There’s no shortage of fun and unique things that you can do in Australia. It’s a place like no-other and there are so many must-do things that you can only do in the Land down under. So add these 20 fun things to your Aussie bucketlist
1. Get Up Close to The Australian wildlife – Australia is home to some very unique creatures. In fact, it’s the only place on earth where you can find marsupials in the wild. Marsupials are animals that have pouches to keep their young in until they’re mature enough to fend for themselves and these include kangaroos, koalas, wombats and wallabies!
2. Try some Vegemite – You will either love it or hate it. Vegemite is a thick black tar-like spread that Aussies put on anything from toast to pancakes. You can only find it in Australia so you have to give it a go!
3. Join in on ‘The Sunday Session’ – Basically getting a bunch of mates and having a drink together on a Sunday. This is an Australian tradition and often involves a few shrimps on the ‘Barbie too.
4. Drink Goon – Speaking of drinking, ‘Goon’ is the unofficial drink of backpackers in Australia. At just $12 for 4l of wine it’s not hard to see why it’s popular amongst backpackers! Be warned though we never said it tastes good and it gives the worst hangovers.
5. Go on a Road Trip – There is nothing more exciting than a good ol’ road trip with some mates – except a road trip in Australia! This country is begging to be road tripped with its long expanses of straight road and endless number of beaches to visit. A favourite amongst backpackers is the East Coast road trip that goes from Cairns all the way down to Sydney.
6. Experience the Aussie Outback – The outback is a harsh and unforgiving place with its cracked red dirt and its formidable weather conditions. However daunting it may seem you really have to experience the outback to get a taste of the real Australia.
7. Visit Uluru – While in the Outback Uluru and The Olga’s is a must-visit. Uluru is the big red rock in Australia’s Red Centre. It’s known as the cultural heart of Australia because Uluru holds great spiritual significance to the Aboriginal people of Australia. Uluru is very sacred to the aboriginal tribes in the area so you are advised not to climb it to respect their culture.
8. Dive The Great Barrier Reef – Probably the most famous reef in the world. The Great Barrier Reef is sadly being destroyed due to pollution and coral bleaching so you better get their quick to experience it before it’s gone forever. The Reef is home to thousands of species of fish and coral including clown fish and reef sharks!
9. Sail The Whitsunday Islands – You have to see Whitehaven Beach to believe how stunning it really is. It boasts the whitest sand in Australia with the bluest water you will probably ever see in your life. It’s one of those postcard-perfect views that you associate with this fabulous country!
10. Go Skydiving – An activity for only the bravest on adrenaline-junkies! You can do a sky dive at several locations around Australia but the most popular place to do it is in Mission Beach in Queensland.
11. Drive on The Beach at Fraser Island – This is another East Coast must see! Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and it’s an adventure lovers’ playground. With no sealed roads on the island you have to drive on the beach and weave through forests to get about in a 4×4.
12. Climb The Sydney Harbour Bridge – Yep, you can climb the most iconic landmark in Sydney and you’ll get the best view of the city at the top!
13. Drive The Great Ocean Road – It really is the most amazing stretch of road between Melbourne and Adelaide. The road is perched right next to the steep ocean cliffs allowing you to see right out across the waves and beaches of this stunning coastal line.
14. Explore Melbourne’s Laneways and Street Art – Melbourne is known for many things but none more than it’s amazing street art that you can find in every twist and turn in the laneways. Without a doubt the most famous street to see some street-art talent is Hosier Lane.
15. Drive The World’s Longest Straight Road – The Nullarbor straight is the world’s longest straight piece of road expanding over 1675km of desert. It takes about two days to cross and there is literally nothing to see but it’s quite the achievement to make it to the other side.
16. Meet The Quokka’s on Rottnest Island – What’s a quokka? Oh, just the cutest little rodent creature you will ever see. The Quokkas on Rottnest Island aren’t shy, they love a selfie with tourists. Rottnest Island isn’t too shabby itself.
17. Cage Dive With Great White Sharks – Port Lincoln in South Australia is one of only two places in the world where you can get up close to Great White’s by getting in a cage and being lowered down into their territory. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those brave enough.
18. Tour The Wineries of South Australia – The Barossa Valley is a famous wine region in South Australia that produces wine in the masses for companies like Jacobs Creek. On a winery tour, you get to see the vineyards where the grapes are grown, how they make the wine and most importantly – tasting the wine!
19. Stargaze in The Desert – Australia’s desert is vast and uninhabited for the most part which makes it the perfect place for stargazing. The lack of light pollution and the clear skies mean that you can see millions of stars and even the milky way!
20. Celebrate Australia Day – January 26th is a public holiday in Australia to celebrate Australia Day. These celebrations often include BBQ’s, lots of beer and fireworks in the big cities. Sydney is most famous for its Australia Day parade and fireworks display.
Make sure you’re properly prepared when traveling to Australia, check out What To Pack For A Year In Australia.
Author: Rhianne is an adventure-loving travel blogger from Scotland but she spends most of her time travelling around Australia and occasionally wandering the rest of the world. You can find her blog and YouTube channel on WanderfullyLiving.com
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