Seclusion: The 10 Most Remote Places in Australia
Australia is an island-continent that, by all geographical means, is isolated from the rest of the world. The nearest neighbour is more than a thousand miles away from the country. Because of this, the landscape, heritage and culture of Australia have been mostly preserved. While millions of tourists visit the country annually, popular destinations tend to be concentrated on the tourism epicentres. Sydney and Melbourne remain to be popular cities to visit while some of the East Coast’s famous areas to visit remain to the Great Barrier Reef and Fraser Island. However, the land down under has more to offer. These remote places in Australia offer breathtaking scenery and captivating territories ready to be explored by those who love nature.
1. Karijini National Park
Located in Western Australia in the dynamic region of Pilbara, the Karijini National Park is Australia’s most secluded national park. Karijini is famous for its gorges, creeks and chasms. The park is home to many plants and animals native to the country. This is a dream destination for nature lovers who would like to explore unspoiled areas that remain mostly untouched by technology and modern living, as well as those seeking adventures by going on trails to discover the different sights nature has to offer. Karijini is the perfect place to experience the Australian outback with Karijini Eco Retreat. Guests will get to experience environmentally-friendly and affordable accommodations during their camping at the outback. Campsites are available for those who would like to bring their own tents while eco-cabins are available for booking to those who don’t have their own accommodation. Karijini is also one of the first Parks to have “glamping” facilities – a glamorous camping experience that gives you the outback ambience in style.
2. Wave Rock
Found in Hyde Wildlife Park in Western Austalia, Wave Rock is one of the top remote destinations to visit in Australia. The stunning prehistoric rock formation, shaped by weather and nature over millions of years, is a destination that will satisfy thrill-seekers. Signage around the area is put up to explain the rock formation’s history and that of the nearby areas. There are hotels, resorts, caravan parks and camping areas surrounding Wave Rock. Tours and events for Wave Rock and Hyden are also available almost all year long, making it a perfect destination for those wanting to spend a few days in remoteness. There is a restaurant, bistro and café at the base of Wave Rock, perfect destinations to wind down after a perfect day of adventure.
3. Nullarbor Plain
Spanning hundreds of miles and stretching as the border between Western and Southern Australia, the Nullarbor Plain is one big space that combines adventure and nature. This treeless plain offers a view of amazing cliffs, some of which offer areas where you can see whales or even go fishing. There is plenty of wildlife that can be seen in Nullarbor, such as emus, kangaroos and dingoes. Renting a four-wheel-drive vehicle is the best way to explore the area. Accommodations along the Eyre Highway such as motels, roadhouses and camping sites are available for travellers. A road trip long the Plain will take you to Head of Bight where you can see whales migrating or giving birth, depending on the month that you visit. The Eucla National Park, famous for its sand dunes, and the Cactus Beach that is a world-class surfing spot offer a break from the flat scenery. Because Nullarbor is not accessible by public transport, this is one of the most remote Australian destinations to visit.
4. Ayers Rock, Uluru
Situated in the Northern Territories is one of the most remote places in Australia that you can visit, the Ayers Rock in Uluru. The isolated scenery has become more accessible via small airlines and chartered flights, but its remoteness still provides the secluded environment that it is known for. The oxidized sand causes the red colour of the area, making it more majestic to the sight. When hit by sunlight, the surface colour seems to change form purple to orange hues, settling to a red and finally a dark shade upon sunset. Visitors will be treated to cultural tours led by Aboriginal guides. Rituals and traditional ceremonies are still performed in this area so it is a great honour for visitors to see them. There are also camel tours, helicopter tours and other packages to suit the style of the tourist. Hotels and camping sites offer accommodation for those who will have multi-day adventures.
5. Lord Howe Island
A remote island in New South Wales, Lord Howe Island is the perfect remote place to visit in Australia. It can be reached via plane from either Brisbane or Sydney, making it an ideal vacation spot for those who want a more relaxed holiday atmosphere. From the island, exotic wildlife such as humpback whales can be observed during their migration. The abundant marine life around the island makes it a favourite spot of scuba divers as well as a popular area for fishing. Although the Island limits the number of visitors that it accepts, Lord Howe nevertheless has many activities that can be enjoyed. There is a golf club that visitors can use, bikes that can be rented to be used for touring the island, bowling club to play at, island tours, bird watching and of course, scuba diving and snorkelling. Accommodation is limited to just 400 beds, the same number of tourists allowed at the Island at any given time. This gives the island an intimate feel even with visitors around.
Australia’s only island state is a remote destination that is still accessible via different modes of transportation. Tasmania is home to many flora and fauna species that would have otherwise been extinct if not for the remoteness of the island. These plants and animals have had their homes threatened in the mainland but are still preserved in the most untouched island. Having a vacation in Tasmania is a luxury in itself, with many activities such as cultural and wildlife tours, fishing, diving, sea, air and garden trips awaiting the guests. Accommodations range from bed and breakfasts to boutique hotels but you can also opt to stay in farms and beach houses that are equipped with facilities to make your stay, whether in the hot or cooler months, more enjoyable.
7. Cape York Peninsula
Accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles through untamed wilderness, Cape York Peninsula at the northernmost part of Queensland is one of the most remote places in Australia that you can visit. Once you navigate through the rich rainforest and rocky lands, white sand beaches can be reached. The Peninsula is home to Aboriginal communities, their heritage is seen in the arts seen in the area as well as the Aboriginal dance festivals held biannually. There are many things to do in Cape York that guests looking for adventures or just relaxation will surely enjoy their time at the Peninsula. There are pristine beaches, diving and snorkelling spots, theme parks and national parks to visit. There are also arts, culture, musical and even food and wine events that will surely be a feast for the senses. Accommodations range from bed and breakfasts to camping parks, from cabins and farm stays to hotels and resorts. The Peninsula surely has something to offer for the different types of travellers visiting this large remaining wilderness in the country.
A remote town in Western Australia, Broome is slowly becoming famous for its year-long summer weather and great beaches. It is accessible via plane or by a drive of over 2,000 kilometres from Perth. The idyllic town has many attractions that appeal to tourists wanting to enjoy activities away from a bustling crowd. You can enjoy over 14 miles of pristine white sand at Cable Beach where the view of a sunset is a must-see for every visitor. You can visit the pearl farms dotting the town and have an ecotour to have more appreciation for the industry. An Aboriginal walking tour is also a must for first-time visitors as this cultural walk explains the significance of the land to the local people. Luxury boats will take you on a cruise adventure to go to secluded beaches and cliffs where only a few can are lucky enough to see.
9. Kiwirrkurra Community
Often described as the most community in the country, Kiwirrkurra Community is found the Gibson Desert in Western Australia. The cultural heritage in this native land is preserved thanks to the passionate indigenous members of the community. The desert is accessible by a four-wheel-drive vehicle but due to its remoteness, the government suggests visitors to join caravans when visiting Kiwirrkurra. Flooding is experienced during the rainy season because of limited drainage but the rains provide waterholes for the locals. Because of the remoteness of the area, the locals live in customary ways – sharing their culture, heritage and history in the traditional way of story-telling and singing. Going into the community through the unforgiving terrains of the deserts will surely be worth it as this will be a once in a lifetime experience for those wanting to dive into the cultural heritage of Australia.
10. Nitmiluk National Park
Rounding up the remote destinations that you can visit in Australia is Nitmiluk National Park, located in the vastly empty Northern Territory. The Park offers spectacular views of gorges, waterfalls and wildlife. Visitors can go around Nitmiluk by hiring a canoe for paddling, getting on a cruise or even boarding a helicopter. Secluded natural beauties like the Sweetwater Pool and the Edith Falls provide refreshing swimming areas for you. Festivals and events will connect you to the Aboriginal roots of the community while other attractions and outdoor activities offer the unique experience of reuniting with nature. Whether you are into water activities like kayaking or swimming, or into adventurous ones like hiking or trying out local cuisines, a visit to Nitmiluk will surely be an unforgettable trip.
Australia is becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. With its beautiful beaches, picturesque scenery and exotic flora and fauna, it is no surprise that millions of tourists visit the country annually. Travellers who will opt for more serene trips will surely enjoy visiting these remote destinations in Australia. They offer the amenities to make your trip comfortable as well as unique activities that will enhance the visitor’s appreciation for Australia’s nature, history and culture. Go down the less-travelled path and you will discover the beauty that these secluded places have to offer.