When planning your visit to Australia, you will need to make plenty of space in your diary for the catalogue of exciting attractions that down under presents.
The longer your stay is in Australia, the more freedom you’ll have to pack these engaging activities in your large suitcase.
You might be asking yourself, how can I be short of ideas as to what to do in the sixth largest country in the world? On the other hand, you may be panicking as to how you’re going to fit all these plans into one digestible itinerary.
Well fear not because the easyGuide team has narrowed down your selection to 10 compelling choices.
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Dive into the Great Barrier Reef
As one of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef can draw anyone into its glistening waters as the largest coral reef globally. Off the coast of North Queensland, you’ll find excited tourists and relaxed locals gaze at the reef’s beauty.
Consisting of a whopping 900 islands, the Great Barrier Reef is simple to get to whether you want to spend half or a full day touring this stunning spectacle.
Green Island is a popular hot spot as part of the reef’s Marine Park World Heritage Area where people tend to visit the island in a catamaran cruise boarding from Cairns.
The tours available allow you to dive deep into the reef’s waters, discovering the mesmerising marine and coral life by diving and snorkelling. Find out more about our Great Barrier Reef offers by clicking here.
Visit Sydney Harbour
If there’s one picture that summarises Australia in its fully glory, it’s the illustrious landmark of Sydney’s harbour that often comes to mind.
The harbour’s two main attractions is the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House which offer memorable experiences at the opposite side of the spectrum.
If you’re a thrill-seeker, it’s worth relishing your composure in the clouds and climbing up the tallest steel arch-based bridge in the world, measuring at a monumental 440ft from the highest point down to the water.
Safety of course is the top priority when touring “The Coathanger” where experienced guides offer do’s and don’ts before you commence the climb. Flexible hours are also provided with day or night options available.
Meanwhile, the Opera House’s amazing architecture is as incredible on the outside as it is inside. Whilst it’s notoriously busy around the sail structure, there is always space to sit down on the entrance stairs. Be sure to take your camera with you because the views both in and outside of the Opera House are worth snapping.
From an informative perspective, it’s recommended to look into walking tours where a guide unveils the rich history and memorable stories of the building within one hour.
If however, you’re looking to take Sydney’s buzz into the Opera House, browse through upcoming events and performances to gaze further into its ultra-modern facilities.
Discover Australia’s wide range of Beaches
This might seem like the most obvious thing to do in Australia but you’re missing out if you don’t take at least one trip to the beautiful beaches that nation has to offer.
The subtropical climate, particularly on the east coast, offers an array of options when it comes to beaches. Some are quieter than others, but you can have the freedom to do whatever you like at these scenic sandy havens.
There’s always room to find a place to lay down your towel, put your shades on and relax. Yet there’s also plenty of activity avenues to explore, particularly surfing.
When booking your trip to Australia, consider the hotel options and destinations as to where you’ll be staying. Public transport to the nearest beach is always available but if you can walk to beaches from your accommodation then even better.
Enjoy the Thrill of the Gold Coast’s Theme Parks
It would be hard to go to the Gold Coast without seeing the colossal structure of rollercoasters in the city that bring smiles to every local and tourist.
There is plenty of variety with the theme parks the Gold Coast has to offer. You can throw on your swimwear on and splash into WhiteWater World and WetnWild or you can conquer Dreamworld and MovieWorld’s titanic towers, the excitement bells will be ringing at these attractions.
The Gold Coast’s amusements presents an entertainment ecosystem with a wide range of offers. This includes multi-day passes to MovieWorld, WetnWild, Sea World and Paradise Country with unlimited entry to the four parks. Click here to find out more about details of this deal.
Tour Down Under’s Best Museums
As a country with history dating back over 65,000 years ago, Australia’s museums are the pinnacle of the nation’s roots that showcase the foundation of Indigenous Australians.
At the heart of the Australian Capital Territory, Canberra is home to the National Museum of Australia. This is the perfect place for tourists to delve deep into the country’s history with three main departments: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, Australian history and society since 1788, and Australian interaction with the environment.
Staying in Canberra there is no setting quite like the Australian War Memorial. The Hall of Memory has the names of over 102,000 Australians cemented on the Roll of Honour. The memorial which opened 80 years ago includes a museum, shrine, and research centre. In what is a sombre environment, the outdoor Sculpture Garden is a touching tribute to the nation’s lost heroes.
In Sydney, the National Maritime Museum is a significant part of Australia’s naval scene. The museum, which opened 20 years ago, features main galleries relating to the country’s discovery, the Navy, the connection between Indigenous Australians and water, and water travel and recreation.
Swing by Australia’s iconic Art Galleries
No matter what city you travel to in Australia, you’ll always find an overarching art gallery that captures the country’s aesthetic artwork. Whether its traditional or modern-day art, there really are pieces that grab your attention in more ways than one.
MONA, the museum of Old and New Art, does a brilliant job of this with a varied collection that contains over 1,900 works of art. Since it’s opening 10 years ago, MONA has become a prominent tourist attraction in Hobart on the island state of Tasmania. From aboriginal mosaics to contemporary sculptures, MONA has it all and it’s even free of entry for under 18s ($30 for adults).
As the oldest and most visited art gallery in Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria’s two extraordinary sites on St Kilda Road and Fed Square, showcases international and national artwork respectively, as cultural diversity connects people and arts all over the world together. Entry to NVG is free and like MONA, opening times are between 10am-5pm.
The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane holds a combined 17,000 works of art, including Pablo Picasso’s La Belle Hollandaise piece. The galleries are also unique for a designated cinema department, with the Australian Cinémathèque in the GOMA, displaying the work of international cinema from silent films to 35mm print collections. Free WiFi is also provided at the QAGOMA.
Get Close To Australia’s Wildlife
Australia is home to a fantastic range of fauna from koalas to kangaroos to emus. Getting closer to the country’s wonderful wildlife is a fantastic family outing that attracts all ages.
The three-in-one deal at Kuranda is the perfect way to scroll through the catalogue of species to see in Cairns. You can enjoy encounters with the park’s native birds and butterflies, snug up with wallabies at Koala Gardens and experience the animals’ environments first-hand in one hour. Click here to browse through our ticket options for Kuranda.
If you’re looking for even greater diversity when exploring Australia’s wildlife, you should check out the Ballarat Wildlife Park in Melbourne. Visit the site’s new meerkats, glance at the Little Penguin exhibit and stare down the park’s Sumatran tigers in the recently established Tiger Sanctuary. Explore our offer for Ballarat by clicking here.
Travel to Uluru/Ayers’ Rock
What better encapsulates Australia’s foundations then the magnificent Uluru, where it’s nearest location is Alice Springs at the bottom of the Northern Territory.
This sandstone spectacle was first discovered by Europeans in the 1872 with Ernest Giles and William Gosse observing Oluru, which they also named Ayers’ Rock.
At Uluru-Kata Tjuta Park, you can get involved in several enticing activities. Touring companies use cycling as well as segways to travel efficiently around the World Heritage Site. If you’re looking for first-hand knowledge of Uluru, ranger guided activities allow you to learn about the park’s heritage.
Why not visit the Cultural Centre for an alternative experience of Ayers’ Rock, where you can be informed of the centre’s award-winning designs with two Aboriginal-founded galleries and Ininti café and souvenir gift shop.
Explore Australia’s Enchanting Rainforests and Mountains
As one of the most scenic, nature-enthused countries in the world, Australia’s monumental mountains and tropical rainforests really are a sight to behold. No matter what state you’re in, you’ll always be looking forward and glancing up at the goodly greenery surrounding these special sites.
With so much to see, tours are often the most efficient way of trekking through rainforests and mountains. Touring provides a personal perspective at destinations like the Blue Mountains’ just a bus transport away from Sydney’s city centre.
However, if you find that touring isn’t for you and are ready to freely roam the Blue Mountains, an on and off bus tour is a ticket worth purchasing, providing flexibility to your experience. You can also add up close features to your visit with Featherdale Wildlife Park an attraction for all ages.
If you find yourself further north of the east coast, seeing the Gold Coast’s hinterland consisting mainly of Springbook and Tamborine Mountains are a must. The Springbook and Tamborine Rainforest Glow Worm Day Tour is a particular treat for explorers. This offer from £82.78 starts from being picked up at your hotel to entering the Natural Arch and a cave of glittering glow worms. Explore our offers to these World Heritage sites by clicking here.
Visit Australia’s Spectacular Sports Venues
As host of the Sydney Olympic Games in 2002, Australia is what many would consider a sporting nation.
Despite the local buzz around sports such as Australian football and both rugby league and rugby union, cricket is often stated as Australia’s national sport.
You don’t have to be a sports fan to admire the incredible structure of the 100,000-capacity stadium that is Melbourne Cricket Ground. “The G” is the 11th largest stadium in the world and is also home to the National Sports Museum. The arena not only hosts sporting functions, but it also occasionally entertains live performances from music artists. Check out upcoming events at the MCG but also consider stadium tours as an alternative.
Staying in Melbourne and the city’s Sports and Entertainment Precinct, Melbourne Park, home to the Australian Open is worth paying a visit to. The tennis Grand Slam is the city’s sporting fix every January, drawing in thousands of locals and tourists annually. Why not combine your visit to the MCG with Melbourne Park by walking across the range of pedestrian bridges that connect the two together?
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We hope you found our guide to 10 of the best things to do in Australia useful. Don’t forget you can find tickets to the top attractions, activities, experiences and tours in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.
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