Sure, everyone has the XXXX brewery Uluru on their bucket list. We’ve all heard of the Barrier Reef and the Twelve Apostles. But there are plenty of other destinations to explore in this proud nation that you may have missed.

We’ve listed 4 absolute gems that make international travel look like an expensive, 15-hour flight to sheer boredom.

Add these stunning spots to your bucket list for the ultimate Australian adventure.

 

Lord Howe Island, NSW

Lord Howe Island

Take a 2-hour flight from Brisbane or Sydney and you’ll arrive at the most southerly coral reef in the world. A unique combination of mountains, coral reefs, sandy beaches, and exotic flora and fauna, Lord Howe Island offers a little something of everything.

At only 10km long, Lord Howe Island has one of the best rates of excitement per kilometre in the world.

Watch out: The region is capped at 400 visitors at a time, so try and book early!

 

Pink Lake, WA

Pink Lake Western Australia

Lakes are boring. They’re beaches without the sand, water without the waves, and pretty much just a giant bath you’re a little unsure of. Wouldn’t it be better if the water was a magical shade of pink?

Right on the southern coast of WA, you’ll find the mesmerising oasis of Pink Lake. This natural phenomenon is a must-see for all Aussies and expats.

Warning: Immersing yourself in pink water won’t increase your fabulousness.

 

Umpherston Sinkhole, SA

Umpherston Sinkhole

While the name may not sound too exciting, this beautiful place offers more than just a hole in the ground.

Here you can experience an exquisite display of plant life, perfectly manicured gardens, and a peaceful space to relax, unwind, and take it all in.

Pro Tip: The Umpherston Sinkhole is a 4-and-a-half-hour drive from either Adelaide or Melbourne.

 

Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island

What’s that? You still want to go overseas, despite this unbelievable list? Well, why not use your break to do some overseas travel, without a passport?

Norfolk Island is a humble 34kmof pristine landscape. And if you were wondering, that’s 0.0002% of the Pacific Ocean it lives in.

Unlike the other 99.9998% of the Pacific Ocean, however, this is somewhere you’d gladly consider landing in a plane. The natural culture of the island strongly resonates through, but you can still use an Australian driver’s licence and currency. What could be better?

Handy hint: It doesn’t get quite as warm as Australia through the days, but it doesn’t get as cold at night either.

 

Heading off to discover one of these beauties down under? Don’t forget to keep your house safe while you’re gone!