After a long pandemic closure, Australia finally opened its borders to international travelers in 2022. If you’re trying to make plans of where to go and what to see, TikToker Sid Hewison, who runs sid.ventures, has created all that you need to see the best parts of the country, from where to find the coolest animals in Australia to cultural sites to the most beautiful scenery. And it can all be seen on one (very long) road trip. Hewison just completed his six-month trek around Australia via motorcycle and has created a map for anyone looking for cool sites.
Each tag on the map is a place that Hewison traveled to in search of an adventure. The six-month trip circles the continent, hitting the remote corners of the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, and Western Australia. The map features 282 destinations separated into six categories: nature, old culture, new culture, animals, geology, and “Sid Stuff” (a very enticing “other” category).
Each pinpoint on the map also has a dedicated TikTok video, so you can see ahead of time what to expect. Say, for example, you’re interested in nature. Hewison visited the Blue Mountains, a UNESCO site in New South Wales. The site has more than 155 miles of hiking trails and a remarkable history that details aboriginal people and languages and nature you can find nowhere else. Animals documented on his trip include box jellyfish, different types of crocodiles, and the elusive platypus.
Hewison has amassed more than a million followers on TikTok, and now that the adventure is over, he plans to open his own tour guide business so that some of his virtual tour guide passengers can follow along with him and enjoy all of the treasures Australia has to offer in real life.