With its natural beauty, fascinating wildlife, and laid back vibe, it’s no wonder that a trip to Australia is many people’s lifelong dream. And as the saying goes – if you can dream it, you can do it! Nowadays, it’s possible for visitors to get great value late deals, so your holiday of a lifetime is well within reach.
Australia offers every kind of natural landscape you could dream of. From dramatic red desert and golden beaches, to towering mountains and lush green forest, visitors will find inspirational views in every part of the country.
Here is just a small selection of the most popular beauty spots ~ “Australia’s Best Nature Reserves“
Just 9 miles off the coast of New South Wales, Montague Island has twice been voted Australia’s top eco-tourism destination. The island is home to some spectacular wildlife, including the world’s biggest fur seal colony. Join a scheduled nature escape, stay overnight in a lighthouse, or design your own adventure – there’s something for everyone. If you want to combine your trip with a good deed, the island has an on-going conservation project and you’re invited to help plant some trees while you’re there.
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Not far from the capital, Canberra, this wonderful reserve is situated right at the edge of the Namadgi National Park. The area includes Gibraltar Range, Tidbinbilla Mountain and a large valley floor. It is home to thousands of kangaroos, and on any bush walk you’re likely to see lots of kangaroos playing, running, and lazing in family groups. There’s a fun visitors centre and lots of child-friendly activities. This reserve is wheelchair accessible with a trail that’s been specially built for wheelchair users.
The Pinnacles and Nambung National Park
Set in Australia’s stunning Coral Coast region, the Pinnacles are natural limestone structures formed over 25,000 years ago and shaped by the wind into strange, eerie, and beautiful pillars. This is real desert country, so bring plenty of water, sturdy boots and a hat! At the edges of the park are incredible white beaches, perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Stay in a little fishing village and you can catch your own dinner!
Halls Gap Zoo
This ethical zoo set in bushland in the Grampians, Victoria conserves some of Australia’s weirdest and most wonderful creatures. Koalas, emus, platypus, wallabies and wombats can all be seen, as well as meerkats, spider monkeys, bison and tamarin. A fascinating and fun trip on the wild side!
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Unmissable, inspirational, life-changing… the Great Barrier Reef is the only living organic structure visible from space. Scattered with beautiful islands and coral cays, the Park is home to forests of coloured coral, fish, sharks, rays and other marine wildlife. Efforts to preserve and protect the reef are ongoing, and many tour operators work in partnership with conversation experts to research and monitor the reef. Swim, snorkel or dive in the warm water, go ocean rafting, or take an eco-tour – an unforgettable experience.
Hayley Roberts is an avid travel writer who loves to talk about Australia and South East Asia. Currently based in the UK, she is saving up for her next big trip!
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