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15 Things to Do in Australia

 
  • The largest island-country in the world has, without doubt, the largest list of activities that you can choose from.

    From sailing, snorkelling and beachcombing in the waters of the Gold Coast of Queensland to dining with a spectacular view of the Sydney skyline and from taking trips along the ocean, on the expansive roads of Melbourne to wine tasting in Adelaide, Australia is a universe by itself.

    A must-do is diving in the Great Barrier Reef, to see the exotic sea animals. Having said that, the beaches of Bondi in Sydney and Perth’s magical coast play host to surfing in these Pacific waters. Aussie land has an unimaginable species of wildlife. You can do whale- and dolphin-watching on a cruise in Auckland.

    Bushwalking, like trekking, is an Aussie staple. You can avail this in large city and hike your way up to the end!

    If you want a change in landscape, you can take a camel ride in Uluru/Ayers Rock just to watch the sunrise or sunset. You can also choose to do an indigenous food tour to sample some excellent dishes and wine straight from the vineyards. 

  • 01Camping

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    Camping can be again quite an interesting activity in Australia. Almost every city of the country has supreme campsites which can be explored with all facilities and excitement. However there are few popular spots which exceed the entertainment package in compared to others. Among them the Whitsundays in Queensland is possible the best of the lot. With white sandy beaches at the backdrop of azure warm water with secluded campgrounds and a whole lot of thrilling activities this is quite a preferred campsite.

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    Apart from this Leliyn Camping area in Nitmiluk National Park, Freycinet camping area in Freycinet National Park, Tulki Beach Camping area in Cape Range National Park, Rocky River camping area in Flinders chase National Park, Bald Rock Creek camping area in Girraween National Park are some of the prominent places in this regard. In many of campsites, permit s required and one needs to maintain some rules which should be known beforehand. 
  • 02Skydiving

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    One of the most exhilarating adventure sport is Skydiving and there is opportunity to explore the sport at its best in Australia. With pictorial coastal and inland areas to give the best shot with some of the reputed tour operators, this is a must do activity in the country. Out of all the popular places for skydiving in Australia, few are truly best standing out in the lot.

     Among them, Mission Beach between Cairns and Townsville with sufficient coastal vies is one of best skydiving areas in the country. Here one can jump anywhere from 9000 to 14000 feet. The Wollongong Beach Skydive of Sydney is also quite popular offering splendid views of the city. Apart from this Lee Point Beach, Darwin, Byron Bay, Bells Beach Torquay, and Hervay Bay of Queensland are some of the most preferred spots to explore the sport. Tandem skydiving is also popular here where professionals accompany in the jump helping the beginners enjoy the game. 
  • 03Cycling

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    One of the best ways to enjoy sightseeing in a city and to know more about the place is through Cycling, as it helps to point out even those which remain otherwise missed while travelling through car or bus. In Australia there are various cities which can be explored through cycling but it is Melbourne city which can be termed as cyclist capital with safe biking trails, good networks covering all prominent spots of the city.

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     Apart from this Adelaide, Perth and Sydney also is known for great biking pathways that help to explore the city in a better way. And what’s more in Adelaide, there is a free bike hire scheme which makes t all the more interesting. All the other cities provide easy biking hiring facility with plenty of bike stores in all prominent locations. 
  • 04Hot Air Ballooning

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    One of the most extra ordinary ways of exploring a location, floating high above enjoying the pleasant air, the soft rhythm and spectacular views is hot air Ballooning. This sport is quite popular in Australia with spectacular venues where one can enjoy the sport. It is true that a balloon ride is always special no matter from where it is done but there are few top spots where the scenario and the journey is simple breathtaking.

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    Among them the most sought after hot air ballooning location is Gold coast Hinterland in Queensland with panoramic views of lush mountainous region. Apart from this Alice Springs in the Northern Territory is also famous for the remote beauty of Australian outback. Along with this one can explore Byron Bay in New South Wales, Port Douglas in Far North Queensland and Yarra Valley in Victoria to enjoy fascinating views of the country. Undulating hills, vines and meandering rivers makes it an ideal sport to explore. 
  • 05Paragliding

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    Paragliding is another enthusiastic sport which is often experimented by adventure seekers in Australia. A sub tropical climate is best for paragliding and in several places of the country one can have the requisite temperature. There are prominent tour operators who have professionals to give an end to end training on the sport and help it enjoy better.

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    In Queensland many local operators ensure a 2 day crash course and training s taken by the fliers before they independently do the same. The 2 day course is virtually a license to the sport. However one can also do tandem flying where a professional will accompany the flier. In Queensland there are several sites like Canungra, Toowoomba etc near the gold coast which provides great views and good sporting experience. In Sydney also the sport is quite appreciated taking place at Stanwell Park for a stretch of 30 minutes. 
  • 06Kayaking

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    When it comes to water sports, nothing can beat the joy of Kayaking through the exotic waterways of Australia. Backwaters, tranquil inlets and meandering trails of calm water is the essence of the country. There are several places in each city to enjoy the sport, specially in Western Australia, Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. Almost all the places have many kayak shops and tour organizers which can help for arranging the kayak tour with all amenities and facilities.

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    For the beginners there are adequate trainers to impart a small training on the sport so that the thrill of the sport can be enjoyed. The rates of Kayaking can differ on the basis of location and the time of sport, however the same is quite reasonable. The country is filled with amazing spots where one can kayak and at the same time enjoy fascinating marine life, do fishing or have fun paddling and seeing dolphins in the waterways. Definitely, one of the best way to explore the scenic beauty of Australia. 
  • 07Parasailing

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    Another adventurous sport which conquers the heart of thrill lovers is Parasailing, which is quite a popular sport in Australia. There are several spots where parasailing is done under reputed and licensed fliers in the country with all safety measures to provide maximum entertainment at zero risk. Parasailing is done in almost all major cities of the country but there are few places which have more exposure in this regard.

    The most sought after place for parasailing is Cairns especially with the Great Barrier Reef. Apart from this the Gold coast area is quite popular in this regard. The clear blue sky and the breathtaking views and the adrenaline rush make it worth the initiative. However it is better to do the same under expert guidance if the sport is tried for the first time. 
  • 08Mountain Biking

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    Mountain Biking is quite popular in Australia. Be it the rugged coastlines or undulating forest tracks, the sport has always been much appreciated in the country. There are several prominent biking trails in each city of the country which helps to know the location better and enjoy its scenic extravaganza. However in midst all these there are few biking trails which is considered to be the best in the whole country in terms of smooth well paved trails and view of scenic surrounding.

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    Some of the best trails include Sydney bike ride to south head, through Mt Coot Tha Forest in Brisbane, Robin Falls to Adelaide River town, Cox Peninsula loop, Manton Dam Darwin Dam Loop and many others. In fact the country is filled with such exotic trails where one just needs to explore. While few trails are easy and can be covered by beginners but there are moderate and difficult trails too which needs a little training and ft body. The details of the trails can be achieved from local bike stores. 
  • 09Scuba Diving

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    Housing the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, the biggest reef across the globe, Australia is one of the best places to enjoy scuba diving. With astounding bio diversity one can spot here several types of sea animals like Giant Groupers, Whales, Shark, Dolphins and many others. The best scuba diving sites of the country are Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Port Douglas, Townsville, Whitsunday Islands and Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth.

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    Though diving is allowed throughout the year, especially in Queensland, in some parts of Southern Australia there remains some restrictions on diving in case of bad weather which happens mostly from May to October. It is important to enjoy the sport with expert tour operators who can guide on air temperature, water temperature, water current, tide speed and direction, depth and very importantly visibility. For the beginners it is a fun sport as the same can be learnt and enjoyed within hours of training.
  • 10Hiking

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    In terms of natural excellence, Australia has a lot to offer with mountain ridges, open landscapes, ocean, lakes, and a lot more. Undoubtedly all this features makes the country one of the best places to enjoy hiking. There are two types of hiking opportunities in Australia, a multiday hiking and secondly, same day hiking. Among the best trails in multiday hiking includes Overland Track Tasmania, Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory, Great Ocean Walk, Victoria, Six Foot Track, NSW and Cape to Cape Walk, Western Australia.

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    For a single day hiking, one can choose from Kosciuszko Walk, NSW, Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Northern Territory, Dove Lake Circuit, Cradle Mountain National Park, Binna Burra to Green Mountains, Queensland, and Manly to Spit bridge. Apart from these there are other hiking trails which can also be explored in each city after taking necessary permits, where necessary. 
  • 11White Water Rafting

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    River trips are the best ways to reach all those places which are otherwise untouchable through vehicle or foot. In fact one can explore the natural wilderness best by going through rivers in some of the best rides with white water rafting. Australia with amazing rafting locations gives immense excitement for all the adventure seekers. Among all places Cairns, Queensland and Victoria is quite popular in facilitating rafting locations with a number of tour operators being present here.

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    In fact the Tully River of Cairns is considered as the best to enjoy the thrill as well as the Heritage Rainforest. Apart from this Barron Rafting and Xtreme Rafting are also popular to enjoy half day or full day raft adventure. Apart from this Jameison River in Victoria is also quite popular in this regard. The rented gear and all other facilities for the sport is available with the tour operators only. 
  • 12Fishing

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    The relaxing sport of fishing can be excellently enjoyed in Australia. Being home to some of the unique marine life, like Snapper, Flathead, Lungfish, Golden Perch, Murray Cod, Yellowfin Tuna and many others the place provides unmatched enthusiasm and thrill for the sport. In Port Philip Bay of Melbourne one can find Snapper, Whiting, Small Shark etc. Port Stephens in Queensland is stated as a place for big game fishing.

    Cressy in Tasmania is also a popular destination to enjoy fishing. The Shoalhaven River towards the south of Sydney is known for the avid availability of Luderick, Flathead, whiting and Flounder. For the best flatheads one can go to East Gippsland in Victoria. In a nutshell there are various places to enjoy the sport and in most of the places there are no restrictions except there are bag limits for each species. 
  • 13Visit Sydney

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    One of the largest cities of Australia as well as the capital of New South Wales region is one of the exciting cities with Mediterranean climate, sunny beaches, impressive skyline and sparkling harbour. With throbbing and consistent buzz, the city is full of entertainment and places to visit without which a holiday to Australia is incomplete. A unique feat of architectural magnificence is Sydney Opera House hosting thousands of performances and attracting millions every year.

     

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    Just like the Opera House, The Botanical Garden of the city is equally beautiful with array of plants and verdant greenery. Apart from this Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains, Bondi Beach, Sydney Aquarium are few of the must visit places in the city. Sydney cannot be explored fully without gracious shopping experience and the city provides luxurious shopping destination at the Queen Victoria Building with modernised stores selling suits, jewellery, accessories and a lot. Sydney Tower offering 360 degree view of the city and National Maritime Museum is also worth visiting. 
  • 14Visit Adelaide

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    Being the fifth largest city of Australia, the proud city of Adelaide was primarily founded by Britain immigrants at the foothills of Mount Lofty. Adelaide today has been progressed and the prosperity is majorly based on agriculture and mining industries. The greatest attraction of Adelaide is the awe striking private mansions, the grand public buildings, museums, galleries, gardens and lovely opera with flourishing music.

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    For the lovers of sea side attraction there is Glenalg, a seaside village away from the city hustle. One can enjoy relaxing ambience amidst harmony of nature. Even wildlife can be explored in Adelaide with the popular Adelaide Zoo and Cleland Wildlife Park and enjoying the sight of Aussie animals. Apart from this North Terrace, State Library, South Australia Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia all are famous sightseeing spots of the city. 
  • 15Visit Brisbane

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    Being the third largest city of Australia and existing on the banks of the winding Brisbane River, this place is the jewel in the crown with unlimited attractions that make it a popular tourist destination. Boosting its rich heritage and modern elegance, the city caught the eye with its hosting of Commonwealth Games way back in 1982 and subsequently World Expo in 1988. Having mild subtropical climate, this is one of preferred places of the country both for the natives as well as the visitors.

     

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    It projects a new world with loads of opportunities in terms of commerce, industry, tourism and development. There are plenty of good places to see in Brisbane and some of them include Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Cultural Centre, Mount Coot-Tha, South Bank, Custom House, Queen Street Mall and Moreton Island. Apart from this huge activity entertainment is also available here making the city a sought after destination.
  • 16Visit Perth

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    Being the capital city of Western Australia, Perth is designated as one of the best cities to live. Flushing with money from mining, this beautiful city is based on the south west coast is a thriving rich place with a modern outlook. The sterling beaches and the meandering Swan River form the source of many activities and the greatest attraction of this place. One can enjoy sailing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, boating, diving and many other things that guarantee entertainment unlimited.

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    Camping at the national parks and visiting Rottnest Island is also quite entertaining here. Some of the major attractions here include King’s Park, Botanical Garden, Perth Zoo, Hillarys Boat Harbour, Aviation Museum, St Mary’s Cathedral Cultural Centre and many others. Cycling through the bike tracks beside the Swan River is one of preferred pastime of people here. 
  • 17Visit Taronga Zoo

    Taronga Zoo is one of the best zoological park in Sydney, New South Wales in Australia. The zoo was opened on 7th October 1916 and is among the best places to explore different types of wild animals.

     



    Location: Taronga Zoo is located in the shores of Sydney Harbor in the suburb of Mosman. To reach the zoo, you can use public transport which is easily available or private vehicles if you please.

    Highlights: Taronga Zoo has different animal species nearly about 340 species and more than 2600 individual animals. You can also hire the venue to organize any functions or events with a 180 degree and peaceful view of the Sydney harbor making those events truly memorable.

    Best time to visit: Taronga Zoo is open daily including the Christmas days. The visiting hours are 9:30 am-4:30 pm in the month of May to August, 9:30 am-5:00 pm from September to April and on new year's eve 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. You need to plan your trip accordingly to the timings of the zoo.
  • 18Visit Royal National Park

    Royal National Park is the second oldest and protected National Park in the vicinity of South Sydney. In December 2006, the park was added under Australian National Heritage List. It is also known as Nasho or Royals and was established in the year 1879.

     



    Location: Royal National Park is located at Sutherland Shire, New South Wales in eastern Australia. Public transports like ferry, tram or trains are easily available to reach the national park.
      
    Highlights: This place has incredible landscapes and beaches and is the best place to explore the beauty of nature. It's also a perfect place for walking, cycling, surfing, picnicking, whale watching or bird watching.

    Best time to visit: Usually, tourists like to visit the national park in different seasons to enjoy different attractions. In the summer, people can enjoy surfing and relaxing on the Garie beach. In the winter, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery along the coast and spot whales too.
  • 19Visit Bronte Park

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    Bronte park is a famous recreational space for families in Sydney. It has many great facilities and promises you a delightful experience. This is among the must visit tourist attraction while you are in Sydney. What most people like about the place is that it also has a beach in the park so people can enjoy it too.

    Location:
    The park is located at the east end of Bronte road in the Bronte region itself.

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    The park is extremely pleasant and quite grassy. It is perfectly suitable for a family outing and also for leisurely activities like cooking barbeque. You can have a beautiful view of the ocean through the park and even swimming pool facilities are available.

    Best time to visit: The park stays open on all days from 6:30 in the morning to sunset in the evening so you can visit it anytime during the specified timings.
  • 20Himeji Garden

    Himeji Garden provides you a safe haven away from the busy city life. It is one of the most peaceful places in Adelaide. It is a great place to enjoy some quiet moments with your loved ones. You can enjoy picnic or explore the mesmerizing garden. It was gifted to Adelaide by the sister city Himeji. There are two traditional areas - The sensui area has mountain and lake while the kare sensui area has rock garden.



    Highlights: You can take a walk under the canopy of trees to reach the old fashioned teahouse. You can also visit the traditional Japanese Zen Garden. The Adelaide central market is just a few minutes ride away.

    Timing: 8 AM to 5:30 PM from Sunday to Saturday. It closes at 4:30 PM on weekends and public holidays during April to September.

    Price: N/A 
  • 21Carrick Hill (Mitcham)

    Carrick Hill is a grand heritage manor style structure which used to be the home of Sir Edward and Lady Ursula Hayward. The building houses a number of best in class fine art collections and furniture and fittings. It is surrounded by picturesque gardens where weddings can be organized. One can take a leisure stroll or a guided tour in and around the home.



    Highlights: Visit the little gift shop located inside the house to buy a souvenir for your journey. Stop by at Carrick Hill Cafe which is 15 minutes away from the house. The cafe offers delicious cakes and coffee as well as picnic boxes. You can also enjoy mouth watering cuisine cooked with fresh ingredients.

    Location: The property is located at the base of Adelaide hills.

    Timing: 10 AM to 4:30 PM from Wednesday to Sunday and Public Holidays.

    Price: $12.00 Adults, $8.00 Concession and $28.00 Family. 
  • 22St Peter's Cathedral

    St Peter’s Cathedral is a major landmark of Adelaide. Located at the edge of Pennington Terrace and King William Road, this Cathedral has beautiful architecture and a mix of modern and traditional stain glass windows. Inside the building you can feel the holiness of worship, choirs, incense and candles.



    Highlights: There are experienced tour guides to help you understand the history and importance of the cathedral. They will also explain about the religious significance of different artworks inside the cathedral. Next to the main entrance of the cathedral, you can find a small gift shop from where you can purchase the souvenir of your visit.

    Location: The St Peter’s Cathedral is just 5 minutes drive away from Rundle Mall.
    Timing: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM from Monday to Saturday and 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday.

    Price: The price per head for the commercial tours is $5.00. 
  • 23Visit Scitech Discovery Centre

    Scitech Discovery Centre located at Sutherland Street, close to King’s Park at the city centre displays some of the best theories on science and technology through exhibitions, events and activities. Taking participation from all the visitors this is absolutely entertaining as well as educational that all can enjoy. There are separate sections on space and galaxy and the world of physics s been explored firsthand here.

     One can actually enjoy the versatility of science which is known to have many standpoints that can provide entertainment to people of all ages. It is actually a great value entertainment and a place to get huge knowledge. There are restaurant and in house cafes where one can enjoy snacks and other refreshment. The place is a fascinating location and a must visit for all.