Top Places to Go for Luxury Travel in Australia

Top Places to Go for Luxury Travel in Australia

Who doesn’t love the wonders of Australia? I for one adore it inside out. The attractions, the cities, the people, and ultimately, the wildlife are absolutely breathtaking. Everyone here loves snorkelling, swimming, diving, fishing, biking, and more. That’s why I think this place is divine. I’ve been traveling to Australia for 5 years now. Every year I try to uncover destinations and attractions that go beyond the conventional. Here are some of my favourites.

Western Australia – The Kimberley

A car… On my road!
Credit: Jon Connell on Flickr

It’s time to start dreaming! The Kimberley is one of Australia’s most iconic travel destinations; the original Australian Aborigines first came to this territory nearly 40,000 years ago. I love the historic allure of the place; the culture, the people, and the overall vibe of the surroundings. I always get a feeling of isolated romanticism when I come here. It’s such a rugged, untamed destination that I personally find luxurious, but in a different sense of the word.

The Kimberley is vast. It spans on 420,000 sq. km, however only 40,000 people live here. If you’re looking for a place to relax and unwind far away from the hustle and bustle of Australia’s big cities, this is it. Whenever I tell my friends I’m going to the Kimberley, they always ask me why do I like it so much if there’s no really much you can do here; I always give the the same answer: “I love going back to the roots, and explore the sheer-side mountain regions; regions that very few have had the chance to explore”. Among some of the Kimberley’s most memorable sights, I have to bring up the waterfalls; the gorges, and the beautiful rivers.

“The first time I was in Melbourne I was surprised to find out that there are so many parks and green lands…”

Queensland – Great Barrier Reef

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Credit: Kyle Taylor on Flickr

The Great Barrier Reef is destination like no other in this world. I’ve never been to space, but I’ve heard it’s one of the largest and most vast living structures on Earth. The ecosystems present underneath the waters are breathtaking. I enjoy snorkelling a lot, so I often explore the under waters whenever I feel that I need to relax and unwind. Over 3,000 coral reefs and 600+ continental islands are in the area.

The park spans on 2,300 km, about the distance between Vancouver and Mexico just for you to have a broader perspective. Whenever I think of luxury travel destinations in Australia, I always prefer the wildlife instead of the luxurious resorts. There’s something about rugged terrains and unexplored territories that entices me, and makes me want to see more. This year, I plan on renting a glass bottom boat so that I can have a closer look at the tropic fish, turtles, corals, and overall sea life of this place. I’m sure it will be an experience I will remember for a lifetime.

Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains Australia

Another World Heritage Site in Australia that I’m deeply fond of is Blue Mountains National Park. It is located about 80 km away from Sydney, and it got the name because of the blue haze that comes from the eucalyptus trees in the area. Over 660,000 acres encompass the beautiful park. The first time I came, I just wanted to trek and explore the premises all day long. I’ve seen incredible waterfalls, dramatic gorges, plenty of tricky trekking and hiking trails, and of course, the main attractions of the park: the Three Sisters; a towering sandstone formation of rocks that simply took my breath away.

Melbourne, My Love!

St Kilda Melbourne

Australia has its fair share of outstanding cities and metropolises. I prefer Melbourne because it packs amazing theatres, restaurants, beautiful resorts, galleries, and restaurants; I also love the vibe the city gives me. It’s energetic and sophisticated, especially close to the Yarra River area. The first time I was in Melbourne I was surprised to find out that there are so many parks and green lands spread across the city. The Royal Botanical Gardens and the National Gallery are two of my favorite spots.

Whenever I feel the need for some extra luxury, I head to the Royal Arcade, or explore the Melbourne Central Shopping Centre. Every now and then, I go for a jet hire to see the outskirts of the city and have a broader picture of Australia beauties.

The ultimate Brisbane weekend itinerary

The ultimate Brisbane weekend itinerary

-Updated September 2017-

I’m a Brisbane local through and through. I was born here, grew up here, and though I’ve traveled the world, I think I’ll always call Brisbane “home”. Brisbane has just about everything that you could want; the convenience and variety of a big city, friendly locals and easy access to great beaches, rainforest and country scenery. There are so many things to do in Brisbane, but if you’ve only got limited time (i.e. a weekend stopover), here are some of the best things I’d recommend. Rather than a set itinerary, I’ve listed lots of things that you can pick and choose from to create your own adventure to suit your taste, budget and weather!

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Brisbane Ekka

Brisbane Ekka

Updated August 2017

“Starting in 1876, the “Intercolonial Exhibition of 1876″ was created to promote and encourage agricultural and industrial development in Queensland”

To anyone that grew up in Brisbane, the word “Ekka” conjures up memories of dagwood dogs, fairy floss, nausea-inducing rides, animals, showbags and fireworks. For me it brings back memories of shovelling cow poo and watching the precision driving team (though not at the same time). You see, my family is full of dairy farmers, and every year they would bring their best show cows to Brisbane to enter them in the dairy judging at the Ekka.

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Top 5 places to visit in Australia: A backpacker’s travel guide

Top 5 places to visit in Australia: A backpacker’s travel guide


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Australia is one of those countries I did not immediately list as my top destination for backpacking. To my amazement, when I had reached there, I found it was one of the best decisions I had made. Initially it was tough for me as I was looking for a good destination to travel with my backpack. As a backpacker, I try to find places that have a good combination of beauty, affordability and comfort. After visiting a number of places in Australia I want to share my top 5 places to visit in Australia. Let’s get started.

The Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Image Credit: Tourism Victoria

Do you like scenic coastal drives like me? You are going to love the Great Ocean Road then. The best part that I liked about the Great Ocean Road is the native wildlife. Obviously, the surf breaks and the rainforest will mesmerise you. If you are a fan of waterfalls, you will find a few to be happy with.

Most backpackers choose to do a variety of activities when they are on the Great Ocean Road. Don’t be deceived by the term “road” anyway. This road is more than a simple road. Bushwalking is very popular. I had to try bushwalking as I had never tried it before. I am not a surfer (I am afraid of water) but hey, you can still watch and enjoy, right?

Another popular activity to do is mountain biking. If you are a fan of art then there are other activities that will excite you such as gallery or museum visits.

From a backpacking point of view, you will find you are not alone. You are so close to beautiful nature; the sea, koalas and kangaroos. They are always there to be with you anyways so you are never alone. The Great Ocean Road is definitely one of my top picks.

Wilsons Promontory National Park

wilsons promontory

Credit: view of norman beach on FreeAussieStock

This national park is known as the largest coastal area in Victoria. Well, if you are a regular backpacker here, you will know that people refer to this place as the Prom. What’s the reason behind that? The reason is because this is a place to love. If you are romantic and still an alone backpacker like me, this is a great place to have a good time.

The reserve is literally huge. Do not expect to see a small “park” when you come here. The reserve is around 50,000 hectares in terms of length and the whole thing is a gem for the beauty seekers.

Let’s talk about activities now for a second. What can you do there? The most common activity among backpackers is camping. Camping is fun and when you have a clear sky and rivers all around you, it gets even more enjoyable. The only thing that I would want to warn you about is the heat. Australia can be a hot place at times. Make sure that you know about the temperature and plan accordingly. It is ironic that the sky is the clearest when the weather is hot. Overall, a great place to spend a day whether you are a backpacker or a couple madly in love.

Sapphire Coast – Between Sydney & Melbourne

Do you like beaches? I know, right? What’s new in a beach? They are crowded anyway and the unwanted attention is everywhere. If you think the same, this coast is going to change your mind. The Sapphire Coast is a mix of great trails and beautiful beaches. I have been to other beaches before including some really good ones but this is different. This beach is all about sanity and calmness.

I know that not every backpacker seeks for calmness and saint beauty. But if you are of my type, you will love this place. So basically, the reason that most people do not end up being here is because this is a joint point between Sydney to Melbourne. The Sapphire Coast will come in the middle point when you are going to Melbourne and oh boy, the scene is amazing!

Goldfield might not be the most appealing thing on earth but this is definitely one of the least common things that you will be able to experience. Also, the old towns along with great food (their oyster is very famous) will appeal you. Basically, it is a china town with some differences. The differences being calmness, a great beach and forest.

Fraser Island

Fraser Island aerial

Image Credit: Tourism Queensland

In my backpacking experience, I have found some geeky backpackers who only visit places that have beautiful islands. If you are one of them, I am sure, you know about Fraser Island. Unlike the top 3 picks of mine, this is a popular one as this has been featured in different movies. There’s a chance you’ve seen it in a movie.

Fraser Island is known to be the largest sand based island in world. This is a world heritage and as a bonus, you get to see a beautiful rainforest too along with the island itself. What does this offer? Hold your nerve!

Have you ever climbed a sand blow? You can do that here! You can also swim in one of the many freshwater lakes. When I say many, I literally mean 100s of them. If I had to pick one negative thing about this Island, then that would be the crowd. As this is a popular destination, it keeps on being overcrowded.

Uluru / Kata Tjuta / Kings Canyon

The Outback and red center of the country is in absolute contrast to the 36,735 coastal kilometers of the Australian mainland. Desert, steppe, red sand, dried-up bushes, water springs for bathing, dingos, emus and a lot of natural beauty.

If you take a trip through the middle of the country via Uluru (the native name for the Ayers Rock), you will be surprised by a rocky cliff rising about 350 meters high. Uluru is situated about 340 kilometers southwest of Alice Springs and is located in the “Uluru-Kata-Tjuta National Park.” For the Aboriginal people of Australia, this rock is very special. It is considered a sacred place to the “Anangu”; i.e. the traditional Aboriginal owners of Uluru.

A walk around the sacred rock is worthwhile, as there is a lot to discover: wall paintings of the Aboriginal people, water holes as well as different stone structures and shapes. Although there is the possibility to climb Uluru, however, the local Aboriginal would prefer visitors not to climb Uluru. Uluru is a holy landmark, which should not be climbed, and on the other hand, they do not want to be responsible for causing people to be injured in the ascent. Over 35 people have been injured in the past year.

This is the place where you can experience the Aboriginal culture, but at the same time it is confronted with the sad aspects of the European settlement of the country and learns more about the enormous importance of the Australian landmark for the country’s tourism. There are free guided tours of rangers as well as paid tours from different providers. A hike (or bike ride) around the Uluru is very worthwhile. Particularly the sunrises and sunsets are very impressive, for which special platforms and viewing area have been made. Uluru is remarkable for changing color at different times of day and night. The rock is made of sandstone which reflects the light of sunset and sunrise.

From Uluru, you can visit Kata Tjuta, an extraordinary rock formation consisting of 36 different mountains. Here, too, you can undertake different hikes and explore the special surroundings. Since the temperatures can be over 40 degrees during the day it is worth starting early. (Hint: enjoy sunrise from the less visited point of the Kata Tjuta).

If you are already in the middle of the country, a visit to the Kings Canyon in the Watarrka National Park is also recommended, even if this is still 300 kilometers north-east of Uluru-Kata-Tjuta National Park. The 100-meter high rock walls offer impressive views and great hiking possibilities. The “Rim Walk” (6km, 3-4 hours), a circular route along the top edge of the canyon is particularly impressive. Also due to the high temperature start your journey early or late during the sunset.

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Australia is a huge country and there are countless stunning places to visit and see. Take as much time as possible for an Australian trip. You will be impressed by its beauty of nature, the nice people and the relaxed lifestyle.

I enjoyed Australia a lot and didn’t regret it one bit. This is not the case with most of my backpacking experiences. These recommendations are based on a trip from Melbourne along the east coast to the north via Sydney and Brisbane to Cairns, through the Outback to Darwin and via Alice Springs and Adelaide back to Melbourne. For this reason, you will not find any recommendations and travel tips for Western Australia.

7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park)

7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park)

I’ve been blessed with opportunities to travel around the world. I’ve seen the beaches in the Philippines and lived in quaint towns around Europe, but it still left me wanting for more. During my recent trip to the Gold Coast in Australia, I looked to extend my stay in order to quench my thirst for excitement and adventure. I scoured the web for a holiday that can provide me with a truly unique experience. This led me to discover Purnululu National Park in Western Australia, also known as the Bungle Bungles, a world heritage site that features landscapes and wildlife unrivalled in magnificence and splendour.

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