16 Off-the-Beaten Path Places to Explore in Australia
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Glass House Mountains
The Glass House Mountain range is a group of 11 hills that rise sharply from the ground, near the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. They’re a fantastic site for hiking and rock climbing. Don’t miss the most famous peak, Mt. Tibrogargan, which people swear looks like a face staring out to sea.
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Phillip Island, just off the coast of Melbourne, experiences milder winters than its big city neighbor, and is the home of many beautiful beaches. It’s an ideal site for whale and dolphin watching, and 3.5 million people per year come to see little penguins waddle their way across the island’s Nature Park.
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O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
Named in honor of Bernard O’Reilly, a bushman who assisted in the rescue of passengers from a plane crash in the area in 1937, this rainforest retreat is an idyllic locale with many beautiful hiking trails. Some hikers have attempted to navigate their way to the wreck site solo, but a surer bet is going with a guided excursion.