Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

10 Places You Should Never Visit in Australia

Australia is full of wonderful and exciting places, but it also has its fair share of really, really lame (or dangerous) attractions. Do yourself a favor and skip these ten places on your visit to Australia. You’ll be glad you did.


1    Monte Cristo Homestead in Junee, New South Wales

Unless you want to die, you should stay far away from this creepy old house. People say it’s haunted, but the mere history of this place is haunting enough! A boy burned alive in the stables here, and a mere 50 years ago a gardener was randomly shot by a crazy guy inspired by the movie Psycho. Even now, people who visit or stay the night claim to encounter the paranormal. No thanks!

Monte Cristo Homestead In Junee

2    Devil’s Pool Queensland

You might call this a literal tourist trap—and a deadly one. Visiting Devil’s Pool brings a very real risk of death. Over twenty people have slipped into the swimming hole and died, mostly young male visitors rather than locals who know to be extra cautious. The deep, cold pool has a chute with an undercurrent that sucks down unlucky victims who fall into the pool. Legend has it that a young woman who was jilted by her lover drowned herself here and now lures young men to their deaths.Vengeful spirit or not, the lives lost here have reached an alarming number—alarming enough to make it a place to avoid.

Places To Avoid In Australia   Devil's Pool Babinda Boulders


3    Darling Harbour

If you’ve traveled halfway across the world to see Sydney Harbor, why would you drive to the neighboring harbor and walk around in a smaller, less interesting copy of Sydney Harbor? Spend your time in harbors at Sydney, and save the rest of your time for something a whole lot cooler than more harbors. Like maybe a national park.

4    Sydney Fish Markets

Okay, so fish markets sound all local and awesome, admit it. What could be better than a fresh-caught fish from the market? Actually, a lot of things. Like a fresh-caught fish from a restaurant where you don’t have to see all the fish gore and smell all the fish stench.

Sydney Fish Markets
5    Chinatown in Sydney.

It’s cool, sure, but if you’ve ever been to another Chinatown, you don’t need to see this one. There’s nothing particularly special about Chinatown in Sydney. Sorry to disappoint you.

Chinatown In Sydney

6    Off the Path Anywhere

Don’t you know what pretty much anything that moves in Australia can kill you? Well, not really, but sometimes it seems that way. Don’t go trekking off the beaten path. Bushwhacking might make you feel like a really Outbacker, but you might end up being a real hospital patient instead. The Outback is not kind to the unprepared, with withering heat, dangerous, unstable ground, and, of course, the creepy crawlies. Snakes, spiders, all kinds of things with sharp teeth—it’s just not worth the risk. Be safe, and be smart.

Off The Path Anywhere


7   Fremantle Arts Center in Western Australia

Sure, the arts exhibitions may be kind of cool, but do you want the souls of the tortured dead watching you as you wander the halls? Okay, so the hauntings are probably a myth, but the idea still leaves visitors with a creepy feeling. Random cold spots and alleged voices are a part of the experience, so even if you don’t believe in ghosts you’ll still have to deal with a bunch of other visitors who do. Besides, the building used to be an old insane asylum, which conjures up unpleasant images of people who probably weren’t treated with the dignity and respect they deserved.

Fremantle Arts Center In Western Australia

8    Perth

Reddit voted Perth the fourth most boring city on earth for a reason. Even the locals call it “Dullsville.” Compared to other major cities in Australia, there just isn’t much to do here. Pretty much everything closes at 5 or 6pm. The beaches are nice, but that’s true of anywhere in Australia. To top it off, it’s relatively expensive. Maybe it’s a great place to live, but it’s not a great place to visit.



9    Port Arthur in Tasmania

This was an inescapable prison for convicts, and today it appears to be in ruins. It’s also the location of the most horrifying shooting spree in Australian history. Thirty-five people were killed and 23 injured in the 1996 shooting spree known as the Port Arthur Massacre. Why would you want to spend your vacation visiting an awful place like that?

Port Arthur In Tasmania

10    Mt. Panorama in New South Wales

This is a famous motorsports track, but it’s not terribly exciting. While it’s cool that the public can drive on this circuit that hosts Formula 3 action on race days, you’re limited to 37 mph – and the police enforce this strictly. Skip this one and go drive a more scenic drive instead.

Mt. Panorama In New South Wales
There are plenty of fun, exciting things to see and do in Australia, but there are also tourist destinations that you should just avoid. These are places you should never go to in Australia if you want to make the most of your visit.


  1. Tina
    January 6, 2017 - 6:21 am

    I agree with most of these but I gotta say, I love to visit local markets. As a gourmand this is way better than visiting museums, I get a touch of their local cuisine and it’s a great way to experience new ingredients as well. Restaurants, local markets, and sightseeing, this is the trio I usually aim for. I know, #dullsville, right?!

  2. Will
    January 8, 2017 - 2:14 pm

    That pool looks so scary…. I don’t know why some people prefer to risk their life just to take a cool Insta picture, I never have the courage to do so.

  3. June 28, 2017 - 9:20 pm

    Australia got a lot to offer. I will still visit. Thanks for sharing though.

  4. Tahlia Moore
    December 8, 2018 - 4:30 pm

    This is a terrible artical/ list. Have you been to these places? The photos of the waterfalls isn’t The Babinda Boulders or the Devils Hole. The photos are of the Devils Pool in South Africa! The Boulders are perfectly safe, just don’t swim futher downstream in the gorge area, which yes the rest is true, has claimed many lives.

    Plus, “unless you want to die”, don’t visit a supposedly hunted house? What a silly statement. 2 unrelated deaths near the same place, hardly note worthy, let…

    • Sarah T
      December 9, 2018 - 9:21 am

      Fixed that photo. Thanks for catching that slipup!

  5. April
    September 12, 2019 - 10:25 am

    This is a very vapid review –
    Port Arthur is one of the most unique attractions I have ever visited, as well as being one of the most scenic and poignant places I have been to as well (and I am Australian who has travelled overseas). Avoiding places where death or tragedy have occurred does not leave you with very few places to visit…or just ignorant to the fact that most old places have had someone pass in it.


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