So you’re thinking about travelling to the land down under? What a great idea! The picturesque beaches, the laid back vibe and the natural beauty, what more could you want? If you’re still not entirely convinced, read my top 10 must see Australian attractions for that last bit of inspiration. If these don’t get you excited nothing will!
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of Australia’s most iconic monuments. It’s the world’s largest steel arch bridge, reaching up to 134 metres above the harbour.
In 1998 there began a service called the BridgeClimb, that allowed both willing tourists and locals to climb the monumental landmark to take in the most beautiful view of the city.
If you are not one afraid of heights and a little bit of a thrill seeker then this is a must for you. With day, twilight and night climbs, there is a little something for everyone.
For those of you who aren’t as adventurous as some, there is a climb available that only goes halfway up one side of the arch, and I’ve been assured it’s perfect for those scared of heights.
Drive the Great Ocean Road
Situated in the beautiful state of Victoria, the Great Ocean Road is a spectacular route showing off the best of Melbourne and surrounding areas.
Drive through the popular surfing destination Torquay, pass the renowned 12 Apostles and make your way through a lush rainforest keeping an eye out for native animals.
The best way to do this is at your own pace, so hire a car and stop and stay wherever you like for as long as you like on your journey. Be sure to take your camera because the natural beauty you will come across is outstanding!
Walk from Bondi to Coogee
The gorgeous Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk is a 6 km path that wraps around the coast at the edge of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.
This is a great way to fit a little exercise into your trip whilst also taking in the views and exploring the rockpools, beaches and parks you will pass on your trip.
Once you get to Coogee take a stroll down the main road and pick one of the cosy cafes to grab a coffee or some breakfast.
Explore Ayers Rock (Uluru)
Ayers Rock, known as Uluru to many is one of the most phenomenal landmarks in Australia. Sitting at 350 metres high, this huge chunk of sandstone attracts several local and international visitors each year.
Located in the southwest corner of the Northern Territory, visitors who make the journey to the World Heritage site can climb Ayers Rock, or just explore the 10km footpath around the base.
You would want to spend at least three or four hours here, just to take in the pure natural beauty of the location. Keep in mind that during the summer months it can be extremely hot, so it’s best to travel to the area during sunrise or sunset to avoid the blistering heat.
Dive the Great Barrier Reef
The infamous Great Barrier Reef is simply remarkable, attracting people from all over the world to immerse themselves among the beauty of the ocean in tropical North Queensland.
The reef itself is made up of over 3000 individual reef systems and a large range of marine life, surrounded by gorgeous tropical islands.
There are many different ways you can explore the Great Barrier Reef with snorkeling, helicopter tours, glass bottom boats and scuba diving all on offer. Scuba diving is probably one of the most popular choices, only due to the way it allows you to get up nice and close to the 2,300km long natural phenomenon.
Unfortunately due to climate change and warmer ocean temperatures the Great Barrier Reef has been subject to bleaching, so if you want to see it at its best the sooner the better.
Watch a performance at the Opera House
As one of Australia’s most recognisable buildings, the Sydney Opera House resembles an important part of Australian History. The construction, design and location has attracted praise worldwide since its completion in 1973.
The Sydney Opera House hosts continual world-class performances each year with ballet, symphonies, opera, contemporary dance, plays and more.
If you enjoy theatre and what a memorable experience, do yourself a favour and purchase tickets to a performance held here. Arrive an hour or two early and spend that time sipping cocktails at the Opera Bar and admire the view of Sydney Harbour as the sun begins to set!
Enjoy the beach life at Byron Bay
If you’re after a coastal town with Australia’s notorious laid back vibe, look no further than Byron Bay.
Famous for surfing and that alternative lifestyle, Byron Bay located on the mid north coast of New South Wales is overly popular with both Australians and international travellers. If you want to totally immerse yourself in the Byron Bay lifestyle you are best to stay a few days.
It is worth taking a trip to the weekly markets to try the local food and produce and pick up a few interesting souvenirs.
Main Beach is probably the most beautiful and rightfully so, however if you want to feel less like a tourist and more like a local you should make your way to Wategos Beach. Just around the corner from Main Beach, Wategos is surrounded by a headland making it pretty perfect for swimmers!
Hike a Rainforest in Cairns
North Queensland is home to the Daintree Rainforest, a tropical rainforest with the most extensive range of rare animals and plants in the world. The 1200 square kilometre protected tropical rainforest is a World Heritage listed area that attracts plenty of visitors each year.
You can explore the Daintree Forest many different ways, with day and overnight tours available. You can stay in a nearby luxury eco resort or one of the few wilderness lodges. You can try your hand at ‘glamping’ or just grab a backpack and find a trail that interests you.
Learn About Native Animals at Taronga Zoo
Australia has some of the most unique animals in the world and what better way to get up close and personal with them then at the infamous and award winning Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Home to over 4,000 animals you will be able to admire and learn about many different species, including Australia’s native wildlife.
With animal encounters, shows, talks and tours there is plenty of things to do at Taronga Zoo. If you’d rather explore at your own pace then feel free to take a leisurely stroll around the park, seeing exactly what you to see. Be ensured that Taronga Zoo is eco certified, which means that it has sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences.
Make sure you grab a map or download the Taronga Zoo App to help you plan out your day and avoid missing out!
Relax on the Whitsunday Islands
The Whitsundays are Australia’s answer to a tropical paradise. Made up of 74 islands, the Whitsundays are located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Northern Queensland.
The white sands of Hamilton Island, Daydream Island or Hayman Island will have you feeling relaxed in no time. With a cocktail in one hand and a snorkel in the other, this is the perfect place to wind down towards the end of a long international trip.
With resorts as far as the eye can see, there is plenty of accommodation options available to you. Hire a jetski, book a boat tour and try indulge in some of the local sea food!
I’m Olivia, an adventurous traveller who just wants to explore all the world has to offer. I’m an American who has slowly made my way to the beautiful land down under, Australia and I’m loving every minute of exploring this ever so scenic country, one state at a time. With my feet moving and my fingers typing, I love sharing all the gems that I discover with the world so they can enjoy them as well! Check out my blog – Great Lost!