Australia. Home to beautiful beaches, lush rain forests, and never-ending deserts. But what about the side of this big beautiful country that you don’t often see? The vast open roads that stretch out before you as you traverse this great continent give a sense of complete freedom. The Australian Outback is like nowhere else on earth with its red soil and swaying gum trees and is home to unique wildlife like kangaroos and emus. Most of all for us, Australia is home to some of the most weird and wonderful places in the world, like the underground towns of Coober Pedy and White Cliffs and natural wonders like the pink lakes of Western and South Australia. Whatever your interest, we’re sure you’ll find something amazing and unique on one of our trips in Australia.
Litchfield Park, NT
Australia’s Northern Territory has some top sights! Our favorite has got to be the waterfalls of Litchfield Park. Often called the Northern Territory’s best kept secret and overlooked in favor of the more famous Kakadu, the waterfalls provide an oasis in the bush and depending the on the time of year, the perfect place for swimming. Many of these waterfalls are the only places in Australia’s Top End which are Croc free – including the beaches! The Top End maintains a temperature of between 30-45 degrees year-round which makes floating in these misty waterfalls, set in the dramatic landscape of Litchfield Park a must do when traveling through this area of Australia.
White Cliffs, NSW
Driving into White Cliffs, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d slipped through a wormhole in space and time and somehow ended up on the moon. Here like many towns in this part of Australia, the locals mine the elusive opal. In the harsh summers, temperatures in this part of the world can reach into the 50’s Celsius, which prompted the locals to move underground with the stones they mine. Explore the rich moonscape of this frontier opal mining town, check out Australia’s first solar farm and if you’ve got the cash, buy up some opal jewelry from one of the interesting, dusty characters you’re likely to meet out here. Remember in Australia, opals, rather than diamonds are a girl’s best friend!
Australia has the most unique wildlife in the world – so this definitely rates as a highlight for us and best of all many of the animals aren’t shy! You will see Emu’s running along fences while driving through Outback New South Wales, kangaroos down by the billabong at sunset and even Australia’s very own endemic tiny penguins on the beaches and in the harbours. Contrary to popular belief, not all wildlife in Australia wants to kill you – although if you did want to see some pre-historic monsters look no further than Darwin and Kakadu where crocodiles out number people roughly seven to one. Funny story about Darwin, “So a Croc walks into a bar….” No, seriously.