Australia is in the top 10 countries worth to live and to travel, apart from the significant economic growth. You would be surprised to know that Australian and New Zealand are always the two final destinations of most European backpackers after exploring the rich cultures and authentic vibe of Southeast Asia countries. The spectacular beauty of nature, red-earthed desert, sunny beaches, rugged national parks and the vibrant multicultural cities have made Australia becoming one of the most popular destinations for backpacker and budget travellers.
As an international student, it’s pretty amzing to spend 3-4 years of your degree in Australia, so why not grab the chance to explore it? Travelling can also help understand the culture since Australians young and old love backpacking, hiking and the outdoors. Sounds like a typical Hollywood movie, but it’s entirely accurate.
Here are some destinations in Australia that you should visit during your summer and winter holidays or even during your mid-semester break:
Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Great Ocean Road is listed as an Australian National Heritage, ab243 kilometres stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. It might take around 3-4 hours drive from the city centre of Melbourne, and the view is spectacular. Hiring a car is the best solution so you can drop by some small town around the coast for a cup of coffee, take photos or just for fresh air. Embrace yourself when driving along the coastal road, it is an unforgettable, thrilling and almost endless ride.
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Sometimes you are wondering why you cannot see people ride kangaroos to schools or the offices in the CBD. Well, visiting Kangaroo Island with its diverse wildlife of kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and bird life could make your dream come true. It’s only a few hours drive from Adelaide to the South, but you also need to catch a ferry to get there.
Imagine: Fishing at noon for dinner, camping at night under the stars and waking up with kangaroos hopping outside of your tent, what more could you ask for?
Uluru, Northern Territory
Uluru is a massive sandstone in the heart of Northern Territory’s Red Centre desert so you can take a 4 hour flight from Sydney to Alice Springs then another 2 hour drive to the destination. If you have heard the story about the famous DINGO CASE in Australia, you should visit here to see the dingos with your very own eyes. Booking a tour is suggested, where full accommodation, camel riding, foods, drinks and other hiking facilities are prepared for you (it’s a bit unsafe sleeping alone in the middle of a massive desert).
Daintree National Park
Daintree National Park is a national park in Far North Queensland, which you can easily drive from CBD Queensland. Trekking and hiking are the most common activities in the national park, which gives you more insight about the various plants and beauties of nature. Kayaking is also another option if you have a steady hand to paddle and if you know how to swim. It is suggested to book a camping site where it is safe from Australia’s dangerous wildlife such as crocodiles, spiders and snakes, rather than individually camping without permission.
So plan ahead, pack your bags and set off to see the sights alone or with your friends! Make sure to stay safe and have fun! What are you waiting for?
Last modified: June 27, 2016