Some people think you shouldnâ€™t travel until you can do your destination â€œjustice.â€ That usually Â means spending at least a month there, sinking yourself into the surroundings and leaving as few stones unturned as possible.
I understand the sentiment. But if I waited until I had a month to spare, Iâ€™d never go anywhere! I usually make do with 16 days or so. Thatâ€™s barely enough for a small country, and itâ€™s totally inadequate for Australia. I left so Australian destinations unseen that I have a huge craving to return.
So, where would I go when I return? Here are just a few of my Australian adventure destinations for my second visit.
Coober PedyÂ – An Odd Slice of Desert
Why would I want to go to a dry, treeless, hot place in the desert? Well, if youâ€™ve been reading awhile, you know that I love anything thatâ€™s underground. And most of Coober Pedyâ€™s people live in caves bored in the sand- and siltstone. Most of the residents are here to mine in an area known as the worldâ€™s opal capital. Visitors can try their hand at mining, so thereâ€™s another good reason for me to visit.
You probably also know that I ordinarily donâ€™t care about golf. But Iâ€™d play nine holes in Coober Pedy because local golfers tee off at night with glowing golf balls to avoid the scorching daytime temperatures. Iâ€™m in!
Fraser IslandÂ Tours on My List
Iâ€™m really into wildlife, so my next Australian destinations will be a smÃ¶rgÃ¥sbord of opportunities to take photos of fauna. During my first visit, I missed Fraser Island. Thereâ€™s where Iâ€™d go to look for dingoes, swamp wallabies, sugar gliders and other creatures. Out in the water, Iâ€™d watch for humpback whales and all sorts of sharks – including whale sharks. You have some odd geology there, too, which is always a plus.
I usually lean toward DIY adventures where I handle everything myself. But in Australia, a good guide can make the difference. And so can the other people on the tour. Multi-day tours from Sunset Safaris can turn Fraser Island tours into a chance to meet other people and swap travel ideas while you enjoy the sites.
A Hop to Kangaroo Island
We’ve established that I can’t get enough wildlife, right? So that’s why I need to visit Kangaroo Island. But there’s even more going on here than just kangaroos: Add platypus, seals, penguins and bats to the wildlife I’ll find flapping and finning around the island
And I’ll also find shipwrecks, caves, lighthouses and dunes. Another plus: I can fly one leg of the journey from Melbourne, and rely on a 45-minute ferry cruise for the other. Let’s not forget that I’m kind of obsessed with seafood. I wonder if I’m allowed to go running around trying to catch my own rock lobster …
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