Australia is a land of contrasts, from the Great Barrier Reef to the rugged outback, there is something there for everyone. We recently took a trip to Australia, here are some of our favorite sites and things to do if you are fortunate enough to make it to the ‘land down under.’
The Great Barrier Reef
First on the list is the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The reef is home to an incredible array of marine life, including colorful fish, dolphins, sharks, and turtles.
Visitors can take a boat tour to explore the reef, such as the Lady Musgrave Experience, which departs from Bundaberg. The Lady Musgrave Experience offers a full-day tour of the reef, including snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities to get a closer look at the marine life. Experience the beauty and wildlife of the coral and the nearby island learning more about the ecosystem, animals, and conservation efforts from a marine biologist.
Visit the Bundaberg Barrel
While you’re in Bundaberg, home to the famous Bundaberg Barrel. This historic site is a must-see for anyone interested in Australia’s rich brewing history or fan of carbonated beverages. Visitors can tour the brewery and sample some of the delicious, non-alcoholic, ‘beers’ produced there. They are soft drinks unlike any other and the tasting experience is awesome for adults and kids alike.
Story Bridge in Brisbane
The city of Brisbane offers stunning overlooks from Kangaroo Point. But if you take a walk across the Story Bridge you get a completely different perspective. The bridge offers stunning views of the city and the river below.
For an even more exhilarating experience, consider taking the Story Bridge Adventure Climb, which takes visitors to the top of the bridge for panoramic views of the city and beyond. The climb is open rain or shine and is guided by experienced instructors. It’s a great way to experience the bridge from a unique perspective and to get an adrenaline rush.
Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney, Australia’s largest city is home to the iconic Sydney Opera House. This architectural masterpiece is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers tours, performances, and exhibitions.
One of the best ways to experience the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge is by taking a walk along the path towards the Royal Botanical Gardens. This walk offers a stunning view of the Opera House and Bridge from different angles, making it the perfect photo opportunity. Visitors can also take a guided tour of the Opera House to learn more about the building’s history and architecture, or catch a performance at one of the many venues within the complex.
The Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains, located just outside of Sydney are definitely worth a day trip. The Blue Mountains offer a wide range of outdoor activities, including hiking, rock climbing, and camping. The landscape is breathtaking, with eucalyptus forests, waterfalls, and rugged cliffs.
One must-see attraction in the Blue Mountains is Scenic World, a popular tourist destination that offers a variety of experiences such as the Scenic Railway, which takes you on a journey through ancient rainforests, the scenic cableway for a bird’s eye view of the Jamison Valley and the scenic skyway for a walk across a steel bridge suspended 270 meters above ancient ravines. Visitors can also take a hike on one of the many trails in the area to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains.
Enjoy one of the many beautiful beaches
Bondi Beach just outside of Sydney is one of Australia’s most famous beaches. The beach offers a wide range of activities, including swimming, sunbathing, and surfing. Visitors can also take a walk along the Bondi to Bronte Coastal walk, which offers spectacular views of the ocean and access to another great beach, Bronte Beach.
Bondi and Bronte Beaches are not the only famous beaches in Australia, on the Gold Coast, there is Surfer’s Paradise, which is known for its long stretches of golden sand and excellent surf. On the Sunshine Coast, you can find Noosa Heads, which offers a more secluded and peaceful experience with a mix of natural beauty and luxury resorts. No matter what kind of beach experience you are looking for, Australia has something to offer.
Only scratching the surface
There is so much to see and do it’s important to note that these destinations only scratch the surface of what Australia has to offer. There are countless other beautiful and exciting places to explore, from the outback to the other amazing cities.
Whether you’re interested in outdoor activities, culture, or history, Australia is sure to have something that will capture your imagination. The items above simply serve as a starting point for your journey, and we hope it inspires you to plan your own trip to this amazing country.