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8 Unique places in Australia you didn’t know existed

What should you not miss in Australia? Here is a list of the top travel destinations within Australia. 8 Unique places in Australia and best holiday spots to visit:

1. El Questro Homestead – The Kimberleys, Western Australia

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This luxurious resort is located in the Kimberly region, in Western Australia.  There are 9 suites here, all designed for couples (top of 18 guests at any one time), each consisting of incredible views.

The El Questro Homestead opened in the East Kimberley in 1993, and remains a very remote accommodation option.  Accessible by a flight from Broome or Perth to Kununurra, and followed by a long drive.

The property of El Questro is still going strong, considering the extreme conditions of the climate.

The lodge closes every year during the wet season, when repairs are completed prior to reopening for the dry season, such as grading the roads afresh and moving big rocks that have shifted to re- mark trails. 

GETTING THERE:

El Questro is accessible by flight from Broome or Perth to Kununurra, then a long drive to the large property.

BEST ACTIVITIES:

The El Questro Homestead and surrounding property features a range of wilderness experiences, exquisite meal options and luxurious accommodation.

Adventures range from lounging by the pool, to horse riding, helicopter and boat rides. There are also plenty of hiking options. Activities are followed by dinner on the balcony beneath the stars.

The million-acre property also offers soaking in the hot springs and tropical gorges to explore.

The El Questro Hot Springs is one of the most Unique places in Australia to visit.
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Related Post: Incredible things to do in Broome, Western Australia on a budget

2. Longitude 131, Northern Territory

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This extremely luxurious accommodation in Central Australia overlooks uluru and Kata Tjuta with an eco-conscious and romantic atmosphere.  Enjoy the infinite time, endless space and the sweet sound of silence.

GETTING THERE:

There are direct flights to Ayres Rock Airport on selected days, via Alice Springs from Sydney.

Flights from other capital cities can connect via some of these flights.

A complimentary return 4WD transfers guests from Ayers Rock Airport to Longitude 131° (approximately 15 minutes). 

BEST ACTIVITIES:

Activities range from relaxing in the luxurious accommodation or indulging in a spa package, to private exploring the base if Uluru or Kata Tjuta, to scenic plane flights, and outback cycling.

One of the best things to do in Australia is staring at the stars from the open desert.

Devour some drinks while gazing at Uluru and Kata Tjuta, with an indigenous inspired dinner while taking in the nation’s spiritual centre under a glittering star filled sky.

The accommodation at Longtitude 131 is one of the most unique places in Australia to visit.
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3. The Treehouse, Byron Bay- Wategoes beach NSW

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Unique places in Australia could not be complete without mentioning Byron Bay.

Staying in Byron Bay and the surrounding areas is a unique adventure in itself.  Most people are familiar with the activities and climate of this unique part of Australia, resulting in Byron Bays popularity for holidayers and travellers.

The Tree House accommodation in Byron Bay is not as well known, but should be on your list.  This spacious studio reflects the “Byron ethos”, providing a unique place to relax and unwind.

Perfect for couples, this is one of the unique experiences in Byron you will not forget.

GETTING THERE:

Nestled in the forest below the Cape Byron Lighthouse, The Tree House is 5 minutes from Byron Bay.

BEST ACTIVITIES:

Relaxing, strolling down to the beach, or a 3km drive to the centre of Byron.

Gazing out at Wategoes beach from the treetops.

The Tree House in Byron Bay is one of the most unique places in Australia to visit.
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4. Fraser Island 4WD beach exploring

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Visiting Fraser Island is one of the best things to do in Australia, where you can drive along the vast sandy beach. As Fraser Island is predominantly made of sand, it must only be driven on using a 4WD. Ensure to get a permit beforehand, and keep in mind the changing tides.

See here: for ROAD ETIQUETTE ON FRASER ISLAND

GETTING THERE:

To reach Fraser Island you could drive from Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly from Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney to Hervey Bay, the transfer point for trips to the island.

Hervey bay is easily accessible by public transport, as it is a stop for all main bus and train routes along the east coast.

BEST ACTIVITIES:

4WD along the lengthy beach sands, visiting Lake McKenzie or Lake Wabby and don’t miss the spectacular drive along the full length of 75 Mile Beach or seeing the wild dingoes.

Fraser Island is one of the most unique places in Australia to visit.
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5. Conondale National Park 

Located in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, 110 km north of Brisbane, the Conondale National Park has a tonne of natural beauty. From lush rainforests and eucalyptus forests, you could choose to swim beneath waterfalls or in calm, boulder-dotted creeks.

GETTING THERE: Drive north along the Bruce HWY towards the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane, veer left after the Glass House Mountains.

BEST ACTIVITIES: A highlight is Booloumba Creek where you can swing yourself into the crystal blue green water below from up in a tree.

Booloumba Creek is one of the most unique places in Australia to visit.
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6. Noosa Fairy Pools, QLD

These Fairy pools at Noosa Heads are a gorgeous way to relax and give your skin a break from the Queensland sun.

The small pool is separated from the ocean at low tide but the larger is usually accessible at high tide when fewer waves crash over the rocks to refill the pool.

Snorkelling is possible when the pools are cut off and the water is calmer.

It’s fun to leap into the deeper section of the large pool, and it’s best to familiarise yourself with the water depth and rocks beforehand, as there are rocks beneath the water.

GETTING THERE:

The Fairy pools are within the Noosa National park and can be accessed the (often busy) beach car park at Little Cove, on the edge of Noosa village.

An easier option, is to through the national park from the Sunshine Beach side. There are entrances from Parkedge Road and The Esplanade. 

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BEST ACTIVITIES:

Aside from lounging in the fairy pools, other activities nearby are snorkelling when the water is calm and scenic bush hikes.

Oaks Australia currently have resort and hotel deals for the Sunshine Coast, and Australia wide!

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7 Mona Pavilions, Hobart, Tasmania

mona.net.au/stay/mona-pavilions

A definite addition to this list of 8 Unique places in Australia is MONA in Hobart, Tasmania.

You may have heard of MONA, the modern art museum in Hobart, but you may not be aware of the luxury accommodation available at MONA.

Situated on the hill at MONA overlooking the Derwent river, each pavllion is named after Australian architects and artists.

Included in your stay are Breakfast, wine bar, bath robes, wifi and personal security.

GETTING THERE:

MONA is accessible by the daily MONA FERRY which departs from Salamance at schedules times throughout the day, which takes 25 mins.

Mona is located eleven kilometres north of Hobart, Tasmania twenty minutes by road. Parking is free, but there’s not much of it. Allow twenty minutes.

BEST ACTIVITIES:

Relaxing in your luxury accommodation.
Private tours of MONA Museum.
Dining in the Source Restaurant.
Wine bar stocked with Moorilla wine and Moo Brew beer (for purchase)
Gym, sauna and heated infinity pool

The accommodation at MONA in Hobart, is one of the most unique places in Australia to visit.
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8  Kooljaman at Cape Leveque, Western Australia

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Indigenous history, along with this remote accommodation, in a spectacular environment, have put Kooljaman at Cape Leveque on the map. Visting this remote area is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Australia.

Kooljaman is a remote wilderness camp owned and run by the Indigenous Bardi Jawi Communities, Kooljaman is sustained by solar power and local bore water.

Kooljaman is situated at Cape Leveque on native title land, where the locals invite you to share the pristine, diverse wilderness and unique landscape.

GETTING THERE: 2 and a half hours drive North from Broome, or fly direct from Broome or Derby. Both day and overnight trips are available.

As you will be travelling across Aboriginal land, please respect the culture of the people, by observing the no entry signs on private roads.  These signs protect law grounds, burial sites and other traditionally significant areas.

BEST ACTIVITIES: Relaxing and taking in the incredibly unique and stunning surrounds.  Fishing, swimming, snorkelling, hiking, whale watching.

Kooljaman at Cape Leveque is one of the most unique places in Australia to visit.
Source: kooljaman.com.au

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I’d love to hear your comments below, on this list of top 8 Unique places in Australia or on any other unique and best things to do in Australia you have discovered! 🙂

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