So you want to tour Australia – but there’s so much to see and do, you don’t know where to start.
And you want a variety of adventurous activities in as many different Aussie hot spots as you can fit in.
AND you want to see and do something uniquely Australian that’ll make your holiday memorable.
Big Ask? Not really – just plan your tour downunder via my TOP 10 All-Australian amenities – and the 10 amazing adventures that go with them!
1 Timber Creek, Northern Territory
Afloat on a small pontoon surrounded by crocodiles on Australia’s wildest river is enough to make you want to – well, YOU know! Luckily, this croc-proof purpose-built pontoon has ALL the amenities to survive a Victoria River Crocodile Cruise – drinks and snacks while enjoying a Northern Territory sunset AND a loo if nature’s call gets a little bit too much.
That’s a relief in more ways than one!
2 Bruny Island, Tasmania
Bruny Island is more than the last stop off the Tassie coast before Antarctica! Don your wet weather gear for an action packed wild ride on heaving seas, through keyhole rocks, past rugged islands covered in seals and under the second highest sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere before reaching the Great Southern Ocean!
And don’t miss this loo on the Neck (bet you can’t guess why it’s called that!) way below Truganini’s Lookout!
3 Mt Kosciuszko, New South Wales
Climbing Australia’s highest mountain isn’t difficult by world standards – at only 2228 metres (7310 feet) above sea-level, it’s lower than the height above which many people live! BUT … it gives ‘mountaineers’ like me the chance to bag a ‘Seven Summits’ peak.
And, as far as I know, it’s the ONLY Seven Summits peak with a view that includes the highest Public Toilet in the country!!
4 Head of Bight, South Australia
Getting to Head of Bight – highest point of the distinctive bite-shaped curve along the southern Australian coastline – is an adventure in itself. If you’re up for the 4100+ km (2500+ mile) road trip across the Nullarbor Plain between Sydney and Perth, that is! Break your journey after 2300 km (from Sydney) to watch whales cavorting with their calves under the longest line of sea cliffs in the world!
And visit the Head of Bight loo that overlooks it all!
5 Point Quobba, Western Australia
If the killer king waves crashing over the rugged rocky cliffs don’t prove that Point Quobba is one of the wildest stretches of coastline in Oz (above and top), then the shipwreck stories, blowholes and extreme water sports probably will.
Not up for action adventure? No problem. Find a vantage point (away from the edge!) and you’ll probably see a whale.
Or just watch all the action from the vantage point of this classic Aussie dunny, where you won’t miss a thing while doing your business – because the door doesn’t close!
6 Mt Hotham, Victoria
In summer, tree trunks bleached white by the bushfires that killed them outline the many-layered mountain ranges surrounding Mount Hotham in white. And in winter, they’re covered in snow.
Whichever time of year you’re there, it’s likely to be significantly cooler than the plains below, so admire the white view from the ski lift transit lounge loo AND appreciate the civilised planner who installed just one tap – HOT!
7 Richmond, Queensland
The chances of striking it lucky on the Richmond fossil fossicking fields of the Outback Queensland Dinosaur trail are better than average. Once an inland sea under 30-40 metres of water, the soft Toolebuc formation has given up prehistoric relics like the Richmond Pliosaur, Minmi and Kronosaurus.
Once you’ve found your fossil, pay it forward at the future coprolite drop zone – also known as the loo!
8 Warraweena, South Australia
To experience all the Flinders Ranges features – rugged 4WD tracks, mountain climbing, wildlife, stunning scenery, historic sites and eco-tourism – in one handy location, head for the privately owned Warraweena Conservation Park in the less-travelled northern Flinders Ranges.
You’ll also find an added bonus – a combination scenic public toilet/visitor information centre at the historic Sliding Rock Mine site!
9 Lord Howe Island, New South Wales
Take your pick from a wide range of world exclusives on this sub-tropical paradise 600 kilometres (370 miles) off Australia’s east coast. There’s Balls Pyramid – world’s highest volcanic rock stack. The only golf course on earth on World Heritage turf. The world’s southernmost tropical reef. The endemic Lord Howe Island Woodhen and Phasmid.
And this awesome loo with a view!
10 Tunnel Creek, Western Australia
Over 660 km (410 miles) of tyre-shredding rocks, perilous creek crossings, red dust and bone-jarring corrugations make the Gibb River Road a popular Australian road trip, along with the stunning Kimberley natural attractions scattered along it’s length! So take a break from the rigours of the road by detouring to Tunnel Creek and going underground.
Or just detour into the even more welcome attraction under the rocky cliffs.
Tour these 10 hot spots and I guarantee you’ll find a lot more adventures along the way. And a lot more awesome amenities to make them memorable!
Visiting Australia and want more cool ideas? Check out an Antarctica cruise!
Marion Halliday is Red Nomad OZ, Aussie traveller, blogger and author of Aussie Loos With Views. Visit her website RedzAustralia for more Australian adventures, natural attractions, Aussie holiday destinations – and Aussie loos with views!