Lesser-Known Australian Locations

14 May Lesser-Known Australian Locations

Without a doubt, Australia is an incredible place. Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and the Great Barrier Reef are the top places to visit for most tourists. But there are other lesser-known holiday destinations in Australia that are equally, if not more, charming.

1. Cairns

Aerial of Cairns

The upper region of Queensland is the location of the city of Cairns, one of the more popular Australian vacation destinations. Located one thousand miles to the north of the capital and the largest city of Brisbane, Cairns has fascinating history.

=What to Do=

Great Barrier Reef

Address: Great Barrier Reef, QLD, Australia

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Kuranda Scenic Railway

Address: 126-144 Bunda Street, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

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Daintree Rainforest

Address: 2333 Cape Tribulation Rd, Cape Tribulation QLD 4873, Australia

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=Where to Stay=

Lilybank Bed & Breakfast ($$)

Address: 75 Kamerunga Road, Stratford, 4870 Cairns, Australia

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino ($$$)

Address: 35-41 Wharf Street, 4870 Cairns, Australia

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II Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel ($$$)

Address: 62 Abbott Street, 4870 Cairns, Australia

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=What to Eat=

C’est Bon ($$$)

Address: Shop 50-54, village lane (Behind Pullman International Hotel) | 20 Lake Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia

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Vivaldis Restaurant ($$$)

Address: 53-57 Esplanade | Level 1 Mantra Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia

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Tamarind ($$$)

Address: 35/41 Wharf Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia1 toeat3

2. Undara National Park, Queensland


Not only does this one of a kind park boasts a multitude of rare and exotic flora and fauna, but it also plays host to a number of great bushwalks and ancient lava tubes, which can be accessed via fantastic guided tours. You may even be able to catch the well-known “Opera in the Outback”.

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‘Undara’ is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘long way’. Housing one of the longest lava tube cave systems in the world, this is what people often come to explore. However, access is only available by appointment, during guided tours.

You can also walk about the park, as it offers trails ranging from 2.5km to 12km in distance. The park website offers maps of the various trekking routes available.

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Undara also has diverse wildlife, with more than 120 species of birds, such as the red goshawk, having been spotted here. Birdwatching enthusiasts will love this park.

=Where to Stay=

Bannockburn Cottage ($$$)

Address: 4 Burstow Street, 4350 Toowoomba, Australia

Snuggles Bed & Breakfast ($$$)

Address: 7A Black Mountain Road, 4881 Kuranda, Australia

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Campwin Beach House ($$)

Address: 37 Westcott Avenue, 4737 Sarina, Australia

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Unfortunately, there is only one dining option within the park itself.

3. Katherine, Northern Territory


In the far north, Katherine is a pleasant settlement after driving for miles of semi-desert landscape. Explore museums, hiking, and visiting gorges in the Nitmiluk National Park.

=What to Do=

Aborigine Culture Tours by Nitmiluk Tours

Address: Nitmiluk Visitors Centre, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, Northern Territory, 0850, Australia

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Katherine Gorge and Nitmiluk National Park

Address: Gorge Rd, Nitmiluk NT 0852, Australia

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=Where to Stay=

Beagle Motor Inn ($$)

Address: 2 Fourth Street, 0850 Katherine, Australia

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Pine Tree Motel ($$)

Address: 3 Third Street, 0850 Katherine, Australia

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Ibis Styles Katherine ($$)

Address: Stuart Highway, 0850 Katherine, Australia

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=What to Eat=

Marksie’s Stockman’s Camp Tucker Night

Address: 363 Gorge Road | grounds of Top Didj, Katherine

Savannah Bar & Restaurant

Address: Cnr Giles & Cameron Street, Katherine, Northern Territory 0850, Australia

The Finch Café

Address: Katherine Terrace, Katherine, Northern Territory 0850, Australia

4. Margaret River



Located near the southern end of the coastline of Western Australia is the small community of Margaret River. It lies 172 miles to the south of Perth. The city has evolved from the poverty stricken agricultural region that it once was to what many Australians and international wine connoisseurs will tell you is the finest wine-producing region in Australia.

=What to Do=

Mammoth Cave

Address: Caves Rd, Boranup WA 6286, Australia

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Sunflowers Animal Farm and Farmstay

Address: 5561 Caves Rd, Burnside WA 6285, Australia

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Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park

Address (Ranger Office): 14 Queen Street, Busselton

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Hamelin Bay

Address: Hamelin Bay WA 6288, Australia

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=Where to Stay=

Margaret River Bed & Breakfast ($$$)

Address: 15 Loaring Place, 6285 Margaret River, Australia

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Vintages Accomodation ($$)

Address: 31 Le Souef Street, 6285 Margaret River, Australia

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Margaret River Guest House ($$$)

Address: 5 Valley Road, 6285 Margaret River, Australia

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=What to Eat=

Brookwood Café ($$)

Address: 430 Treeton Road, Margaret River, Western Australia 6284, Australia

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Mikis Open Kitchen ($$$)

Address: 131 Bussell Highway Margaret River, Margaret River, Western Australia 6285, Australia

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Cottage Café at The Berry Farm ($$$)

Address: 43 Bessell Road, Margaret River, Western Australia 6285, Australia

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5. Gunlom Falls, Northern Territory

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Kakadu National Park is one of the wildest destinations for vacations in Australia, as it incorporates hundreds of thousands of hectares of bushland, swamps and rivers.

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The Gunlom Falls is a stunning 30m waterfall complete with a crocodile free swimming area. Truly, it is one of the gems in Northern Territory.

=What to Do=

Gunlom Lookout Walk

Features: rock pools at the top of the falls and superb views

Gunlom Plunge Pool

Features: a seasonal waterfall and a large plunge pool

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Murrill Billabong Walk

Features: a small seasonal billabong and the South Alligator River

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=Where to Stay=

Wildman Wilderness Lodge ($$$$$)

Address: Point Stuart Road, Mary River Wetlands, 0822 Point Stuart, Australia

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Mary River Houseboats ($$$)

Address: Corroboree-Billabong Rd, 0836 Marrakai, Australia

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=What to Eat=

Mimi’s Restaurant

Address: Kakadu Lodge Cooinda | 1 Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

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Barra Bar & Bistro

Address: Kakadu Highway Jim Jim, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory 0886, Australia

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Kakadu Bakery

Address: Gregory Pl, Jabiru, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

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