Ten Places You Must Visit 2020 Australian Bucket List
Australia is home to many natural and scenic landscapes. There are some unique places in Australia which are so special that these places are not found anywhere else in the world. These unique places are easily accessible if you roam around freely in the country. We have heard and read a lot about the unique and mysterious places in Australia, but seeing these places with our own eyes is truly a treat. So, book a trip to Australia in 2020 and while you are there, witness all of this distinctiveness yourself. Here is the list of top 10 unique places in Australia.
1. Fraser Island
One of the places worth your visit to Australia is Fraser Island. Interestingly this place is the largest sand island in the world. Fraser Island is also known as the hidden gem of nature in Australia. This island is also the natural habitat of endangered species of wild dogs, known as Dingos. Different types of species living on this island are so rare that they are only found in Australia. The beaches on Fraser Island are no less than a paradise. This place is a very famous tourist attraction from all over the world.
2. Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is located in Victoria. It is known to be the most scenic as well as the best driving road in the world. Its uniqueness lies in its beauty and mesmerizing landscapes. While you drive on this road, you will get to see many of the tourist destinations. These places include Port Campbell National Park, Otway National Park, Rainforest, hiking trails and waterfalls. You can make a stop at these places and can enjoy their beauty. If luck is with you, then you will be able to find some kangaroos and emus on your trip. On this road, the most famous place to be seen is the Twelve Apostles, which lie just beside the mighty turquoise ocean. The Apostles are beautiful limestone stacks formed due to the receding ocean water. The smooth Great Ocean Road is a drive of 243 kilometres from Torquay to Allansford.
3. Wave Rock
The Wave Rock is located at the Southeast of Pert in Western Australia. The place is 184 miles from Perth. It is basically a strange, natural and mysterious formation of rock in the shape of a wave. The Wave Rock is also famous as a Hyden Rock, as it is found near Hyden town. Looking at the rock, you will feel like, someone froze or stopped a breaking wave. It appears like the rock is not natural and has been carved by someone. But originally it is a result of erosion of millions of years. The place is the most famous tourist destination for people who travel to Western Australia. Wave rock is strange as well as a unique thing to be observed.
4. The Pinnacles
The Pinnacles are another unique place in Australia to visit. They are located in Nambung desert which is an hour’s drive from Perth in Western Australia. The desert sand is yellow and you can easily find a large collection of the limestone rock formation known as pinnacles. The pinnacles cover an area of more than a kilometre. When you will be in between the pinnacles, you will feel like you are watching Life on Mars. These limestone rocks, commonly known as pinnacles are so unique that such formation cannot be found anywhere else in the world. If you reach the pinnacles around sunset, then you can capture the beauty in the most stunning way, because it is the most picturesque during sunset with large shadows being cast by the rocks.
5. Lake Hillier
Lake Hillier or as commonly said Pink Lake, exists. Yes, this lake exists and it has solid bubble gum colour. And if you look at the lake from distance, you will see a swatch of solid bubble gum pink. Come closer and you will find out that it is not swatched, but water, a little translucent, but pink. The reasons behind the pink colour of pink lakes around the world have been identified, but the reason for Lake Hillier’s pink colour is still a mystery. It is however said that the lake gets its colour due to a high level of salinity causing salt-loving algae species Dunaliella salina and pink bacteria growth. This lake keeps its colour the same for the whole year unlike other pink lakes in the world, so you can see it any time of the year. Unfortunately, you cannot visit this lake, because the island is used only for research purposes. But you can still admire its beauty and uniqueness from the air, through helicopter ride.
6. Great Barrier Reef
The most famous and the most unique tourist attraction in Australia is the Great Barrier Reef. If you have been to Australia, and have not seen it, then you have missed a good time. The Great Barrier Reef is among one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The mighty reef spreads on an area of 3000 kilometres at the coast of Queensland. The reef truly is a diver’s dream. If you are an avid diver, snorkeler or even the underwater newbie, the reef offers something for you.
7. Whitsundays Islands, Queensland
The Whitsundays Islands are a composition of 74 islands. Our favourite beach in Australia, Whitehaven beach is located on these islands. There are numerous heavenly beaches with secluded bays on these islands. The Whitsundays Islands are a unique place as they are in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. You can enjoy every type of water sports, you can also enjoy a lazy sunset at the beach. The most concentrated island in the Whitsundays is Hamilton Island, which is perfect for accommodation and different activities. The most happening of the beaches in these islands is Airlie beach.
If you ask me to list down the natural wonders in the world, Uluru is surely making it to the list. It is the largest existing monolith rock in the world. The rock is considered to be an ideal activity at the time of sunrises and sunsets. It will feel like that the rock is changing colours with the changing colours of the sky. Uluru no doubt is a must-visit the place. If you plan your trip to Australia in 2020, you must visit Uluru.
9. Blue Mountains National Park
Another unique natural highlight in Australia is the Blue Mountains National Park. The park is named to be under UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can reach this park from Sydney. The park is named after the blue colour or we can say haze which emanates from the eucalyptus trees on the mountains. It makes a spectacular view making it one of the most famous and unique places in Australia. If you visit the Blue Mountains National Park then you must see three sisters, which is a sandstone rock formation above Jamison valley, gorges, paintings and wildlife species. You can visit the park in the steepest passenger railway in the world, the scenic glass-roofed Katoomba railway.
10. Gippsland Lakes Bioluminescence
The Gippsland Lake glows in the dark. It is not that artificial glow in the dark toys, but a real lake that glows. The phenomenon was first observed in the summers of 2008 and 2009 when the shores of the lake glowed faintly blue at night. This phenomenon although is very light but anyone who takes a dip in the lake, finds magnificent glowing waters. The phenomena happen only in summer. The reason behind it is that the bush fires in 2006 followed by rains in 2007, a massive amount of ash was washed into the lake. This led to a bloom in algae, Noctiluca Scintillans, which naturally is red in colour that glows at night. Now that the algal blooms have decreased, we can just find hues of glows during the midnights in summers. But anyhow, it is a unique sight to see.