10 Fantastic Offbeat Destinations In Australia

Australia offers vibrant beaches, vast open spaces, delicious cuisine, affable locals, and some of the most exotic animals in the world among plenty of other things. You can explore some of the most stunning attractions this incredible country has to offer. It is not just a dream destination for many backpackers who book the cheapest flight to Australia but for other travelers around the world as well.

Take a random road and follow it through small towns, countryside. Stop somewhere nice, maybe a small town near a river, have a swim with the locals. Eat lunch at the pub overlooking the river, and stay for a night at the hotel. Drink more beer, have more conversations, ask questions. Try the blackboard special - chicken parmigiana. Or the surprisingly good Moroccan lamb with couscous if you prefer.

If you really want to know Australia though, you have to know the dry and dusty places. And they are definitely not all the same. And there are flies there…

Australia is huge. It may not be the biggest country in the world, but it’s up there. And it has more remoteness and long distances than any other country - by far.

Offbeat Destinations In Australia

If you happen to be one such traveler, here is a list of some of the best offbeat destinations you can explore in Australia.

1. Broome


Broome, located in the Kimberley region is one of the few civilized destinations that this desert region has. The place where red sand joins the sea, the slogan of this city can not be more appropriate. Broome was once the center of the world pearl industry. Nowadays, you can buy pearls there, as well as visit a dedicated museum.

Cable Beach is worth it for watching the sunset from there. There is also the possibility of riding a camel on the beach. There are many things that can be done in the Northern Territory of Australia! Fly over the horizontal waterfalls of Talbot Bay by seaplane. It is about impressive rock formations, but both the views and the contrasts of color are wonderful there.

2. Barossa Valley


Mountain range located to the north of Adelaide, the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park constitutes one of the most beautiful natural spaces of Australia, in the border with the Simpson Desert. The truth is that it is an area not very far from Adelaide, with forests, mountains and the beginning of a desert of red sand that extends to the north of the mountain range.

The Flinders Mountains should be considered a mandatory stage in any trip to Australia. If you are lucky enough to spend a night in the heart of the natural park, do not miss the sunset that inks the skirts of the mountains of an absolutely unforgettable red color.

Continue to the Yourambulla caves to appreciate the aboriginal art and then advance to Wilpena Pound, located in the center of the Flinders Rangers National Park. Not to mention the ancient history and geology of the land that follows you no matter where you are in the Ranges.

Afterwards, you can go to Quorn, known for its steam train trips to and from Port Augusta. Travel to the Barossa and Clare Valley Wine Region. This region is located in the beautiful north of Mount Lofty Ranges and is nestled between wooded hills and extensive vineyards.

You can visit the neighboring towns of Burra and Kapunda. Do not miss the oldest winery called Sevenhill, a historic and beautiful winery founded by the Jesuits.

3. Phillip Island


In the state of Victoria is one of the most beautiful and famous coast roads, the Great Ocean Road, where you can visit the concocted limestone pinnacles of the Twelve Apostles. See whales, stroll along its beaches, enjoy its national parks and visit its fishing villages. Melbourne is a city with great cultural, sports and gastronomic diversity.

At Phillip Island observe each night as hundreds of penguins come out to take refuge in their caves, a spectacle of nature worth observing. If you are a lover of good food, we recommend the Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley wine region.

4. Canberra


One of the most popular cities and the glorious capital of Australia, Canberra is a fantastic place to explore. Lying only on the border of being an offbeat destination, there are scores of attractions to enjoy here. It is best to give a day or two just to explore Canberra and its many attractions which include some of the best and most spectacular Australian festivals.

The fabulous city witnesses a lot of tourist traffic many of which happen to be repeat visitors who can't seem to get enough if this amazing place.

5. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park


Australia is a huge nation with many different sides and is one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit. It has large cities with soaring skyscrapers, but it also has vast swaths of undeveloped land in the Outback. And if you are looking for a serene trip then you should definitely explore some of the natural beauty that this fantastic place has to offer.

You could check out Uluru if you are looking to see an iconic natural monument. Known also as Ayers Rock, this sandstone rock formation is absolutely breathtaking. Its size alone is boggling, but it is the beauty of the location that really makes this such a serene experience.

6. Alice Springs


Most Australians don’t know the true outback. They’ve probably heard of the Pilbara, or the Gunbarrel Highway, but wouldn’t know anything about it. It’s a rare breed of tourist who will travel through the true outback. The corrugated dirt roads that run for hundreds of kilometres, or just faint tyre tracks leading to cool, shady waterholes hidden in a small gorge only the locals know about.

Once again, it’s often only a beer with a local at the pub which will unlock the secrets of the area. Don’t be shy. By now, you should have your own stubby holder, or collection. You can tell a lot about a person by their stubby holder. Don’t be afraid to put your stubby holder on the bar, and stick a local beer in it.

From the cane fields on fire at sunset near Innisfail, to the Great Ocean Road. All good and well. But head properly west sometime and see the Pilbara and Kimberleys. Everything is definitely not bigger in Texas.

Hermannsburg and especially Palm Valley due to their remoteness are less crowded with tourists than other attractions in the Australian Red Centre. That makes them worth visiting for every Outback enthusiast!

7. Newcastle


Popularly considered as a blue water paradise owing to its vast stretches of clean, white sandy beaches, Port Stephens is a breathtakingly beautiful place to visit. Offering some of the most delicious and fresh seafood in the region, the tourism industry here is fast becoming one of the most lively ones in the country.

A fantastic alternative to those who have been to Sydney too many times, Port Stephens does not disappoint with its spectacular beauty and lively ambiance.

With an increasing number of tourists exploring more offbeat destinations in Australia, Hunter Valley has proved itself to be worthy of a visit as well. A paradise for wine lovers, this is where you will find the vineyards and wine cellars of the famed De Luliis, McGuigan, Tyrell's, and Briar Ridge among others.

The Hunter Valley Wine School is a fantastic place to visit and learn all you possibly can about wine. The restaurants here serve only the best when it comes to wine and it’s coupled with delicious food made from fresh local produce.

8. Darwin


Australia is famed for its wildlife experiences. From cuddly Koalas to bouncing Kangaroos, the opportunity to get up close and personal with one of our native animals shouldn't be overlooked. But a crocodile? We wouldn't recommend spending too much time with one of these sharp-toothed beasties unless you happen to visit Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin City.

Take the plunge with the Cage of Death, and spend 15 minutes of your life lowered down into a crocodile pen. Meet Chopper, Axel, and William and Kate (not the Royal couple), and say hello to these amazing reptiles from the safe confines of your water-bound cage as you travel Australia.

9. Grampians National Park


Follow the yellow arrows from the car park and you can’t go wrong. As well as the views you’ll come across an amazing number of native animals, and the diversity of vegetation is enough to keep amateur botanists content for weeks.

10. Cape Tribulation


Cape Tribulation is a massive rainforest that meets the Great Barrier Reef. There are spectacular waterfalls, gorges and swimming pools in Northern Territory.
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