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5 alternative spots to check out in Australia

Australia is amazing and gets even better when you start to look past the big-name tourist attractions. We love to get off the beaten track and see the bits of a country that the tour guides won’t show you, and my guess is that if you’re reading this blog that’s what you love too. After all, there’s not much point in travelling if you just see what everyone else sees.

We’ve put together our top five alternative things to see in Australia to get you started on planning your epic journey.

5 alternative spots to check out in Australia

1. Live your best city life

Nope,not Sydney, we’re talking about Melbourne, capital of Victoria and nestled on the south-eastern coast. It’s got a distinct boho vibe and is packed with galleries, markets, and oodles of quirky charm. It’s any expert traveller’s top location pick for perfect coffee (hunt down a Piccolo Latte, you won’t regret it I promise).

Our favorite spot is legendary Brunswick Street, where you’ll find live music venues, cool cafes and more shopping spots then you thought possible.

2. Get your stripes

Head up to Australia’s North West and make your way to Purnululu National Park, where you’ll find the Bungle Bungle ranges. As well as seeing the striped beehive-shaped domes, you’ll have a chance to see some of over 130 species of bird, and maybe catch sight of a wallaby or two.

3. Ponder the Pinnacles

More geological magic can be found in Western Australia, in the shape of thousands of limestone
pillars rising from the desert. This eerie landscape is around three hours fromPerth, and you can either take the Indian Ocean Drive or join an organised trip. There’s a fab discovery centre near the local town of Cervantes, as well as lots of chances to be wowed by spectacular sunsets.

4. Go crazy for kangas

Head to Wilson’s Promontory with Bunyip Tours to see kangaroos bouncing across the beach, catch a glimpse of a wild emu and sneak a peek at a seal colony. There is a pristine beach and great hiking opportunities; the fact that this is one of Australia’s best-kept secrets means you have a real chance
of basking in that feeling of getting away from it all. Climbing up to the top of Mount Oberon means stunning views of Australia’s most southern point, and a trip to curiously named Squeaky Beach cannot be missed.

5. Head to the slopes

For a change from surfer-chic, get yourself to the slopes of Mount Kosciuszko. Coming in at 2,228 meters, it’s Australia’s highest peak and home to downhill skiing and snowboarding. It’s not just about winter sports though – if you love discovering local literature, you’ll enjoy uncovering the setting for Banjo Paterson’s epic poem 'The Man from Snowy River', while foodies will adore sampling amazing schnapps at Wildbrumby Distillery.

So there you have it, five of our favorite alternatives to the big-name sights. Step away from the tourist trail and spend some time discovering your own Australia.

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