Eco-conscious tourism is becoming more popular every year around the world. People of all age and genders are becoming more mindful of the environment and are choosing to travel more sustainably to minimize their impact on Mother Earth. However, not only are people traveling sustainably, they are traveling to nature more and more in what is now known as ecotourism.
Without a doubt, going on a green escapade is one of the most incredible road trips you can take in 2021, and some of the top destinations are located in the beautiful Land Down Under. Australia is a country where ecotourism has been booming for decades now, and there you will find some amazing things to see and do as a couple or as newlyweds looking for an adventure of a lifetime.
Let’s take a look at some of the best ecotourism experiences in Australia this year.
Located off the southern coast of Australia, the island of Tasmania is truly on the of the most beautiful places on Earth. The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area covers a whopping 20% of the island, preserving the natural landscape and the flora and fauna that has been living and thriving there for millennia.
In fact, some of the oldest natural gems include the ancient limestone caves dating back some ten thousand years, all the way to the last Ice Age. But limestone caves are not the only points of interest, because the Tasmanian Wilderness region includes 20 areas, all of which are home to beautiful and enthralling wildlife. Truly an amazing couple’s getaway that can turn into a lengthy road trip.
Swim with the sharks at Ningaloo Reef
If you are up for a more adventurous road trip that will spark passion in your relationship and get the blood flowing, then Ningaloo Reef might just be the next destination on your list. Located some 1200 kilometers north of Perth on the western shores of Australia, Ningaloo Reef is home to some of the most breathtaking marine life you will ever see. It’s also the place where the whale sharks come to feed.
Mind you, safety should be your top priority when traveling during the pandemic, but it should also be your priority when you’re meeting these gentle giants. Luckily, the guided tours around Ningaloo Reef will provide you with a trained instructor who will show you all the must-see locations and ensure that you and your loved one enjoy some adrenaline-inducing experiences in the safest way possible.
Explore the natural reserves around Sydney
Australia is full of natural reserves, sanctuaries, and sprawling open zoos where you can meet the animals in person. There is no shortage of these experienced in and around Sydney. If you want to experience everything the region has to offer, then it’s a good idea to book a car hire in Sydney before you arrive so that you can move around the city and the surrounding areas quickly to beat the crowds.
First, drive up to the famous Taronga Zoo in Sydney and its wildlife retreat for an entire day of exploring this vast enclosure. If that’s not enough for you, then be sure to drive outside the city towards the famed Blue Mountains nearby and explore this expansive national park for days on end.
Traveling north with your soulmate, you’ll find yourself exploring the unbelievably green and beautiful Daintree Rainforest – Australia’s largest tropical rainforest and home to flora that is 100 million years old. No, that is not an exaggeration.
This 1200 square kilometer rainforest is home to some of the most beautiful plant life that you will ever see, and is one of Queensland’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. The rainforest is nestled near the famous Great Barrier Reef, which you should definitely visit as well on your romantic escapade. This region is definitely one of the best places to travel in 2021.
Observe the adorable penguins at Philip Island
Melbourne is one of the most exciting metropolises in the world, but there is so much to see and do in the surrounding areas for the modern eco-conscious couple. To the south-east of the city, you will find Philip Island and its popular Summerland Beach. Why is it so popular, you may ask?
Because at Summerland Beach you will find one of the cutest ecotourism experiences ever. Here, you can watch the Penguin Parade, a truly one-of-a-king experience where a large colony of penguins wobbles onto the shore after a long and busy day of fishing out at sea. You will be able to enjoy this amazing sight from one of the numerous viewing platforms, built specifically to avoid disturbing the little flightless birds in their rituals.
Australia is truly on the top destinations for ecotourists nowadays, especially if you’re looking for a romantic escapade. Be sure to visit some if not all of these destinations to experience the best of Australia’s nature and wildlife.