Everyone knows that Australia has some pretty cool cities. Sydney might be the most gorgeous city in the world. Melbourne attracts foodies and hipsters. And Brisbane’s nightlife is legendary. But you haven’t really seen the country until you leave the cities. Here are five stops you should make along the coasts—plus another far from any water. You’re sure to fall in love with Oz all over again.
Woollamia: Head south of Sydney to camp in a stilted tent, watch kangaroos fight and sugar gliders float between the trees, and eat dinner by candlelight near Jervis Bay.
Fraser Island: Explore the largest sand island in the world, drive a four-wheel-drive vehicle along Seventy-Five Mile Beach, visit Lake McKenzie and Lake Wabby, and play in the Champagne Pools off the southern coast of Queensland.
Whitsunday Islands: Find fine white sand, crystal clear water, bathing-suit temperatures, and uninterrupted views on a perfect beach in Queensland.
Kangaroo Island: Get your fix of strange and unusual animals—from sea lions to koalas to wallabies to the island’s namesake kangaroos—off the coast of South Australia.
Kings Canyon: Search the Outback for sandstone domes, sharp cliffs, ancient fossils, surprising pools of water, and dingoes in the Northern Territory.
Yallingup: Venture to the west coast to tour single-vineyard wineries, sip Cabernet Sauvignon in a sculpture garden, hike to limestone caves, and learn how to surf in Western Australia.