Here are six little-known Australian travel gems you need to know about for your next getaway


After a tumultuous couple of years thanks to Covid lockdowns and restrictions, Australians are keen as ever to hit the road and discover the incredible natural beauty the country has to offer. 

Whether you’re looking for an quick day trip or to embark on an adventurous camping break, these six little-known Australian travel gems are must-visit for any keen traveller in 2022.

From a hidden rainforest oasis in Queensland’s Daintree to a breathtaking cliffside camping spot on the Great Australian Bight, here FEMAIL looks at some of the country’s best hidden travel spots.

From a hidden rainforest oasis in Queensland’s Daintree to a breathtaking cliffside camping spot on the Great Australian Bight, here FEMAIL looks at some of the country’s best hidden travel spots you need to add to your bucket list

1. Talia Beach rock pools, South Australia

At low tide, the ocean pulls back from the rocky shore of Talia Beach to reveal a series of unique natural pools with crystal clear water perfect for a dip while taking in the stunning coastal views. 

The spectacular beach on the Eyre Peninsula is near Ellison, less than two and a half hours’ drive north from Port Lincoln on the eastern end of the Great Australian Bight.  

The area is famed for its epic sunsets, sunrises and spectacular scenery and travellers have been posting jaw-dropping images of their visit online.  

Adventures can cool themselves in the pools, which are visible when the tides go out twice a day from sunrise and sunset or, with their glass-clear waters, look to see what marine creatures the tide left behind.  

FEMAIL looks at some of the country's best hidden travel spots you need to add to your bucket list including the spectacular Talia Beach on the eastern end of the Great Australian Bight.

FEMAIL looks at some of the country’s best hidden travel spots you need to add to your bucket list including the spectacular Talia Beach on the eastern end of the Great Australian Bight. 

At low tide, the ocean pulls back from the rocky shore to reveal a series of unique natural pools

They have with crystal clear water and are perfect for a dip while taking in the stunning coastal views

At low tide, the ocean pulls back from the rocky shore to reveal a series of unique natural pools with crystal clear water perfect for a dip while taking in the stunning coastal views

2. Mossman Gorge, Queensland

Images of the picture-perfect Mossman Gorge with trickling waterfalls and rushing rapids have been popping up all over social media as travel-starved Australians flock to the area in droves. 

The gorge with its clear blue waters is 20 minutes from Port Douglas and 75 minutes from Cairns in the spectacular World Heritage Listed Daintree rainforest.   

Visitors can venture down a number of walking tracks that follow the Mossman River through the gorge’s lush rainforest and have plenty of places to pause to take in the scenery or cool down at one of the lush swimming spots. 

There are a series of moderate to easy hiking circuits through the gorge by the river ranging from 270 metres to 2.4 kilometres with boardwalks, picnic spots, and viewing points.

Images of the picture-perfect Mossman Gorge with trickling waterfalls and rushing rapids have been popping up all over social media

Images of the picture-perfect Mossman Gorge with trickling waterfalls and rushing rapids have been popping up all over social media 

The gorge with its clear blue waters is 20 minutes from Port Douglas and 75 minutes from Cairns in the spectacular World Heritage Listed Daintree rainforest

The gorge with its clear blue waters is 20 minutes from Port Douglas and 75 minutes from Cairns in the spectacular World Heritage Listed Daintree rainforest 

3. Pemberton Pools, Western Australia

Built in the 1920s for the families of timber workers to escape the heat of the West Australian sun, Pemberton Pool is nestled under the canopy of towering karri trees.  

The heritage-listed Pemberton Pool is an must-visit for locals and tourist of the town of the same name which is situated 327kilometres south of Perth or just 90 minutes from Margaret River. 

Its enchanting beauty is almost eerie with dark and still river waters at the bottom of a sloping hill densely covered with native flora of the iconic Gloucester National Park forest.

Built in the 1920s for the families of timber workers to escape the heat of the West Australian sun, Pemberton Pool is nestled under the canopy of towering karri trees

Built in the 1920s for the families of timber workers to escape the heat of the West Australian sun, Pemberton Pool is nestled under the canopy of towering karri trees

Pemberton Pool is an must-visit for locals and tourist of the town of the same name which is situated 327kilometres south of Perth or just 90 minutes from Margaret River.

Pemberton Pool is an must-visit for locals and tourist of the town of the same name which is situated 327kilometres south of Perth or just 90 minutes from Margaret River.

4. Karloo Pool, New South Wales

After a moderate hike, visitors are rewarded with the refreshing waters of Karloo Pools near Heathcote in the Royal National Park less than an hour south of the Sydney CBD. 

Karloo Pools is a cluster of natural rock pools that not only provides relief from the heat but an Instagram-worthy backdrop for all the best travel snaps. 

Incredible images of the hidden spot have been flooding social media with their glass-clear waters surrounded by giant eucalyptus trees and spectacular natural rock formations.  

The emerald green pools are about two kilometres along the scenic Karloo walking track that takes you through lush native bushland and unique rock boulders.  

After a moderate hike, visitors are rewarded with the refreshing waters of Karloo Pools near Heathcote in the Royal National Park less than an hour south of the Sydney CBD

After a moderate hike, visitors are rewarded with the refreshing waters of Karloo Pools near Heathcote in the Royal National Park less than an hour south of the Sydney CBD 

Karloo Pools is a cluster of natural rock pools that not only provides relief from the heat but an Instagram-worthy backdrop for all the best travel snaps.

The emerald green pools about two kilometres along the scenic Karloo walking track that takes you through lush native bushland and unique rock boulders.

Karloo Pools is a cluster of natural rock pools that not only provides relief from the heat but an Instagram-worthy backdrop for all the best travel snaps. 

5. Bunda Cliffs, South Australia

Adventure seekers claim to have found the perfect free camping spot on the ‘edge of Australia’. 

Bunda Cliffs stretch 100km between the Nullarbor plain in Western Australia and Great Australian Bight in South Australia and is the longest uninterrupted line of sea cliffs in the world. 

Along the limestone sea cliffs are a series of lookouts and free camping spots to set up for the night and take in the incredible ocean views stretching as far as the eye can see. 

Travellers have been posting incredible images of their visits as they stand atop of the towering cliff’s edge showing the crashing waves 60-100 metres below.  

There is no phone or television reception but campers will be entertained by the golden sunsets, show-stopping scenery and watching the whales migrate.   

Adventure seekers claim Bunda Cliffs between the Nullarbor plain in Western Australia and Great Australian Bight in South Australia is the best camping spot in the country

Adventure seekers claim Bunda Cliffs between the Nullarbor plain in Western Australia and Great Australian Bight in South Australia is the best camping spot in the country

Bunda Cliffs stretch 100km between the Nullarbor plain and Great Australian Bight and is the longest uninterrupted line of sea cliffs in the world

Adventurers are raving about an 'epic' free camping spot on the 'edge of Australia'

Bunda Cliffs stretch 100km between the Nullarbor plain and Great Australian Bight and is the longest uninterrupted line of sea cliffs in the world

6. Flinders Island, Tasmania 

Flinders Island is one of the country’s best kept secrets because of its raw, isolated and devastatingly beautiful natural landscape with plenty of adventures for the whole family to enjoy.

Whether you’re looking to reel in a lobster or kayak on top of crystal clear waterways the island is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the slower pace of life. 

Your visit to Flinders Island starts with a scenic flight across Bass Strait from either Launceston, Tasmania (35 minutes), Hobart, Tasmania (one hour) or Melbourne, Victoria (one hour) with Sharp Airlines.

You can also charter your own aircraft or catch the weekly barge with Bass Strait Freight from Bridport, Tasmania docking in the all-tides port of Lady Barron. 

Flinders Island is one of the country's best kept secrets because of its isolated and beautiful natural landscape with plenty of adventures for the whole family to enjoy

Flinders Island is one of the country’s best kept secrets because of its isolated and beautiful natural landscape with plenty of adventures for the whole family to enjoy 

Your visit to Flinders Island starts with a scenic flight across Bass Strait from either Launceston, Tasmania (35 minutes), Hobart, Tasmania (one hour) or Melbourne, Victoria (one hour) with Sharp Airlines

You can also charter your own aircraft or catch the weekly barge with Bass Strait Freight from Bridport, Tasmania docking in the all-tides port of Lady Barron

Your visit to Flinders Island starts with a scenic flight across Bass Strait from either Launceston, Tasmania (35 minutes), Hobart, Tasmania (one hour) or Melbourne, Victoria (one hour) with Sharp Airlines

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