So I must admit, despite having lived in Australia for my entire life, I have barely seen half of what this beautiful country has to offer. In my defence, it is Pretty. Damn. Big. Which also means there is no shortage of things to do and see.
Whether you’re visiting from overseas, or are a local like me, these sites are something everyone should have on their Aussie bucket list.
Watch a sunset at Uluru
Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone rock formation in the “red centre” of Australia’s Northern Territory. The iconic landmark is surrounded by rock caves, waterholes, ancient paintings, and magnificent views of the landscape. The colour of Uluru is said to change with the sun, making sunsets even more spectacular.
Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
Home to over 1,500 species of fish, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world. With more than 2,900 individual reefs, the incredible ecosystem stretches for over 2,300 kilometres along the Queensland coast. This gorgeous reef is World Heritage listed and is something not to be missed.
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
You can’t come to Sydney without seeing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but why not take it one step further and climb it. Whether you decide to climb at sunrise, midday, sunset or night time, you’ll get a 360-degree view of Sydney’s gorgeous harbour.
Take a Trip along the Great Ocean Road
If road trips are more your style, the Great Ocean Road is an unforgettable journey. The 243km drive features everything from lush rainforests and gorgeous beaches to towering cliff tops and the iconic 12 Apostles. The Great Ocean Road runs between the Victorian towns of Torquay and Allansford and is best done over a few days for the ultimate site seeing experience.
Discover the Blue Mountains
Just a 90-minute drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains feature some of Australia’s most beautiful attractions. From waterfalls and streams to canyons and caves, the Blue Mountains is nothing short of incredible. Some of the most popular sites include the Wentworth Falls, the Three Sisters rock formation and Echo Point.
Climb Mount Kosciuszko
Mount Kosciuszko is Australia’s tallest mountain. Situated in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, the mountain stands at 2,228 metres above sea level. The walking track is generally snowbound during winter, however, in the summer, Australia’s highest peak can be reached in just a few hours.
Explore the Daintree rainforest
The Daintree rainforest is located on the north, east coast of Queensland. Believed to be one of the oldest rainforests in the world, the Daintree is filled with unique flora and fauna, gorgeous beaches and untouched jungles. The Daintree can be explored by land or water and is one of the most beautiful regions in Australia.
Dive with Whale Sharks in Western Australia
Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia is known for its large number of visiting whale sharks. Here you can swim with them, not with a scuba tank or inside a cage, but right alongside the biggest fish in the world. Not only can you see whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef, but dolphins, turtles, manta rays and dugongs are also commonly sighted.
Cuddle with Quokas on Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island is located in Western Australia, just off the coast from Perth. The protected nature reserve is home to the Quokka, possibly Australia’s cutest marsupial. The cuddly creatures are said to be the happiest animals in the world and seeing them up close is an absolute must do.
What’s on your Aussie bucket list?
Until next time,