Thinking about doing a trip to the land Down Under? But you are wondering how to pick the best destinations? Then you are in the right place, here you can check out some of the 50+ best things to do in Australia to add to your ultimate Australian travel bucket list.
From stunning beaches with emerald sea’s to rough outback terrain and hustling and bustling cities to never-ending breathtaking National Parks and unspoiled rainforest, Australia is a country so unique and beautiful, that you must see it at least once in your life. This incredible country, however, is a whole lot bigger than most people think, and there is no way you can see everything in one trip. However, with proper planning, you can see a lot of the country’s highlights.
So, if you’re planning to visit Australia for the first time and you’re unsure about where to even start or what to include into your itinerary, I’ve created a huge bucket list with more than 50 of the all-time best things to see and do in Australia.
Top 50+ Best Things to Do in Australia
1. Great Barrier Reef
Probably one of Australia’s most iconic and popular tourist destinations! This UNESCO World Heritage Site lies off the coast of Queensland on Australia’s north-eastern coast, beginning at the tip of the Cape York Peninsula in the north and extending down to Bundaberg in the south. It is the largest living thing on Earth! It is so large, that it is even visible from outer space!
This amazing ecosystem is over 2,300 kilometres long and comprises off thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. It is also home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs, and starfish, plus turtles, dolphins, and sharks.
This reef is located off the coast of Airlie Beach. You will require a full-day trip to the outer reef, which is operated by Cruise Whitsundays.
This cruise company has its own platoon 39 nautical miles from shore at spectacular Hardy Reef. Close to a spectacular reef filled with lots of wildlife. The cruise takes you along the Whitsundays Islands offering a stunning view during the return trip. You spend 4 hours at Hardy Reef and they offer all snorkelling equipment including wetsuits and stinger suits. (So sexy both worth it). They also offer a free semi-submarine guided tour which takes you along the reef, which is perfect for people who don’t want to swim.
This is a snorkel as well as a dive location.
MacKay Reef and Undine Reef
These two reefs can be found off the coast of Cape Tribulation. It is only a short trip from the mainland. This trip is quite adventurous though as only smaller boats have access to these reefs. There is no docking area on both sides so getting in and out of the boat is not very glamorous.
Both locations had amazing coral, plenty of fish and even a couple of turtles where spotted.
Fitzroy Island Reef
If getting on a boat for half or a full day is not for you, then consider heading to Fitzroy Island! From this incredible island, you will be able to snorkel the reef by literally just walking into the ocean. The reefs are not as spectacular as they are at the other locations, but you still will be able to see plenty of coral, large fish and quite a few turtles.
2. The Whitsundays
The Whitsundays are made up of 74 Island Wonders, on the beautiful tropical coast of Queensland, Australia. Right in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef, a visit to The Whitsundays will blow your mind! Some of the most beautiful secluded beaches with mind-blowingly clear emerald waters!
Whitehaven Beach is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet! Its sand is 98 per cent silica, and so white that it can appear unreal. It is on the uninhabited Whitsunday Island, and only accessible by seaplane, helicopter or boat. Day trips to Whitehaven depart from Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach.
Hill Inlet is a stunning inlet located at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach. As the tide shifts, the white sand and blue hues of the inlet blend seamlessly to create a breathtaking mosaic.
Hill Inlet is best viewed from the lookout at Tongue Point on Whitsunday Island. Most people moor their boats in Tongue Bay, take a dingy ashore and make the short uphill walk to the lookout for breathtaking views.
Hamilton Island is one of Australia’s most spectacular and sought-after holiday destinations offering an idyllic island experience. You will be surrounded by pristine white beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life. The island offers a multitude of activities and luxurious accommodation options.
3. Exmouth, Swimming with Whale Sharks
The Whale Shark is a slow-moving, filter-feeding carpet shark and the largest known extant fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 meters. Because they are slow-moving and its diet consist of mostly plankton it is safe for people to swim with them without too much danger.
The only time you can go is between March and September. So if this is on your wish list as well make sure you plan your trip to Exmouth in Western Australia accordingly.
4. The Kimberley
The Kimberley is a vast yet unknown corner of Western Australia, this area is so fast that it is larger than 75% of the world’s countries!
This isolated corner of Australia is home to rugged gorges, vast deserts, and amazing waterfalls.
Many visitors choose to travel to the Kimberley Region between the months of June and August, as they find the local weather most comfortable during this time of the year. The summer period tends to be too hot for this part of the country.
Roebuck Bay is one known as one of Broome’s most beautiful natural attractions. The spectacular turquoise waters of this park in Yawuru country are a hot spot for some incredible marine life and it is one of the shorebird wonders of the world.
The Kimberley is home to some of the best and most roughed National Parks in Australia.
In Danggu Gorge National Park you can see spectacular multicoloured cliffs carved by the floodwaters of the Fitzroy River through the Devonian fossil reef. The cliff go up as hight at 30 meters and offers an impressive backdrop.
The Purnululu National Park is a World Heritage Site! It’s been around for 350 million years and revered by its Aboriginal custodians for at least 40,000 years. Today this maze of orange and black striped karst sandstone domes, often likened to giant beehives, is one of the best-loved attractions in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.
Windjana Gorge National Park is carved by the Lennard River and is over three kilometres long with 300 metre-high walls. At the base of the gorge, deep freshwater pools surrounded by native fig, cadjeput and liechardt trees attract flocks of noisy corellas, fruit bats and freshwater crocodiles.
5. Discover Tasmania
Tasmania is an isolated island state off Australia’s south coast and is a destination that should not be missed when visiting Australia. Just a short scoot over Bass Straight and you are in a magical land that’s so naturally beautiful it takes your breath away. This stunning island has some of the most amazing landscapes, food, and beaches that you will ever see in your life! Much to my surprise, it is full of a lot of lush bush area and mountains, incredible blue beaches and lots of funky, hip little shops!
Hobart in Tasmania is a hidden little gem that I fell in love with during one of my city trips. The city has the charm of an old harbour town, with lots of historic buildings, a cute harbour and lots of pretty views. There’s mountains, forests, national parks and rustic oceans for days. In my opinion, this makes Hobart the perfect place to relax from city life or just a great place for a mini getaway.
Wineglass Bay and Honeymoon Bay
Wineglass Bay is considered one of the top ten beaches in the world. Pristine beaches, crystal blue waters, and stunning views are just some of the reasons why.
Bay of Fires
The slice of coastal heaven that is the Bay of Fires stretches over 50 kilometres from Binalong Bay in the south to Eddystone Point in the north. This beautiful part of Tasmania’s east coast has been named by Lonely Planet as the hottest travel destination in the world and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places in Australia.
6. Bondi Beach, Sydney
Sydney’s (And maybe Australia’s) most famous beach, Bondi Beach, is a stunning white-sand crescent beach located only 7 kilometres from Sydney CBD. Internationally known by the popular TV Show, Bondi Rescue, this beach in Sydney’s Eastern suburb is a must-see. From The packed beaches on a hot summer day, the roughed rocks, the gorgeous water and the warm temperature combine make this beach quintessential to your Australian holiday.
Over 2.6 million visitors visit this famous beach per year and are one of the first stops on most people when staying in Sydney. If you would like to take a dip, then make sure to follow the lifeguards’ guidance, and only swim between the red and yellow flags.
7. Witness Aurora Australis
A similar phenomenon to the Northern lights, the Aurora Australis is a natural light phenomenon native to Australia is a shimmering, shifting light show. It’s caused by electrically charged protons being diverted harmlessly by Earth’s magnetic field. They can be seen in the most southern of landmasses, such as Tasmania.
Although auroras happen all year round, the best time to see them in Tasmania is during the winter months (March to September). The widest part of the aurora is when the sun is on the opposite side of the Earth to where you are, so around midnight is best.
8. Explore Melbourne Laneways
Melbourne is the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. At the city’s centre are the modern Federation Square development, the Yarra River and many art centres, cool cafes and unique graffiti.
The city was named the world’s most livable city by the Economist Group, publishers of “The Economist” magazine in 2017.
Melbourne is sophisticated, gritty and cold (A lot of the time) and it is a must-visit when travelling to Australia. From its iconic laneways to luna park to the Great Ocean road!
Firstly head to Flinders Street Station and the heart of the CBD. Make sure to check out Flinders Street Station. This station was build in 1909 in the Art Nouveau style and is a cultural icon of the city and a true Melbourne landmark.
Cross right overhead down to Hosier Lane, one of the city’s most famous laneways made so by the ever-changing display of street art that covers almost every possible space! It’s one of the best places to visit in Melbourne if you love street art and culture. Sure, it’s busy down here but it also creates a buzzing atmosphere with many artists usually plying their trade down here each day too, doing a laneway tour is a must-do when you spend 3 days in Melbourne.
The number one unmissable thing to do in Melbourne is to wander the iconic laneways.
9. Drive the Great Ocean Road
One of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, The Great Ocean Road in Victoria. It takes you from Torquay and travels 244 kilometres westward to finish at Allansford.
The most famous stop along the drive are the 12 Apostles. These magnificent rocks rise up majestically from the Southern Ocean and form an incredible backdrop.
They were created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland beginning 10–20 million years ago, the stormy Southern Ocean and blasting winds gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs. The caves eventually became arches and when they collapsed rock stacks up to 45 meters high were left isolated from the shore.
Good time to go is early in the morning before all the tourists come in with their selfie sticks. It is the main attraction of a lot of the tours so try to beat them. It gets very crowded. Also seeing the apostle during sunrise is absolutely amazing. That is why I highly suggest staying in Kenneth River as you should be able to beat the crowds if you get up reasonably early.
You can not enter the beaches down below and only wander around the top of the cliffs.
Lord Arch Gorge
This is a glorious inlet cutting deep into the mainland and surrounded by towering limestone cliffs. Picturesque and dramatic. You do have to walk down a few stairs to get to the inlet beach, so do be aware it’s a bit of a walk back up them. The view from the top is incredible but at the base is even better.
This memorial acknowledges the challenges faced by workers in the construction of the road.
The Great Ocean Road itself is a permanent memorial to those who died while fighting in World War I carved into rocks. Built by returned servicemen, it winds around the rugged southern coast and was a huge engineering feat ending decades of isolation for Lorne and other coastal communities.
The Memorial Arch showcases the servicemen working on the road. This archway is actually located 36kms after where the Great Ocean Road starts in Torquay. However, it is a must-stop for photo op signifying your road trip as well as to read on the history behind it.
The sight has not always looked like it does now. Before 1990 this sight was called ‘London Bridge’. Because it used to be a bridge that connected the arch of land to the mainland. It got its name from its likeness to its namesake, the bridge in London ha.
But in 1990, rock tragedy struck and part of the bridge collapsed into the ocean, leaving a chunk of land isolated in the ocean. The tragedy is that there where two tourists sightseeing the bridge at the time, cutting them off from the mainland. Now there are some wild stories about the two tourists, but they never got confirmed. (They were having an affair, allegedly) What are the chances that you go meet up with your secret lover and the London Bridge collapses, getting you stuck on the arch? That’s some freaky voodoo crap going on there haha
The beach also has a small number of penguins that come ashore after dark but this is not accessible for us humans.
10. Visit Canberra
Australia’s main capital Canberra is not as famous or touristy as Sydney and Melbourne (or quite a lot of other places in the country) it, however, has a lot to offer and should not be missed during a trip to Australia.
From the parliament building to the Australian War Memorial, Canberra has a lot of important sights to see. So as the famous saying goes – do yourself a favour and visit Canberra.
11. Meet a Quokka on Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island, just off the coast of Perth, Western Australia, is one of the most amazing islands I have ever been too in my life! With it’s raw and rough beauty and home to unique animals that only live on this island, a day trip(at least) is an absolute must for visiting this part of the world.
It has been one of the most popular ‘holiday at home’ destinations for Western Australians. With its many charms and attractions, this island attracts a whole variety of people and therefore it is immensely popular.
Whether you stay for one day or five, Rottnest will enchant, inspire and recharge your batteries for weeks to come. And when you are on that ferry on your way home, you will have wished you booked some more nights on this spectacular island
For most people (especially tourists) meeting and taking pictures with the quokka is the main reason they want to go to Rottnest Island.
The Quokka is the only mammal which is native to Rottnest Island and can be found almost everywhere on the Island. It is mainly nocturnal, meaning that it is most active at night, preferring to rest or sleep in the shade during the day. However, don’t you worry, you will see plenty active during the day as well.
The Island habitat supports the largest known Quokka population and is essential for the survival of species. There are around 10,000-12,000 of these animals living on Rottnest – WOW! see what I mean, you will definitely see one.
The Quokka is a marsupial the size of a hare or domestic cat and is the sole representative of the genus Setonix. As with other marsupials, such as the kangaroo and wallaby the females suckle their young in a pouch.
Because these animals look like they are smiling constantly, they are called the happiest animals in the world.
12. Head to Kangaroo Island
This island gets its name for a reason, it is brimming with native animals like Kangaroos, Seals, Echidnas and much more. Kangaroo Island lies off the mainland of South Australia, southwest of Adelaide.
More then a third of the island is protected in nature reserves, home to native wildlife like sea lions, koalas and diverse bird species. Flinders Chase National Park is known for penguin colonies and striking coastal rock formations, like the sculpted Remarkable Rocks and the stalactite-covered Admirals Arch.
Seal Bay has the third largest colony of Australian sea lions in the world. You can enjoy watching the sea lions in their natural habitat on the beach from the boardwalk, which is ideal for those short on time or have fewer resources.
Additionally, you can pay extra to join a guided tour and walk down on the beach with them. As these are wild animals there are some rules that you need to follow. So you are guided by a tour guide who ensures that everything is safe and that the animals are not disturbed. You do get to come pretty close to them as they do their thing: from sleeping on the beach to full-on fights between adults seal lions, you get to experience it all up close.
This is one of the most impressive and unusual natural landmarks on the island and is therefore in one of the most photographed places. The Admirals Arch viewing platform is also an ideal place to observe the New Zealand fur seal colony that has established itself below the landmark. ADORABLE.
The Remarkable Rocks are one of the best-known icons of Kangaroo Island. Perched 200 feet above a roaring sea are these unlikely formed granite builders. You don’t think these are going to be amazing, but you’ll be surprised at how unique and cool these boulders are. The “Remarkable” part about these huge rocks is where they are located – on a barren headland. Very cool.
13. Snuggle a Koala
One of the best parts of visiting Australia is the chance to snuggle up with some of the unique – and incredibly adorable – wildlife. It is not possible to do this everywhere, underneath is a quick list of some of the places you can hold a Koala.
You can only cuddle a koala in three states: Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia.
- The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is home to more than 130 koalas, and you can hold one at any time from 10 am to 4 pm.
- Steve’s Irwin’s Australia zoo also has cuddle times with koala’s. Pretty ironic to be holding Steve’s animals I think!
- On Kangaroo Island go to head to Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, to snuggle up.
- In Western Australia go to Cohunu Koala Park near Perth.
There are many, many places to hand-feed kangaroos around Australia. Just make sure you do your research first.
14. Explore the Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains is a mountainous region west of Sydney in Australia’s New South Wales. Known for its sensational scenery, it encompasses steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls, and quaint villages. Additionally, The Blue Mountains are densely populated by oil bearing Eucalyptus trees. These give off a blue haze, making the mountains look ‘blue’.
Katoomba is a vibrant and historic town located at the heart of the Blue Mountains. Home to some spectacular walks and lookouts, rich cultural heritage and lovely restaurants, antique shops and hotels. Just 90 minutes by car from Sydney, this scenic getaway is famous for its dramatic views of the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley.
Leura is smaller but quite a bit prettier than its neighbour Katoomba. I find that it perfectly captures the spirit of the Mountains with its lovely heritage buildings, stunning gardens and a gorgeous main street lined with clothing stores, chocolate and homeware shops and the cutest cafés.
Sublime Point is a popular spot to watch a sunset. As the name says, the outlook point offers some sublime views. Leura Cascades is probably one of my favourite stops in the mountains. It offers a network of walking tracks to several small waterfalls & cliff views. An additional must-see is the Gordon Falls Lookout. Here you can see a waterfall that plunges over a 200-meter drop. Additional the lookout offers some amazing views of the Kings Tableland.
The town of Wentworth falls is not what you call hustling and bustling. But it is home to some pretty amazing bush walks.
Charles Darwin walk is one of these walks. This easy walk connects Wentworth Falls village with Blue Mountains National Park. Enjoy waterfalls and birdwatching as you follow Jamison Creek along this track. Follow in the footsteps of the famous naturalist, Charles Darwin, who walked this popular track in 1836. Nowadays the walk is a tad easier with a boardwalk created at parts of the track. You will also walk on some bush track through open forest, shrub, and hanging swamps to the national park boundary.
Along the way, Jamison Creek’s rock pools and cascades are tranquil spots to cool your feet on a hot day. Bird watchers should keep an eye out for honeyeaters, shrub wrens, and the raucous black cockatoos that can’t resist the native banksia trees. At the end of the walk, an imposing waterfall waiting for you.
As the world’s oldest known open caves, Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area are truly fascinating. The cave system itself is huge, with over 300 entrances, but only 11 caves are open for tours.
You are dwarfed not so much by the beauty and size of the caves and their treasures, but by the age of the entire system. Completely dwarfed to know you are looking at something that is so old your tiny brain has no chance of comprehending it.
And that goes for everyone because you cannot comprehend 350 million years, that is a number that has no meaning to our human brain.
15. Chill at Byron Bay
A popular holiday destination, known for its beaches, surfing, and scuba diving sites attracting over 1.5 million visitors each year. Home to 9 outstanding surfing beaches and if you are lucky, Thor ‘the god of thunder’ is home and catching a wave or two. Cape Byron State Conservation Park is on a headland with a lighthouse. Between June and November, humpback whales can be spotted from headland viewpoints such as the Captain Cook Lookout.
16. Voyage into the Red Centre
Central Australia is a relentless outback region in the Northern Territory. Also known as the Red Centre, its vast terrain consists of dusty red deserts, mountain ranges and canyon gorges home, to Cockatoos and Kangaroos. The red Centre is mostly known for Uluru (Ayers Rock), a massive rock monolith and sacred Aboriginal site.
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s arid “Red Centre”. At 348 metres high, Uluru is one of the world’s largest monoliths, towering over the surrounding landscape and some 550 million years old. Not only is it a spectacular natural formation, Uluru is a deeply spiritual place especially for the local Aboriginal people, the Anangu. You can feel a powerful presence the moment you set eyes on it.
Kata Tjuṯa, also known as the Olgas, is a group of large, domed rock formations or bornhardts. Meaning ‘many heads’, Kata Tjuta is sacred to the local Aboriginal Anangu people, who have inhabited the area for more than 22,000 years. It forms an important focus of their spiritual life.
Hike around the soaring rock domes, which glow at sunrise and sunset. Located approximately 40km west of Uluru, the ochre-coloured shapes are an intriguing and mesmerising sight.
17. Enjoy Penguins returning home at Phillip Island
Every day at sunset, visitors from around the world gather at Summerland Beach on Phillip Island to see hundreds of little penguins return to their burrows after a day’s fishing. The island is home to more than 30,000 of the world’s smallest penguin species. They are the cutes little things you will ever see!
18. Be stunned by the beauty of Cape Hillsborough National Park
Cape Hillsborough National Park is one of the most striking and peaceful places on the Central Queensland coast. It’s buzzing with life and diverse habitats—from rainforest and eucalypts to mangroves, beaches and rocky headlands. It’s an incredible place to hike, picnic, boat, fish, relax and explore.
The epic rainforest meets the ocean in this National Park, and stunning fine sandy beaches fringe the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Make your way over the intricate stippled patterns created by sand bubbler crabs, and search tidal rock pools for sea creatures. Agile wallabies gather on the beach to search for food at sunrise and sundown. Grab your camera! This is a truly iconic Australian experience that you shouldn’t miss.
19. Go whale watching at Hervey bay
Hervey Bay in Queensland is known as an incredible whale-watching paradise. Because of to its unique location, whales can be found here for months on end. They deliver their calves there and spend a couple of weeks in the waters before they swim further. The best time to whale watch in Hervey Bay is from early August to late September when the whales can be seen with their calves and are at their most playful and plentiful.
20. Explore Fraser Island
The world’s largest sand island, stretching over 120km just of the coast of Hervey Bay is simply a must-see! Some of the must-see sights on the island are Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, Maheno Shipwreck, Lake Wabby and the cathedrals. Of course, the island is also home to some incredible wildlife, including the Dingo.
There is so much natural beauty to explore on Fraser Island that you truly do need more than one day to explore this island in all its glory!
One of the must things to do on Fraser Island is to drive on the 75 Mile beach. Home to one of the most unique 4WD safaris in the world! Along the beach, you will find the rusted hull of the Maheno as well as the multicoloured cliffs of the Pinnacles and the bubbly rock pools, called Champagne Pools.
While you’re driving, keep an eye out some amazing Aussie wildlife. Dingoes often pad along the shore or in the dunes, and humpback whales swim these waters during their annual migration (August through October).
Eli Creek is a popular picnic and swimming spot along Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Float down the creek’s fast-flowing waters on inflatables, one of the favourite free things to do on Fraser Island.
Additionally, there are more than 200 freshwater lakes and creeks on Fraser Island. Many offer ideal conditions for a refreshing and tranquil swim. One of Fraser’s most-visited attractions, Lake McKenzie, offers some stunning white sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters.
21. Explore the Daintree Rainforest
The UNESCO-listed Daintree Rainforest is believed to be one of the three oldest in the world! Located in Tropical Far North Queensland and with its unique plants and animals a rainforest-like this can be found nowhere else.
Walk through the Daintree rainforest, spot crocodiles, birds and wildlife on a Daintree River tour, cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, ride a horse, take a scenic drive, explore the Bloomfield Track or relax on an uninhabited beach. There is simply so much to see and do in this incredible Rainforest.
22. Take a day trip to Magnetic land
Palm-fringed beaches, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, see and even cuddle Koala’s, drive around in cute topless Barbie cars, wander amazing hiking trails, spend a day at Palm-fringed beaches, and see the sunset over a glistening ocean! These are just some of the things you can do on Magnetic Island.
Is the island is located just a short 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville? The island boasts the natural beauty and serenity of an island paradise! Making this is an incredible destination to explore.
23. Snorkel of the beach from Fitzroy Island
Always wanted to snorkel at the Great Barrier reef, but you are not the biggest fan of spending a day onboard a boat? then Fitzroy Island might be the perfect destination for you! Located of the coast of Cairn, the island is a short ferry trip away! The island is home to stunning coral-filled beaches, and when you enter the water, the lots of wildlife with meters of the beach! From large and colourful fishes and coral to small pollution of turtles.
On the island you can also find Nudey Beach – This beach has been voted the number one beach of 2018 within Australia by beach ambassador Brad Farmer.
24. Watch Kangaroos frolicking on the beach at Lucky Bay
Lucky Bay is also one of Western Australia’s most idyllic and pristine beaches. Located along the coast of Cape Le Grand National Park and a 45-minute drive east from the Esperance. The bay stretches for five kilometres and with hardly any crowds to battle, you’re guaranteed to find your own slice of paradise to relax and soak in the insane surroundings.
The sand of the beach is squeaky clean and the ocean is some of the most stunning turquoise water you have ever seen! The swimming conditions are perfect and the breathtaking views of the Recherche Archipelago regularly put this beach at the top of Australia’s best beach list.
Venture beyond the beach and you’ll find some excellent walking tracks, many offering sweeping views of the wildlife-rich Recherche Archipelago. Be sure to keep an eye out for migrating whales between July and October.
The beach is, however, most famous for some of its regular inhabitants, kangaroos. Your best chance to see the kangaroos on the beach is at dusk and dawn. Kangaroos are nocturnal animals which means they are most active in the dark and the hours either side of the night.
25. Check out a pink lake at Lake Hiller
The lake is located on Middle Island, off the coast of Western Australia. And what makes this lake unique, it is pink colour! The reason for its unique colour is still a topic that is not fully understood by scientists, although most suspect it has to do with the presence of the Dunaliella salina microalgae.
Its pink colour is less accentuated when viewed from the surface but it is very prominent from above.
26. Explore the beauty of the Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House might be the countries most famous building! Located at Bennelong Point in Sydney’s harbour, this building attracts millions of visitors each year.
Its unique design arched roof is covered with more than 1 million tiles (1,056,006 to be exact). It took more than 10,000 workers to build the Opera House. The building itself took 14 years and 3 specially designed cranes had to be built in order to construct the giant shells that give the Opera house its distinct shape
The building can be spotted from many amazing vantage points in the harbour, including from Circular Quay, Milsons Point and Kirribilli.
You might be wondering what it would take to get inside, as you can’t actually just walk in, can you imagine the chaos that would occur. A Sydney Opera House tour is one way of getting into the building. A guided tour will explain how the construction went and what it entailed to complete it. You will also get a look at the interior of the multiple concert halls within the Opera House is often unseen by the average tourist. It is pretty cool and very informative, so if you have time I suggest you join one of the tours.
Another, pretty obvious way of getting a glimpse from the inside seeing an actual show at the Sydney Opera House is one of the most memorable ways to experience it. And although you might not know it by the name, the Opera House hosts more than just operas.
A wide range of incredible Broadway shows, concerts, symphony orchestras and more ensure that you won’t miss an opportunity to sit in on one of the most incredible live venues in the world. Or as mentioned prior, grab a bit to eat at Bennelong restaurant.
27. Watching out for Jumping Crocodiles
One of the coolest ways to view Australia’s deadliest reptiles is by taking a Jumping Crocodile Cruise! The best place to check these humongous crocodiles out is in the Northern Territory. You will be able to see wild crocodiles in their natural environment, doing what they already do naturally when feeding.
It is a spectacular and somewhat frightening sight, but simply too epic not to do!
29. Drive the Great Barrier Reef Drive
The Great Barrier Reef Drive, also known as the Captain Cook Highway, from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes you along some of the best coastal sights in Queensland. This drive includes two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest.
From the city of Cairns, you drive north and stop at epic locations like Palm Cove, Ellis Beach and Wangetti lookout. The drive then winds along the edge of the Coral Sea past unspoiled tropical beaches ending up in Port Douglas! Only 15 minutes north of Port Douglas you will encounter Mossman Gorge! Besides learning about Aboriginal culture, this place also has a couple of amazing self-guided walks.
Cross the Daintree River on the cable ferry for an epic drive through Daintree rainforest making you way past stunning secluded beaches all the way to Cape Tribulation where the rainforest meets the great barrier reef.
30. Walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Did you know that you can walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge for free? Yes, if you wish to climb the arches of the bridge, you will have to take an (Expensive) tour to the top. But, you can also walk over the bridge for free! The pedestrian footway is only located on the eastern side of the bridge, and to the right of you is the constant flow of traffic and trains which occupy the western side. Access to the bridge near Milsons Point Station.
Make sure to also stop at the Pylon Lookout for even a higher vantage point. This point is not free, but is only $15,- for some 360-degree city views, it took me 7 years to visit it, and I regret not doing it sooner.
The Pylon Lookout is an 87m-tall bridge bearing with a 200-stair climb through historical exhibits to 360-degree city views. The museum shows you lots of cool pictures of the construction of the bridge as well as quite a few interesting facts on how and what it took to build this very impressive bridge.
31. Visit Steve Irwin’s epic Zoo
One of Australia’s most famous Icon’s Steve Irwin has a zoo close to the city of Brisbane in Queensland. The zoo is now run by his widow and children and is the pinnacle of what Steve stood for. Home to massive crocodiles, kangaroos and other incredible animals, this zoo also aims at educating about wildlife prevention.
32. Hot Air Balloon Rides
Australia is an incredibly beautiful country and one epic way to see it from a unique perspective is to see it from a hot air balloon. There some incredible places that you should consider hopping in a balloon. Underneath just a couple of epic options that will show you some uniquely beautiful scenery.
Gold Coast Hinterland
Away from the chaos of the hustle and bustle of the coast, this lush green mountainous landscape is the perfect setting to watch the sunrise from the air. Due to its beautiful location, the balloon should be able to travel higher than normal, providing even more spectacular panoramic views during your trip.
This is a bucket list trip for many travellers! Flying over Australia’s iconic Red Centre to really appreciate the vast remoteness of the Australian outback. Flying over spinifex grasses and mulga scrub whilst taking in views of the rugged MacDonnell Ranges, huge cattle stations and wildlife such as the big red kangaroos that can be spotted most days. And of course, you will catch a glimpse of Uluru!
Gorgeous rolling hills, vines, and pristine rivers make this a magical place for your balloon ride. The wine region, especially during morning sunrises, are often blanked in a thin layer of mist, making it a romantic and fairytale-like scenery. Enjoy a glass of locally produced wine as you watch the mists clear and the sun slowly starting to highlight the suburb landscape below you!
33. Camel riding in the Red Centre
The ultimate in unique outback trip is not complete without a camel train in Australia’s Red Centre! This incredible journey will take you along the rustic, dusty trails of red dune country on the backs of camels. You will be able to enjoy the unique landscape and views of some of the most famous sights in the Red Centra, including Uluru and Kata Tjuta. For a more dramatic backdrop for your photos, take the popular sunrise or sunset tours, simply epic!
34. Air-Boat Safari
Softly glide through the unique wetlands of the Mary River in the Northern Territory, on an airboat showcasing this stunning area from the water. These wetlands are home to an abundance of wildlife, including Magpie Geese, Ibis, Egrets, and many other bird species. as you glide off the waters, make sure to look out for crocs swimming among the high grasses near the water’s edge!
35. Walk the iconic Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk
The Bondi to Coogee walk is one of the most famous walks in Sydney! It takes you from Bondi Beach to Coogee beach along stunning roughed coastal cliffs. You will encounter stunning ocean views, ocean pools, a historic cemetery, Australian wildlife (If you are lucky you might even see a whale or two) and stunning oceanfront mansions. Besides Bondi and Coogee you will also pass Tamarama Beach, Bronte Beach, Clovelly Beach and Gordons Bay, GORGEOUS!
36. Check out a dazzling stretch of fine white sand at Hyams Beach
Discover Hyams Beach in the Shoalhaven region of the NSW South Coast! Located just a couple of hours from Sydney, this stunning beach is renowned for its pristine, powdery white sand which is so fine it ‘squeaks’. Additionally, the turquoise waters surrounding the beach, making this a popular hot spot for Sydneysiders.
Scenic bush and coastal walks allow you to take in breathtaking views of the bay and surrounding National Park and the clear waters are ideal for fishing, swimming, snorkelling and diving.
37. Sleep under the stars
Whether you are a luxury kind of girl or you are not afraid of a little camping, in Australia you should definitely sleep under the stars! The Northern Territory and Queensland are some of the best places in Australia to catch millions upon millions of twinkly stars at night!
You can either up to sleep in a swag, a bubble home or a hammock, but trust me when I say that you will be amazed by the number of stars in the sky! I spend hours upon hours looking up, enjoying every second of it.
38. Go Whale watching in Sydney’s Harbour
Between May and November, a large group of whale migrate to warmers waters and pass the coast of Sydney. The absolute best time to see them is late June and early July – probably the last week of June and the first week of July, around about the winter solstice. Every now and then a whale will take a wrong exit and end up in the harbours of Sydney! This does not happen to often though, so your best bet to see them is by hopping on one of the many whale cruises departing daily! Is it an absolute joy seeing them play in the waters with Sydney CBD in the backdrop!
39. Enjoy Sydney’s iconic festival of lights
Every winter, Sydney puts on an epic light show for a couple of weeks. It’s one of the foremost creative festivals in the world and Australia’s largest event of its kind.
Over 80 light installations and projections form part of Vivid and alight the city in a rainbow of colours and spectacular displays. The city truly transforms into something even more amazing then normally. The event is free (yay) and the lights are on between 6 and 11 pm in May-June. The majority of the light is at Circular Quay, but they can also be found at Darling Harbour, Royal Botanic Garden, and Luna Park, just to name a few.
40. Head to Cockatoo Island in Sydney’s Harbour
Cockatoo Island is a UNESCO Heritage Listed island that used to operate as a convict penal establishment from 1839-69, primarily as a place of secondary punishment for convicts who had re-offended in the colonies. The island was off-limits to the public for more than one hundred years.
Now open to the public you can explore many of the buildings on the island, which have been kept in pretty much the original state, giving lots of character. There are two parts to the island (Upper and Lower) and each taking about 45 minutes to explore. The lower island is where most of the industrial and shipbuilding activities took place.At the upper island is where you will find most of the old sandstone buildings that use to house the convicts.
41. Cruise Swan River in Perth
The best way to see Perth from a different angle is by enjoying it from Swan River! When taking a cruise from Perth, you can either head out towards the coast for some spectacular whale watching and stunning views, or press onwards to the incredible Rottnest Island home to the Quokka. You will possibly be able to spot a dolphin here or there along the way!
Broome is a beach resort town in western Australia’s Kimberley region. The rich and colourful history of the town has created a multicultural melting pot that is reflected in the town’s welcoming and laid-back feel. Lovely warm temperatures and waving palm trees deliver a tropical vibe that fits perfectly with the many holiday resorts and the stretch of white sand known as Cable Beach.
Cable Beach is justifiably world-famous for its 22 kilometres of ridiculously stunning white sand, turquoise water and spectacular ocean sunsets. But what really gives it a top spot on the must-do list is the experience of taking in all its tropical splendour from the seat of a camel train.
43. Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
Whales, dolphins, dugongs, manta rays, huge cod, turtles and whale sharks are abundant at Ningaloo Reef, part of the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Coast ( Western Australia) It is the largest fringing coral reef in Australia and the only large reef in the world found close to a continental landmass, making it an easy snorkel from shore.
The reef is also home to some gentle giants! From April to July each year massive whale sharks begin to appear in large numbers at the reef! An incredible bucket-list experience!
44. Watch A Sports Match
Australia loves its sports, and what is better than to join some locals and watching a cricket match, AFL match or rugby match in of their many stadiums. From the Sydney Cricket Grounds to the MCG and the Adelaide Oval, each city will have its own epic venue for you to enjoy.
45. Visit Darwin
From a sparkling harbour and WWII history to the city’s Asian-influenced food and tropical outdoor lifestyle, Darwin is an adventurers’ paradise. Darwin is known for its avid wildlife nestled in and out of the city. With lush national parks such as Litchfield only a short drive away, seeing the Aussie wildlife up close and personal is quite easy.
46. Go Opal hunting at Coober Pedy
Opal in Australia has a rich and intriguing history. There is still Opal to be found and in Coober Pedy is a place where you can go Noodling for Opal. Noodling is the process of searching through heaps of discarded mullock for pieces of opal missed by the miners. Many locals make a living from this method and it is also very popular with tourists. Some people get lucky and find their fortune, others find little chips to keep for memories. Have a look around town, most of the stores have little noodling pits & little bottles of chips for purchase.
47. Feed the Dolphins at Monkey Mia
Head for Monkey Mia Beach in Australia’s Coral Coats and spend some times with some wild dolphins.
The friendly pod of wild bottlenose dolphins regularly swim to Monkey Mia’s shore to interact with humans up to three times a day. This often occurs more frequently in the mornings, with feeding times occurring between 7.45 am and 12 noon.
48. Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park)
Watarrka National Park is only three hours’ drive from Uluru and is home to the mighty Kings Canyon – a majestic destination featuring 300-metre high sandstone walls, palm-filled crevices, and views that stretch across the desert.
More than just a day trip destination, Watarrka National Park has a range of walking trails, 4×4 tracks, camel tours and accommodation options ranging from camping to resort-style rooms.
49. The Pinnacles
A visit to Australia’s Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles Desert in Western Australia is simply a must! Found along the Indian Ocean Drive, the Pinnacles of Nambung National Park is one of the major natural attractions in the Coral Coast and are Western Australia’s most visited attraction!
The park is located roughly 200 kilometres or 2 hours’ drive north of Perth, and covers an area of 17,487 hectares, providing a natural habitat for an extensive array of native animals and birdlife.
The pinnacles are these amazing natural limestone structures, some standing as high as 3.5 metres and were formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago. Over time, coastal winds removed the surrounding sand, leaving the pillars exposed to the elements.
50. Australia’s Wine Regions
The Barossa Valley is known as a wine region near Adelaide. You should not leave Adelaide without heading over to the valley and trying some of the regions incredible wines!
The Yarra Valley, located near Melbourne produces some of Australia’s finest pinot noir, sparkling wine, and other cool-climate wines. The trip to Yarra Valley is seen as an amazing scenic drive.
Lastly, you could check out Hunter Valley near Sydney. The Hunter Valley is the home to over 150 wineries, amazing food and beautiful scenery. It is the perfect place to head to if you are a wine lover and looking to escape the cities hustle and bustle.
Plan your trip to Australia
Feeling inspired to start planning or, even better, start travelling (When safe and permitted)? There are so many incredible things to see and do in Australia as shown above, that you will not be disappointed! If you are new to my blog, then I suggest browsing it for even more travel inspiration, itineraries and guides.
If you are considering travelling down the East Coast in Queensland, then have a look at my 2-week Brisbane to Cairns road trip itinerary. This itinerary will take you along the east coast, stopping at some of the most incredible sights, including the Great Barrier Reef, Fitzroy Island, Daintree Rainforest and Cape Hillsborough National Park.
If you only have a week, then you can consider doing Melbourne to Adelaide, This includes the incredible Great Ocean Road and even Kangaroo Island.
At the bottom of the post, I will link some more blog posts that you can check out.
Additional basic information on Australia
If you are planning to go to Australia for the first time, then I have listed some handy information for you.
English is the official language of Australia. Underneath you can find some handy English/Australian phrases as well as some handy travel phrases that might come in handy during your time in the country.
|How are ya||Greeting, warm welcome|
|Catch ya later||Goodbye|
|Good on ya||Good job|
|Dunno||I don’t know|
|Bloody oath||That’s true|
|Beaut||Fantastic, wonderful, the best|
|Buzz off||Go away|
|BYO||Bring your own grog/alcohol (Often seen at Restaurants)|
|Fair dinkum||True, real, honest|
|Fair go||To give somebody a reasonable chance at something; to treat them fairly|
Australia’s currency is Australian dollars (AUD), which comes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes. Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and one and two dollar denominations.
Credit cards such as American Express, Bankcard, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa, UnionPay and JCB are accepted in Australia. VISA or MasterCard can be used everywhere credit cards are accepted. American Express and Diners Club are accepted at major supermarkets, department store chains and tourist destinations. It is advised to carry multiple credit cards and a little cash with you. Merchants may impose credit card surcharges in some places and some small stores or at markets they may not accept card payments.
Hotels and restaurants do not add service charges to your bill, and tipping is your choice whether to do it or not. If you wish to tip, 10% of the bill is standard.
Currency exchange is widely available at banks, hotels and international airports.
Australia has several different timezones.
- Norfolk Island Time | Kingston (GMT+11)
- Australian Central Standard Time | Adelaide (GMT+9:30)
- Australian Western Standard Time | Perth (GMT+8)
- Christmas Island Time | Christmas Island (GMT+7)
You may need an adapter in order to plug your appliances into the power sockets: the adapter required for Australia is Type 1 Australia plug. The plugs in Australia have two flat metal pins, forming an inverted ‘V’ shape, and occasionally a third pin in the centre. The electrical current in Australia is 220 – 240 volts, AC 50Hz.
Can I drink the tap water in Australia + drought
The tap water is generally safe to drink throughout Australia.
It is advised to travel with a reusable water bottle (especially in summer) so you can refill it throughout the day and stay hydrated. In most public spaces you will find drinking fountains so you can top up your bottle.
In some rural places, it is advised not to drink the tap water. There will be signs above the tap advising you not to drink it.
Australia from time to time also battles wit drought. So please be respectful and try not to waste water at all times.
Most of Australia’s popular beaches are patrolled by lifeguards during the warmer months ( October to April). Red and yellow flags mark the safest areas for swimming and it is always recommended to swim within these monitored areas. If the beach, lake or river is not patrolled, then make sure to check signs at the entrance that will advise if swimming is safe, or check with the local government website before visiting!
The emergency number for police, ambulance and fire brigade in Australia is 000.
I also advise you to download the Fires near me App, especially when doing a road trip or staying in more rural areas. It will show you active fires are and when to pay extra caution.
legal drinking age
The legal drinking age in all states and territories of Australia is 18 years old. You will need to provide proof of age, either with a driver’s license or passport.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Australia all depends on where you’re going and what you want to do.
One of Australia’s most popular tourist attractions is the Great Barrier Reef. The best time to visit the Reef is from June to October. This peak season offers some key advantages for travellers. Temperatures hover between 15 and 25 degrees, and rainfall is uncommon, which means clearer waters and better diving conditions.
If you’re after picture-perfect days in Sydney without getting trampled, then plan your trip in October, November, late February and March. These months generally offer sunny weather, while avoiding the heat of mid-summer and school holiday crowds.
If you want to go to the hearth of Australia (the Red Centre) then the best time to visit is in Autumn or Spring. With warm days and cool nights, it is the most pleasing time to wander around Uluru.
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