Insider Tips - Australia

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Our top insider tips for Australia:

 

Australian animals

Wilsons Promontory National Park is a paradise for animal lovers. There are wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, possums, emus, and koalas - who are all largely active at dusk. Visitors can also see thousands of waterfowl live in the eucalyptus forests and swamps in the river estuary. There are many dolphins, penguins and seals that can be seen from the countless white beaches around the peninsula too. It is possible to actually stay in the national park itself - at the Tidal River campsite, which has pitches for tents as well as flats and cabins. Tel. 03 56 80 95 00 | Budget

 

Lonely beaches in Western Australia

Cape Leveque on the Dampier Peninsula (largely belonging to the Aborigines) is one of the best-kept secrets among Australia’s nature-lovers. You can either go fishing, explore or sunbathe on the gorgeous and deserted beaches. It is in the perfect location for off-road driving enthusiasts and visitors can even camp here at the Kooljaman campsite. The campsite has luxury safari tents, cabins and pitches for personal tents. The prices range from budget to expensive and advance booking is essential. Tel. 08 91 92 49 70

 

Countryside with a difference

The Alice Springs Desert Park is situated right in the heart of Australia. The park is a mixture of a museum and zoological garden and provides an insight into the natural history of the surrounding desert. Larapinta Drive | Daily 7.30am-6pm | A$20

 

Paradise park

The Cape Range National Park borders Ningaloo Reef and is 39km (24mi) from Exmouth. It has a number of unique geological features as well as fossils and 630 flowering plants. The park is an outstanding place to visit and is best explored with Ningaloo Safari Tours. 23 Ningaloo Street | Tel. 08 99 49 15 50 | A$195

 

Remote gorge

A visit to Carnarvon National Park is an unforgetable trek that takes you back to the time dinosaurs roamed the earth. You can see ancient species of plants that have survived in the 200m (656ft)-deep gorge of the Carnarvon River. The sheer overhanging cliffs also conceal rock paintings and handprints made by the Garinbal Aborigines thousands of years ago. Visitors are able to camp in the park but it is essential that you register weeks in advance. An alternative place to stay is at the Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge, where there are 30 unique safari cabins to choose from. Tel. 07 49 84 45 03 | Moderate-Expensive

 

Royal Botanic Garden

The botanic garden on the shore of the Yarra covers more than 8½ acres and is Sydney’s green gem. There are lakes, foot and cycle paths, formal gardens, elegant tea rooms, parrots, more than 60,000 rare species of plant, flying foxes and nocturnally active possums. In the summer there are also open-air performances on the Sydney Myer Music Bowl Stage. 

 

Pretty fishing township

There is a gorgeous beach called Apollo Bay in an inviting fishing village just 130km (80mi) southwest of Melbourne. Further inland you can find a lovely countryside along the Great Ocean Road which is well worth a visit. Accommodation is available at Captain’s at the Bay. 21 Pascoe St. | Tel. 03 52 37 67 71 | Moderate

 

A natural phenomenon

Broome's biggest attraction is a 22km (14mi) long sandy beach from which the Staircase to the Moon phenomenon can be seen. The unique and natural spectacle depicts the illusion of a staircase leading up to the earth's only natural satellite and is created when the moon is full and the tide is extremely low. It only happens between March and October and occurs three times a month when the moon shines across the mudflats at Roebuck Bay. Exact dates can be obtained from the tourist office. Cable Beach | Broome

 

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