Top Things to do in Australia
Uluru – aka Ayers Rock. It’s big, it’s red and it’s the most obvious symbol of Australia. It is listed as a ‘world heritage site’ and is one of Australia’s top attractions. It’s about 335 kilometres away from Alice Springs.
Yongala Wreck – considered the world’s best dive site. The S.S Yongala sank in 1911 and people have been clamouring to see it ever since. Just off the coast of Queensland, near Rockhampton.
Manly Ferry – take in the iconic views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge on a short boat tour to Manly. A great opportunity for photos and there is a lovely walk at the end of it.
The Pinnacles – crazy spiky rock formations in the desert in Western Australia. They remained unknown to many Australians until the 1960s. Weird. You may have seen Billy Connolly running around them naked.
Fraser Island – the world’s largest sand island. Full of lakes, dingoes and natural beauty. Drive over it in a 4×4 and camp out under the stars. If that wasn’t enough, it even has a shipwreck on the beach. Leave from Harvey Bay in Queensland.
Great white shark diving/whale shark diving – test the nerves and go cage diving with one of the world’s fiercest mammals. If you can’t handle that, try whale sharks instead – They don’t bite you.
The Devils Marbles – these are huge, perfectly spherical red rocks that perform a weird balancing act not far off the main road between Alice Springs and Darwin. One of the symbols of the Australia’s outback.
The Twelve Apostles – highlight of the Great Ocean Road, these are 12(ish) towering limestone pillars that stick out of the sea near Port Campbell. Particularly stunning at dawn or dusk.
Blue Mountains – hiking in the Blue Mountains is not only easy, but cheap too. Enjoy day walks in one of Australia’s best mountainous region, and get up close and personal with the ‘Three Sisters’.
Kakadu National Park – ‘Crocodile Dundee Country’. A brilliant wilderness and a great place to see crocodiles, waterfalls and spectacular scenery. The national park is the size of Slovenia.
The Great Barrier Reef – the largest living thing on Earth…it can even be seen in outer space. It runs along the east coast up to Cairns and is one of the most popular dive sports in the world.
Daintree Rainforest – one of the oldest rainforests on the planet. Reassuringly full of weird noises, weirder plants and the super-weird cassowary. Head up to Cape Tribulation and stay in a jungle lodge.
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb – get some of the best views in Sydney by doing the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. It costs less than AU$100, but it’s definitely worth it. It is a bit high though!
Coogee to Bondi walk – catch the bus to Coogee, walk to Bondi. Cost = free. Easy to see why so many people want to move to Sydney.
Wine tasting – head over to Hunter Valley to see where some of Australia’s best wine is produced, and taste a little along the way too! Trips run from Sydney or you can do it yourself. It costs nothing to taste.
Learning to surf – you can’t go to Australia without falling off a surfboard. You’ll master how to hold a board under your arm, but that’s about it. Byron Bay is a particularly popular surf spot.
Dining out in Melbourne – Melbourne offers some of the best dining in Australia and if you shop around you can get a bargain. The city was voted second in the Top 10 Most Liveable Cities.
The Whitsundays – a group of breathtakingly gorgeous paradise islands off the coast of Airlie Beach in Queensland. See them on a three day sailing trip! Whitehaven Beach is so sandy you can use it to clean your jewellery.
Australia Zoo – more than just the home of Steve Irwin. It is huge and a great way to learn more about Australia’s animals. Very hands on with holding Koala bears and feeding elephants. Very near to Brisbane.
Ningaloo Reef – not as big or as famous as the Great Barrier Reef, but it’s equally beautiful and much less busy. Coral Bay and Exmouth are both good places to start, and it is one of the best spots to swim with whale sharks.