Ten months ago we left Australia. It’s crazy but there is not a single day we do not think back to our road trip. Yes, we admit it. We love Australia. We could write a book about that amazing country. Today we tell you our 5 reasons to love Australia.
There is another reason why we write this blog post. When people read that we travelled around Australia for 19 months, they always ask us about our favourite beach, the best city or the greatest adventure. It’s hard to name only one of each because there are so many wonderful places in Australia. Today we will name you 5 reasons to love Australia.
Reason No. 1
Tasmania – A state with a mind-blowing landscape
To visit Tasmania was on our bucket list when we planned our first trip around Australia. That was in 2009. We had eight months to explore OZ but that was not enough to visit all places we wanted to. Therefore we skipped Tassie. BIG MISTAKE!
We regretted it and that’s one of the main reasons why we desperately wanted to go back. Australia has so much to offer that we planned to do a second trip. An even longer one this time: One year it should be. The first thing we asked ourselves, can we afford to travel around Australia for a year? Yes, we can. Do you want to know how much it costs to travel for one year around Australia? You find the details here.
We are very happy that we went back. Six weeks in Tasmania was one of the best trips we did so far.
But what is all the fuss about Tassie? Well, look here.
The best about Tasmania is the landscape. It is a hiker’s paradise. There are so many National Parks. For example the Cradle Mountains National Park, Mount Field National Park, Coles Bay and the Wineglass Bay (Freycinet National Park). These are just a few of the amazing places to visit in Tasmania.
Our absolute favourite place was Cockle Creek in the very south of Tassie. A place we will always remember. But be careful, you may want to stay a lot longer than planned.
Are you planning to go to Tasmania? Our recommendations: 10 Things to do in Tasmania
Reason No. 2
Australia is the perfect country for Offroad Driving
Australia is not only a road trip paradise but also an off road lover’s heaven. There are many spectacular tracks to drive in Australia. Sand dunes, beaches, rough mountain tracks, river crossings, stock routes and desert crossings. There are so many offroad tracks that you need many years to drive them all.
We spent 19 months in Australia and did some of the legendary tracks but also some less knows tracks.
But it’s not all about the offroad tracks. Bush camping and meeting other people along the way is part of the adventure too. We met awesome people with the same interests. We sat around campfires and shared many stories about travelling and future plans.
What is your favourite Offroad adventure in Australia? We did not count how many times we heard this question.
Well, that’s hard to say. But our Top 5 are definitely the following:
1 LEGENDARY: The Old Telegraph Track up to Cape York, the most northerly point of Australia
2 CHALLENGING: Crossing the Simpson Desert from Dalhousie Springs to Birdsville
3 ADVENTUROUS: Serious 4WD adventure in the Victorian High Country
4 SCENIC: The Gibb River Road through the fascinating landscape of the Kimberley region
5 OUTBACK FEELING: The Oodnadatta Track from Marree to Marla
STILL ON THE BUCKET LIST
LONG AND LONELY: Canning Stock Route, a 1900 km track through rough, harsh and remote deserts in Australia
Reason No. 3
Setting up camp on a cliff with sea view and spotting whales passing by, sitting around a camp fire and being amazed by the millions of stars in the sky, sharing stories and a beer with other camping enthusiasts, this is what we call the perfect way of life. That’s freedom.
Australia is not only the perfect road trip country but also the best for camping. We used the App Wiki Camps and found many beautiful spots thanks to the GPS data given by people travelling around Australia.
How about this one?
Or that view when you wake up?
Reason No. 4
Australia has almost 36’000 kilometres coastline
The mainland of Australia is surrounded by almost 36’000 kilometres of coastline. 12’000 kilometres of coastline are in Western Australia with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Some of our favourite cliffs and beaches are the ones along the Cape Leveque, the amazing Cable Beach in Broome, Shell Beach on the Peron Peninsula, Turquoise Bay in the Cape Range National Park on the Ningaloo Reef (near Exmouth) and 80 mile beach to name a few. Of course there are many more all around the continent. The best is to pack your bag and start to explore Australia right now.
You need more inspiration? Read the blog post of Ytravelblog of Caz and Craig, an Australian family who travelled around Australia for 18 months. Great list of 50 Things to do in Western Australia
Reason No. 5
Fremantle – How can we not love a city that has a Cappuccino Strip
Yes, the city of Fremantle is one reason to love Australia. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me but Fremantle did something to me already the first time we visited. This time we spent 10 days in an Airbnb and because we sold our beloved Troopy (bushcamper). We did not do the typical tourist things, we just wandered around, went to one of the great cafes in the city, we did a barista course and learned how to make great coffee, we joined the free Sunday concert in the Arts Centre and we felt like locals.
While I’m writing about Freo I have a lump in my throat. To be honest, we miss the small city in WA close to Perth. We miss the great coffee. We miss hanging around in the cosy and funky cafes and bars. We miss the walks along the beach. We miss strolling around the Market.
We must admit Freo is a city we could imagine to settle down. The city has special charms – at least for us. Freo has this kind of something.
Bonus Reasons to love Australia
Australia is a land of the unexpected
Have you been to Australia too and you loved it? What is your number one reason to love Australia? Tell us your story.