Australia is a huge and popular country that welcomes millions of visitors every year. It handled the entire pandemic situation extremely well, so it’s predicted that Oz will remain a popular tourist destination as soon as it’s safe to travel. Most tourists go straight for Sydney or Melbourne, which are amazing cities full of attractions, but the continent offers a plethora of travel destinations that are often overshadowed by these big cities. If you want to dig under the surface and stray from the well-beaten path, here are some Australian cities definitely worth everyone’s attention.
Due to it being located far up in the Northern Territory of Australia, the sparsely populated part of the country, Darwin is often overlooked by tourists and locals. But thanks to tropical breezes, beautiful beaches and laid-back vibe, Darwin is actually a perfect getaway spot from bustling cities. Mindil Beach has a variety of fun activities, but make sure to visit its open-air market with crafts, pottery and food. After your shopping spree, you can relax at the beach with a tasty dinner in your tummy and watch the sunset. Darwin also offers many guided tours like visits to the local rainforest and outback, learning about Aboriginal culture, enjoying a safari, trying your hand at fishing or taking a cruise to the harbor and watching crocks.
This coastal city is blessed with mild weather all year round, which makes it a perfect relaxation destination. Adelaide has a lot of things to offer, especially some picture-perfect beaches that stretch for miles and attract many surfers. This city is full of outdoor activities, culture, art and entertainment, so everyone can find something to keep them occupied. Adelaide has almost 30 parks, a botanic garden, a zoo, various museums and art galleries. You can end every evening at one of the city’s many restaurants and bars, then take a stroll on the banks of the River Torrens (you can even row your own boat and feed hungry ducks).
The Western coast of Australia is ruled by the beautiful Perth city. Even though it’s located at one of the most populous parts of the country, tourists are still quite rare here. But, Perth is not paying any attention to that—it has so much to offer to its residents and people that choose to visit. As soon as you land, make sure to contact car hire at Perth airport and get yourself a good car, so you can explore the city and its surrounding area to the fullest. With your car, you can even hit The Swan Valley, one of Australia’s oldest wine regions—a wine and cheese nirvana, with 32km of roads rich with food and wine. As long as you have a designated driver, you can taste the wine, eat, explore the wildlife, pet farm animals, cool off at a water park and visit a chocolate factory for dessert!
Also in Western Australia, Broome is a small and quiet place with friendly locals. Broome is only known to backpackers who usually love the chill vibes and pretty scenery of the area. Make sure to visit Horizontal Falls (the water falls horizontally due to tidal currents) and check out Cable Beach with its white sand. If you’re a history buff, you’ll love Town Beach, known for dinosaur prints that were left here some 130 million years ago. In Broome, you can also go bird-watching, rent a quad and hit the dunes or hop on a camel to ride off into the sunset.
North Eastern Victoria is home to a fist-full of not-so-well-known towns, but their gorges and hiking trails to the valleys of Mount Beauty are very well-known. These little towns have calm weather and chill atmosphere and every person overwhelmed by the city sounds and lights will love to escape to these parts. This part of Australia is also home to two of the best Australian parks, Alpine National Park and Big Hill Mountain National Park. Make sure to book an outing and have a Mount Beauty Gorges Walk and the Mount Beauty Pondage.
This city is quite popular among backpackers, but not so much among the regular tourists. Cairns is a place that offers a glimpse into the inner beauties of Australia thanks to places like Kuranda Village and Kuranda Scenic Railway. Make sure to also check out the Skyrail Cableway. From Cairns, you can easily reach other places like Port Douglas, Mareeba and Atherton. If you’re a party animal, you have a lot to look forward to in Cairns with its party cruises and wild beach events.
With the plethora of options above, know you know that Sydney and Melbourne are not your only two options for an Aussie adventure. These underrated cities and towns in Australia will take you off the beaten trail and fill your vacation with natural wonders, serenity, hikes, trails and even super fun parties. These spots will show you why Australia is one of the best places to enjoy life.