When most people think of Australia they think of two things: the Crocodile Hunter and kangaroos. Very few people know much about the land down under, and the insanely long flight time often removes it from most people’s immediate travel list. But there’s so much more to discover about Australia beyond what we think we already know.
As one of the world’s largest countries, Australia has a varied landscape and is home to everything from opera houses to dormant volcanoes and surfer-friendly beaches. Recently, adventure travel journalist and badass pilot Kellee Edwards (@kelleesetgo) took her first trip to the continent to explore western Australia and get up close and personal with its marine life. Edwards even got the chance to check a major adventure off her bucket list when she swam with a whale shark in the Ningaloo Reef, and they were twinning!
If going down under has always been a dream destination, check out these photos from Kellee’s epic moment and our handy guide, and get inspired to make your Australian dream a reality today.
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Welcome to Australia
The largest country in Oceania, Australia is a destination where you can always expect the unexpected. Ancient lands mesh with vibrant cities and magnificent beachfronts–amazing, we know! Visiting between April-May and September-November will be a treat as you’re met with blue skies and warm days. The dollar down under is a bit stronger than in the states, with 1AUD equaling 0.677786 USD so plan accordingly.
Photo Credit: @kelleesetgo
Staying in western Australia gives visitors a chance to discover a side to the country they won’t necessarily get in the bigger cities. Connect with nature by staying at beachside glamping properties like Sal Salis located along the Ningaloo Reef.
Photo Credit: Sal Salis
For many years, Australia was low on the list for foodie travelers but as of late, there has been a resurgence of the country’s culinary scene spurred on by the rediscovery of native ingredients. Though these days you’ll find many restaurants serving up global fusion dishes, you can still find many traditional Aussie faves around town like the tasty meat pie.
Bucket List Check
Those that have an adventurous spirit will love journeying to Australia. From diving the Great Barrier Reef and exploring wildlife parks, to surfing and getting dirty on ATVs, there’s a bucket list experience to be enjoyed by every type of traveler.