When you head to Australia on holiday, it is likely that you have some ideas in your mind of where you would like to go. Places like Bondi Beach, in Sydney, and Uluru, in the Northern Territory, for example, are revered by Australians as well as by people from around the world. This makes them very well visited places, and ensures that you will be sharing your experiences with thousands of people at once. Although this is not necessarily a bad thing, many people choose to travel to undertake a voyage of discovery for themselves.
Rather than seeking out the most popular places that everyone knows about and flocks to visit, looking for the hidden gems in a country such as Australia is often much more rewarding. We put together a handy list of hints and tips, so that you can head Down Under and avoid being caught up in a tourist stampede. Just how are you going to discover Australia’s hidden gems?
Given that 90% of Australia’s population lives on the coastline, you could be forgiven for thinking that most of the coastal areas around the country have been discovered. However, by sticking to the coastline during an Australian journey, you will find villages, deserted beaches, and hidden coves that you can essentially turn into your own private estate for a few hours; such is the remoteness of many of them. The best way to do this is definitely to drive around the country – you will always find a dirt track or gravel path to will lead you to something that only people who have lived there for years know about.
Speaking of which, if you don’t try to make friends in Australia then you are definitely missing a trick. Even if you do head to Sydney, for example, there are over 100 beaches around the city, many of which will be well known with the locals, perfect if you want to avoid busy tourist spots. The same rings true if you have headed out on your own and are in a more remote location. Finding the hidden secrets of a place is great on your own, but if you’re looking for inspiration you could do a lot worse than ask an Aussie who knows where all the best places are.
Australia is a country of such beauty that you could spend a lifetime there and probably still not be able to see everything that the country has to offer. The only way you are going to be able to discover the hidden gems you are looking for is by giving yourself adequate time to do so. Don’t head Down Under for a few days or a week expecting to head across most of the country. Look for the opportunity for an extended break, whether that be a month, six weeks, or even longer, and you will have the best chance to discover everything about Australia that isn’t listed in popular travel guides or on the Tourism Australia website.
Rob is an online content writer across a number of sectors, with a specific interest in Australian tourism, especially looking at how car rental in Australia is a great way to discover both the obvious and hidden beauty that can be found across the country.