So guys, you all know my absolute LOVE for Australia. It’s a diverse country full of culture, beautiful scenery and once-in-a-life time opportunities. If you’re going out there for a gap year or you’ve decided to take an extended holiday to travel in Australia, here’s an epic Australian bucket list full of ideas you just can’t miss out on. Some of these experiences – like climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge or checking out Australian wildlife – I can fully recommend. But the rest, well, they’re well and truly still on my Australian bucket list!
This is one thing you have to do when you visit Sydney. Not only do you get incredible views of the city but you get to learn about the history of this iconic structure. It might cost a few dollars but climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is something you’ll never forget.
Is there anywhere better to celebrate New Year’s Eve that in Sydney? I don’t think so. Choose your viewing spot in the city early in the day and get ready to watch the most spectacular fireworks you’ve ever seen. You’ll definitely welcome in the New Year in style!
The Bondi to Coogee Coastal walk is something that brings tourists and locals together. The 6km walk takes in the sights and sounds of Sydney’s eastern suburbs and features the stunning views of Coogee, Clovelly, Bronte, Tamarama and Bondi.
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Over in Western Australia, get that picture perfect scene of camels walking in line on Cable Beach as the sun sets in the background. You can even ride the camels if you’re feeling adventurous.
The Great Ocean Road is a classic road trip in Australia. It stretches 413 from Torquay to Port Fairy along Australia’s south-east coast. Be ready to see koalas, kangaroo, the famous Bell’s Beach and cute surf towns along the way.
One of the main highlights of the Great Ocean Road is The Twelve Apostles. There are unfortunately only 8 of the twelve remaining – the most recent limestone stack collapsed in 2005 – but the view is still dramatic and Instagram worthy.
You’ve heard of the Northern Lights, but what about the Southern Lights? Head to Tasmania in the winter for your best chance to see the Southern Hemisphere’s most spectacular light show in the sky.
Step foot on some of the world’s whitest sands at Hyams Beach. If you visit early in the morning, it’s likely you’ll be the only one on the beach admiring the spectacular views in front of you.
I might be a bit biased here as I worked at Mojo Surf’s Spot X camp for a while but they’re an epic company to go surfing with. You can either book on one of their tours or stay at one of their camps for a while to get stuck into the popular Australian pastime of surfing. It’s one of the best places to learn and you’ll be an almost pro in no time!
White sands, tropical blue seas. What more could you want from a holiday? The Whitsundays are one of the main places to go sailing in Australia. There are 74 islands to explore and you can also visit Whitehaven Beach and see Heart Reef too.
Uluru AKA Ayres Rock is, along with places like the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Opera House, one of the icons of Australia. It may be in the very centre of this huge country but anything worth seeing is worth travelling for, right?
How about spending an afternoon learning about the penguins on Phillip Island? Fairy penguins roll up on to the beach as the sun is going down to tend to their young on the beach. It’s a sight to behold as these little creatures tumble out of the surf and definitely one if you love nature.
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The Blue Mountains. You have to go see them. That’s what everyone told me anyway. Now it’s what I’m telling you. Go experience the blue haze from the eucalyptus trees and see the magnificent Three Sisters.
Oh Noosa. What a beauty this place is and it should definitely be a place on your Australian bucket list. It’s often a place people visit for one or two days but even if you spend two weeks here, you won’t be bored. Noosa National park provides trails through woodland and along the coast. The beaches offer surf for days. There are boat trips down Noosa River and many shops to browse in during the day. It’s also the place where, in my opinion, you can get some of the best banana bread to ever pass your lips.
Read More: 11 Things To Do In Noosa
Melbourne’s laneways won’t look like this anymore but there’s no doubt they’ll look just as interesting and artistic. Go hunt down some of the best ever-changing street art in the world and be won over by Melbourne’s quirky side.
You might not understand it. You might not have a clue what’s going on. But you will have a great time. AFL is an Australian sport that is best described as a mixture of rugby and football, played on a cricket field. It’s a bizarre combination that seems to work wonderfully.
Wineglass Bay is an iconic spot in Tasmania. Get that panoramic shot by heading up to the lookout point and find out why this place is special to so many people.
One great trip you can do from Noosa is Fraser Island. If you’ve got a day or a week to spend here, it doesn’t matter. You can still experience Lake McKenzie, see the Maheno Shipwreck, watch planes land on the sand, drive along 75 Mile Beach, or float down Eli Creek.
Read More: A Wild Adventure On Fraser Island
The ultimate adventure on any Australian bucket list has to be the Great Barrier Reef. You might want to fly over it, swim among the coral or go on a mini boat tour and see the rainbow of fish below you.
Manly Beach, just north of Sydney is only a short ride away from the bustling city centre yet it feels like another world. Calm and peaceful, Manly Beach is 50 shades of cool with its soft sand and tree-lined sands. If you want to watch sunset from the beach, head just around the corner to Shelley Beach
If you’re a fan of Home and Away, head to Palm Beach in Sydney’s northern suburbs. Go there early morning to catch a glimpse of the cast. Or, if you’re not a fan of the show, the beach and it’s chilled out, luxe vibe might be just the tonic you need from Sydney’s busy streets.
Hailed as one of the most luxurious train journeys in the world, The Ghan take three nights and four days to travel from Adelaide to Darwin via Coober Pedy, Alice Springs and Katherine.
Coober Pedy might not look like much above ground, but head a few feet below the earth and that’s where this town comes to life. It’s built underground because the temperature gets so hot in this opal mining town, going subterranean was the only way for residents to stay cool in the day’s heat.
Do you fancy seeing some of the cutest animals around? Then head to Rottnest Island. Quokkas are rare on the mainland but on Rottnest island, their habitat is being conserved and their numbers are around the 10,000 mark on the island. That means you’ve got plenty opportunity to get a picture of these adorable creatures.
Lake Hillier is one hot mess of a lake. It’s bright pink and is located on Middle Island in Western Australia. The reason it’s pink? Well it’s thought the colour of the lake is down to some micro algae in the water. Whatever the reason, the look that’s created is quite spectacular.
Canberra is often missed out due to rumours of it being “boring” and only for the political crowd. While it’s true that the population here is mainly government workers, the town isn’t as plain as it may first appear. There are many art galleries to peruse, a lively food and bar scene to explore, and you can hike up Mount Ainslie for views of the Australian War Memorial and Parliament House. Canberra is also the place where Freakshakes were invented in a place called Pattisez so if you’ve got a sweet tooth, call in there!
Grab a packet of Tim Tams from Coles or Woolworths – the caramel or double coat are the best – and a hot beverage and get ready to do the Tim Tam Slam. Bite opposite corners off your Tim Tam and use it as a straw in your drink. The warm liquid makes the biscuit into the most delightful, gooey, chocolate mess you’ll ever try.
Kangaroos are like cows in Australia so if you’re out in the countryside, you’ll more than likely see one. Just because they’re relatively common though doesn’t make it any less spectacular when you do see one. I mean, it’s a kangaroo!
Bondi is one of the most iconic beaches in Australia so if you’re on holiday in Sydney, it’s worth taking the trip to just see it. The longer you spend here though, the more you might fall in love when you discover the cool cafes and restaurants that back the beach. That view from Bondi Icebergs too will be forever etched in your memory.
The city that is miles and miles and miles away from anywhere could easily be forgotten. But, in recent years, Perth has made headway in attracting tourists to its streets. Do you want to see it before it becomes the next big thing in Australian travel?
If you’ve got the dollar, then do this. It looks EPIC.
What’s on your Australian bucket list? Let me know in the comments below! This post was kindly sponsored by Flight Centre. As always all opinions are my own but go check them out if you’re thinking of a holiday to Australia to tick some things off this bucketlist!