Australia has some of the world’s most breathtaking remote stretches of land. From sprawling desserts to incredible coastlines and everything in between, if you want to go remote and have the most peaceful holiday, this is the place to do it.
Magical Remote Places To Visit In Australia
Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park is not only one of Australia’s most famous national parks but has also been on the world stage for several years now. Found in the Northern Territories and listed as a World Heritage Site, this massive national park is perfect for camping and exploring.
It has plateaus, floodplains, lowlands, wetlands, and countless creature, plant, and tree varieties, and is ideal for camping thanks to several dedicated sites. Pack your bags and vape prescription; this is one place you aren’t going to want to leave.
The Ningaloo Coast is a +-600,000ha region that includes one of the world’s longest reefs and several cave systems that run underneath. This area is all about sun, surf, and exploration, making it perfect for a secluded beach holiday.
Unlike some of Australia, many coastal areas have relatively calm water, making them ideal for swimming and for the kids to play in. However, several shark species and other dangerous animals call this part of the coast home.
Lake St Clair
Found on the gorgeous island of Tasmania, Lake St Clair is located near the middle of the island and can be reached by car from any of the major Tasmanian cities. Once you get there, you will be in awe of the beauty and near-perfect silence that will meet you.
Not only is it an ideal spot for walking and hiking, but several hotels/lodges are dotted around the region that allow you to sleep and eat with all the modern amenities while still being in nature.
Lorde Howe Island
Found almost 600 km off the coast of New South Wales, Lord Howe Island is the definition of remote tranquility. You can reach it by air or by boat, and with a maximum tourist capacity of 400, you will never feel like you are being overcrowded.
You can partake in swimming, surfing, snorkeling, hiking, or simply enjoying a cold cocktail on the beach. There are several retreats and lodges on the island, meaning you can easily turn a trip here into a multi-day affair.
Lastly, Katherine can be found in the wilds of the Northern Territories and is home to 13 distinctly Australian gorges. While you can travel the area alone, a tour is best, and you can easily get lost in the vast wilderness.
Once there, you can enjoy a day of hiking or swimming, as well as canoeing through and around the amazing waterways you can find in the gorges.
What to Remember
When it comes to “remote,” there aren’t many places as remote as most of Australia. Because of this, it is important to be prepared for your journey; here are some of the most important things you need.
In many parts of the country, especially in the North and the Outback, you can drive for hours and hours without seeing a person, let alone a fuel station or store. Because of this, you need to have extra fuel, food, and water available.
Even if you can contact someone to help you if your car breaks down, for example, you could easily have to wait 12-24 hours, and in the searing heat of the desert, extra food and water can and will save your life.
For the reasons stated above, having more than one spare tire is also crucial. You will travel across roads covered in sand, stones, and possibly glass, and a punctured tire becomes inevitable the further you go.
It is also important to have a fully stocked first-aid kit available in the event of sickness, heat stroke, or injury. It should have medication for head and stomach issues, as well as a disinfectant, plasters, bandages, and some type of sunscreen/burn ointment.
Australia is also packed with tons of little critters and creatures that can bite you and cause serious harm. Speak to locals and tour guides to find out what medicine you should pack in the event of being bitten.
One thing you cannot leave without is a GPS. Calling the Outback and the remote parts of the country “vast” is a severe understatement, and getting lost can be life-threatening. A GPS is also one of the only things that can get you to safety in the event of an emergency.
As there are very few, if any, cellphone towers in large parts of the country, you can’t rely on your phone’s GPS either. Invest in one that uses satellites to ensure you always have access to it.
Finally, because of the cell tower issues stated above, you should have a satellite phone with you as well. These allow you to stay in contact with someone while traveling and allow you to contact the authorities if or when need be.
Some higher-end models also have a built-in GPS, meaning the authorities can track where you are if you don’t know yourself or your GPS has failed.