Add these four don’t miss spots to your next group itinerary
If you’re thinking of taking your group Down Under this year, you’re going to want to plan your itinerary far in advance. While wildefires have wreaked havoc, there are so many incredible places to explore in Australia, you’ll want to get the very best out of your journey. This means narrowing it down to the ultimate hotspots that are truly unmissable.
So, if Australia is on your bucket list to visit, keep reading to discover some of the best locations that are well worth a visit.
Great Barrier Reef
Let’s start with the fact that the Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list – why wouldn’t this be on your list? Dive into the warm waters and explore the breath-taking aquatic world below, admiring the beautiful tropical fish, turtles, manta rays, dolphins and maybe even some sharks! If you’re lucky, you might even glimpse a humpback whale. The stunning marine life is just one of the reasons that the Great Barrier Reef is a natural wonder; you can also unwind on the award-winning Whitehaven Beach, located on the Whitsunday Islands, which is just one of the 900 islands in the Great Barrier Reef. If you want to explore the Great Barrier Reef in style, you can travel with Boss Travel on ‘The Great Barrier Reef and Beyond’ cruise.
Great Ocean Road
If you love the feeling of the wind in your hair and the sun on your face, then you’ll love taking in the Australian scenery on a coastal road trip. And the best way to enjoy a road trip in Oz is to explore the Great Ocean Road, famously noted as one of the best road trips in the world. The road stretches over 250 kilometers from Torquay to Warrnambool and includes some amazing attractions, such as:
- Bells Beach
- Great Otway National Park
- Apollo Bay
- The Twelve Apostles
- Loch Ard Gorge
- The Grotto
- The Bay of Islands
It takes three days to complete the route, so if this sounds up your ally, you’ll be in for a treat.
Located on the northeast coast of Queensland, the Daintree Rainforest has one of the most complex ecosystems on the planet. Named after the Australian geologist and photographer Richard Daintree, this now privately-owned rainforest is believed to be 180 million years old, with thousands of species of wildlife and untouched plant life. Renowned for its natural beauty, this ancient rainforest was apparently the inspiration for James Cameron’s Avatar. You will certainly feel as though you have stepped into another world, as you explore this unspoiled land and all its lush greenery.
This is a must for any self-proclaimed explorer; the Blue Mountains has everything from bushwalking trails with Aboriginal guides, to glistening waterfalls, cliffside views and even a resort and spa! The Blue Mountains were named due to the natural blue tinge, which was created by oil droplets being released from the trees in the eucalypt forests; when mixed with water vapor and sunlight, this created the distinctive blue haze over the mountains.
You can learn more about the mountains’ Aboriginal heritage, and the two tribes who now inhabit the mountains: the Gundungurra and Darug tribes. There are also several rock paintings and engravings that detail the rich history of the mountains, which tourists can view up close.
One of the Blue Mountains’ most notable landmarks is The Three Sisters, an unusual rock formation, which, according to legend, represents three sisters from the Katoomba tribe who were turned to stone by a witchdoctor.