Good morning dreamers–hump day back at it! Woo-hoo! It’s all downhill from here…literally. In the spirit of keeping up with #positive #humpday vibes, I picked a place to talk about today that is #6 on the #LonelyPlanet Best in Travel List for 2016…Australia! This past year, my cousin returned home from #downunder with her 3 kids and husband, after living there for 15 years. Hello family reunion right? In a good way though…they’re the family that you WANT to come home, not the family that you want to leave (we all have those right?).
So…Australia. It made this top list because their currency is faltering, meaning the American Dollar can go further than it did in years past. Obviously for other reasons as well, the pure bliss, amazing sites, and pretty good weather. But having their currency be high did stop some travelers in the past. Main places on the list to go to (pretty obvious) are Sydney, Melbourne, the Great Barrier Reef, Byron Bay, and Kangaroo Island (yes, this is a thing). With so many places and things to do, it’s definitely recommended to go there for at least 2 weeks.
Where to start? Kangaroo Island. Located on the tip of South Australia, this island is truly a magical place. You can stay at the local Southern Ocean Lodge (a gem), and have dramatic views of the water and natural landscape. This island is also popular for it’s decadent food and wine (more vino please), so make this a total holiday spot for you! Not to mention the tons of wildlife you will encounter on this island, it’s a perfect balance of relaxation, nature, and adventure.
Next stop, Melbourne. In the neighboring territory of Kangaroo Island, Melbourne is located in Victoria, a logical next stop along your 2 week journey. As the capital of Victoria, is a very popular place to visit. A difference from KI (Kangaroo Island), it’s more of a city vibe. I’m talking cultural food, drinks, experiences, the works! Stay here for a couple days of city exploring and you’re good to go to the next stop!
In New South Wales (just North of Victoria), there are two stops here. Sydney and Byron Bay. Sydney, which most people know of, is famous for it’s stunning opera house and bridge. Both are must see’s in my book, but don’t forget to stop by the local beaches and pools for some refreshment! Byron Bay, North of Sydney, is a famous area known for it’s perfect beaches. Crystal Clear waters and white sand, you’re in for a treat. If you time it correctly, you might even be able to check out a surfing competition.
Last stop in up in Queensland, the infamous Great Barrier Reef. The largest living thing on Earth (you can see it even from space), has over 2,900 individual reefs, 30+ species of whales and dolphins, 1,500 fish species,6 turtle species, 125+ species of sharks and stingrays, and lastly, roughly 17 different types of sea snakes. WOW! That is a ton of different animals all in one area–why would you not go here? Take a day trip to scuba or snorkel, whichever you prefer and indulge yourself in one of the greatest sites in the world!
So, have you been to Australia? What else would you recommend doing? Let me know!