Getting a view of this familiar site may be as easy as picking up a postcard, but making the arduous journey to Australia’s remote red centre to see Uluru in the flesh is well worth it. The majesty of this sight can only be truly discovered in person. Dating back more than 700 million years ago, the ‘big rock’ remains at the spiritual core of one of the oldest living people in the world, Australia’s Aboriginals. Thirty years ago, this sacred land was handed back from Westerners to its traditional Aboriginal owners, Uluru declared a dual natural and cultural World Heritage Site. Gone are the days when ‘I climbed Ayers Rock’ t-shirts ruled, today the tours of Uluru take a step back in time, offering an inspiring education into Aboriginal culture, folklore and customs. As close to the nation’s geographical centre as you can get, mythical Uluru remains forever at the heart of Australians and travellers alike.
From mystical waterfalls to tranquil lakes, you’ll love a cheeky paddle at these watering holes.
Forget fairy tales, real life is where it’s at with these swoon-worthy sites on the agenda.
Accessible only by boat or strenuous hike, these hostels fall far beyond the typical tourist's radar.