HELLO 2018! It is crazy that as December 31st comes to an end, we all feel this sense of new beginnings and new opportunities as we head into a new year (we don’t know about you, but this excites us)! So, this year, we thought we’d mix things up, and instead of sharing the top bucket list ‘destinations’ in Australia, we’re tackling our 2018 ultimate bucket list a little different. You mission, to tick off ALL ten items off before the 31st December 2018 comes to a close. Are you ready? Let’s go!
Don’t fly, when your travelling Oz, it has to be on the road. You don’t want to miss out on all of those hidden gems and beach towns do you? Our epic Oz Experience packages are partnered with our mates at Greyhound Australia where YOU get to choose when and where you travel to next, that way you won't miss a thing!
Sounds obvious, but even the locals in Australia take the beach for granted. So, while you are Down Under, get to an many beaches as you can. They are all spectacular, and unique in their own way! Oh, make sure you wear sunscreen!
The sunrises every single day, but ask yourself, when was the last time you saw one? Make it one of your New Year Resolutions to see the Sun Rise more often. There are so many surreal places to watch the sunrise in Oz (Byron Bay is one of our favourites), so set that alarm clock and embrace the magic that sun brings.
When travelling to any country, you should make it your mission to learn as much as you can about their indigenous culture and respect it. There is so much history to be learned and remembered in Australia, and so many amazing places to go to surround yourself in aboriginal culture. Uluru is an incredible place to do this, as you can speak to the elders, try bush tucker and see the indigenous artwork on the big Red Rock!
It’s a little off the beaten track, but if you enjoy getting in the outdoors, being surrounded by spectacular views and love natural swimming holes, this is the place. The beauty of this place will honestly blow your mind, it’s a MUST!
What’s a trip to a new country without scooping out their supermarket! Coles is one of our favourites, but there are plenty of other groceries worth checking out such as Woolworths and Aldi. While you’re there, stock up on double coat tim tams and Vegemite and if you’re missing home, head to the international isles’ where you can get yourself a little taste of your own country.
Located off the central Queensland coast, near Hervey Bay, you will find World Heritage Listed, Fraser Island. This island has over 100 freshwater lakes, is the largest sand island in the world and is the only sand island in the world that has a rainforest on it! If this doesn’t get you boiling with excitement, you can also learn to four-wheel drive on the island! [Insert ridiculously excited face].
If you weren’t already aware, Aussies are obsessed with watching (and playing) sport and seeing a live game Down Under is one hell of an Experience! If you venture to Melbourne or Adelaide, get to an AFL aka Aussie Rules Football game, the atmosphere is electric! Sydney and Brisbane are home to the Big Bash, 20 20 cricket - think cricket and party combined, it is EPIC. These two cities also host the annual State of Origin series.
Even if you’re not into sports, go with a group of mates, have a couple of cold ones and know you’re in for a good time!
Now, you don’t need an expensive DSLR camera (although they are nice) to capture a great photo, your smartphone will do the trick. But, if there is one piece of advice we can share, is that Australia is big, we mean really really big, so take photo’ along the way so you can remember all of the adventures you go on. If you need some inspiration for photos, check out our Top 10 Most Instagrammable Places blog.
Look at 2018 as the year of change, the year of kicking goals and the year to grabbing every opportunity by the balls and running with it! If someone asks you to go to the beach, say YES. If someone asks you to try crocodile, say YES! Make 2018 the #YearOfYES.
Now go and get’em Oz Ex Travellers, and make 2018 a year to remember!