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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.