Hi, my name is Kathy and I am a 50 something year old lifestyle and travel blogger from the ‘Land Down Under’, Australia. I have my own very successful blog called 50 Shades of Age. Since I became an empty nester I decided to put all my spare time and energy into starting up my own blog and writing about issues that confront middle aged women and indulge my passion for photography and travel.
Recently I returned from a six month caravan trip around my magnificent country, Australia, photographing and writing about the amazing places I visited as I went. I actually circumnavigated the coastline of Australia, roughly 26,000 kilometres in length, and witnessed the vastness and diversity of this astounding country.
There is a misconception about Australia that it is rugged, untamed, hot, dry and backward with incredibly dangerous wildlife such as snakes, sharks and crocodiles. Sure Australia is a massive country and there are wide expanses of barren country, long distances between towns and it does get pretty hot here during the summer months. However the virtually untouched and pristine coastlines will captivate you and take you under its spell.
So if you are thinking of a winter escape to paradise well this is what is in store for you:
Kathy’s Top Five Travel Destinations to the Land Down Under
The most populous city in Australia is located on the east coast of Australia in the state of New South Wales. It boasts the world’s largest harbour and has two iconic landmarks: the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. But it also has some of the most famous beaches such as Bondi, Manly, Bronte, Coogee and Palm Beach.
- Gold Coast
It is no secret why I have included my own backyard, the fabulous Gold Coast, which is located on the east coast of Australia, just across the border from New South Wales into sunny Queensland. They say “Queensland is sunny one day and perfect the next” because we get 287 days of sunshine year round. It is a playground of all things fun in the sun – beach swimming, a surfing mecca, a boating paradise, thrilling theme parks, mesmerizing national parks, sophisticated shopping and dining.
- Tropical North Queensland
Most tourists that come to Australia visit either Cairns or Port Douglas in Far North Queensland because it is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The world’s largest coral reef system is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres. It has to be seen to be believed. However if you travel further north you encounter the world’slargest continuous area of tropical rainforest in Australia, called the Daintree. In some sections the rainforest grows right down to the edge of the ocean and is a must see if you are heading to the north of Australia.
- The Great Ocean Road
200 kms west of Melbourne, in the state of Victoria in South East Australia, is arguably one of the most incredible coastal drives in the world – the Great Ocean Road. With awe-inspiring limestone cliffs and incredible rock formations and a rainforest area called The Great Otway, it is a must see on your travel itinerary. But not only that, it is also home to iconic surf locations such as Torquay and Bell’s Beach and the beach resort hot spots of Anglesea and Lorne.
Possibly one of the most remote places in Australia and known as the gateway to The Kimberley, is the town of Broome, which is located in North West Australia. The town has an intriguing pearling industry past, dinosaur footprints, majestic sunsets over the Indian Ocean and the world famous Cable Beach. You can take a sunset camel ride along the long stretch of Cable Beach, take a scenic flight to the wondrous Horizontal Falls or go on safari into The Kimberley to see awesome natural wonders such as the Bungle Bungles.
Australia will amaze you and enthrall at every turn. Our people are friendly and hospitable, we have a wide array of delicious cuisine and accommodation is first class. But more importantly you will get an all round holiday experience which will make you want to come back for more.
Have you been to Australia yet? What are your favorite destinations?