Who doesn’t have Australia on their bucket lists of travel? There are plenty of things to do in Australia, and it all depends on what you are looking for. This continent-country is spread over 6 states, allowing you the freedom to pick and choose what it is that you want to see in this country. It has some of the world’s most beautiful World Heritage sites. About 12 natural sites, like the Great Barrier Reef, 4 cultural sites including the Sydney Opera House and another 4 of diverse kinds.
Australia really does seem perfect for holidays and vacations. Here is a list of things and places you can visit in Australia for some ideas!
Amazing Things To Do In Australia
Dive Into Great Barrier Reef
Visiting the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most wonderful things to do in Australia. The water is as blue as ever, and of course, this site contains the world’s largest collection of coral reefs. It is known to inhabit about 400 types of corals, 1500 species of fishes and 4000 types of mollusc.
The entire ecosystem is now a World Heritage Site and happened in 1981. So, this would mean an area of more than 300,000 square km.
Moreover, the best thing you can do here is reef diving and snorkelling. You can be a witness to all the sea life that you probably won’t be able to see anywhere else in the world. But, if diving is scary to you, then there are several beaches you can visit or even islands that can be a part of your itinerary. You can even consider going Reef sailing. There are also many wildlife sanctuaries you can pay a visit to.
You can be sure that you are not going to run out of things to do here.
Sydney Opera House Visuals
Sydney Opera House, located in Sydney harbour, is widely known for its architecture. The white architecture wonder looks like different elements put together, the same element in different sizes and located differently. However, this World Heritage site is not just meant to be looked at and wondered upon. As mentioned before, there are plenty of things to do in Australia and maybe, visiting the Opera House for a show might be one of them.
After the pandemic, the Sydney Opera House is back to hosting events and shows that you can now be a part of. There are unique experiences that you can have here. You can even attend workshops and public programs to really experience Australia better.
Also, just for facts, the architect of this marvellous structure is a Danish architect, Jørn Utzon.
Great Ocean Road Trip
Maybe the best thing to do in Australia is to go on a road trip. This way, you can choose your company, playlists, food, and just curate your own journey in a foreign country to explore it better. The perfect road to go on a road trip is the Great Ocean Road.
A road trip here is going to be a very scenic journey. It is said to have frequently changing landscapes and views and is one of the most famous coastal drives in Australia. The Great Ocean Road goes through the iconic Bells Beach, known for its surfing activities. Bells Beach holds the world’s longest-running surfing competition.
A little history, the Great Ocean Road was built as a memorial to Victoria’s First World War servicemen and women. So, it is a constant reminder of the service and sacrifice that the war had brought.
Also Read: How To Plan For A Road Trip?
Melbourne City Tour
Why not take part in city life? Visit Melbourne, the capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. There are plenty of things to do here.
Visit the NGV, National Gallery of Victoria. One of the best things to do in Australia is to watch a blockbuster here. National Gallery of Victoria is Australia’s oldest and most famous art museum. They bring major international art exhibitions here. There have been exhibitions made of the great Van Gogh, Hokusai, MC Escher, Dior, Dali.
If going to a museum is too dull for you, why not watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon? Yeah, over the city. In Australia, hot air balloons are not just for open spaces; you can also get a ride to the town. This can be such a fun activity to do. Fortunately, there won’t be many people out during this time, so it’s just you, the balloon and the sun.
If nothing interests you, perhaps a cocktail at Beneath Driver Lane might. It is an underground bar and is known to be one of the coolest hidden bars in Melbourne. So, maybe go check that out.
One of the most unique things to do in Australia, apart from the coral reefs, is island hopping. Sounds really awesome, doesn’t it?
You can swim with turtles, spot whales, and even take a stroll alongside the islands’ beautiful beaches. You can even sail around the turquoise waters.
The Whitsundays is a group of 74 tropical islands. It is located very close to the Queensland coast, about 55 km away.
As predicted, the best way to explore Whitsundays is with the help of a boat.
There are regular services between Hamilton Island and Daydream Island.
And, as guessed, you can pretty much do any water-related activity here.
If that does not make for a perfect destination for a vacation, then what does?
Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales
A hiker’s paradise, A UNESCO World heritage centre, that is what Blue Mountains are known as. Located just 81 – kilometres away from Sydney, the Blue Mountains are named for the blue haze emanating from the Eucalyptus trees. This park, stunning as it is, holds 664,000 acres of wilderness in its grip. Gorges, waterfalls, Aboriginal paintings, hiking trails, the famous sandstone rock formations are notable attractions.
Other than the Three sisters, sandstone formations, the Katoomba Scenic Railway is something you should not miss. This railway is the steepest in the world. It takes passengers down the Jamison Valley through a cliff-side tunnel into an ancient rainforest.
If you are someone who loves waterfalls, Wentworth Falls is the place to go! A breath-taking waterfall, the Jamison creek tumbles 297 meters down into the Valley of waters.
Hiking and heritage trails over 140 kilometres go down in history as one of the earliest. Dating 1825, these trails allow you to explore the wilderness.
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Without a visit to Kangaroo islands, Visiting Australia would be the biggest miss! Unspoiled as the island is known, Kangaroos can be seen hopping along the powdery shores.
Besides Kangaroos, you can also see sea lions and penguins frolicking these clear waters.
An eco-tourism treasure and a haven for wildlife, this island is located about 112 kilometres from Adelaide. Pristine white beaches, steep coastal cliffs, giant sculpted boulders, sand dunes, and caves are striking to the visitor. If photography is your passion, this place is a must-visit.
This is a must-see for animal lovers, home to animals such as Australian sea lions, koalas, penguins, and the island’s namesake marsupials.
The island has several attractions, mainly national parks, wildlife safaris, hiking, the many walking trails that thread through the wildlife-rich national parks, swimming, fishing, surfing, and sailing. The best adventure destination. Seal Bay Conservation Park – home to sea lions, Flinders Chase National Park and Vivionne Bay, a pristine coast- are famous attractions.
Daintree National Park, Queensland
The most ancient ecosystem on Earth is a wet tropics world heritage area located in the north of Queensland. This land belongs to the Aboriginals, called the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people.
This park comprises the Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation. The water in the Mossman gorge is crystal clear as it flows over the granite boulders. It is a sight indeed! Cape Tribulation is where the rainforest meets the reef along the sandy beaches of the Coral sea.
This is home to more than 18000 plant species and a vast number of animals like the crocodiles, the Blue Ulysses Butterflies, the Kangaroos etc.
Daintree is an attraction that is a combination of tropical rainforest, sandy beaches and fringing reefs. This park holds great spiritual significance. There are many walking trails in Daintree along with accommodation options. Rugged mountain peaks and gorges with swiftly flowing rivers and spectacular waterfalls is a sight not to be missed!
Alice Springs, the third-largest town, lies in Northern territory, in the centre of Australia. Located 1,500 kilometres from the nearest city, even though it takes time to get there, this remote town is perfect for exploring the Red Centre.
If you are a historian or somebody, you love to study a place’s historical facts, this place is definitely for you. It is great to visit if you like to learn about the rich history, culture and heritage of the Aborigines. Home to a number of museums and art galleries, this place has a lot of aboriginal population.
The place itself is surrounded by desert landscapes, rock formations and gorges. Some of the main attractions include Alice Springs desert park created to educate visitors about the desert environment, the botanic garden named Olive Pink Botanic Garden.
Leisure and entertainment activities include hiking in the nearby MacDonnell Ranges and driving the four-wheel-drive tracks at Finke Gorge National Park.
Bondi Beach Experience
What better way to ring the new year than to visit Bondi Beach. Crowds of tourists and locals gather on this beach. This is a favourite spot for all travellers to Australia.
Only a 15-minute drive from Sydney, this beach gives you a taste of Sydney’s beach culture. Blond sand, backpackers, surfing, you name it, and that is what you will see on this world-famous beach.
If beaches are what you enjoy, this one is a sure place to visit. Basking in the sun on the golden sand and taking a cool dip on a hot day are the main reasons people wish to get away. Bondi hosts one of the oldest surf lifesaving clubs in the world.
Apart from the beach, there are also a number of things you can do, like take a stroll along the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk. The beach is also famous for its number of cafes and restaurants.