5 places worth visiting in Australia

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We have selected 5 amazing hidden gems worth visiting in Australia. Check it out:

1. Broken River, Queensland

The locals reckon Broken River in Eungella National Park is the best place on the planet to see platypus in the wild. Pronounced yun-gulla and meaning "Land of the Clouds", it's a 90-kilometre drive west of Mackay and its perennially mist-shrouded and forest-clad mountains contain Australia's longest and oldest stretch of subtropical rainforest. But the main reason most people come to Eungella is to see the platypus at Broken River.

2. Clunes, Victoria

The goldfields of Central Victoria, around the Ballarat and Bendigo area, were once the richest in the world. In just one decade, from 1851-61, the population of Victoria swelled from 97,000 to almost 540,000. But you don't need to spend all of your time in a museum to soak up the depth of history - head to Clunes, 35 kilometres north of Ballarat, and it's all around you. Once the fifth-largest town in the colony, it has remained largely unchanged for the past 100 or so years. Most visitors to the area miss Clunes, which is a shame as it is one of the most authentic.

3. Byabarra, New South Wales

Beyond the handful of locals who live there, hardly anyone has ever heard of Byabarra. Beyond this small town turn right and you'll find yourself at Boorgana Nature Reserve, one of the oldest reserves in NSW, full of old-growth cedar and pristine waterfalls. Turn left and you're at Ellenborough Falls, the largest single drop of water in the southern hemisphere. Another 10 minutes and you can take your pick of any of Port Macquarie's 15 beaches.

4. Baird Bay, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

At first glance there's no reason to stay at Baird Bay, on the western side of the Eyre Peninsula. But it's what you can't see from the beach that makes Baird Bay one of the must-visit spots of South Australia. These cold southern waters are home to a large breeding colony of 70 or so Australian sea lions, one of the rarest of seal species. Unlike some wildlife-watching tours that spend hours chasing harassed marine animals around a bay, this one is all about the conservation. The sea lions are never fed and all interaction is initiated by the animals. They come to you. And they love to play.

5. Trousers Point, Flinders Island, Tasmania

It is one of the most outrageously gorgeous beaches ever created. You know the type: a near-perfect crescent of blinding white sand lapped by water that is not only implausibly blue but also impossibly clear. Well, the good folk in charge of these things back in the 1870s on Flinders Island, halfway between Tasmania and Victoria, decided to call it Trousers Point. Even with an odd name, it gets a vote as one of Australia's most beautiful beaches, whatever it's called.

Published on by Daniele L.