8 Awesome Aussie Destinations You Must Visit In 2018
By the Wild Women On Top Team
So often we are drawn to the mystery of mountains miles away and trails that journey through the untouched wilderness of countries we have never visited. But here in our very own Australian backyard lie natural jewels that await our exploration...
Whether it be the orange domes of the Bungle Bungles or the pristine beaches of Freycinet, it's time to begin adventuring the natural wonderland we call home.
So Wild Women, here's where to go next....
1. Wilson's Promontory, Victoria
It's been described by many as "the most beautiful place in the world" - and it delivers. This gorgeous National Park on a peninsula southeast of Melbourne boasts spectacular granite mountains and tranquil, rugged coast. It's a truly wild and blissful place.
2. Bungle Bungles, Western Australia
The Bungle Bungles (Purnululu) have legendary status as one of the most unique and remote natural wonders in Australia, if not the world. Far from the hustle of city life, you can enjoy swimming in natural waterholes, exploring caves and observing the domes transform with the light of day. Challenge yourself with a walk to the Fingers, five sandstone chasms made for rock hopping and sun soaking and trek to the stunning Cathedral gorge.
3. Freycinet, Tasmania
Discover the pristine beauty of Freycinet's secluded bays, white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Visit one of the world's best beaches, Wineglass Bay and discover the secluded walking tracks and lookout points home to an abundance of wildlife. We promise... you will want to extend your day trip.
4. Walls of Jerusalem, Tasmania
Follow the route from the Fish River, past the historic trapper’s hut & beyond the scattered tarns known as Solomon’s Jewels. Challenge yourself with a climb up the beautiful Mt. Jerusalem, King David’s Peak & possibly reach the remote outer areas known as Golden Gate and Zion Vale.
5. Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory
The Larapinta Trail is one of the finest walks in Australia. Walking the high ridgelines of the West MacDonnell Ranges you gain a rare perspective of vast flood plains, the razorback rocky outcrops and sheer scale of this ancient land. Enjoy sunrise from Mt Sonder, outback cuisine, and the wilderness campsites for a true Australian experience in this wild country.
6. Mt Solitary, New South Wales
Hiking Mt Solitary is like being on top of the world. It is one of the most spectacular and fun climbs in the Blue Mountains, complete with breathtaking views out to Kanagra Walls and beyond. Enjoy a sunrise breakfast atop the ruined castle for an extra magic moment.
7. Lord Howe Island, New South Wales
With only 400 visitors allowed on the island at any time and surrounded by the world’s southern-most coral reef, Lord Howe Island’s rugged volcanic peaks, clean air, beautiful birdsong, lush forests, rolling surf and serene lagoons makes this secluded island an exquisite paradise.
8. Newland Head Conservation Park, South Australia
This spectacularly rugged part of the South Australian coast is absolutely otherworldly. High, steep cliffs drop away into a deep, wild ocean, leaving you in awe of nature and its power. Hike along this stunning section of The Heyson Trail for a day you'll never forget.