We have been lucky to have seen alot of Australia. In 2012 we circumnavigated the entire country, as well as down the middle, all by overland means. But still there are places left to explore. In the last two years we have been going on quite a few overseas trips, but we have recently become more and more inspired to explore some areas closer to home.
Today I received a pretty awesome book in the mail. Australia’s Top 100 Places to Go – The Ultimate Bucket List, is a large, colourful, inspiration packed book full of ideas for an Australian adventure. The book is divided into chapters by state or territory, and features a large map in the front so you can plan the best route to tick your top favourite experiences off your bucket list.
Looking at the main map on the first page, I was proud to discover that we have already been to many of the places that made the cut. I was happy to see that places like the Pinnacles and Nitmiluk National Park made it into the book. I wasn’t surprised to see that Kakadu and Ningaloo made the cut as well.
Our favourite places on Australia’s Top 100 Places to go
If money was no option, and I could teleport across large distances, which of these Top 100 places would I want to visit again?
Well first I would go back to Ningaloo and swim with whale sharks again. Last time I went, the seas were rough and I spent the entire eight hour journey vomiting. It’s funny in retrospect, but it sure did take away from the experience a little.
Second I would head back to Kakadu National Park. I only had time to visit Kakadu on a day trip, which was amazing, but I would love to spend a good 4 – 5 days out in this incredible place next time.
Next I would go back to Cape Tribulation, which was one of our first family holidays together. I would love to go back to the Exotic Fruit Farm and need to try our luck at spotting a cassowary, we were not successful last time, although we came close once. Then I would head back to The Whitsundays. We didn’t have the best weather last time we visited, and Jacob would love digging in the incredible white silicon sand.
Lastly we would go back to the Great Ocean Road, just because – it’s awesome.
Whats on our Australia’s Top 100 wish list?
1) The top destination on our wish list is Lord Howe Island. A Lord Howe Island holiday, like to Pinetree Lodge has been high up on our list for quite some time. Lord Howe is a serious island paradise. In fact, they only allow 400 people on the island at any one time, so you don’t have to worry about it ever being over crowded. The entire island is also a UNESCO world heritage site, known for it’s great hiking and incredible reefs. We were planning for our next trip to be a Lorde Howe Island holiday, but instead got wooed away by a flight deal.
2) Next we would like to visit Coober Pedy. Coober Pedy is a unique little mining town where you can get opals straight from the source. But opals are not the only thing that intrigue us in Coober Pedy. What really fascinates me about this place is how this entire town is pretty much underground to escape the heat of the desert.
3) Then we would head to pretty much everywhere in Tasmania. Because, it’s Tasmania.
4) Next on the list is the Bungle Bungle Range. The Bungle Bungles are located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The best way to visit the Bungle Bungles is by helicopter, which just was not in the budget when we visited the region in 2012.
5) And finally on our Australia’s Top 100 wish list is Rottnest Island. Rottnest Island is located off the coast of Perth. One of the main reasons I want to visit Rottnest Island is for the cute little quokkas. This small marsupial is only found on the island, where it is relatively safe from predators.
Whats on your Australian bucket list? Let us know in the comments! Want to learn more? Get the book here!