One of the hardest things about planning an adventure-packed getaway is narrowing down your pick of awe-inspiring destinations. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you. Our list of five amazing locations in Australia covers breathtaking mountain gorges, world heritage wilderness, tranquil lakes and world-famous attractions such as Great Barrier Reef. So grab your bags and get ready for an unforgettable journey!

Cataract Gorge 

Come visit Cataract Gorge. Image from Tourism Tasmania.

Step into a unique slice of paradise. Only minutes from the centre of Launceston, the spectacular Cataract Gorge is a rare find. Set amid lush native bushland on the South Esk River, the longest river in Tasmania, the reserve offers picturesque scenery, walking trails, a swimming pool as well as a kiosk and tearooms. Take a scenic ride on the Cataract Gorge Chairlift and enjoy panoramic views or explore one of the many Cataract Gorge walks. There are plenty of things to do in Cataract Gorge.

Where to stay

Experience a taste of history and old-world charm at the heritage-listed Quality Colonial Hotel Launceston, built-in 1847.

Lake Bonney Riverland

Lake Bonney is known for its stunning sunsets. Image from South Australian Tourism Commission.

Looking for a tranquil getaway? Lake Bonney is calling. With its clear, blue waters ringed by gorgeous bushland this freshwater Riverland oasis, only 2.5 hours from Adelaide, is ideal for boating, water sports, or simply picnicking on the shores and watching the light sparkle on the water. Explore the nearby wetlands to see the diverse birdlife, while at night, the sky above is alive with stars – making this a renowned spot for night sky photography. 

Where to stay

Make the most of Lake Bonney stargazing with an overnight stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites Riverland in the nearby town of Barmera, and enjoy a touch of warm, country hospitality.


Stop by the breathtaking Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park. Image from South Australian Tourism Commission.

Get ready for an unforgettable outback experience (or two). Famous as both the opal capital of the world and a quirky underground town in the heart of the South Australian desert, Coober Pedy is also a great base to explore the rich heritage of the Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park. Storied with Aboriginal culture, this striking attraction rises up out of the dramatic landscape not far from town and shouldn’t be missed. 

Part of the tra­di­tion­al coun­try of the Antakir­in­ja Matun­t­jara Yankun­yt­jat­jara peo­ple, this area is called ‘The Breakaways’ as the hills appear to break away from the Stuart Range. Home to native flo­ra, birdlife and wildlife, includ­ing red kan­ga­roos, wallaroos and echid­nas, the lookouts offer spectacular desert views – particularly at sunrise and sunset. Permits are required to visit the park. 

Where to stay

For an unforgettable visit, book your stay at Comfort Inn Coober Pedy Experience. Part of an original opal mine, the entire hotel is underground and connected to plenty of free things to do in Coober Pedy, such as the underground church tour and art gallery. 

The Gap, Torndirrup National Park

Aerial View of The Gap, Torndirrup National Park. Image from Tourism Western Australia.

Don’t miss the impressive power of the Southern Ocean in action at the Gap WA. A natural channel carved by the sea into the granite cliffs of the Torndirrup National Park in Western Australia, the Gap also features the Natural Bridge rock formation. Marvel at the magnificent ocean and coastal views from the raised viewing platform, and in the winter months make sure to keep an eye out for migrating whales spotted from the cliffs.

Where to stay

Stay nearby in the fascinating colonial port town of Albany, in spacious, apartment-style rooms at Quality Apartments Banksia Albany.

The Great Barrier Reef 

The World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef is over 348,000 square kilometres. Image from Getty.

What can we say? One of the seven natural wonders of the world, and a World Heritage Area, the Great Barrier Reef is a world-famous natural icon. The world’s largest coral reef system, this colourful aquatic wonderland stretches for 2,300 kms along Australia’s eastern coastline and is home to idyllic islands and an abundance of colourful marine life. 

Base yourself in nearby Cairns and go whale-spotting or swimming with dolphins, take the plunge scuba diving or explore the reef from above in a glass-bottomed boat. The best time to visit Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef is from June to September when swimming temperatures are nice and temperate. Of course, there’s fun to be had all year round!

Where to stay

Find great places to stay in Cairns – and enjoy some Great Barrier Reef snorkelling while you’re there!

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