Australia’s quirkiest haunts4 min read . Updated: 25 Aug 2020, 09:39 AM IST
- We bring to you a list of 10 most unique experiences that you can only find in Australia.
When you think of an Australian holiday, you picture vast blue waters and sunny beaches, the iconic Great Barrier Reef, red sands of Uluru, extraordinary wildlife found nowhere else on earth, vineyards of Hunter Valley, the list goes on! This is what places this magnificent paradise on almost every traveller’s bucket list.
But not many are aware that there is much more to Australia than beer, barbeques and beaches. Here is a list of our favourite odd ball experiences that you can put on the docket for your next Australian adventure!
1. The Edge of the World, The Tarkine (TAS):
A 90-minute drive south-west of Stanley on the edge of the Tarkine rainforest, The Edge of the World is literally what its name suggests. This is the longest uninterrupted expanse of ocean on the Earth. One has to traverse 20,000 kilometres of blue seas before you hit the closest continent – South America. The Edge of the World is located at the mouth of the Arthur river and is a treat for your lungs as it has some of the cleanest air in the world.
2. Nowhere Else Road, Eyre Peninsula (SA):
This dirt track located in the South Australian Outback actually leads somewhere! Nowhere Else Road runs through the Eyre Peninsula, starting in the coastal town of Sheringa, a 135km drive north of Port Lincoln. The road sign has become a bane for authorities as it constantly gets stolen by visitors wanting a souvenir from their drive to hang on top of their bar or in the lounge.
3. Gnomesville, The Ferguson Valley (WA):
As the story goes, a random gnome appeared in this village and other people placed their gnomes next to it to give it company! This community-driven gnome village is home to over three thousand gnomes today in all shapes and sizes. Gnomesville is located about 30km south-east of Bunbury, and has become a major tourist magnet. So, bring along a gnome to add to the quirky collection!
4. The Big Dish, Canberra (ACT):
An hour’s drive from Canberra, the Big Dish is an absolute must-visit for all the young scientific minds! The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex features a number of 'big dish' antennas that support inter-planetary spacecraft missions by receiving and sending data to spacecrafts exploring the solar system. Fun fact: this site also played a crucial role in the original moon landing!
5. Birdsville, Outback Queensland (QLD):
This quaint town with a population of just about 100 people offers a real outback adventure! From its beautiful gibber plains, braided Channel Country and there are lots of great activities for the whole family. Watch the sunset over the Big Red, the tallest sand dune in the Simpson desert or enjoy the iconic Birdsville Races. Birdsville is situated at the end of the Birdsville Track on the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert.
6. Bubble Bubble, Keep River National Park (NT):
The name ‘Bubble Bubble’ comes from almost ‘beehive’ like landforms which are formed onsite, a miracle of nature carved by wind and water. Located 470km west of Katherine in Keep River National Park and largely unknown outside of the Northern Territory, Bubble Bubble is similar to the more famous Bungle Bungles, a similar formation which is much larger in size. You can reach the formations by walking down the park’s Jarnem Loop Walk.
7. The UFO Capital of Australia, Wycliffe Well (NT):
UFO enthusiasts from down under and beyond have been coming to Wycliffe Well since World War II where locals wholeheartedly stand by the sightings. The flat 360 degree view and vast expanse of desert make it easy to see any movement in the sky. A stop-over between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek will land you in one of the world’s top UFO sighting spots. Don’t worry if you aren’t able to spot one. The town is also big on beer!
8. Eggs and Bacon Bay, Huon Valley (TAS):
Yes! This is a real place in Australia and it’s not called that because it serves the best eggs and bacon breakfast in town! As the legend goes, Lady Jane Franklin named it after her favourite breakfast. But the name actually came from a wildflower called the eggs and bacon flower, which covers the slopes over the bay in early summer. Located in Huon Valley, the pretty bay is a very popular fishing and camping spot.
9. Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Course, Coober Pedy (SA):
This golf course is minus the greens, well literally so! This 18-hole completely grass-less golf course features on the list of the top 10 most unusual golf courses in the world. Without a blade of grass, the greens are red and the fairways white. Many golfers have sighted opal whilst playing a round at Coober Pedy too!
10. Mira Mira, Crossover (VIC):
Fancy staying in an underground cave or an enchanted forest tree-house or even a Japanese Zen Retreat on your Australian vacation? Located at just a 90-minute drive from Melbourne is the fantasy-style retreat of Mira Mira where every room is inspired by a fairy tale – from the cave of the Hobbit to British cottages out of a Famous Five story. This has to be your weirdest hotel accommodation ever!
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