As we find the majority of the world being put on lock-down due to the Corona Virus, a lot of us (me included) have had to cancel all of our overseas trips. Although this is disappointing as we have built up the excitement in our minds to explore and experience new pastures, it is actually the perfect time to explore and experience what we have here in our own backyard. It’s time to see Australia.
I am personally more than excited about this. Australia has become my home. This is where I belong and I am proud to say I have explored this country more than what the majority of most Australians have.
We have the world’s best beaches. Australia's coastline stretches almost 50,000 kilometres and is linked by over 10,000 beaches, more than any other country in the world. Hymas Beach (Jervis Bay, NSW) and Whitehaven (Whitsundays, QLD) play home to the whitest sand and most turquoise water in the world!
We have the world’s oldest rainforest, The Daintree Rainforest, QLD. This is the oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest in the world. Along the coastline north of the Daintree River, tropical forest grows right down to the edge of the sea. Ever dreamt of walking along a white sand beach with palm trees stretching out over head? You’ll find this at Cape Tribulation (part of the Daintree).
We have two of the world’s best reefs, The Great Barrier Reef, QLD and Ningaloo Reef, WA. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. The Great Barrier Reef is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 411 types of hard coral, one-third of the world’s soft corals, 134 species of sharks and rays, six of the world’s seven species of marine turtles, and more than 30 species of marine mammals, including the dugong and whales. Similarly, Ningaloo is just as impressive. The distinctive Ningaloo Reef that fringes the Ningaloo Coast is 260 kilometres long and is Australia's largest fringing coral reef and the only large reef positioned very close to a landmass. You can snorkel out from the beach and be within it. This reef also plays home to the world’s largest fish, the whale shark!
We have the world’s best surfing. With over 10,000 beaches to choose from, you’re never far from a surf break. Gold Coast (QLD), Byron Bay (NSW), Noosa (QLD), Crescent Heads (NSW), Yamba (NSW), Bells Beach (VIC), Margaret River (WA), Black Rock (NSW) and Cactus Beach (SA) all play home to some of the best waves. Winter is also on its way, so brace yourself for the bigger swell!
We have the most versatile animals and marine species. You don’t even need to travel far to experience this. Shelly Beach, Cabbage Tree Bay (Manly, Sydney, NSW) is one of the best snorkelling spots in Australia and it’s so close to home for millions of us. Venture a little further out of Sydney to the Blue Mountains or the Hunter Valley and you’ll find kangaroos, koalas and other famous Australian critters.
There are endless opportunities in Australia and something for everyone. Diving, surfing, skiing, wine tasting, eating, fishing, you name it, we have it.
So hopefully you’ve come to the realisation that we are blessed to be ‘stuck’ here in Australia. So let’s cash in on exploring our own backyard and use those Qantas and Jetstar credits we have all been given to explore and experience Australia. If you’re unsure on where to begin, here are my top 10 destinations to visit across Australia:
1. Rottnest Island, WA
2. Fraser Island, QLD
3. Byron Bay, NSW
4. Noosa, QLD
5. Cairns & Great Barrier Reef, QLD
6. Kiama, NSW
7. Adelaide and the SA coast, SA
8. Shark Bay, WA
9. Margaret River, WA
10. Jervis Bay, NSW