Heritage Destinations Australia

Heritage Destinations Australia

Australia has plenty of icon areas including Sydney Harbour, The Great Barrier Reef, and Uluru. But there are plenty of undiscovered places that will convince you to look further afield and that are sure to feature increasingly on tourist itineraries.

In Queensland, Mission Beach is a relaxed, tropical beachfront town with more than 14 kilometres of magnificent beaches. Two World Heritage areas, The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest, come together here to form a tropical paradise.

In New South Wales, the historic inland city of Orange is making a big splash. Orange was the birthplace of one of Australia’s most famous poets, Banjo Patterson. These days it’s becoming increasingly well known for its gourmet produce and wineries.  Nearby Mudgee is a major wine producing area, and it also boasts classic architecture from the time of Queen Victoria.

The south coast of New South Wales is making waves too. Sydneysiders have been flocking south for years, but the pristine beaches, national parks and delightful coastal towns are now attracting international visitors in search of Australian beach culture and nature.

Make sure to stop off at Narooma, a scenic fishing town located 348km south of Sydney. Narooma is a good base to explore several local attractions, including nearby Montague Island Nature Reserve.

You can stay overnight in a lighthouse cottage here, or take a boat trip to see the State’s largest fairy penguin colony, and the State’s largest fur seal colony. Whales come very close to tour boats during their annual migration.

Close to Narooma are the heritage-classified villages of Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba. Visitors love the cafes, gardens, quaint wooden buildings, antique stores, art galleries, cheese factory, and old-fashioned stores.

Another up and coming area is the Tweed region of northern New South Wales. This area is nestled in the caldera of an ancient volcano, and offers World Heritage-listed rainforests, rolling green farmland, and unspoilt beaches.

In Victoria are The Goldfields, this region is made up of a series of historic towns and cities that prospered during the 1850s gold rush. Gold fever hit Victoria in 1851, three years after the Californian gold rush started in the USA.  The Goldfields area is known for its magnificent architecture and fresh regional produce. A key attraction is the Victorian Goldfields Railway.

Meanwhile, in South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula you can dive with the great white sharks, swim with sealions, and snorkel with giant cuttlefish.  The great white shark dive is the only one of its kind in Australia. A close encounter from the safety of a reinforced cage is almost guaranteed.

An eco-tourism operation with a difference allows visitors to swim with wild Australian Sea Lions, off the remote hamlet of Baird Bay. In addition to swimming with sea lions and sharks, visitors to the region can hand-feed tuna, visit an underwater viewing tunnel, or join them for a swim in a fish-farming pen.

Meanwhile, every year between the months of May and August, thousands of Giant Australian Cuttlefish converge along the rocky coastline near Whyalla.

In the Northern Territory head to the Barkly region, home to grassy plains, huge cattle stations, adventurous four-wheel drive tracks, and the precariously balanced Devils Marbles.

In the township of Tennant Creek, you can visit the Overland Telegraph Station, discover the history of Australia’s last gold rush, and drop in to the Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre. Here you can meet Indigenous artists, learn more about Aboriginal Australia, and buy Aboriginal art.

Tasmania’s Flinders Island is an emerging destination for tourists too. It’s one of 51 islands that make up the remains of a land bridge that once connected Tasmania to mainland Australia. The landscape ranges from dramatic pink and grey granite cliffs to gentle green farmland. More than 200 species of bird visit or live on the island, ranging from the tiny superb wren to the giant wandering albatross.

, , , , , ,