Everyone books trips to Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide, but did you know that there are plenty of other must-see places to visit on a road trip? As you start planning to hire a campervan and map out your trip, consider visiting new places that you may have never heard about.
A great thing about visiting some little-known cities is that they aren’t as full of tourists as others. This makes it easier to get to know the culture and also have a chance of enjoying activities without worrying about things being all booked up. It also allows for you to see more of the city and get to know the locals.
To help you plan your trip, these following 5 great Australian road trip stops that not everyone knows about:
1.Broome, Western Australia
If you like pearls and you like beaches, you’ll love Broome. While it isn’t as well-known as other Australia beach towns, it definitely deserves attention. With the gorgeous clear waters of the Indian Ocean and interesting museums to visit, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this Western Australia gem.
If you’re a fan of Buddha statues, do yourself a favor and go see a giant quartz crystal one in the Buddha Sanctuary. Cable Beach is a favorite destination for many Australian locals. Why not make it one of your favorites?
- Karijini National Park, Western Australia
Karijini National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the country yet isn’t as visited as some of the other ones. To make sure that you don’t miss out on a great experience, when you hire a campervan, make sure to include Karijini National Park on your list of places to visit.
From exploring gorges and canyons to swimming under waterfalls in refreshing pools, there is plenty of fun and adventure to be had in this beautiful area in Western Australia.
- Lord Howe Island, New South Wales
A beautiful Australian island in between Australia and New Zealand, you don’t want to miss out on visiting Lord Howe Island. There, you will be able to spend time relaxing at the beach while admiring the beautiful water ahead of you. If hiking and exploring is what makes you happy, then go ahead and trek around the island. Don’t forget to hike up Mount Gower if you want something that requires more effort.
If you’re a big fan of marine life, make sure to take advantage and go snorkeling or diving to appreciate the abundance of different species found in the area. If relaxation and a fulfilling vacation are what you are looking for, this is a definite must for your Australian road trip. Go ahead and park your campervan and catch a quick flight over for a few days of paradise.
- Derby, Western Australia
While the murky waters of Derby may not be the biggest draw for anyone looking for crystal-clear waters on their vacation, it’s a fun spot for those who want to get to know a place with a lot of history and culture while also being able to visit the area with the highest tide around. While the town isn’t very big, it’s a great spot to stay at while you visit surrounding attractions, such as the Windjana Gorge National Park and Gibb River Road.
- Darwin, Northern Territory
The Northern Territory doesn’t have as many cities and as large a population as other Australian states, but you’ll want to get to know the capital city Darwin. As a tropical destination along the coast, a visit to Darwin feels like a visit to an exotic location far, far away. If you’re traveling with your little ones, you’ll want to visit Crocodylus Park for a chance to observe crocodiles by the hundreds.
If you are on your own or with friends, make sure to relax at Mindil Beach and visit the nearby markets, bars, and restaurants. If you’re a culture buff, don’t miss out on visiting the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory to get to know more about the area. Make sure to check out the Aboriginal art.
Visit the Unknown
As you can see, some of these places may not be the easiest to get to or the most popular, but each one has its unique beauty and attraction. While Lord Howe Island may at times have a lot of tourists, it isn’t as frequented as other beach destinations in the country due to its location.
Do something different and travel the unbeaten path. You’ll be sure to see another side of Australia and have a blast doing it. Whether you choose to hire a campervan or rent a car, you can be sure that this will be a road trip like none other.