I’ve been obsessing over the outback for the better part of a decade, but still haven’t been able to make the leap across the pond. In an attempt to convince my husband that it’s imperative we make Australian travel a priority this year, I’ve composed this post with the help of my friend Martina. If you similarly need a few reasons to convince your significant other to visit Australia this year (besides getting selfies with kangaroos and eating off the barbie), then read on!
1. HELLO, The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is disappearing before our eyes as a result of pollution, coral mining and over-fishing. If you want to pay your respects to the largest coral reef in the world, book your ticket to Queensland fast. Comprised of 2,900 individual reefs it is home to a wealth of marine life. A dive here offers the opportunity to get up close and personal with whales, dolphins and turtles, and the up to 1,500 species of fish live amongst 400 types of coral. Of course, please be respectful and conscious when visiting this spectacular habitat.
2. Hang 10
Australia is home to some of the best surf-spots in the world along the Australian coasts. The best waves start breaking in March, so plan your trip accordingly if you’re after consistent swells and offshore winds. Bryon Bay is the quintessential ‘best’ surf spot in Aussieland, but you’ll find swells worth riding throughout Australia’s coastline.
If your surfing skills are on par with mine, you might want to check out this quick and easy tool on Compare Travel Insurance’s resources page.
3. Beach Please
16,000 miles of turquoise coastline. Party at Bondi Beach. Ride a camel across the dunes between the Indian ocean and the ochre red cliffs in Western Australia at Cable Beach. Kayak alongside dolphins from Noosa beach. Sink into the white silica sand at Whitehaven. Possibilities are endless people.
4. Wine Not
Australian wines are having a moment. Like an over 1.5 billion litres of wine produced each year kind of moment. If you fancy yourself as a wine connoisseur, you might even want to take a wine tasting tour, where you can explore vineyards and learn the delicate art of food and wine matching (get drunk with a designated driver).
5. Instagramable Cities
Boost your gram with iconic snaps of The Opera House, Royal Botanical Gardens & Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney. In Melbourne it’s all about the coffee culture, street art and too-pretty-to-eat smoothie bowls. Or follow this chicks instagram tour in Perth for swoonworthy photos like the ones above.