Just across the International Date line in the southern hemisphere lies a dream destination. Australia offers a plethora of activities from city shopping and sampling local vintages to hiking through rainforest and sightseeing exotic wildlife. Lets take a look at the best things to do in Australia and experience all the wonders that keep the land down under at the top of many travel lists.
1. Explore Queensland
Start in Northeast Queensland. Hike through the lush tropical rainforests or snorkel with exotic marine life in the Great Barrier Reef. Get up close and personal with native wildlife. Relax on the sunny Gold Coast beach, marvel at the natural wonders, vibrant cities, scenic national parks, and 300 days of sunshine a year. You will be hard pressed to find a better place than Queensland to experience the best of Australia’s very special lifestyle.
2. Check Out the Whitsunday Islands
If there is a paradise it undoubtedly looks like Whitsunday Island’s; Hire a boat experience that includes numerous water activities such as snorkelling, diving, swimming or lazing around on the deck with a cold drink whilst staring at the amazing views. There are many luxury properties in this region that are sure to please.
3. Spend a Few Days in Sydney
Sydney is the gateway to Australia and is renowned for its gourmet dining, art, culture and history. Sydney Harbour provides a backdrop for the breath taking Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The Opera House has performances by local music groups as well as theatre. The architecture is modern with its conceptual shelves, forming the roof. The ‘coat hanger’ as the locals like to call the Harbour Bridge is another image that represents Australia to most of the world.
4. Go to Tasmania for Some Outdoor adventures
Tasmania is a haven for nature enthusiasts, with mountain peaks, dense rainforests, and undeveloped coastline. Visitors will find unlimited outdoor adventures here from hiking and mountain biking, to kayaking and white water rafting. Aside from its natural beauty, Tasmania also offers gourmet food and wine, and a vibrant art scene.
5. Go Shopping in Melbourne
No vacation can be truly complete without a fair amount of shopping thrown in. In Melbourne go to Chapel Street for some sheik clothes and leather goods. The fancy bistros and the designer boutiques make for compelling reason to check out this city. Chapel Street alone has more than a thousand shops along a two kilometre stretch. There are souvenir shops scattered all over the city. St James Cathedral takes you back to the Victorian times with its quaint architecture.
6. Take a Drive Along The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road runs along the southern coast for 150 miles, and is one of the most beautiful driving roads on earth. Main attractions include Otway National Park which offers hiking paths through rainforests, rivers and amazing waterfalls. Campbell National Park is located in an area known for its rocks jutting out of the ocean. The most famous of these have been called the twelve apostles.
7. Sip Wine in Adelaide
As befits a location famous for its fine wines, the lovely grape-growing valley of Barossa is proud of its industry. It is located in northeast of Adelaide and offers everything you would expect from a famous wine region. Known for its good food and European architecture the city offers many festivals, art galleries and antique shops.
Insiders tip: visit came Kangaroo Island a world-renowned wilderness, conservation and research area.
8. Travel up the Country on a Luxury Train
Ride The Ghan Train. Sleep northward from Adelaide to Alice Springs in the Red Centre and then onwards to Darwin at the top of the country. Passengers are treated to the evocative Australian landscape. From the comforts of this legendary train whose name is derived from Afghan camels which struck the route in the early days.
9. Stop at Ayres Rock
10. Head to The Kimberley
Located in the north western extreme of Australia. The Kimberly, remains one of the country’s most rustic and unexplored regions, making it the perfect destination for intrepid travellers. Your intrepid journey here begins in Connemara the gateway to the stunning East Kimberley region. Your visit should include the National Park, Bongo Bongos and Faraway Bay
Insider’s tip: best to travel during the dry season, April through September and don’t forget your pink diamonds.
When it comes to once in a lifetime adventures the land down under offers experiences unlike anywhere else on earth, where else can you observe koalas in the wild, visit the world’s largest coral reef or see ancient Aboriginal art. From stunning natural beauty to cosmopolitan cities, Australia delivers unforgettable memories. I hope this gave you a small insight into the best things to do in Australia.