See Australia Month by Month Part Two: July to December Travel Teasers!

Normanville Beach, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

Normanville Beach, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

If you’ve been wondering how you’re EVER going to see as much of Australia as I have, then stop!

You CAN see a LOT of Australia by using the simple 3-step program I showed you in Part 1 (Right HERE if you missed it) whenever you have a week (or two) to spare – in ANY month of the year.

Here’s what to do with that free week (or two)

  1. Choose a region you haven’t been to yet.
  2. Escape with some cheap flights, beg/borrow (but don’t steal) a camper, jump in the car, or let someone else do the driving and take a tour.
  3. GO!(Then next time you’ve got a week (or two) off, do it all again.

Yep, that’s how it’s done.  And Part One gave you some travel teasers for if your week (or two) off fell during January to June. Now here’s a whole new set of travel teasers for July to December!

You’re welcome!

July: The RED Kimberley

Roebuck Bay, Broome, Western Australia

Roebuck Bay, Broome, Western Australia

#13  Broome, Western Australia

Broome’s vivid red and startling blue colour palette is the perfect antidote to a dreary southern-Aussie winter. Factor in a clutch of tropical attractions like semi-deserted beaches, fresh tropical produce (across a varied multicultural menu) and killer sunsets, and it’s hard to beat as the perfect July destination. The dinosaur footprints, brewery and world’s oldest operating picture gardens with a super-cool scenic loo are just a bonus!

MORE about Broome HERE

Reflections at Black Rock Falls, via Kununurra, Western Australia

Reflections at Black Rock Falls, via Kununurra, Western Australia

#14  Kununurra, Western Australia

If you like wilder, redder rocks, then the east Kimberley’s Kununurra delivers with red rock domes in Kununurra’s Mirima National Park; the Sleeping Buddha of Lily Lagoon – and a whole mountain range buried under the mega-ultra-massive Lake Argyle, 10 times bigger than Sydney Harbour and full of crocodiles. This dam above the Ord River scheme also delivers a whole range of fresh produce – just perfect for siesta time in the hottest part of the day!

MORE about Kununurra HERE

There’s a whole lot more to see and do in the Kimberley outside of Broome and Kununurra – read MORE about the Kimberley HERE!

August: Outback

Eagle Bluff, via Denham, Shark Bay, Western Australia

Eagle Bluff, via Denham, Shark Bay, Western Australia

#15  Shark Bay, Western Australia

Outback? On the COAST? You betcha! Shark Bay is where the outback meets the sea with a wild and weathered coastline enclosing warm waters filled with an exciting array of wildlife: think sharks, dugongs, stingrays – and dolphins! The whole bay is a diverse World Heritage area: think Hamelin Pool Stromatolites – oldest known living organisms; Steep Point – westernmost point of mainland OZ; Dirk Hartog Island National Park; and the oldest recorded site of European contact!

MORE about Shark Bay HERE

Castle, Lightning Ridge

Amigo’s Castle, Lightning Ridge, New South Wales

#16  Lightning Ridge, New South Wales

Go straight to the top of Opal Mining Town weird and wonderful and check out the fantastically quirky Lightning Ridge, Black Opal capital of the WORLD! If the allure of the Chambers of the Black Hand or the world’s only black opal mining cactus farmers don’t do it for you, then fossick yourself a gem (or ‘find’ a piece of opal in one of the many shops), check out the awesome Outback Art or soak away that stress in a HOT artesian bath!

MORE about Lightning Ridge and other Australia’s Opal Mining HOT Spots HERE

September: Rocks

Bald Rock Granite and View

Bald Rock Granite and View

#17  Tenterfield, New South Wales

Climbing Bald Rock, Australia’s largest Granite Monolith is just one reason Tenterfield makes a great base for exploring New England, the Northern Rivers and Granite Belt Region, just across the border in Queensland. It’s not just about the stunning National Park and self-drive tour scenery – explore local villages, visit cellar doors and local producers, and discover historic sites – it’s home of Peter Allen, the Boy from OZ. And don’t miss Tenterfield’s famous Federation Pie – it’s quite possibly the best downunder!

MORE about Tenterfield HERE and MORE about Bald Rock HERE

The Bunkers, Wilkawillina Gorge

Why The Bunkers ROCK! Wilkawillina Gorge, Flinders Ranges National Park

#18  Flinders Ranges, South Australia

This ancient landscape in the remote South Australian outback is the original time-tunnel where the exposed layers of Brachina Gorge take you back – WAAAAAY back – through millenia of earth’s pre-history . But it’s not just a geologist’s paradise, it’s an adult adventureland of rugged ranges with 4WD tracks to historic mine sites, mountain climbing, hiking, mountain biking and cycling; horse and camel riding; and self-drive tours to some of the best scenery in OZ

MORE about the Flinders Ranges HERE

Like Rocks?  Australia is the right place to be!  Check out more of Australia’s rocky HOT Spots!

MORE about Australia’s other Rock Stars HERE

October: Wildflowers

Nature's Window, Kalbarri National Park, Western Australia

Nature’s Window, Kalbarri National Park, Western Australia

#19  Kalbarri, Western Australia

The floral equivalent of shooting fish in a barrel, Kalbarri’s flower strewn landscape makes spotting a LOT of Western Australia’s 12,000 wildflower species almost TOO easy. And when the flower hunt is over, you’re spoilt for choice with other natural attractions like the ancient gorges of Kalbarri National Park, the eroded islands and valleys of the Murchison River, and the dramatic sandstone cliffs along a sensational coastline.

MORE about Kalbarri HERE

View from Mt Abrupt, Southern Grampians

View from Mt Abrupt, Southern Grampians, Victoria, Australia

#20  Grampians, Victoria

Wildflower season in Victoria’s Grampians also makes flower spotting a sure thing. Combine your floral frenzy – over 1000 species – with exploring the rugged grandeur of the ranges – think hikes, mountain climbing, cycling, scenic flights – then indulge in one (or more!) of the region’s foodie HOT spots!

MORE about Grampians Wildflowers HERE

November:

Whalers Point Lighthouse, Portland, Victoria

Whalers Point Lighthouse, Portland, Victoria

#21  Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Even if you don’t have time to road-trip the coast between Torquay, just south of Melbourne and Nelson near the South Australian border, just 400 km away, make time to see the highlights. Like what? Well … pig out on the foodie trail; take in the stunning sculpted coastline; detour into the rainforests of the Otway Ranges; hang out on the beach; go lighthouse spotting; visit a village. Actually, just do the whole thing – it can be done in as little as 3 days!

MORE about the Great Ocean Road HERE

Daydream Island, Whitsundays, Queensland

Daydream Island, Whitsundays, Queensland

#22  Whitsundays, QLD

A stunning coastline lined with beaches; a tropical blue ocean studded with 74 stunning tropical islands all adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef. Private beaches, National Parks, historic sites, snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing and fishing to die for. Yes, the Whitsundays sounds WAY too good to be true – but it really IS this cool!

MORE about the Whitsundays HERE

December:

Goolwa Beach, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

Goolwa Beach, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

#23  Fleurieu Peninsula, SA

Catch the Cockle Train – Australia’s oldest public railway; cruise the Lower Lakes and Coorong to the Murray Mouth – end of Australia’s longest river system; climb South Aussie icon The Bluff; and visit one (or more!) of the 100 or so cellar doors just an hour south of Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Oh – and there’s a couple of public amenities blocks that made it into Lonely Planet’s book of world’s best scenic loos too!

MORE about the Fleurieu Peninsula HERE

Sydney Harbour Bridge from the Opera House

Sydney Harbour Bridge from the Opera House

#24  Sydney, New South Wales

Yes, Sydney’s biggest attractions are SUCH a cliché! But that doesn’t mean they’re not worth visiting! SO … cruise the harbour, climb the bridge, see something at the Opera House, visit Taronga Park zoo, wander the Botanic Gardens, catch the ferry to Manly, check out Darling Harbour, go shopping, visit museums and galleries, then find somewhere cool to eat. See? I told you it’d be fun!

MORE about Sydney HERE

Well, that’s how to get started on seeing OZ! Of course you can visit all these regions at other times of the year – the monthly guides are just suggestions. And when you’re done with these I bet you’ll find that there’s a whole lot more on your Aussie travel bucket list.

That’s why I’m still travelling Australia 😀

Khancoban Pondage at Sunset, New South Wales

Khancoban Pondage at Sunset, New South Wales

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38 comments

  • The Red Kimberley looks like an amazing tour because of all the different colors you’ll experience. How cool is it to walk along the beaches and spot dinosaur footprints. I’d be dead scared to go to Kununurra though! Crocodiles are frightening!

    • Being afraid of crocodiles is the only sane thing to be, Gina! But millions of us survive being in a croc-infested country every year – and you can too! Just be croc-aware, follow the warnings and stay safe 😀

  • I love how you tailored fit this month by month. Australia is really full of nice things to see. For every season or location, you get to something.

  • I find your month by month guide so helpful. I often want to escape to a place and I have problems choosing the right one. This will definitely come handy.

  • I have not been to Australia. This list helps break things down for the first time visitor. Your photos are very enticing.

    • It’s such a big country, it’s hard to know where to start Sara! I hope you get here one day – then you’ll see it’s even better than the photos!

  • I like the way that you’ve broken down visiting the different parts of Australia. There’s really is so much to see and do in such a large country.

    • You’re right, Claudia! Lots of visitors are overwhelmed by all the choices so end up seeing 2 or 3 of the main attractions and missing everything else! Although even that’s better than not visiting at all, haha!

  • Awesome post! I’m going to study a Master’s Degree in Sydney for a year so I was looking for traveling experiences and this list is so useful! I can’t wait to explore all the sites in Sydney but I’m more exited to visit the Kalbarri (looks like a great place to take millions of pics)
    xoxo,
    Pilar

    • You’re in luck, Pilar! LOTS of places downunder are great spots to take millions of photos – I’ve lost count of how many I’ve taken! Enjoy your studies!

  • I love these roundups! I am moving to China next month, and being that much closer to Australia means that I finally need to visit! Your post just showcases the range of landscapes and activities, and so many interesting destinations. I can’t wait to see it for myself!

    • How exciting, Drew! Living in China will be full of amazing experiences, I’m sure – so I hope you get to see all the good bits of Australia as well!! Good luck with your new adventure!!

  • Wow, that’s a full detailed itinerary! Thanks for that!

  • I haven’t been to Australia yet, but would love to one day. This is a great way of narrowing down the things to do and areas to check out. There’s just so much and it’s all so beautiful!

    • You got that right, Adelina!! When you realise how big Australia is, there’s no way you’re going to see everything in one triip – unless that trip lasts for a very long time 😀 Hope you get to see it for yourself one day!

  • A wonderful dairy in future tense. I hope I get time enough to plan out such a wonderful itinerary.
    Australia is my dream destination, hope it happens some day.

    • I hope you get to come here and see it all for yourself one day, Indrani! And there’s a LOT of other places I didn’t put in this itinerary – there really is something for everyone!

  • Look the enthusiasm about travel. Just start going and keep going until you have seen it all. Australia is so big, you have to break it into bite size pieces and your article does a great job of that. I especially like how you match destinations with the ideal season. Great piece.

    • Glad you enjoyed it, Jenn and Ed! And you’re right – I often tell people to treat Australia like a continent, not a country – you wouldn’t try to see Africa or Asia in 2 weeks, would you?! And if you think this is a worthwhile article, tell your friends!

  • You really know your stuff about Australia! We hope to go there next year and cannot wait

    • Thanks, Natasha! I should know my stuff – I’ve been travelling in OZ for over 25 years – and I still haven’t been everywhere 😀 I’ve got a lot more to show you, so stick around!!

  • Oh my gosh, I hadn’t heard of Broome. That red against the blue is beautiful! Guess I have to make another trip to Australia, darn 😉

    • The colours in Broome look a little bit like a child’s drawing, Sherrianne – but weirdly, they seem to work together well. And if you haven’t seen them, all I can say is come on down!!

  • I love Broome, for its stunning colours and pearl culture. Kununurra is a real surprise package. It’s full of interesting characters and friendly people.

  • Plenty of sights to see down in Oz … awesome post!

  • A lake bigger than Sydney Harbor? That’s huge! I’d like to see some of these places, so I’ll come back for a second look later.

  • This is so true. Exactly what I do. My goal this year is to get away each school holiday with my kids, so far so good 😁.

  • Red, your photography is as terrific as ever. This is a fine post.

  • We are always doing little trips and seeing new areas. I would love to go around Australia with the kids.

    • If you can’t be on the road full time, then taking little trips is the next best thing, Anne! Anyway, it’s just getting out there and seeing as much as you can that’s the main thing!

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