Australia is a land of natural beauty from its arid desserts, to its mountain rangers, national parks and inviting turquoise waters teaming with marine life. While most people will have heard about one of seven natural wonders of the world – The Great Barrier Reef, there are so many more of natures best down under. Here are a few which are located close to our Wyndham Hotels & Resorts properties.
This World-Heritage listed site is a spectacular display of marine life and the only living thing on Earth that can be seen from space. The Reef stretches for about 3,000km and day trips are available anywhere between The Whitsundays, in central Queensland, to Cairns and Port Douglas in the top end of the state. With approximately 1,500 species of tropical fish and hundreds of coral types, there is so much to see on a diving or snorkelling trip to the reef.
Where to stay: Ramada by Wyndham Cairns City Centre is a short stroll to the marina with its restaurants and bars, and where various cruise operators depart from daily.
The Great Barrier Reef. Tourism Australia
The world’s largest sand island is a World-Heritage listed site that offers unique cultural experiences while exploring its awe-inspiring natural beauty. A short ferry ride from Hervey Bay Marina, you will be greeted by lush rainforests growing on sand dunes as well as crystal clear lakes. Popular Fraser Island activities include jumping in a 4WD and cruising along the wide stretch of beaches, watching marine life, swimming, snorkelling and spotting local resident Dingoes.
Where to stay: Ramada by Wyndham Hervey Bay has been recently refurbished with a bright new look and is the ideal place to stay to explore all the region has to offer.
K'Gari (Fraser Island). Tourism Australia
Ever wanted to take a selfie with a Quokka? Well if you didn’t before, you will once you step onto Rottnest Island. Separated from the mainland of Western Australia around 7,000 years ago, the island is home to a unique environment, the most amazing blue waters you’ve ever seen, and friendly wildlife. The smiley inhabitants (pictured below) will gladly pose for a photo with you, before scurrying off into the scrub. Hire a bike and cruise around the island at your own pace while stopping off for a swim in secluded coves along the way.
Where to stay: Ramada by Wyndham VetroBlu Scarborough Beach is within easy reach to the passenger or car ferry that travels to Rottnest Island. The hotel features self-contained apartments on the beach making it the ideal family holiday spot.
Adorable Quokkas on Rottnest Island. Tourism Australia
Located an easy drive from Sydney is the Blue Mountain’s National Park, home to the iconic rock formation called The Three Sisters. Wind your way up the mountain until you reach the town of Katoomba, where you can then take a short walk out to see the spectacular landmark. It is an Aboriginal legend that the rock formation represents three sisters who were turned to stone. They stand over 900 metres tall overlooking the picturesque mountain ranges.
Where to stay: Ramada Hotel & Suites Sydney Cabramatta is located between Sydney and the Blue Mountains, with easy access to the national park. Enjoy a road-trip up to the mountains and settle into our comfortable hotel rooms after a day of exploring.
The Three Sisters. Tourism Australia
A visit to Australia wouldn’t be complete without visiting the country’s largest national park featuring waterfalls, swimming holes, walking tracks and crocodiles. Cultural tours are highly recommended to teach you about our first nation’s people and this rugged land they call home. Crocodiles can be found in the billabongs however there are natural water holes where you can safely take a dip.
Where to stay: Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin is located close to the centre of town with views towards Darwin Harbour. The hotel is close to tour operators who can take you on a day-trip to Kakadu.
Kakadu National Park. Tourism Australia
The Great Ocean Road is the most iconic driving experience in Australia and along the way you will get the chance to witness the jewel in the crown. The Twelve Apostles (with only eight left) are limestone monuments that shoot out from the whitewash of the Southern Indian Ocean. Just to make the experience even more special, visit during sunrise or sunset and bask in the beauty from one of the viewing platforms.
Where to stay: Wyndham Resort Torquay is located beachfront near the iconic Bells Beach and is the gateway to the Great Ocean Road.
The Twelve Apostles. Tourism Australia
This spectacular region of Southern Queensland is just a short drive from the coastal mecca of the Gold Coast or the bustling city life of Brisbane. Yet another World-Heritage listed site, the region features lakes and dams ideal for boating, walking tracks for the bushwalking enthusiasts and eco-adventures. The region is that incredible, it was recently named one of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Regions in the World.
Where to stay: For a city stay, check out Ramada by Wyndham Brisbane Windsor Hotel or for a beachside escape stay at Wyndham Hotel Surfers Paradise.
The Scenic Rim. Tourism Australia
Located just two hours from Melbourne, Phillip Island is home to many different species of wildlife including koalas, fur seals and little penguins. The area is home to Australia’s largest penguin colony with thousands of the furry little creatures making a nightly procession up the beach. Visitors will get the chance to witness this spectacle at a safe distance and learn more about the smallest species of penguin.
Where to stay: Ramada Resort by Wyndham Phillip Island has been recently refurbished and is the ideal launch pad to all the natural beauty on offer across the island.
Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. Tourism Australia
The combination of blue and green waters, white sands and dense bushland perched on rolling headlands, makes Wineglass Bay a true natural beauty. Known to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, Wineglass Bay is located on the east coast of Tasmania, halfway between Hobart and Launceston. It may be a bit of a drive to get there, but it is well worth the visit.
Where to stay: Base yourself at Ramada Resort by Wyndham Seven Mile Beach, located in a tranquil location just outside the capital city of Hobart. Hire a car and take the 2.5 drive north to the national park.
Wineglass Bay. Tourism Australia
Byron Bay in northern NSW is one of the most popular, and talked about, holiday destinations on the east coast. Located at Australia’s most easterly point stands a rocky headland that offers uninterrupted sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, home to the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse. The lighthouse sits on the headland which is 94-metres above sea level and has been in operation since 1901. Make sure you pay a visit to the headland on your trip to Byron Bay.
Where to stay: Ramada Ballina Byron offers river-side apartment-style accommodation in the town of Ballina just a short drive to the Cape Byron Headland.
Cape Byron Headland. Tourism Australia
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