6 Off the Beaten Track Destinations to Add to Your Aussie Itinerary

Girl standing on top of rock formations, looking at the view down below

Take the path less travelled while you are adventuring around Australia with these six off the beaten track destinations;

Coober Pedy, South Australia

Coober Pedy, South Australia

You can’t get much more ‘off the beaten track’ than Coober Pedy. Located 864 kilometres north of Adelaide in northern South Australia, this historical mining town is often missed because it is actually all underground, pretty cool right!? Well, it’s actually piping hot here which is why you’ll find your local accommodation and pubs underground.

Another fun fact about Coober Pedy is that it is the opal capital of the world, so if you fancy a new gemstone, you are in the right place!

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Waterfall, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

If you are looking for a place that oozes natural beauty, scenery and a true Australian culture vibe, then Kakadu National Park is where it’s at. Kakadu, located in Australia’s Top End is one of the very few places that is World Heritage listed for its natural and cultural values.

Kakadu is also home to a number of stunning swimming holes, but make sure you keep an eye out for croc signs!

Agnes Waters, Queensland

Blue Hour at Workmans Beach, Agnes Water

Often, Agnes Waters is simply a night’s stop over for many backpackers on their way to Cairns, but once they reach their destination they can’t get enough of it. Many say it is the place that feels most like Australia, providing a relaxed beach vibe.

Want to explore the Great Barrier Reef? You can access it here and escape the crazy crowds in Cairns.

Nimbin, New South Wales

Young hippies smiling and making peace signs

Tucked away in the hills just west of Byron Bay you will find Nimbin, the once dairy village, now turned hippy capital of Australia. This funky town is full of culture, cafes shops and is the perfect spot to relax and let mother nature work her magic with her “secret” remedies.

Fraser Island, Queensland

The Wreck of Maheno, Fraser Island

If crystal clear lakes, rainforests, wildlife and four-wheel driving sound like a good time, then you need to visit Heritage Listed, Fraser Island. A short barge off the coast of Hervey Bay will have you on the world's largest sand island, also known as K’Gari, which is also the only island in the world with a rainforest, pretty impressive huh!

If that doesn’t get you excited, it is also the whale watching capital of Australia, which kicks off (roughly) in July - October each year.

Palm Beach, New South Wales

Palm Beach, Sydney, New South Wales

We’ve all seen Aussie’s famous soap Home and Away, yet Summer Bay aka Palm Beach seems to be frequently missed off backpacker’s itineraries. Palm Beach is roughly an hour’s drive north of Sydney and is a frequent holiday hotspot to celebrities.

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