EXPERIENCE TRUE TRAVEL AUTHENTICITY

AT THESE RISING LOCALES

 

There’s something uniquely thrilling about experiencing the authenticity of a place prior to it exploding into mainstream popularity. It’s the charm of that local diner before its television premiere or the hidden scenic overlook before it gets a properly paved walkway. In travel, it’s the places without a souvenir shop selling light-up figurines of the local landmarks. The ones where you return home not with trinkets, but with party-stopping stories of astounding excursions and eyebrow-raising experiences. From up-and-coming adventures to sprouting foodie strongholds, read on to discover four destinations trending towards bucket list fame.

THE LAST GREAT ESCAPE:

FINDING ADVENTURE IN AUSTRALIA’S FORGOTTEN SIDE

When people first consider traveling to the land down under, they often envision eastern Australia—the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Great Barrier Reef and Melbourne down south. But for those seeking frontier luxury and natural adventures, west is best.

Western Australia (WA) is far away from anyone and anywhere else in the country, and not just geographically. Everything in the pace of life and the language of the landscapes is slower, more distant. Think expansive grasslands, empty desert and desolate beaches without another human in sight. Stand in awe of the dramatic gorges, inlets and horizontal falls of one of the world’s largest wilderness areas in The Kimberley. Visit dozens of national parks, each with its own remarkable environs, like the curious limestone pillars of the Pinnacles, the Wave Rock in the Hyden Wildlife Park, the world’s largest colony of otherworldly stromatolites in Shark Bay, and the beehive-like sandstone domes of the Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park.

The landscapes here truly appeal to any traveler. For wildlife enthusiasts, the lack of metropolitan infrastructure in WA provides more opportunities to interact with native species, like swimming with whale sharks off the Ningaloo Reef, spotting orcas in Bremer Bay, mingling with cheerful quokkas on Rottnest Island, or riding camels along Cable Beach in Broome. In short, this is Australia’s secluded natural treasure.

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“For art and history lovers, in the northwest part of the Kimberley region, you can find the oldest example of figurative art: the Gwion Gwion paintings, more commonly known as the Bradshaw paintings. These paintings are reachable only by yacht and helicopter, so become a luxury adventure unlike anything else.”

Judith Kitzes, Andrew Harper Travel Advisor