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When we were doing research to get ready for our trip to Australia, we came across an endless number of rankings. These rankings rated various aspects of the country, such as the best places to live, the best places to do business, and the most fun they are. These kinds of evaluations are carried out by economists, businesspeople, and journalists; however, would you like some novel and unusual experiences?
Check out our list of top 10 least popular places in Australia people do not want to visit below!
What Are The Least Popular Destinations in Australia?
(Top 10 - Ranked by KnowInsiders)
#1. Heart Reef
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A local pilot found Heart Reef in 1975, and it is now a well-known tourist destination in The Whitsundays. Many postcards and brochures advertising The Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef can be seen on this amazing coral formation.
You can't go there, despite the fact that it has appeared in dozens of tourism marketing campaigns! The star of roughly 7,283,030 tourism marketing campaigns is one of the places in Australia that no one can actually get to, which is a lovely irony. Heart Reef, the island from all the promotional videos that appears to be a heart from above, is protected in the Whitsundays. That means you can't sail up to it, land a helicopter on it, or go snorkeling by it.
Of course, this wouldn't accomplish much since it doesn't appear romantic from the ground. Heart Reef can be seen from the air with a variety of scenic flights offered by Air Whitsunday (www.airwhitsunday.com.au), which also serves as a brochure photographer.
#2. Cartier Island
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Cartier Island is a 0.4-hectare sand cay protruding from a reef where the Indian Ocean and the Timor Sea meet, closer to Indonesia than Australia.
The fact that it is managed by the Department of Transport and Regional Services and is grouped with the similarly uninhabited Ashmore Islands, which are located 70 km away, should give you an idea of how significant it is. However, the 172 square kilometer marine reserve that surrounds the ocean speck is much more significant. There are about 16 percent of the fish species found in Australia.
Only Indonesian fishermen with a special license or a representative of the Australian government watching the said Indonesian fishermen from a patrol boat will be allowed access to that reserve.
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#3. Heard Island
The chances are good that you wouldn't really see Australia's most remote island, even if you could get there. Heard Island, a little-known landmass, is obscured by thick clouds for about 360 days out of the year.
The gurgle of molten rock bubbling up through the island's violent core is more likely to be heard by the select few who do manage to reach this remote wonder. Huge glaciers adorn the Big Ben active volcano on Heard Island, which juts out into the depths of the ocean below.
With a towering 2,745 meters, it surpasses Mount Kosciuszko by 517 meters, earning it the obscure distinction of being the tallest mountain in Australian-owned territory outside of Antarctica. From Fremantle, it takes a boat seven days to get to Heard Island. The only people who regularly travel the 4,000 kilometers over choppy, stormy seas are fishermen and the occasional research scientist.
It's a complicated process if you really, really want to go there to see the penguins, glaciers, seabirds, and lava flows. You must first get the Australian Antarctic Division's approval. Then, you need to persuade the crew of an expedition boat that is properly equipped to sail for up to two weeks through some of the world's roughest seas. Simply put, it's unlikely.
#4. Tin Can Bay
A stunning seaside community called Tin Can Bay is well-known for its profusion of wildlife, laid-back vibe, and exquisite wild-catch seafood caught in the Pacific Ocean and Great Sandy Marine Park's pristine waters.
With miles and miles of pristine waterways, being on the water is the most rewarding activity. If you prefer to stay on dry land, Tin Can Bay's Sleepy Lagoon Motel provides an affordable alternative. You can even sleep on the Sandy Strait via Tin Can Bay Houseboats. More than 140 species of birdlife call this location home, making it a great place for a little birding. It is also the closest southern gateway to K'gari Fraser Island.
Even though this tiny seaside town only has one draw, visitors keep returning. Humpback dolphins. It is a rare opportunity for tourists and locals to hand feed and interact with these endangered dolphins. Given that they are a protected species, it is done with great care. You can also take advantage of the fantastic beaches, campgrounds, and delicious seafood. Additionally, you can go on a beach drive, rent a houseboat, or visit a bustling market. The number of backpackers who are unaware of this location will surprise you. Don't belong to that group.
#5. South Coast, Point Nepean National Park
It wasn't always a national park at Point Nepean, the tip of the Mornington Peninsula that hugs the eastern shore of Port Philip Bay. Large portions of the area are still off-limits to visitors, and these portions frequently coincide with the regions that were long used as a military firing range. These substantial areas should remain fenced off for two reasons: conservation and unexploded ordnance. When you walk where you shouldn't, your risk of losing a limb or two is unnervingly high.
Because of the high cliffs and choppy seas, it is also unsafe for boats to land anywhere along the south coast of this region.
#6. Umpherston Sinkhole
One of the most amazing gardens in the Mount Gambier area is the Umpherston Sinkhole (also known as the Sunken Garden). The sinkhole at Umpherston was once a typical limestone cave that was formed when seawater waves corroded the limestone rocks, and it was naturally formed when the chamber's roof collapsed.
In its current state, the Umpherston Sinkhole is a stunning sunken garden that provides the ideal setting for visitors to take in and enjoy. James Umpherston transformed the Umpherston Sinkhole into a garden in 1886. As the sun sets, the Umpherston Sinkhole comes alive with hundreds of possums as they enter this peaceful garden to feed. The sinkhole is accessible from dawn until dusk. The geological processes in the area that led to the formation of sinkholes served as inspiration for the sculptures at Umpherston Sinkhole.
This amazing natural sinkhole makes us think of a scene from the film Avatar. The Umpherston sinkhole, which is located in Mount Gambier, was formerly a regular limestone cave that was corroded by seawater waves. The chamber's roof collapsing naturally produced the sinkhole. You can now visit the lovely garden that now resides there.
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#7. Lake Bumbunga
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The bubble gum shores of Lake Bumbunga, less than two hours from Adelaide, attract a diverse crowd, ranging from amateur photographers to high-end fashion brands. According to the water's salinity throughout the year, the lake in Lochiel is renowned for changing color from pink to white to blue.
In the renowned Clare Valley wine region, which is located east of Lake Bumbunga, you can quench your thirst with color-coordinated rosés from Mr. Mick, Kilikanoon, or Jim Barry.
However, this lake is used to make salt and occasionally turns pink. This Instagrammable pink lake deserves a spot on our list because it is situated in a less well-known region of Australia.
#8. Coral Bay
One of the top family vacation spots in Western Australia is Coral Bay, a marine lover's paradise. This tiny, laid-back seaside town is a must-visit location for nature lovers and is known as Coral Bay due to the lovely coral gardens that are only a few meters from the immaculate white sandy beach.
It is a unique location because it is teeming with marine life. Between March and June, whale sharks visit the area, and from June to October, you can see humpback whales migrating. Since there aren't many eateries and coffee shops here, you should come here to relax and take in the breathtaking scenery.
#9. The Ranger Retention Pond
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This large billabong on the edge of Kakadu National Park is one you can't even dip a toe into, making it an absolute lock for Australia's least appealing swim. Even though the local wildlife appears to be treating it like a dreamy wetland refuge, that's probably for the best.
All water that falls on the Ranger Uranium Mine site must be retained there by law in order to protect against potential contamination. That is a tremendous amount of water, especially during the rainy season.
But the problem isn't just the potential radiation; traps by the pond's edge show that saltwater crocodiles have made it their home. It is not a prime snorkeling location. The natural infinity pool at the top of Gunlom Falls is safe for swimming because it is too high up for crocodiles to reach it.
#10. Devils Marbles
Check these babies out because of the name alone! Uluru and Alice Springs are likely two places you visit if you travel to the Northern Territory, but most people overlook the Devils Marbles. For the traditional Aboriginals, the round stone balls are a unique sight and have spiritual significance. The rocks are millions of years old and have grown into enormous boulders as a result of erosion. You can camp nearby and take in the strange shapes at dawn.
The Devils Marbles' creation is the subject of one old wives' tale that has been passed down. Only initiated Aboriginal men are permitted to wear the hair belts that their ancient ancestor "Arrange" created. Clusters fell to the ground as he twirled the hair to form the belt; these clusters later transformed into boulders.
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