The land Down Under is a true traveler’s heaven with a number of iconic representational sites, known all around the world, even among people who have never been and have no plans to go to Australia. We have all heard about Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, Uluru Rocks, etc., but the truth is that this continent has so much more to offer. Australia is so big that even people who live there have not yet experienced all of it. Due to that fact, the country still hides plenty of undiscovered by tourists and unexplored by the locals, sites, which, if the word gets out, can soon become as famous as all of those most notable highlights. Here are a few of them.

Magnetic Island

Horseshoe Bay

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This island truly justifies its name by being magnetically attractive and making you come back for more of its magic each time. Located near the city of Townsville in Queensland, Magnetic Island has more than 300 sunny days a year, sublime beaches, national park areas, rain forests, walking trails, and an amazing story of its name. The island was named by Captain James Cook who reported that the ships were mysteriously sailing towards it, even when it was not in their line of sight.

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon

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When people are exploring the northern territory of Australia, they usually focus on Ayers Rock, but there is one perfectly enchanting experience “off the beaten track,” which will completely dazzle you. You can simply look around and picnic there, or you can walk around 6km (4 miles) and get to know the area. If you opt for the third one, make sure you pack sufficient of necessary travel accessories, such as backpacks and similar gear.

Philip Island

Philip Island

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This is literally the cutest island in Australia and it is the most ideal place to go with your family. Children will love the flock of minuscule penguins that inhabits Philip Island, and the grownups too will not be able to remain indifferent when they see these adorable birds. Also, this island is home to the largest colony of fur seals in the continent, and many other indigenous animals. Plenty of activities, such as motor car racing and surfing, make this island a great place for adventurists, too.

Esperance

Esperance

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This town is the ultimate getaway located 9 hours drive from Perth. The fact that it is not easy to reach is what gives Esperance its unique charm. Once you reach it, however, you will be so stunned by its beauty that you will forget all about the long travel. The modest and unassuming town will take you far back to history when all the towns had self-catering options and low-rise hotels, and the plentitude of mesmeric beaches will dazzle you with soft white sand and turquoise-navy blue waters.

Margaret River Region

Margaret River

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The greenery, waterfalls, hills, mountains and natural wonders are the needed ingredients for having an amazing time in Australia. Add to that the fascinating gourmet food and delicious wines, and you will understand why Atherton Tablelands is a must on your Australian travel bucket list. One of the most sublime experiences you can get in this area is travel by Kuranda Scenic Railway from Cairns, which will make you feel like a character in some of the “Indiana Jones” movies.

Tasmania

Tasmania

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Sure, we all know Tasmania for its famous inhabitant, Tasmanian devil, but how much we truly know this island and its remaining features. In the Bonorong Wildlife Park you can confirm that there are plenty more interesting animals living in Tasmania, and if you decide to hike Cradle Mountains, you will understand that the island is filled with natural wonders that are yet to be discovered.

Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy

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If you prefer touring some more quirky location, than Coober Pedy is the place for you. Located in the middle of South Australia, this town is famous for producing opal gems and for its interesting underground. Namely, due to high temperatures the people have built their residences underground to remain cool during the hot summer days. The interesting tourism offer includes mine tours and digging opal by yourself.

As you see, Australia has many undiscovered places that are waiting for travel enthusiasts to visit and discover their uniqueness. So pack your bags, and go now, before some of these destinations become mainstream travel  stops.

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This post was written by Emma Lawson. She is an Aussie mom to two, forever in love with nature gems. She loves travelling, exploring and enjoying the life that was given to us. You can see more of her work at @EmmahLawson