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Gorgeous landscapes, exotic wildlife and awesome food are the things that drew me back to Australia. My first visit was during a backpacking trip across this beautiful country right after graduating high-school. This time, I went with my wife who was quite awestruck with all the spectacular destinations we explored.

This was somewhat of a spontaneous decision to travel. Jenna’s friend told her about this crazy burger called ‘the lot’ where they put everything—bacon, cheese, pineapple, beef, beetroot, lettuce and tomato. Always ready to try something new, we knew we had to taste this famous burger.

To say that it was delicious would be to downplay the glory of this gastronomic masterpiece. A few other delicacies we gorged on were the Lamington, Sausage Rolls, Potato Cakes and Pavlova.

But enough about the food, the following are the seven spots I included on both of my visits.

7 Spots for an Amazing Australian Adventure

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The Great Barrier Reef

This delicate coral blue piece of nature is the largest living structure in the world. It has been given the much deserved status of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is undoubtedly one of the most exquisite things I’ve even seen.

The Great Barrier Reef is home to a myriad of marine species. Scuba diving, snorkeling and sailing are all incredibly popular activities here.

The Pink Lake

An aerial view of the place would have you believe that it’s a giant pink bubblegum. About 656 yards in length, the pink lake right next to the blue ocean showcases the artistry of nature.

Australia Zoo

Watching ‘Animal Planet’ and Steve Irwin as a kid, I always wanted to visit Australia Zoo. The most exciting part for us was getting to hand-feed the cute animals there; the giraffes and the red kangaroos.

The best thing about this place is that they’re devoted towards the cause of wildlife conservation. It has multiple programs that make an honest effort towards the betterment of these fascinating species.

Grampians National Park

Trekking through the park, our hearts were illuminated by the brightly colored Grampians wildflowers growing all over the place.

Without knowing, we went at the perfect time to attend the Grampians Grape Escape—a food & wine festival with live music. The perfect blend to make a great holiday even better. Meeting all the friendly people at the festival was a bonus.

Fraser Island

It holds the record of being the largest sand island in the world. We spent two days camping at the Waddy Point Beachfront Campground located in the island.

If you want a campground with shower and restroom facilities, then this is the place for you.

The Twelve Apostles

Hands-down one of the most beautiful places on the planet, our trip would have been incomplete without a stop to the Twelve Apostles.

Although only eight apostles are left standing, the name stays. The gigantic, naturally formed structures, create a sight that gets engraved in your mind for eternity.

Bondi Beach

Being a world-renowned beach is not the only reason we wanted to spend a day at this beach. I kicked-back and relaxed with a few beers at the shore as Jenna surfed to her heart’s content. She’s the happiest when she’s surfing and it’s evident in the glow she gets afterward.

For some reason, surfing has never been my forte. But we also spent a good few hours snorkeling in the cool waters. Sitting at the beach as the sun wished us goodbye for the day was a heart-warming experience.


Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; a website dedicated to opening your eyes to the wild & natural world.

Committed to bringing you the best in adventure travel from all around the globe, there is no mountain too high, and no fete too extreme! They haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on their list.

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  1. No Noosa. I am a little surprised.

    • I think the biggest problem with Australia is that there’s too much to choose from :D Almost impossible to do and see everything in one go :) But I agree that Noosa is beautiful and should definitely be up there too!

  2. Australia is on the very top of my travel wish list, and I’m hoping to make it there this year. If I do, I will check out some of these recommended spots like Bondi Beach and the Great Barrier Reef. I also want to eat that crazy hamburger and drink lots of coffee.

    • And the great thing is, you can combine Bondi, with great coffee, and a hamburger, all at the same time :D!

  3. Australia has so much to offer landscape-wise! This is definitely inspiring! We tend to forget about all the wild life too! Great ideas!

    • Absolutely – there are so many different areas to focus on like food, landscapes etc that it’s easy to get distracted and forget about the rest!! :D But the wildlife is incredible, so highly recommend making that a priority when you’re here :)

  4. Great spots! I saw my first pink lake in Western Australia, met so many different animals (and some that I’ve never heard of before!), had amazing road trips around this massive country! After nearly 2 years in Australia, it was quite hard to leave! Missing it so much!

    • Thanks Mel! Hope you have the chance to return soon – so glad you have amazing memories from your time here!

  5. I have something of a long term plan to visit Australia (and my Godfather). Great to have some tips on what to visit and to have such fab images to bring it all to life

    • Glad you enjoyed the post Fiona! Hope you have the chance to visit soon!

  6. You picked some great spots in Australia and there are plenty more. The major cities have a lot to offer too.

    • Glad you agree! And absolutely, there are plenty more – I think the hardest thing about Australia is that there’s too much choice and too many incredible things to do … you could spend a lifetime here! :D

  7. I have never thought of having beetroot in a burger!!!!! Something to think about when we can finally get the BBQ’s back out here in the UK (if ever of course!). I love the tips and have been seeing more and more about the Pink Lake in the last 12 months. We started to plan a trip to Oz nearly 2 years ago now and still have not agreed on anything because there is just so much to see and we can’t narrow it down.

    • Beetroot in a burger is AMAZING. Though I’m Australian myself so probably a little bias :P

      That’s definitely one of the biggest difficulties here, that thee’s far too much to choose from to do!! Let me know if you need help narrowing down your itinerary at any stage – always happy to help :)

  8. It’s funny to see Weldon mention Noosa. My first trip to Australia was before I was into scuba diving. I did spend a day on the beach in Noosa when I traveled through the country and got a really really bad sunburn. Always fun memories. Today I’d be underwater and safe… ;)

    • If it makes you feel any better, we get burnt pretty fiercely as locals too :D Happens every summer, I swear I’ll never learn!

      So glad you had a great time though! There’s definitely some epic scuba diving here, should make for a fun return trip!

  9. Wow! Australia is so beautiful. So close yet so far from where I live here in the Philippines. The Great Barrier Reef is probably the main reason why i would love to visit Australia. I love underwater so this is a must!

    • If you love underwater, the Great Barrier Reef is definitely a hot spot! There are also some fabulous experiences off the coast of WA like swimming with whale sharks, or cage diving with great whites in South Australia – and obviously a beautiful coastline which circles the whole country.

      Hope you have the chance to visit soon!

  10. I have to agree with the Grampians, it’s one of the most underrated places in Australia. I had a great few days there, the amount of wildlife you can get up close and personal with is amazing! I’d include Wilson’s Promontory on this list as well. i think that’s my favourite place I visited when I was there. The scenery is incredible!

    • Wilson’s Promontory is a great spot too – I’ve found the thing with Australia is that it’s so difficult to narrow down a list – there’s always more to include :D!

      So glad to hear you enjoyed your time here Tom! Hope you have the chance to visit again soon!

  11. I’ve only ever read about these places, like Fraser Island and being able to feed baby kangaroos at the zoo in Australia. It really makes Australia a huge draw for those of us who can’t even imagine doing those things. I mean – feeding a kangaroo! That’s awesome. Thanks for stoking my desire to travel in Australia.

    • Hope you have the chance to visit soon Laura! An exciting world of exotic wildlife awaits! :D

  12. Hey Megan, great post! I’ve never been to Australia (not yet ;) ), but your list looks pretty cool! I’ve never liked zoos. In fact, they make me really sad, but it seems that the Australian Zoo is different than any other zoo and the animals are not locked up in cages. It’s nice to hear that some people and organizations are striving for the cause of wildlife conservation

    • Glad you enjoyed it Joan! I give Australia credit in that it seems to largely prioritize wildlife parks and nature conservation zones over your typical zoo.

      Each big city does have your standard zoo, but the opportunities and management of nature parks and efforts towards wildlife conservation really is impressive. Australia zoo is a great example :)

      Hope you have the chance to visit soon!

  13. Nice list. As it’s been mentioned in the comments; Australia has so many more amazing places to explore. Cape York, the Kimberley, Ningaloo Reef, the south west of WA and the list goes on. Too many places to explore, and not enough time!

    • Thanks Aaron :) Absolutely – so many fantastic spots, you could spend a lifetime exploring just Aus! Happy travels :)

  14. Stunning! Australia is so wonderful. So close yet so distant from where I live here in the Philippines. The Great Barrier Reef is most likely the fundamental motivation behind why I couldn’t want anything more than to visit Australia. I cherish submerged so this is an unquestionable requirement!

    • Absolutely agree that the Great Barrier Reef is one of the biggest draws – I wouldn’t blame you for spending a whole two week vacation just on the reef!

      The Philippines though is another beautiful country, hopefully I’ll have the chance to spend more time exploring your country soon too :)

      Thanks for reading Devid :)

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