11 Unusual Places to Visit in Australia

Unusual places to visit in AustraliaDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase something through these links I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

There are plenty of places to visit in Australia and many reasons to visit this great country.

However, there are many unusual places to visit in Australia as well!

There are a few things to know before moving to Australia. One of which, is that there’s a lot to see here besides the cities.

I was unaware of this before I left England on my Australian Working Holiday Visa. I soon found out that some of the most interesting places in Australia lay outside of the main urban areas!

Places like Coober Pedy and the Devil’s Marbles are unusual and surreal in nature. Visiting these places feels like you have you left civilisation at times and

11 unusual places to visit in Australia

Blue Lake

Here’s the thing:

Blue Lake may not sound like one of the weird places to visit in Australia, but there is more to this lake than meets the eye!

Located in Mount Gambier, South Australia, it is a lake that formed in an ancient meteorite crater. Not that strange so far you say! Well, the odd thing about Blue Lake is depending on the time of the year, the colour of the lake changes!

If you visit from December to March, the lake has a blue colour. However, if you visit during April to November, the lake has a grey colour! There is no definitive explanation for this phenomenon, but it is thought to be something to do with the warming of the surface layers of the lake during the summer months.

It is an interesting place to visit, and as well as viewing the lake, there are numerous walking trails as well. So, you can get a better perspective on this gigantic lake!

This is one of the more interesting and underrated places to visit in South Australia, and it is a great place to stop if you are travelling from Adelaide to Melbourne!

 

Blue Lake in Mt Gambier

Coober Pedy

Of all the places in Australia that I visited, Coober Pedy is perhaps the strangest!

Driving into the town it feels like you are stumbling across the last remnants of mankind. This is due to how far away from civilisation it is.

From the nearest town of Port Augusta, it takes roughly 6-8 hours to reach Coober Pedy, with little or nothing in the way of towns in between that! Unsurprisingly, it’s one of the lesser-known spots in Australia.

Coober Pedy sits above the world’s biggest opal mine in the middle of the Australian outback. As it’s blisteringly hot, most houses are located underground, to protect the inhabitants from the searing heat.

Coober Pedy reminded me of Tatooine from the Star Wars films when I visited! A comparison that only added to the weirdness!

To add to the strangeness, there’s a golf course in the town, which has no grass and can only be played at night. There is a sole tree made entirely from scrap metal, that overlooks the town atop a hill.

While there is also a ‘house’ that is adorned with women’s underwear! Coober Pedy might just be on the of the most unusual places in the world, not just Australia!

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Coober Pedy landscape

 

 

Daly Waters

Daly Waters is without a doubt one of the unique places to see in Australia! Located in the Northern Territory, it is a popular stop-off point on an Adelaide to Darwin road trip.

There is a similar feel to Coober Pedy, although not as wacky, as there are no underground houses here!

What is wacky, however, is the pub that shares the same name as the town! Adorning the walls are various shirts that visitors have left as a memento. There is also a giant helicopter opposite the pub, which does not seem to have any sort of specific relevance!

Daly Waters itself is an interesting place, not far from the town is an airfield that served as the original base for Qantas. Maybe that explains the helicopter!?

There is also the Stuart Tree, which is a tree that the explorer John MacDoull Stuart marked during his expedition from Adelaide to Darwin! It’s worth a look to work out whether the mark is an S or not!

Although not as unusual as Coober Pedy, Daly Waters is certainly one of the more interesting places to visit in Australia. It is certainly quirky enough to warrant a place on the list!

 

Daly Waters Pub

Devil’s Marbles

The Devil’s Marbles are certainly one of the more unusual places to visit in Australia. Just the name itself, makes the place sound strange and weird. Despite the name, the marbles have nothing to do with the devil.

In fact, they were formed after millions of years of erosion, which gave them their round shape.

The unusual thing about the Devil’s Marbles is that they are big round boulders balanced atop of one another, in the middle of the desert. They look completely out of place, and certainly not like a natural phenomenon!

Obviously, this is why the formation was given the name Devil’s Marbles, as they do not look like they were formed naturally!

If you are travelling from Adelaide to Darwin or even Alice Springs to Darwin, then is a must stop! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like the Devil’s Marbles, and stopping here for an hour breaks up the monotony of sitting in a car all day as well!! It’s definitely one of the stranger places to visit in the Northern Territory!

 

Devil's Marbles

Hahndorf

I’m sure you’ll agree:

That Hahndorf doesn’t sound one of the strangest places to travel to in Australia, well that is where you are wrong!

You may have initially thought that Hahndorf sounded German, and you would have been right! Hahndorf is a small town in the Adelaide Hills that was founded by German immigrants.

Hahndorf has retained its German character to this day. The architecture reminds you of a Bavarian village, while there are plenty of German cafes and shops lining the main street.

The cafes are very good and I would recommend visiting Hahndorf just to sample the German cuisine!

Visiting Hahndorf is one of the best things you can do while travelling in South Australia. At times you really do feel like you are in Germany, such is the resemblance to the villages back in Germany.

 

backpacking in Hahndorf

Horizontal Waterfalls in Talbot Bay

I’m going to be the first to admit that I did not visit the Horizontal waterfall. However, I had to include it on the list, as it is without a doubt, one of the most unique places in Australia! I’ve heard of lots of vertical waterfalls, but I wasn’t even aware horizontal waterfalls existed!

The Horizontal Falls are located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. They are formed by a break in between the McLarty Ranges. The waterfalls flow horizontally as opposed to vertically because seawater builds up faster on one than the other.

If you are in the Kimberley region, then this is definitely worth checking out. Horizontal Falls Adventure operates tours in the area, and they are worth doing if you want to get up close to this natural phenomenon!

 

Horizontal waterfalls one of the most unusual places to visit in Australia

Photo Credit: derbytourism.com.au

Squeaky Beach

As you can probably tell by the name, Squeaky beach is not your ordinary beach!  The beach consists of rounded grains of quartz in the sand. This results in a squeaking sound when you step on the beach. Hence the name Squeaky beach!

This is certainly the only beach I’ve been to, that exhibits this strange phenomenon.

Despite the strange squeaking noises, Squeaky beach is a great destination. Located in Wilson’s Promontory National Park in Victoria, the beach is in a stunning location. There are giant granite boulders on either side of the beach, which are fantastic for climbing if you need some stimulation!

Apart from the squeaking, the beach doesn’t really class as one of the weirder places to visit in Australia. However, as this is a unique experience and one that you are unlikely to repeat.

If you are travelling in Victoria, you absolutely have to visit Squeaky beach. You won’t regret it!

 

View of Squeaky beach in Wilson's Promontory

Uluru

You may be wondering why I have included Uluru on a list of the most unusual places to visit in Australia. Well, I guess you would have good reason.

Uluru certainly won’t strike most people as an unusual destination, however after you have visited it, that perception will change!

For a start, let’s call Uluru for what it is; a big rock in the middle of the desert. This is a rather blunt description, but it is strikingly true. For all its beauty and grandeur, Uluru really does look out of place in the desert.

It’s as if it has just been placed in the middle of nowhere, even close up, it doesn’t look especially lifelike.

Uluru is an amazing place to visit, and if you don’t visit, then you are missing out on one of the best things to do in Australia! Uluru may not be an unusual place to visit for every traveller, but it is certainly an incredible one!

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Uluru

Wave Rock

Wave Rock is a unique and strange rock formation located 184 miles (296km) east-southeast of Perth in Western Australia. Like Uluru, it is a natural rock formation.

However, where it differs from Uluru is that it has the appearance of a breaking wave, hence the name Wave Rock!

Wave Rock is also known as Hyden Rock, due to its proximity to the small town of Hyden. The rock is certainly a unique spectacle, much like Uluru, it appears as if it is not natural at all.

It really does look as if it has been carved by someone as opposed to being the result of millions of years of erosion!

Wave Rock is one of the most popular sights to visit for people travelling in Western Australia. Doing a tour of the area is definitely worth it, as this is one of the stranger things you can see in Australia!

 

Wave rock

Photo Credit: Kaliumfredrik

Wycliffe Well

Last but not least, Wycliffe Well, is definitely one of Australia’s tourist attractions that are a little bit strange! Known as the UFO capital of Australia, it is located near Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.

If you’re a fan of all things extraterrestrial, then Wycliffe Well, may be worth a visit!

Wycliffe Well is one of the top 5 places in the world for reported UFO sightings, the key word here being ‘reported!’ The phenomenon started during World War II when servicemen reported seeing strange sights in the sky.

Sightings continue to be reported, although it is hard to say whether many of them are accurate or not!

If you are travelling along the Stuart Highway to Adelaide or Darwin, then this is an interesting place to stop. It also makes for a photo opportunity with all the little green men that can be found here!

 

Aliens at Wycliffe Well

Photo credit: tm-tm

Concluding thoughts

Australia is a great country to visit, and there are certainly many interesting places to visit. However, if you want to see something out of the ordinary, hopefully, this list has shown you some of the more unusual places to visit in Australia.

If you agree or disagree with my selections, or you have one that is not listed here, I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

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Tom

Tom is a travel addict who first left England to spend a year Down Under. Not satisfied with this, he then went to New Zealand, about as far away from home as he could get. He is now planning his next adventures in Europe and Canada while maintaining this blog.

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61 Responses

  1. I visited Uluru years ago – it is just a rock in a desert, but what a rock! It’s probably not that unusual, but I climbed up a huge sandblow near Rainbow Beach (Carlo Sandblow I think it was called). That was pretty cool – from the top you could see forest on one side and the ocean on the other, it was beautiful.

  2. Uluru, that to me would be a must-visit place when I go to Australia. They are all interesting places you listed. That Squeaky Beach also sparks my curiosity.

  3. Rea says:

    What a great off the beaten list! We lack those kind of posts, great job! You must have explored Australia very thoroughly to discover all those places 🙂 I am definitely intrigued by visiting Coober Pedy 🙂

    • Tom says:

      Thank you! I visited all but three I think. Mainly the ones in Western Australia, which I didn’t visit unfortunately!

  4. Rebecca says:

    I love Australia ad this is a great list! Uluru is a must for every visitor. What’s great about it is a tour around the base and all of the stories of the Aborigines. I’ve seen photos of the homes in Coober Peedy. Would be fun to visit. And Squeaky Beach, the name of the beach is so unusual it must be fun to visit!

    • Tom says:

      Ye I loved the walk around the base, it was fantastic. Squeaky beach is great! The views are amazing there!

  5. Lisa says:

    These places sound like my kind of road trip. I love the history and just the unusual, off the beaten path places. Thanks for the post, great tips!

  6. Amanda says:

    Wow some of these places look so cool. Coober Pedy has really got me interested. I’ll have to check these locations out whenever I get to Australia.

  7. Paul says:

    All of these places look and sound really intriguing, especially squeaky beach! I’ve heard of a few of these places but not all of them and I would certainly want to visit them all when we visit Australia next year!

    • Tom says:

      I think I’d only heard of Uluru before I visited Australia. Just goes to show how much there is to see in Oz!

  8. Alex says:

    A great list of places to visit in Australia. The Uluru Rock and the Wave Rock look pretty awesome!

  9. Claire says:

    Thanks for this post – I’ve only heard about Uluru before so these will come in very handy when I go to Aus next year!

  10. Tara says:

    These look really fun. I’d love to check out Wave Rock and a few of the other sites you’ve highlighted. Great pictures too!

  11. Marteen says:

    Coober Pedy sounds very quirky indeed. I’m quite fascinated by the Devil’s Marbles.

  12. Anita says:

    Sooner or later I will go back to Australia because my daughter is there. It’s inspiration for my future travels. Thanks for sharing!

  13. christine says:

    Oh how I wish to visit Australia. It has been on my list for years; Germany is the closet we have been so far. Looking for a Western Canada posting or Hawaii posting next to make the journey more palatable.

  14. Great List . I really love Australia and would love to visit there once

  15. sher says:

    i love this post and how creative it is. half of the names sound intriguing on their own but that devil’s marbles looks quite cool. when i visit australia ill have to revisit this list!

    Sher
    http://www.shershegoes.com

  16. Tamshuk says:

    This is a really cool list. The blue lake and the horizontal waterfalls look the most interesting and beautiful to me. Definitely on my list.

  17. Lara Dunning says:

    Really neat list. Saving for when we head that way. Thanks!

  18. Christine K says:

    Wow, love that beach. Your posts are always so comprehensive and a joy to read. Oh, and the photos are inspirinig.

  19. Anouk says:

    Wow, what a great list! I love your idea of putting together a list of things to see that are off the beaten track! That village definitely looks like Germany! I wish I could visit a least some of these locations!

  20. mark says:

    Solid list there bloke. Big country so hard to see tthem all

  21. Thanks for sharing these! I’d love to visit Uluru and see those horizontal waterfalls!

  22. Cristal says:

    I live in Australia and I haven’t heard of most of these! Great list 😀

  23. Vyjay says:

    These are all really unusual places indeed. I find the Blue Lake, horizontal waterfalls and the wave rock to be particularly fascinating. Would love to visit these places some day.

  24. Hridya says:

    wowow… i think i would want to visit wycliffe well… sounds fascinating!!

  25. Maria says:

    Those look like some awesome off the beaten path kinda destinations. I love it 🙂 I especially love the horizontal waterfall and the UFO capitol of the world!

  26. Nancy says:

    Wow – Australia is far more unusual than I expected! I would love to visit Devil’s Marbles and have added it my future travel list. Thanks for the excellent article, Tom.

  27. These places look really intriguing. Been planning an australian trip and looks like your post will help me out alot

    • Tom says:

      No worries Akashdeep! I would recommend all of these places, especially Coober Pedy. Definitely the strangest place I’ve ever been!

  28. I was there last year and I didn’t visited all. These look really fun. I’d love to check out Devil’s Marbles and Squeaky Beach. Great pictures, they are so realistic!

    • Tom says:

      Ahh that’s a shame! Devil’s Marbles and Squeaky beach are amazing! It’s such a weird feeling when you hear your feet squeaking as you walk on the sand!

  29. I have many frineds in OZ but nobody ever talked about these destinations earlier. Devil’s marble and Wave cliff are pretty intriguing.

  30. Torgeir says:

    I realise I haven’t travelled much in Australia. i have not been to any of these Places. A good reason to og back to this wonderful country I Guess 🙂

  31. Wamuyu says:

    Now I want to go to India then Australia.
    Lovely places.

  32. Gracie says:

    The Devil’s Marble and the Wave Rock looks very interesting. And since I love the beach I might visit it as well, and I like the name too. I wonder how squeaky it sounds as I already have squesky flip flops😂

    • Tom says:

      Devil’s Marbles are amazing, really strange but beautiful place to visit! Honestly, the beach is really squeaky, with and without flip flops!

  33. Rhonda Albom says:

    You sure picked some interesting and unusual spot. I have been to Australia a handful of times, but not to any of these locations, in fact, I have only heard of two: Wave Rock and of course Uluru.

    • Tom says:

      Thanks Rhonda! There’s a lot of unusual spots in Australia that’s for sure! Hopefully, you get to explore them sometime!

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