Cape Tribulation Beach.
Cape Tribulation Beach.

This is the ultimate Australian travel bucket list

DO YOU have a travel bucket list?

When I was a young girl I had a bucket list of sorts and at number one was to cruise around the world.

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The fact The Love Boat was one of my favourite shows at the time might have had something to do with it.

When I started working in travel at the tender age of 17, I voiced my desire to cruise around the world.

The price tag of $20,000-plus was out of the question of course but my boss said that if I sold a round world cruise she would give me a bonus.

Over the years I have had many happy clients who have cruised around the world and my quest to do it myself still hasn't diminished.

So what is on your travel bucket list?

Within Australia there are some stunning destinations to add to your bucket list.

For example, the Kimberley Coast in Western Australia, where you can ride the horizontal waterfalls and see the unique landscape or perhaps ride the camel train sunset.

 

The Horizontal Falls, The Kimberley, Western Australia Photo Contributed
The Horizontal Falls, The Kimberley, Western Australia Photo Contributed WA Tourism

Maybe Australia's "red centre" in the Northern Territory would be on your bucket list.

You could visit Uluru and see the stunning exhibition Field of Light by artist Bruce Munro, which covers an area of more than seven football fields with 50,000 lights.

 

Uluru at sunset at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory.
Uluru at sunset at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory. Michael Wayne

The fantasy light garden has been extended until 2020.

Lord Howe Island sits off the coast of New South Wales and offers a stunning array of coral reefs, walking trails with sweeping views and unique island heritage.

 

Lord Howe Island, 600km off the coast of New South Wales, in October 2015.
Lord Howe Island, 600km off the coast of New South Wales, in October 2015. Rob Embury

Tasmania is a popular destination, where you can experience beautiful countryside, rugged wilderness and stunning beach vistas.

Learn about our convict history and feast on beautiful fresh produce.

Sydney may be on your bucket list.

You could visit the Sydney Harbour Bridge, opera house or experience Bondi Beach and check out the wild surf.

 

Sydney Opera House at night.
Sydney Opera House at night. Belinda G. Kranz

Sydney is a stepping stone to the beautiful Blue Mountains, where you can see waterfalls, caves and glow worm tunnels.

Closer to home Cairns and the Daintree may hold some interest for you as you visit the reef and rainforest.

Take the scenic rail journey up to Kuranda and visit Cape Tribulation, which has one of the largest protected tropical rainforest in Australia.

 

Kuranda Scenic Railway Rounding a bend on top of a bridge in the tropical north of Queensland Australia.
Kuranda Scenic Railway Rounding a bend on top of a bridge in the tropical north of Queensland Australia. chameleonseye

If rainforest isn't your thing perhaps you could visit a unique desert destination, like Coober Pedy in South Australia where people live underground to escape the heat.

 

Dingo on the Oodnadatta Track, south of Coober Pedy, SA.

Photo Paula Heelan
Dingo on the Oodnadatta Track, south of Coober Pedy, SA. Photo Paula Heelan Paula Heelan

You may even try your luck at opal mining.

If wildlife interests you, then visit Kangaroo Island in South Australia to see colonies of sea lions, penguins and birds in their natural habitat.

 

Sea lions, Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA.
Sea lions, Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA. Paula Heelan

From South Australia, you might want to drive the Great Ocean Road across to Melbourne and see the amazing lime stone stacks called the Twelve Apostles sitting off the coast line.

It's a big country and a big wide world to explore and the best part it is waiting for you.

Just this week I heard about a gentleman who wanted to go to Perth to visit his friend he hadn't seen in 30 years.

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Another woman wanted to see snow and visit the nation's capital of Canberra.

Everyone has different interests but whatever destination is on your travel bucket list just do it.



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