Australia and New Zealand could also be distant from just about everybody, however they’re each sizzling on the listing for most adventurers. And so they need to be. They’re superior.
Since they’re so shut to one another although, they have a tendency to get lumped collectively, which makes us cry a bit of inside. We’re gonna allow you to in on a bit of secret right here: they may not be extra totally different!
The principle variations are these: Australia is large, whereas New Zealand is tiny. Australia is freakishly sizzling at occasions, whereas New Zealand is a standard quantity of sizzling. Australia is pretty flat in components, whereas New Zealand is hilly as hell. However they’re each unbelievable international locations to go to, with extra locations to discover than your little legs will take you to.
So, we’re spilling the beans on some wild card locations in every nation for 4 sorts of traveler, so your journey will stand out from the remaining.
For the seashore babe (or buoy)
Noah’s Seashore, Cape Tribulation (Oz)
Australia has clearly been hit with the gorgeous seashore stick. It’s received greater than 10,000 seashores to select from and so they’re just about all value a go to. It’s not honest, however that’s life.
Most individuals searching for a seashore head straight to the squeaky white sands of Whitehaven Seashore within the Whitsundays – and so they’re proper to. It’s actually postcard excellent! However enterprise a bit of additional up the East Coast to Cape Tribulation and also you’ll be rewarded with the lengthy stretch of extensive white sand that is Noah’s Seashore.
You’ll battle to seek out quite a lot of souls on the seashore at anyone time, and it’s backed by the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest. Take advantage of it and camp simply past the timber.
The one draw back? Tropical North Queensland is saltwater crocodile nation so you may’t swim within the ocean, however there are many swim holes in Cape Tribulation which might be protected to chill off in.
New Pals Seashore, Coromandel (NZ)
You possibly can at all times depend on good ol’ Aotearoa (that’s Māori for New Zealand, btw) to convey the products in the case of nature. OK, so it hasn’t received anyplace close to as many seashores to select from as its larger, hotter neighbor, however they do are usually much less crowded.
One such seashore is New Pals Seashore on the Coromandel Peninsula, the place the waters are hotter and the views are simply as sizzling. It’s solely accessible by foot or boat, although. However that simply means you could be positive you gained’t be sharing the sand with a whole bunch of different folks.
Make the drive to Whangapoua (one other nice seashore) and observe the trail on the left-hand facet of the seashore over tree trunks and rocks. Round 30 minutes later you’ll be in your personal little oasis.
Stick a Jack Johnson music on and loosen up in peace. Or hike as much as the lookout for even higher views.
For the hiker
Hinchinbrook Island (Oz)
Don’t be fooled by the truth that Hinchinbrook Island is the biggest island on the Nice Barrier Reef. To guard all that’s nice and fantastic, solely 40 folks are allowed to keep on the island at anyone time. It’s a hiker’s heaven.
Take a ship from Lucinda on the mainland to Ramsay Bay or George’s Level and change off from there. The principle motive folks go to the island is to hike the 20mi Thorsborne Path alongside the island’s east coast. It takes round 5 days however you may make it longer if you wish to. And with tenting costing a mere AUD$5 per day, staying longer shouldn’t be precisely going to interrupt the financial institution. Be sure to’re ready although, it’s not for the faint hearted.
For one thing much less difficult, attempt the Prince Henry Cliff Stroll within the Blue Mountains, New South Wales. The four.5mi (a technique) hike hugs the cliff fringe of the mountain vary, that are named after the blue tinge they put on when seen from a distance.
Pouakai Crossing, Taranaki (NZ)
New Zealand is understood for its tramps (that’s hikes to you). It’s received hundreds to select from that take you thru each sort of surroundings you’d anticipate to see within the land that introduced Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to life – deep valleys, snow-capped mountains and wealthy forest.
If you happen to’re searching for a full day hike that ticks off all of these, attempt the 11.5mi Pouakai Crossing in the Taranaki area on the nation’s West Coast. It’s a lot quieter than the well-known Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand’s oldest nationwide park, so no want to fret about being photobombed or your overly aggressive facet popping out when one other hiker overtakes you. Doesn’t occur to you? Simply us then. That’s embarrassing…
For the island lover
Kangaroo Island (Oz)
Is it even a correct journey to Australia in case you don’t see a kangaroo? Leap on a ferry for 45 minutes from Adelaide and bam! You’ll be hanging out with Skippy and his mates very quickly.
It’s wild and filled with different animals, together with koalas, sea lions and wallabies. And it’s rocking the, err, rock formation factor. Plus, it’s received 315mi+ of shoreline with a number of the greatest seashores any island lover may need. Fancy frolicking in rock swimming pools? It’s received ‘em. Wanna catch waves with dolphins? You bought it. Are you able to get your tan on amongst sea lions and white sand? You betcha, buddy.
Whakaari (White) Island (NZ)
This tiny little island off the east coast of the North Island is undoubtedly not your common island, however boy, is it sizzling! It’s really the dwelling of New Zealand’s most lively volcano. See, informed you it was totally different.
Be part of a strolling tour of the island, studying concerning the historical past of the volcano earlier than heading to the crater the place your (tremendous cool) yellow hardhats and gasoline masks will defend you from the spitting lava and poisonous gases. Whakaari (White) Island is for the intense island adventurer!
For the character lover
Tassie, because it’s affectionately identified, is critically underrated as a vacation spot. It’s received journey popping out of its ears (if islands had ears). Suppose heat blue waters, white sand seashores, artsy cities and bumbling wombats and elusive Tasmanian Devils.
Plus, it’s received inexperienced rolling hills for days. You possibly can simply assume you had been touring the nice English countryside, till you hit the seashore or soften within the Australian solar, obvs.
It’s additionally dwelling to World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair Nationwide Park. The park’s star is Cradle Mountain, which sits at over 5,000ft above sea stage. Spectacular rocky outcrops encompass pine forests, calm lakes and flowering heaths. You’ll really feel such as you’re in one other land. And who doesn’t need that on an adventurous journey Down Beneath?
Catlins Forest Park (NZ)
New Zealand’s South Island wins the award for the nation’s most spectacular nationwide parks. Milford Sound, Fiordland Nationwide Park and Abel Tasman Nationwide Park are all slap-you-in-the-face stunning, so they need to be on any traveler’s listing of locations to take a look at. However so ought to Catlins Forest Park.
Sitting fairly simply up the street from the Southern-most level of the South Island (Slope Level), the park is as inexperienced as your mates shall be when you present them images out of your journey.
There are numerous hikes to get misplaced on that may take you thru moss-laden forest to Purakaunui Falls, Matai Falls and McLean Falls. Or observe coastal tracks to blowholes, surf spots and the mahoosive Cathedral Caves. Oh, and there’s a shipwreck and a century-old lighthouse to discover. OK, we’re performed now.