16 Off-the-Beaten Path Places to Explore in Australia

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Lizard Island

Named by Captain Cook, Lizard Island gained its name because of its enormous quantity of lizards. 250 years later, tourists can visit the island to enjoy superb diving on the Great Barrier Reef, as well as historical ruins dating back to the 1850s.

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Tiwi Islands

Lying to the north of the Australian continent in the Arafura Sea, the Tiwi Islands are accessible by boat or plane, and are densely covered in eucalyptus forests which support many interesting species of birds and animals.

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Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is an important Australian wine region, and most of the tourism there is centered on the food and wine industry. Visit in an odd-numbered year to catch the Barossa Vintage Festival, which celebrates the end of the grape harvest.

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11 Great Hostels to Stay In

For budget-minded travelers in search of a cheap place to stay, hostels can be the perfect option. Generally, hostels offer much better value than hotels and short-term apartment rentals. Because less money is spent on accommodations, it allows globetrotters to designate a larger portion of their budget to good food and sightseeing activities instead.

11 Great Hostels in Europe to Stay In

If you’re a budget-minded backpacker interested in meeting fellow travelers along the way, hostels are an exceptional alternative. Intimate, community-minded, and affordable, hostels have exploded in popularity and really come a long way. From shared open-concept spaces to private ensuites, it’s easy to find a mix of both communal and secluded accommodations.

The 10 Most Historic Prisons

While jail time isn’t a walk in the park for any convicted felon, many tourists flock to historical prisons around the world when traveling. This is due to their mystic, history, and eerie ambiance. While it may seem a little crazy, visiting a local prison can provide a ton of insight on a region’s roots and culture.