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8 off the beaten track destinations in Australia

Looking to take the road less travelled in Australia? Ditch the same old tourist route, hop in a camper and do things your way. For a country that spans over 7 million miles there are an abundance of secret spots to uncover, here’s a few of our favourites to get the ball rolling.

Kakadu National Park

Experience rich Aboriginal culture in all its glory with over 5000 aboriginal art sites across the park. A 2WD can cover the majority of the park, but make sure one of your stops is Ubirr for the ultimate in sunset goals.

Measuring in at the size of Slovenia, it’s a hard one to miss when in the Darwin area!

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Devil’s Marbles

Nearly 400 km north of Alice Springs, the Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve is definitely remote but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth making the effort to visit. Huge granite boulders scatter the valley so take a short self-guided walk to get amongst them or scramble from boulder to boulder. If you can, get there for sunset when it’s less toasty out and makes for even more spectacular photos.

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Coober Pedy

This place looks straight out of a movie – probs because it is! This opal mining town was the set for the 1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdrome and it’s this apocalyptic landscape that attracts people – plus the chance of finding their very own opal. Coober Pedy is hot hot hot and to survive the heat while digging for opals, the hardy people of the town decided to dig and live underground meaning you can enjoy underground hotels, churches and restaurants!

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Nullarbor Links

Do you like golf? Would you like over 1,000 kilometres of golf? Yep that’s right, the world’s longest golf course – an 18 hole-er with a par of a humungous 72 can be found in South West Australia. Running along the Eyre Highway, each hole is in a participating town or roadhouse, making it a great way to break up monotonous travel and is also plain good fun!

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Phillip Island, Victoria 

Phillip Island is only an hour and a half from Melbourne making it a great stopping point if you’re travelling through the East Coast. Especially if you love penguins. Get ready for cuteness overload as you watch the world’s smallest penguins come home after a long day fishing. Your admission also helps support the conservation of these little guys too -win win!

Arnhem Land

Home of the digeridoo and the Yolngu people, this region of Australia is an incredible insight into aboriginal heritage and culture. You’ll need a permit to visit and we recommend joining an organised tour. Make sure you see Gunbalanya with its ancient rock art, listen to Dreamtime stories and find out how the Yolngu people live off the land.

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Karijini National Park

Head west for freshwater pools, unforgettable views and a natural spa. After a long day of walking across mighty gorges and swimming in spring-fed pools beneath Fortescue Falls, you’ll want nothing more than to sink into the heart-shaped spa pool at Hamersley Gorge.

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How do all these places sound? Like they belong on your bucket list?

There’s nothing worse than getting somewhere you love and having to jump to catch a scheduled flight or bus out of there. With the flexibility of a camper van, you can spend as little or as much time you like so you can explore every corner of Australia on your terms.

7 reasons travelling by campervan is the best way to travel

All hail the person who decided that we needed a Pot Noodle cooker (kettle) and a beer fridge in the back of our rides! It’s time to give some serious kudos to the campervan…

1. You can sleep wherever you want, whenever you want, within reason

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7 day road trip: The best of Victoria!

Cover Victoria’s highlights in 7 days! Coastal drives along the Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles, bushwalking in the Grampians and gold panning in Ballarat. You may or may not hit gold but this road trip will leave you enriched.

Day 1 – Melbourne to the Yarra Valley

Drive time: 1 hr
Yarra Valley

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Free trip to New Zealand with Kiwi Experience? Yes please!

This year we launched a competition called ‘My epic adventure is…’ for young, budding backpackers to win a FREE trip to New Zealand with Kiwi Experience! All you guys had to do was send us a snap summing up what your ultimate epic adventure was, we had loads of entries and it was a VERY difficult decision but the winner had to be James Ranken with this unbelievable picture…

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So off he went on his epic adventure around New Zealand with Kiwi Experience. But first, I think it would be worth getting to know them both a little bit better, don’t you think?

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Kickin’ it on a Kiwi adventure| New Zealand’s South Island

Kia Ora to the second installment of James Ranken’s Kiwi Experience across NZ. He’s conquered the North, but now it’s time to see what the South Island will throw at him. Home to the adventure capital of the world, glaciers and party towns it’s going to be one jam-packed, heart-pumping, adrenaline-fuelled escapde!

Pack your parachutes, let’s go…

Fresh faces on the South Island

KAYAK KAITERITERI

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