So you’re dreaming of an Aussie adventure? The kind of once in a lifetime trip that you’ll still be raving about in 70 years time? Well before you start mapping out your journey take the time to check out our Ultimate Australian Travel Bucket List to make sure you don’t miss out on any of these absolute Aussie must-dos!
- Wake Up In The Outback
You’ve heard about it before, you’ve seen it in Mad Max movies and David Attenborough documentaries but nothing compares to experiencing the Aussie outback for yourself. Your day will kick off with a crisp desert morning and a breathtaking sunrise before taking in some of the true Outback wonders like the majestic Larapinta Trail or the towering MacDonnell Ranges. Uluru (Ayers Rock) is arguably the unofficial capital of the outback, the area is very spiritual for Indigenous Australians and it’s an absolute must.
- See Sydney By Night
Sydney might be known for its NYE fireworks, but she doesn’t need an excuse to turn it on every night. Darling Harbour has to be one of the top spots to take in the awesome skyline, but after dark you can’t go past The Rocks with its spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Even if Opera isn’t your thing, can you really say no to a selfie in front of one of the most famous buildings in the world? After you’ve done your night time tour around the city’s landmarks we suggest hunkering down in one of Sydney’s clubs, pubs or boutique bars and enjoy some live music and local tasty treats. Don’t get us wrong, by day the city great, but by night Sydney is an experience in itself.
- Surf In Byron Bay
Whether you know what you’re doing on a wave or not, surfing in Byron Bay is as Australian as pluggers, budgie smugglers and Vegemite. Byron Bay is home to handful of breaks: all good, some great! For the beginners stick to Main Beach and Belongil Beach but for those more experienced, The Wreck, The Pass and Clarkes Beach awaits. But in all honesty, just sitting out beyond the waves, soaking up the Australian sunshine and looking back towards Byron is what travelling is all about. It’s peaceful, it’s calming and, if you’re anything like us, you may never want to paddle back to reality.
- Get Classy In The Barossa
Who doesn’t love pretending to be a part of high-society for the afternoon? Imagine waltzing through picturesque vineyards, wine tasting your way from boutique winery to boutique winery or finding a deserted spot to roll out a picnic rug and enjoy lunch under an Australian Gum Tree. The Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s most famous wine regions and is a food-lovers paradise. Just 60kms from the Adelaide city centre, the Barossa Valley is easily accessible for a day trip and a great way to while away the hours and feel fancy without breaking the budget.
- Drink Coffee In Melbourne
Is there anything like being handed a freshly brewed coffee first thing in the morning? The smell has already hit you from the freshly roasted beans, you know it’s going to taste great and the café itself is bustling with people enjoying breakfast with friends or grabbing a takeaway on their way to work. Melbourne is renowned as the coffee capital of Australia. Home to some of Australia’s finest restaurants and cafes, coffee and Melbourne are a match made in hipster heaven. Live like a local and hunt down a good brew through the labyrinth of Melbourne’s streets and laneways while taking in some of the city’s famous street art.
- Feel A Million Miles Away On Fraser
Even though Fraser is no longer a locals-only secret, the island is still a pristine slice of untouched wilderness. From crystal clear freshwater lakes to rugged coastlines and sheltered bays, Fraser is a must for any visitors to the region. World Heritage-Listed, the world’s largest sand island is a bit of a yin and yang with the east coast’s wild and woolly coastline showing off towering cliff faces and sand dunes to the west coasts ancient rainforest walks and freshwater lakes perfect for a dip on those warm summer days. If you time your travel between August and October, you might just get lucky catch a glimpse of the majestic humpback whales on their yearly migration up from Antarctica.
- Dive The Barrier Reef
Along with the sun soaked outback, there’s not many more iconically Australian natural wonders than the Great Barrier Reef. To put the reef into perspective for anyone who hasn’t experienced it for themselves: the Great Barrier Reef is larger than the UK, Switzerland and Holland combined and is home to more than 600 types of coral and countless species of fish! It’s an entire world sitting right there under the water, only accessible to a handful of lucky people armed with scuba gear or a snorkel and goggles.
Australia is packed full of experiences just waiting to be explored. The kind of once in a lifetime experiences you will truly be raving about for years to come. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today with Oz Experience!