Wait! Before you book that plane ticket for your overseas adventure, you should check out all these amazing places right here in your own backyard.
There’s no denying travelling overseas is an incredible experience, but what if you’re a poor student that can barely afford your morning coffee, let alone a $2000 plane ticket? Chances are you’re probably not going to make it overseas this year, but that’s okay because we’ve found the best Australian equivalents to some of the top destinations across the globe.
1. Mount Everest v Mount Kosciuszko
Climbing Mount Everest is on many people’s bucket lists – unless you find the idea of spending $30,000 to $100,000 to climb a 8848km mountain that takes months to climb not very practical. There’s the very real possibility that you could just disappear and never be found. The cheaper, safer and easier option? Spend $44 for a moderate walk up Mount Kosciuzko, Australia’s highest peak that stands at 2222m. You’ll reach the summit in 4–6 hours and still get the bragging rights of climbing a mountain.
2. The Grand Canyon v Kings Canyon
The Grand Canyon is about 5000km and has around five million visitors a year, who stare at it for an hour and then leave. Kings Canyon in the Northern Territory offers more than the Grand Canyon. For starters, you can camp at the base of the canyon (or stay in a hotel if you’re fancy like that) and during the day you can even ride a camel through the canyon! Kings Canyon is also a short drive to another one of Australia’s most famous landmarks, Uluru.
3. The Caspian Sea v Lake Hiller
The Caspian Sea is the world’s largest lake located between Asia and Europe, but is it pink? No. In Western Australia, there is a salt lake called Lake Hiller that turns bright bubblegum pink. Scientists still aren’t sure what causes the water to turn pink but they suspect the colour comes from a dye created by a bacteria. The area around the lake has been declared as an important bird area due to the vast variety of bird life. Lake Hiller has endless activities to make the trip worthwhile, including scuba diving, abseiling and windsurfing.
4. The Great Wall of China v the Dingo Fence
The Great Wall of China is undeniably impressive, but for cultural relevance, our Dingo Fence has just as much meaning to our country. It’s also the longest fence in the world, running for 5614km from Jimbour to Nundroo. The Dingo fence was built in the 1880s to keep dingos out of the south–east part of Australia. While you’re there, pick a town you like and make a camping trip out of it.
5. Niagara Falls v Wallaman Falls
Niagara Falls is a collection of three waterfalls situated between Canada and the United States. The area offers walking trails and at night the waterfall is illuminated by colourful floodlights. However, Niagara Falls has a height of only 51m while Wallaman Falls in Queensland has a drop of 268m. Wallaman Falls is home to amazing bushwalking trails in a rainforest environment that follows the banks of the Stony Creek. Wallaman Falls is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, is one of the oldest rainforest in the world, and home to many endangered plants and animals.
6. Stonehenge v Uluru
Stonehenge, located in Wiltshire, England, is a ring of standing stones dating back to 2500BC. Uluru stands at an impressive 348m and has a 9km circumference. Uluru is the go to place to learn and experience Aboriginal culture through stories told by the local indigenous people. The hike up Uluru is a steep 1.9km but definitely worth the walk. If you’re not feeling like a hike you can experience a base walk, or stargaze under the night sky. If you’re feeling more adventurous you can go on a motorcycle or 4WD drive throughout the outback.
7. The Golden Gate Bridge v the Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge located in San Francisco, USA, and has been declared as one of the Wonders of the Modern World. The Harbour Bridge in Sydney has a lot more fun to offer. All year round you can do the spectacular bridge climb day or night. During the Mardi Gras season you can climb the bridge while singing karaoke or see the bridge become illuminated with colour during Vivid, held between May and June annually. Or you could celebrate the New Year with the fireworks display 1.1 billion people tune in to see every year. – Jade Meiach-Sherlock
Top photo by Mohammad Rassa.