Australia, with its stunning sceneries and amazing wildlife, is a traveller’s haven. From the popular Great Barrier Reef and breathtaking Uluru, to the famous Bondi Beach and the family entertainment capital, Surfer’s Paradise, these Australian holiday destinations are iconic with their beauty and charm. But Australia, with its vast expanse, offers more than these classic tourist destinations. This beautiful country has lesser-known spots that don’t get the attention they deserve.

 

Here, we give you 10 underrated destinations which are equally stunning and interesting but are off-the-beaten-path. Definitely worth adding to your bucket list!

 

1. RAINBOW BEACH, QUEENSLAND

 

Rainbow BeachPhoto: famousdestinations.in, crisheedy, awesomeexplorations

 

Rainbow Beach in Queensland, named after its spectacular cliffs of Coloured Sands is a gateway to the popular Fraser Island. This low-key place, oftentimes overlooked by tourists who prefer Hervey Bay, is more attractive and the closest jump-off point to Fraser Island and the Great Sandy National Park. Enjoy an epic adventure and drive a 4WD along the beach or do horseback riding tours. You can also visit Carlo Sand Blow, an amazing 120-meter high sand dune and hang-glide or paraglide from there. Or take a trip to the beautiful Double Island Point Lighthouse. Rainbow Beach is a picturesque and vibrant coastal town that gives tourist not only relaxation but also an array of recreational activities.

 

2.  CEDAR CREEK FALLS, PROSERPINE, QUEENSLAND

 

Cedar Creek FallsPhoto: tourismwhitsundays.com.au

 

The stunningly beautiful Cedar Creek Falls is one of Whitsunday’s outstanding attractions. Located in Porsepine, Queensland, the falls is just a short distance from Airlie Beach. It’s a perfect place for a picnic and a swim as crystal clear waters cascade on this natural fresh water lagoon. Lush tropical rainforest with tall cedar trees and strangler figs also surround this lovely falls. Enjoy Cedar Creek Falls's cool, sparkling mountain water and its tranquil surroundings. The best time to visit is between the months of December and April or during the wet season.

 

 

3.  THE GRAMPIANS, VICTORIA

 

The GrampiansPhoto: David Scaletti, onestopadventures

 

Rather than heading to the Great Ocean Road, why not take a detour inland and discover the breathtaking views of The Grampians? The Grampians National Park located in Victoria is a spectacle to behold with its jaw-dropping sceneries. Sandstone mountain ranges, hidden valleys, amazing wildlife, local wineries, the iconic Halls Gap in the north, the historic Ararat, the quaint Hamilton and the lively city of Horsham- its diversity leaves one with endless adventures.  

 

4.  GOLD COAST HINTERLAND

 

Gold Coast HinterlandPhoto: Beau Mitchell, lottarock, Cayleh Ferguson

 

Sometimes called "the green behind the gold" Gold Coast's hinterland is still largely unknown to most travellers. The hinterland is in South East Queensland and is an area of densely forested mountains, waterfalls and amazing wildlife. Explore World Heritage sites, charming mountain villages with antique shops, wineries, art galleries and beautiful coastal views. You can also Indulge in exhilarating activities such as Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk and Treetop Challenge.

 

 

5.  KINGS CANYON, NORTHERN TERRITORY

 

Kings CanyonPhoto: Michael Boniwell

 

Venture through the rugged heart of Australia's Red Centre to the natural wonders of Kings Canyon. It is part of the Watarrka National Park in the Northern Territory, which is home to the Luritja Aborigines for more than 20,000 years. Admire the majestic sandstone walls towering 100 metres and take in the spectacular views of the forest below. Explore the walking trails, four-wheel drive tracks, camel tours and the 6 kilometre Rim Walk.  Kings Canyon is only 3 hours from the iconic Uluru.  

 

 

6.  SHAW ISLAND, QUEENSLAND

 

Shaw IslandPhoto: trimaranspirit

 

Of all the spectacular uninhabited Whitsunday Islands on the Queensland Coast, Shaw Island is the quietest as literally no one else is in sight, making it a perfect breathing room for tourists seeking some peace of mind. You can charter a yacht and relax with a sunset cocktail on board. Or swim at one of the many secluded beaches and enjoy a truly relaxing getaway.

 

7.  THE CLARE VALLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA  

 

Clare ValleyPhoto: southaustralia.com

 

An alternative to Barossa, the beautiful Clare Valley which is less than two hour's drive north of Adelaide, is home to 30 small and family-run wineries. It is compact but densely packed with established and new wineries. So a tour in Australia’s oldest wine regions, which dates back to 160 years, may be one of the best as the experience is more personal and intimate. They are also best known for their Reisling wines.

 

 

8.  WAVE ROCK, HYDEN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

 

Wave RockPhoto: stephaniecollin23

 

The Wave Rock in Hyden, Western Australia is one of the most beautiful rock formations in the world. This impressive wave-shaped rock is a granite cliff, which stands 15 metres high and 110 metres long. It is composed of grey and red granite strips. Weather and erosion has shaped the rock for the last 2,700 million years. Take a four-hour drive east of Perth and be mesmerized by this amazing work of nature.

 

 

9.  NOOSA EVERGLADES, QUEENSLAND

 

Noosa EvergladesPhoto: australiantraveller.com

 

One of Queensland's best-kept secrets, Noosa Everglades is a 60 kilometre stretch of pristine waters, magnificent flora and fauna and beautiful waterways. It is nestled between Noosa North Shore and Rainbow Beach.  It is one of the two everglades on Earth, the other one is in Florida, USA. Go on a guided or self-guided kayak tours and explore its secret banks, beaches, nooks and crannies. You can also camp overnight if you want to enjoy and linger a little longer.

 

10.  THE SOUTHERN FORESTS, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

 

The Southern ForestsPhoto: traveller.com.au

 

Take an incredible ride and walk in Southern Forests’ diverse forest landscapes. With its lush pastures, orchards and vineyards, it makes the region productive for quality food. Be mesmerized by the towering karri and tingle trees which are among the tallest in the world. From exploring the forests to enjoying activities such as canoeing, fishing and bushwalking, a trip to Southern Forests can be your dream destination.