The Great Barrier Reef is known worldwide for being the largest living thing on Earth. The Great Barrier Reef is located off the coast of Queensland, Australia and stretches over 2,300 kilometers. What some people might not know is that the reef isn’t as alive and vibrant as it used to be. This is because of warming ocean temperatures as well as other environmental factors and the amount of people that visit everyday.
The Great Ocean Road is a 243 kilometer stretch of road that goes along the South-eastern coast of Australia, closest to Melbourne. Most people experience this scenic stretch via a coach bus while on a day tour, but I recommend renting a car and doing it yourself.
Driving in Australia isn’t as difficult as you may think and yes, you can do it even if you’re solo. I started and ended this 4-night Great Ocean Road trip in Melbourne.
When in Australia, it’s worth it to make a trip to the center for a few reasons with one of those reasons being Uluru. Ayers Rock or Uluru is a 348 meter tall piece of sandstone that has sacred meaning to the Aborigines of the area, who are known as the Anang. Here‘s a good description of how Uluru was formed.
I decided on a day tour because of the high temperature during my visit and the lack of camping/outdoor gear I had with me at the time.
My initial Australia plans didn’t include a trip to Fraser Island, but when you constantly meet other travelers who say you have to go on a Fraser Island tour then you go. I honestly didn’t do a ton of research before booking a tour because I booked it so last minute, which luckily worked in my favor when I booked with Dingo’s.
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and is off Australia’s eastern Queensland coast. The entire island stretches about 120km.