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We don't know about you, but sometimes, we think a little bit of excitement is needed to break up the monotony of our regular routines. And if you're an Australian resident, or if you are a tourist planning an Australian adventure, we have some ideas here that will definitely get your heart racing.

Are you planning to travel to Australia in search of sun at any time of the year, or rare and endemic fauna? Here are our exciting experiences for your Australian Bucket List.

Exciting Experiences For Your Australian Bucket List

Here are some travel tips to prepare your Australian bucket list and the different things that Australian culture taught me as I moved from the northern territory to east coast to western Australia to south Australia:

1. Dive down into the Hamilton Island


Hamilton Island located near the Great Barrier Reef offers a unique environment. In the north of the region we find the Daintree jungle, the Whitsundays islands and the tropical islands of Lizard and Hayman. In the south is the cosmopolitan city of Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

2. Ride a wave at Bondi Beach


Surfing is an iconic part of Australian culture, and Bondi Beach is the preferred hotspot for both amateur and professional surfers alike. Don't worry if you don't have the right gear - you can hire what you need offshore. And if you don't know one end of the surfboard from the other, there are also surfing lessons available if you are willing to hit the waves.

Just don't be put off by the surfer dudes doing Eskimo rolls around you, because with a bit of practice, you will soon be kickflipping with the best of them!

3. Climb Australia's tallest building


Okay, so this isn't one for vertigo sufferers, but if you do have a head for heights, then take a Skypoint Climb up one of one of Queensland's iconic landmarks, the Q1 Resort Building. It takes around 90 minutes from the beginning of the climb to the end, but despite the effort, you will be treated to the breathtaking view of the Gold Coast and beyond.

Dining packages are available on booking, but you might want to eat after the climb, just in case you get an upset tummy while scaling the Q1. It's not you we're worried about; it's the poor folks going about their business down below who don't want that sudden deluge of your dinner!

4. You will love Kangaroo Island in Winter


Going to Australia during this time allows you to enjoy it without having to think about a lot of tourists fighting for space with you. At such time, you will surely see sunbathers whether it is in Ningaloo Reef, Fraser Island, Cable Beach, Bondi Beach, Whitehaven Beach or Kangaroo Island. Weird, right? At this time, you can have access to great hotels at affordable prices.

5. The Australian Alps in Victoria


Have you heard about the Australian Alps? If you haven’t then it is time for you to learn a bit more about the most scenic part of this country. First of all, they have interesting, themed pubs all over the place, so you know you’ll have fun. If you want to experience Australia truly, I suggest you pay them a visit.

The other thing is that the Alps themselves, are quite beautiful. This range is located in southeastern Australia, and it overlaps eastern Victoria, southeastern New South Wales, and the Australian Capital Territory.

6. The wine regions in Yarra Valley


I bet when you are thinking about wine, the first thought that comes into your head is French or Italian, European in any case, even perhaps Napa Valley. However, Australia might surprise you when it comes to quality wine. Moreover, the wine regions in Australia are quite popular among the locals, and the most famous one of them all is Hunter Valley, Jacob's Creek winery in Barossa Valley and Yarra Valley.

7. You must visit the beaches in Queensland


While you are there, you should definitely visit the numerous, breathtaking white sand beaches Australia has to offer. My personal recommendation would be for you to take a small road trip to the Whitsunday islands and the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia.

Even though it does not qualify as your typical, surfing beach in Australia, it is still a sight to behold. In fact, it’s the largest living “organism” on Earth, and it is spectacular. When you look at the sun shimmering on the water’s surface, you’ll know you made the right choice.

Therefore, what I learned from Australia as well, is to breath in the beauty and relax. Here are the Australian Islands You Need To Explore.

8. Sydney has the best coffee in the world


Do you want to know why Australia has by far the best coffee in the world? It's because it also has the largest Greek population in Melbourne and Sydney. Even though that might not make sense right away, just think about the traditional coffee recipes brought here by the Greeks. Now blend that with Australian techniques and Asian influences.

After years and decades spent on perfecting different types of coffee and working with numerous ingredients and combinations, the Australian coffee scene was born. Honestly, the coffee itself makes it worth it for you to travel to Australia. You can find almost any type of cappuccino, mochaccino, frappucino there, and you should make it a priority to at least try a few different flavors while sitting along the Sydney Harbour watching the Opera House.

9. Swim with the whale sharks on the Ningaloo Reef


There is more to do, of course. You might swim with the whale sharks on the Ningaloo Reef, take a road trip along the Great Ocean Road and see the unique rock formations in the Twelve Apostles or cage dive with a Great White Shark at Port Lincoln.

You can disconnect a few days while discovering typical landscapes of the South Australia in Kangaroo Island. Apart from kangaroos you can see sea lions resting on coves, koalas and penguins. Eucalyptus forests, extensive deep blue beaches, underground caves and a host of other landscapes await you.

You can go into the desert of Australia and find places as incredible as the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and visit the sacred monolith of the aborigines in the northern territory. Also known as Ayers Rock, this huge monolith in the red centre stands out in the middle of nowhere and is a symbol of spiritual importance for some Australian aborigines.

10. Witness the aurora australis in Tasmania


There is more talk of northern lights, but the aurora australis is just as incredible. In the southern hemisphere there are several places to witness this phenomenon as from Antarctica but the most wonderful originate in southern Tasmania in Australia and New Zealand. They can be seen throughout the year, but it is recommended to visit during the equinox.

At up to four days sail through some of the roughest seas in the world, Australia’s Macquarie Island lies right on the geographic and geological border of Oceania and the Southern Ocean. There, you’re halfway to the edge of the antarctic ends of the Earth, where the planet’s largest tectonic plate (the Pacific plate) grinds into the submerged eighth continent of Zealandia and the Indo-Australian plate (the oldest exposed on the globe’s surface) — all that remains on this face of the planet of Gondwana from a ½-billion years ago.

Unusual? The island’s the only Pacific island in the world where the rock’s thrust up from six kilometres below the surface of the Earth, then pushed over the Oceanic plate through another three kilometres of ocean depths — an entire sequence of rock layers from the Earth’s crust to the upper mantle exposed above sea level.

At Macca, 1,500 km from Tasmania and almost an equal distance north of the Antarctic, the average temperature varies between 3-7°C all year. It’s also one of the cloudiest places on Earth, with barely 180 hours of sunshine each year. The winds are near constant year-round at 30 km/h, with rain or snow 320 days per year.

Macquarie Island’s home to thousands of royal, rockhopper and gentoo penguins, plus petrels, albatross, skua and ducks. Add 80,000 elephant seals, with adult males up to four metres (13 feet) long and weighing as much as four tonnes. Each summer, Macca hosts the world’s entire population of 800,000 king penguins.

Among all the islands in the Pacific and Oceania, Macca is completely geologically unique — the only ophiolite found anywhere in an ocean basin — a pristine, sub-antarctic wilderness.

Australia has many exciting experiences just begging to be tried, and while we haven't covered everything here, we are sure you will find something incredible to do to add to your Australian Bucket List.
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Susie Lindau said...

Would love to see some photos of these ideas, but will definitely save your post for my ultimate dream vacation down under!!
Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

Ahhh you've inspired me to get my butt back to Australia, haha! Such a big and beautiful (and adventurous!) country, there's just never enough time to see everything :)

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