There are so many awesome things to do in Australia. I mean, where do you even begin? From surfing at one of Australia’s iconic beaches, attending a performance at the Sydney Opera House to cuddling a koala bear, Australia truly has something for every adventure-loving traveler. Not to mention exploring the coastal cities; Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. So here is what we consider to be the top 13 things to do in Australia, certainly worthy of a place on your Oceania Bucket List that’s for sure.
Here’s our pick of the top things to do in Australia
Sydney Opera House
Let’s call this a cultural adventure! Although the only blisters you might get will be from wearing high heels, you can’t not include the Sydney Opera House when creating an Australia Bucket List. The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre at Sydney Harbour in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The Sydney Opera house is an iconic Australian structure built by Jørn Utzon, a Danish Artist. It’s also one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings. Within the complex, that resembles a yacht’s sail, are five performance spaces where concerts, dances, opera, and theater take place.
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s arid “Red Centre”. The nearest large town is Alice Springs, 450km away. This red rock dome is considered as one of the most famous tourist attractions in Australia. A big sandstone monolith in the northern part of Australia and close to Alice Springs in Australia, Uluru is sacred to indigenous Australians and believed to have started around 550 million years ago.
World Heritage Listed Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and the only place on the planet where a rainforest grows on sand! Off Australia’s eastern Queensland coast Fraser Island stretches over 120km. Panoramic viewpoints include Indian Head and the Cathedrals, this amazing camping and ecotourism destination also has beaches and swimming sites at Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby and some other freshwater pools.
Diverse landscapes, beaches, parks, forests and mountains, exceptional hiking, jaw-dropping beautiful beaches, Tasmania is the perfect place for adventure travelers to explore. Take in the Hobart’s attractions, enter the wilderness of Tarkine, hike in Cradle Mountain and see penguins at Bicheno.
Larapinta Trail Trek
The 223 km long Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s most spectacular bushwalking and trekking experiences.
Great Barrier Reef Scuba Diving
For the most experienced diver or the complete novice, scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef presents a dazzling rainbow world of coral and sea-life. Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef represents some of the finest and most exotic scuba diving and snorkeling in the world. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is a once in a lifetime destination to scuba dive and snorkel.
Outback Camping Safari
Travel to the heart of Central Australia on an Australian outback tour of Uluru, Coober Pedy, Kings Canyon and the Flinders Ranges. Outback adventures don’t get any better than when in a 4WD!
Australia’s Great Ocean Road
Take in some of the country’s best sights from the height of the Grampians to the shores by the Great Ocean Road. Discover natural wonders such as the towering 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and the surf beaches of Torquay.
Meet The Yolngu in East Arnhem Land
The Yolngu or Yolŋu are indigenous Australian people inhabiting north-eastern Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. Yolngu means “person” in the Yolŋu languages.
Kakadu National Park
Covering nearly 20,000 square km of natural beauty and unique biodiversity, Kakadu National Park is teeming with wildlife, cascading waterfalls, rugged escarpments, aboriginal rock art, giant crocodiles and exotic bird life. Find this park in Australia’s Northern Territory and spend time enjoying nature.
Explore Australia’s East Coast
Take a road trip from Sydney to Brisbane to experience Byron Bay, the Hunter Valley, Koala bears, dip in a swimming hole and cruise around Port Macquarie.
The Whitsunday Islands
The Whitsundays are made up of 74 Island Wonders, on the tropical coast of Queensland, Australia. Right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, a visit to the Whitsundays is a feast for sore eyes. Most of the islands are uninhabited, so enjoy the solitude, dense rainforests, hiking trails and white sand beaches.
The Overland Track
Walk through the heart of Tasmania’s World Heritage wilderness on the famous 65 km (40 miles) Overland Track. One of Australia’s most famous hiking tracks, situated in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania. A serious undertaking, for well-prepared walkers, with a good level of fitness.
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There is so much more to see and experience in this amazing country. Plan ahead so that you can take your time exploring and be prepared to be flexible because sometimes travelers you meet along the way will have the best suggestions for undiscovered gems and awesome things to do in Australia.
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