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Secret Holiday Spots Across Australia

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Published April 20th 2015
Hidden gems begging for you to explore
Love travel, but hate the crowds? Then you will love the list below of hidden natural wonders across Australia, be sure to add them all to your bucket list!

Enjoy the wonders of these secret holiday spots:

1. Frankland Islands
Located 45km south-east of the breathtaking Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, this is a must visit! It is so secretive that you need your own boat to access this hidden gem. Bushwalking, boating, fishing, snorkelling and diving are some of the activities that can be enjoyed in this natural wonder. - Free entry to island. Click here for website.
Where: Frankland Group National Park, Deeral (Cairns area), Queensland



2. Haggerstone Island
This is the ultimate seclusion spot, situated in the Tropical North Queensland, 600km north of Cairns (near the tip of Cape York). This is the 'secret holiday' you want to add to your bucket list! Here you can enjoy sand boarding, fishing, spear fishing, skin diving, snorkelling, bird watching, beachcombing, even helicopter adventures. There are three huts and a beach house on the island.
Where: 10km southeast of Cape Grenville, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Queensland

3. Bay of Islands
Everyone knows the famous and spectacular 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, but only a few know the hidden gems of Bay Of Islands. With cliffs and rock stacks that dominate the bays along with the beautiful spring wildflowers that are on show, this is certainly a place to visit. There are deserted beaches to explore and gorgeous ocean views to admire.
Where: Bay of Islands is located near Peterborough, Victoria



4. Pink Lake, Western Australia
This is an absolute hidden gem that not many people know about and what a beauty! Located on Middle Island, one of the largest islands in an archipelago off the coast of Esperance in the Southern WA. Despite the images making it worldwide, only a lucky few have visited this spectacular scientific phenomenon. There are several pink lakes across Western Australia; however this Pink Lake known as Lake Hillier is the largest and less visited!
Where: Esperance – eight hour drive from South-East Peth or a two hour flight.

5. Gunlom Falls, Northern Territory
The Northern Territory is jam-packed with spectacular waterfalls, but Gunlom Falls is the less known and some say the most beautiful of them all! This hidden secret waterfall is so secret due to the difficulty of reaching its beauty. You do need to be equipped with a feisty 4WD and travel along a long, bumpy track – but it is more than worth it! Then you need to climb the steep track to the top of the 30m tall falls and there you are greeted with a natural infinity pool and breathtaking views...
Where: Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory – you need to get a map from the Information Centre.



6. Coffin Bay National Park, South Australia
Despite the morbid name, Coffin Bay National Park is one of the most incredible scenic National Parks and is famous for its oysters and seafood. It is situated on the southern tip of Eyre Peninsula, 318km from Adelaide, and it is certainly for the adventure seekers! Fishing, 4WDing to pristine beaches, isolated campsites are some of the wonders awaiting you...
Where: Eyre Penisula, South Australia – most of the roads are paved, well-kept in most parts.

7. Cedar Creek Swimming Holes, Queensland
Believe it or not, this hidden gem is only 45 minutes away from Brisbane and so quiet that no tourists are seen, and very few locals too! This quiet secret holiday spot is perfect for swimming, being surrounded with lush bushland and unspoiled nature... it is paradise!
Where: Cedar Creek Rd 5.7km north of Samford driving along Mt Samson Rd – follow to end of road.



8. Montague Island, New South Wales
Situated in the breathtaking Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, in Narooma, this World Heritage Site can only be accessed by boat, and access to the island is only allowed through a tour. You will be welcomed with an abundance of marine life and birds! It is New South Wales' largest home to the colonies of Little Penguins and Fur Seals. Accommodation is very limited, but it is certainly an 'once in a lifetime' experience.
Where: off Narooma, New South Wales

9. Squeaky Beach, Victoria
Admit it- the name alone makes you want to see what is so squeaky about this wonder? Hidden in the heart of Wilson's Prom National Park on the southern tip of Victoria, Squeaky Beach can be found. It is so isolated and there are no facilities what so ever at the beach. Do stock up on food and other essentials. The name behind this secret holiday spot- you guessed it, the sand squeaks when you walk on it!
Where: Three hour drive from Melbourne in Wilson's Prom National Park.


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Why? The perfect escape from crowds and hidden gems to explore
When: All year round
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Cost: Free
Your Comment
You have been busy taking the road less travelled Gypsy. Thanks for the interesting suggestions for holiday destinations.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|3728) 764 days ago
Hi...i enjoy you articles a lot...
Also a place to explore is Berowra Waters
.only 40km from Sydney..but yet you could be 1000km away...the Hawkesbury River entering the Estuary of Berowra Waters..this are the Fjords of Nsw

Regards
Mariette
by meier (score: 0|4) 763 days ago
Coffin Bay is nearly 7 hours from Adelaide, not 318kms unless you have wings
by miche (score: 0|2) 763 days ago
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