Australia Day 2015: Best alternative places to visit

Ten top tips for the returning or adventurous visitor

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The Independent Travel

Uluru, Daintree rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef... Australia is an island of incomparable natural beauty. However, the world's sixth-largest nation is home to thousands more dazzling experiences, from weird and wonderful landscapes to ancient sacred art and dynamic cities.

Long before Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet arrived at Port Jackson on 26 January 1788 - the date now celebrated as Australia Day - nature and then later, indigenous Australians, left their mark on this most beguiling of countries. Which all means that there are endless opportunities for visitors to explore, even on second, or third, fourth or fifth visits.

So if you've seen Sydney, been to the Barrier Reef and been wowed by the Whitsundays, here are some suggestions to delve a little deeper.