The Atlas Obscura Guide To Australia
501 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Australia
Updated February 3, 2023
- Box Hill
- Broken Hill
- Coffs Harbour
- Coober Pedy
- Eaglehawk Neck
- Fraser Island
- North Coogee
- Port Pirie
- Raymond Island
Unusual Attractions in Australia
Cool Places to Eat & Drink in Australia
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Guided Tours of Australia
Stories About Australia
The Town Where Santa's Sleigh Is a Surf Boat
In Mooloolaba, Australia, Saint Nick wears sunglasses.
by Tiare Tuuhia
Podcast: Buckley’s Cave
Where an escaped prisoner is said to have spent years in hiding.
by The Podcast Team
Mapping the Many Monsters of Aboriginal Australian Lore
A "terrifying pantheon" of ogres, sorcerers, and malevolent mermaids reflects a diversity in geography and environment.
by Christine Judith Nicholls
Why the Echidna is Australia's Most Delightfully Different Mammal
The evolutionary marvel mates in love trains, can swim in the ocean, and even uses jazz hands as a defensive tactic.
by Jack Ashby
How Pearl Meat Became Australia's Newest Luxury Ingredient
Once humble divers' fare, the meat of the pearl oyster now commands up to $200 per kilo.
by Lizzie Pook
Native Societies Harvested Billions of Oysters Sustainably
Conservationists should look to Indigenous history to fix the future.
by Diana Hubbell
A Whale of a Tale about a Science Breakthrough Ignored for Decades
In 1981, Helene Marsh and her mentor discovered the truth about a basic biological process—but it took many researchers years to accept it.
by Madeline Bodin
Lists Featuring Australia
10 Unique Beaches From Around the World
From bright red grass to stranded shipwrecks, these beaches are anything but ordinary.
Including Driftwood Beach, Red Beach , and Padar Island