Discover the most utterly uniquely Aussie experiences on your travels!
When it comes to bucket list experiences, Australia has you covered, offering a smorgasbord of natural wonders guaranteed to absolutely leave you gapping in awe. Whatever landscape you are after, chances are Australia has it, able to accommodate to every possible taste. Check out our top 9 bucket list spots you can’t miss during your Australian holiday.
1. Snorkel and dive the Great Barrier Reef
It’s no surprise that this is the first on our list, being one of the biggest draws for travellers visiting Australia. The iconic Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef and the largest living structure on the planet, listed as one of the seven wonders of the world. Snorkel on the reef’s surface or dive down below and see the marvellous colours and creatures this extraordinary place possess.
2. Rides at Scenic World
Nestled within NSW’s World Heritage region of the Blue Mountains is the top tourist destination; Scenic World. A picture-perfect centre which gives visitors the best views of the glorious Blue Mountains landscape. The experiences include a walkway through the bushland, a skyway above the canopy, cableway where you travel from clifftop to clifftop, as well as the steepest railway in the entire world.
3. Feed a kangaroo
Kangaroos are undoubtedly Australia’s most famous animal, beloved by both locals and travellers worldwide. No image of Australia is complete without a mob of kangaroos hopping across the horizon. So of course, feeding one of these cute creatures is on our bucket list! Head to one of the many wildlife parks scattered about the country, including Sydney’s Featherdale Wildlife Park or even see them in the wild at Kangaroo Island. You might even be lucky enough to see a baby joey during your visit!
4. Walk the base of Uluru
Uluru is one of the world’s most recognisable natural landmarks, found in the heart of Australia’s desert outback. This strikingly red rock is not just an incredible sight to see in person but holds a significant cultural and historical importance to the indigenous community of the region. After snapping the iconic shot of Uluru from afar, head closer and discover new details in the landmark as you stroll around the base.
5. Take a swim in an outback waterhole
When you think of plunging into the refreshing waters of Australia, you most likely will think of the many pristine beaches scattered about the country’s coast. But the real water wonders of Australia are the ancient waterholes nestled within the endless plains of the outback’s red sand. These incredible rock canyons formed millions of years ago, slowly filling up with water and creating a completely new eco-system. There are many to choose from, including Ormiston Waterhole, Ellery Creek Big Hole, or Edith Falls. Schedule this during your outback adventure and we guarantee it will be one of the highlights of the entire trip.
6. Travel along the Great Ocean Road
Have the sea breeze whip through your hair as you travel down one of the best road trip routes in the world-The Great Ocean Road. Situated along Victoria’s coast, the road weaves by 243 kilometres of bushland, clifftops, and pristine beaches, letting the traveller see the incredible beauty this area processes. The picturesque route can be done in either a day or a weekend, with popular attractions such as the Twelve Apostles, Apollo Bay, and Loch Ard Gorge found along the way.
7. Helicopter ride over the Bungle Bungles
This gloriously unique landform is found in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and is a major component of the Purnululu National Park. Standing up 300 metres, the orange and black sandstones are shaped similar to domes. They are one of the world’s most fascinating geological landmarks, and well worth the sight in person.
8. Sample the local wine in a winery
Australia might defy the wine world’s stereotype, known for its red sand, dangerous animals and sparkling white beaches. But hidden about Australia are also lush fields, misty mornings, and cool evenings, making some areas perfect for wine production. They have been so good, Australia has skyrocketed in wine success, now home to some of the top wine regions in the entire world. Travel out of Sydney and visit the hopping Hunter Valley for an award-winning Semillon. Or head to the Barossa Valley right outside Adelaide, even heading to Melbourne’s picturesque Yarra Valley for a drop!
9. Great White Shark diving at Baird Bay
This may sound like more of a death sentence than an adventure, trust us in saying this is definitely worth the stress. Found in the stunning South Australia, Baird Bay is located on the west coast of Eyre Peninsula. Here you are lowered in shark invested waters, coming face to face with one of the world’s most feared creature!