Where are some of the most wonderful places to visit in Australia, what are the most exciting experiences to be had, when is the best time to visit and why should we choose them?
Traveller offered 26 Australians from around the country the chance to argue the case as to why readers should holiday in their corner of Australia.
YOU MUST VISIT THE DAINTREE BECAUSE it’s one of the true jewels of Australia’s crown in terms of its beauty and its world significance in that it’s the oldest continuous living rainforest on earth.
YOU MUST NOT MISS a swim in one of the beautiful (safe) waterholes. We take people to the Cassowary Falls on our tours and it’s utterly stunning.
THE DAINTREE’S BEST-KEPT SECRET IS the two-kilometre back loop on the rear section of Mossman Gorge. It has a pristine scenic valley with big trees, massive buttress roots and creeks.
THE DETAILS Between November to April the forests come alive from the wet season. Fly to Cairns and stay in Port Douglas, where customers are collected for Daintree tours. See daintreediscoverytours.com.au
GREAT BARRIER REEF
Andy Kramer, 60, skipper, Quicksilver Cruises
YOU MUST VISIT THE GREAT BARRIER REEF BECAUSE it’s a natural wonder of the world, home to more than 1500 species of fish and 450 types of corals. We visit Agincourt Reef which has some of the highest marine diversity on the planet.
YOU MUST NOT MISS a guided tour of the reef with a marine biologist. You’ll come away with a much better understanding of why we must preserve this environment.
THE REEF’S BEST KEPT SECRET IS is the amazing marine life. Did you know Nemo’s dad should have become his mum, an octopus has three hearts and there’s an Angelina Jolie fish.
THE DETAILS Visit in September to December, humpback whale season. Quicksilver Cruises depart daily from Port Douglas and Cairns. See quicksilver-cruises.com; queensland.com
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