When planning a trip to Aus, it’s important to add some off the beaten path destinations in Australia to the plan too.

These hidden gems are where you get to see the real Australia. They are places that few international, and local, tourists venture into – making a more meaningful and authentic experience for those who do visit.

The Best Off-The-Beaten Path Australia Experiences

Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth, Western Australia

Ningaloo Reef is The Great Barrier Reef of the West Coast, except this one is unspoiled and unpopulated. You can swim from the shoreline at Exmouth and Coral Bay directly onto the reef which is thriving with sea life.

Coober Pedy, South Australia

Coober Pedy is the opal capital of the world and it’s so hot that much of the town is underground. Sleep in an underground cave, explore underground museums, mines, and churches, and play a round of golf on the desert course – not a blade of grass to be seen.

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

If there’s one national park you must experience in Australia, it’s Kakadu National Park. Although it’s quite well-known, it’s still off the beaten path as it’s quite a trek to get to.

The Central Coast, NSW

It’s quiet and surrounded by surfing beaches, a lagoon for stand up paddle boarding and paddle boats, and The Haven for picnics, rolls down the Skillion and spectacular sunset views.

Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, NSW

It made Lonely Planet’s must see destination list of 2011, and is the seventh largest city in Australia – although it doesn’t feel like it as it has a relaxed, surfer vibe and thriving art scene.

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