You might think that, being one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, that there isn’t that much of any real interest to see in Australia. Things like Bondi Beach and the Sydney Opera House are old hat to a lot of seasoned travellers. However, just because the more popular places are pretty overdone doesn’t mean that the land down under doesn’t still have a few surprises up its sleeve. Here are a few unexpected sites in Australia that you might want to check out.
Want some golden sand and beauty blue beaches without worrying about the crowds while also getting the chance to get up close and personal with some of nature’s most incredible creatures? Well then heading on one of the amazing Hervey Bay tours might be exactly what you’re looking for. While it’s not the most hidden of Australia’s hidden gems, the chance to explore shipwrecks and go whale watching in this coastal city is something everyone should take if they can.
There’s plenty of desert in Australia, but there’s nothing quite like The Pinnacles. The only real way to describe these amazing limestone formations is that they sort of feel as though you’re walking on the surface of Mars. The owners of the land claim that The Pinnacles are a sign of all of the people who fatally sank into the quicksand in the surrounding area and now stand as a warning to all those who dare cross this strange and every desert!
The Devil’s Marbles
As well as having possibly the coolest name for any landmark ever, The Devil’s Marbles have the distinction of being the oldest religious site in the world. These amazing round rock formations can be found near to Alice Springs, and many of them even seem to be balancing on one another. Known as Karlu Karlu by the lands Aboriginal owners, these formations are truly bizarre but offer some truly incredible sightseeing opportunities that are unlike anything else in the world.
Now, in a lot of ways, Coober Pedy is just like any other town in Australia. It’s located just north of Adelaide and has hotels, hostels, shops, and restaurants just like anywhere else. So what’s so special about it? Coober Pedy is located underground. That’s right, the entire town. It was established after the First World War by returning soldiers who wanted to take advantage of the huge amounts of opal in the area.
However, the heat was just too much for them to handle. Their solution? Set up their town under the sand where they could stay cool and out of the sun. This town actually contains 80% of the country’s opal, so they obviously found the perfect spot to set up a pretty unconventional little mining town. What could be more of a hidden gem than a hidden town that’s literally full of gems!
The great thing about Australia is that it’s so big and so interesting that you could go back every year for the rest of your life and never run out of amazing and fascinating things to see!