lake. It lies on the edge of Middle Island, which is the largest of the islands and islets that create the Recherche Archipelago in Goldfields-Esperance. Quite the mouthful, right? While it’s neither impressive in regards to its size nor the animals that inhabit it, the colour of the water alone is a novelty that draws numerous tourists every year. As it lies close to the Pacific, the contrast of pink waters and deep blue waters is extremely aesthetically appealing. So what actually makes this lake pink? Well, scientists think that it has something to do with the presence of Dunaliella salina microalgae within the waters but then again who cares when it looks as beautiful as it does.
These are just a couple of attractions that the West Coast of Australia plays host to, but there are, of course, plenty more out there. Do your research, make a plan, and experience as much of the coast as possible. It’s more than worth your time, effort, and financial investment! Many people miss out the west coast when traveling Australia, which leaves when asking why. The west coast is by far the most beautiful, exciting, and adventurous part of OZ in my eyes, so please don’t pass it by. If you have the opportunity to visit and explore this part of the country I would definitely recommend you taking up that offer.
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