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The 10 places in Australia you must visit before international tourists return


As Australia’s borders move closer to fully reopening, overseas tourists are expected to return in droves soon. But Australia’s tourist boards did not go into hibernation while they were away. They have particularly pushed certain regions of the country in overseas marketing campaigns. So if you want to go to these new destinations before the arrival of the international tourist deluge, now is the time to take advantage of them while they are still relatively calm…

The Southern Reef Islands

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The message that there is more to the Great Barrier Reef than the bits around Cairns has been spreading overseas for a few years now. But Lady Elliott Island and Lady Musgrave Island are given special attention. Lady Musgrave’s new HQ – where you can sleep underwater on the reef inside a pontoon – is the stuff leading the charge. See ladymusgraveexperience.com.au

Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

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There are still only 400 visitors allowed on Lord Howe Island at any one time, but the rest of the world is repeatedly told about Australia’s secret island escape. Tropical and temperate fish meet in the lagoon, Mount Gower brings the island to a crescendo and you can feed giant trevally in the shallows. Lord Howe is unquestionably magnificent, and there will be plenty of competition for those 400 places. See lordhoweisland.info

Arnhem Land, Northwest Territories

Lonely beach, Arnhem Land.

Lonely beach, Arnhem Land. Photo: NT Tourism/Shaana McNaught

Visitors can only enter Arnhem Land with a special permit or on an organized tour with companies like Davidson’s or Venture North. But the push for authentic Indigenous cultural experiences is high overseas, and this vast, isolated strip of the Top End fits the bill, with a treasure trove of rock art and a handful of Indigenous arts centres. The wild and untamed landscape is also a major part of the appeal. See arnhemland-safaris.com, venturenorth.com.au

North East Tasmania

The wukalina walk

The wukalina walk Photo: Rob Burnett/Tourism Tasmania

This focus on Aboriginal cultural experiences extends to northeast Tasmania, where the four-day wukalina walk around the Bay of Fires is touted as a star attraction. There are also some new accommodation options, as the city of Derby experiences a renaissance as a mountain biking hotspot. See www.wukalinawalk.com.au

East Gippsland, Victoria

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Surprisingly, it’s not the East Gippsland coast that’s getting international attention, it’s the inland areas. This is especially true when it comes to wildlife and conservation projects. Echidna Walkabout’s volunteer program, where you help conduct animal count surveys, receives many mentions. See echidnawalkabout.com.au

Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Aerial view of Ningaloo Reef, Coral Bay

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<p>There are clear attempts underway to turn Ningaloo Reef into a year-round destination, rather than just a place you might go during whale shark season.  There is now a lot more talk about being able to swim with humpback whales, or manta rays, at different times of the year.  Oh, and there are also the beaches, especially Turquoise Bay.  See australiascoralcoast.com</p>
<h3>The Daintree, Queensland</h3>
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The phrase ‘World Heritage listed rainforest’ has probably appeared more often in UK newspapers than the word ‘Covid’ in the past couple of years. Particular emphasis was placed on Mossman Gorge, which, like the rest of the Daintree Rainforest, was recently returned to its traditional owners. The concept of enjoying nature while enjoying cultural experiences with the Eastern Kuku Yulandji people is very appealing. See mossmangorge.com.au

Kalbarri National Park, WA

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Did you know that two new viewing platforms overlooking the Murchison River Gorge have been installed in Kalbarri National Park? Well, most of the rest of the world does now. The ridged sandstone landscape of the West Coast is attracting particular attention as Western Australia tries to fill in the gaps on standard Western Australian road routes. See parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

The Museum of Underwater Art, Queensland

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If there’s an award for Australia’s hottest attraction right now, it’s the Museum of Underwater Art. It currently occupies two sites – there is a color-changing statue near Townsville Beach, as well as an underwater greenhouse on John Brewer Reef. The latter site is about two hours by boat from Townsville. See moua.com.au

The Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

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Coffin Bay Oyster Farm. Photo: SATC/Riley Williams

Seafood is at the center of the current Eyre Peninsula hype. Tours specializing in seeing where some of Australia’s best seafood is caught and farmed have sprung up. And, of course, you can sample Coffin Bay’s highly prized oysters straight from the oyster farms. Coffin Bay National Park also attracts attention, mainly because you can see emus roaming the beaches. See eyrepeninsula.com

Disclosure: David Whitley was invited by Tourism Australia and state tourist boards.

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