When you’re travelling to Australia, it’s not easy to plan. It’s a huge country and there is a lot to see and a lot to do. The best thing you can do is create a large itinerary and then shortlist the destinations according to how adventurous or relaxing you want the vacation to be. And if you plan well, you might even be able to check off every item on the list. Here are some things that you must do on an Australian vacation.
1. Take a Nature Hike
Australia has a number of nature reserves. There are so many plants and animals native to the country that many natural sites have been left untouched, so everything has a place to thrive. One of the best ways to interact with nature is by taking a quiet hike. Bring along some extra water and a decent camera. You’ll also want to make sure you’re dressed to contend with the Australian sun. A hat and light clothing will be perfect.
2. Go on a Cruise
Australia is popular for its islands, and one of the best ways to see them is by taking a multi-day cruise. You can leave from Melbourne and head out to Kangaroo Island. Cruises are fun all by themselves and the excitement of visiting several islands just adds to the enjoyment. The ability to explore the islands along the cruise route is an excellent bonus to an already great time.
3. See the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is well over a hundred thousand miles so there are virtually unlimited access points to visit it. You can go by glass bottom boat and look at the reef under you. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can take a boat tour and go scuba diving at the reef. If you’ve snorkelled already and are thinking scuba is the same, you’re wrong. Scuba diving is the perfect option for sea lovers as it gives them a chance to interact with marine life.
4. Visit Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach in Sydney is one of the most recognised beaches in the world. You must’ve seen it many times in movies or on TV. While it’s beautiful on screen, it’s even more picturesque up close. So when you visit Australia, make sure you visit Bondi Beach. It is a popular tourist destination and the best part is that it is huge, so there’s enough room for everybody, even at the busiest times of the year.
5. Relax in the Royal Botanic Garden
The Royal Botanic Gardens are a dream for anyone with a green thumb or anyone who has ever wished they had one. Walk through the garden and enjoy begonias and palms along with a fine collection of succulents. The Botanical Garden is found at several places in Australia, with Sydney and Melbourne being particular standouts. You can enjoy the rainforest walk along with an exotic herb experience. It’s a must visit for all nature lovers.
6. Tour the Sydney Opera House
The Opera House is for more than just opera. It would be great if you got an opportunity to watch a show in one of the Opera House’s many internal venues, but even if no shows are running during your holiday, it’s still a good idea to visit the place. You can take a tour of the building, eat at one of the restaurants, have a drink at one of the bars, and do a little shopping – get the classic tourist experience.
7. Road Trip the Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is 243 km long and spans a significant portion of Australia’s southern coast. If you’re planning to go on a road trip, this is exactly where you should go. You’ll see many natural landmarks and experience the changing terrain that makes Australia so unique.
8. Play with Animals
If seeing animals in the wild isn’t thrilling enough for you, visit an Australian petting zoo. You’ll get to interact with native birds as well as the beloved and iconic koalas and kangaroos. If you’re travelling with children, a petting zoo is a must-visit on your trip to Australia. You wouldn’t find Australian animals in the rest of the world so make sure you take your kids there.
There is so much to do in Australia that you might miss out a thing or two. But don’t feel disheartened – Australia will call you again. Such is the beauty of this country.