Your Australian travel bucket list

13 August 2020

You don’t have to travel far for life-changing travel experiences, Australia is home to an endless amount of natural wonders, plenty of wildlife, stunning beaches, cosmopolitan metropolises, and vast plains of the outback. From magnificent sightseeing wonders, to land and underwater adventures, Australia delivers some unique experiences you can't find anywhere else.

We’ve started to think about all the places we want to visit, see and experience when restrictions ease. Here are our top 10 bucket list-worthy Australia destinations and experiences. How many have you ticked off your list?

1. Swim with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef

Recognised on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Ningaloo Reef is a long coral reef swarming with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, and the elusive whale sharks. Here, you can swim with these gorgeous whale sharks – the gentle giants of the sea – on an experience of a lifetime.

2. Witness an iconic sunset over Uluru

Is there anything more Australian than visiting Uluru? Explore the rugged splendour of Australia's Red Centre and witness our most iconic natural attraction. The rich red and orange desert sands, stunning sunsets and of course its incredible cultural presence, visiting Uluru is an outback journey every Australian must make.

3. Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef

As one of the seven natural wonders of the world, no Australian bucket list is complete without a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. This is your chance to get up close and personal with thousands of stunning tropical fish, turtles and dolphins at this world heritage-listed destination. 


4. Ride a luxury train across the continent

Australia is a huge country. And what better way to appreciate its vast landscape than to cross it at ground level by train, in luxury comfort? Experience its desert plains, breathtaking mountain ranges and ancient landscapes in a unique, coast-to-coast luxury experience.

5. Get a photo with the Big Banana

Trigger waves of nostalgia when you come across the road-trip checkpoint. Getting a photo with the Big Banana is a memorial marker for any family making their way along the coast and through Coffs Harbour. It was Australia's first 'Big Thing' and still stops traffic to this day. Now, it boasts much more than just a big banana, it is also home to a giant fun park!


6. Cruise the Kimberley

Known for its sparse wilderness, the Kimberley region is defined by spectacular gorges, thundering waterfalls and incredible landscapes. Offering endless adventure in every corner of the region, you may choose to follow ancient cave systems at Tunnel Creek National Park, stand in awe of the enormous domes of the Bungle Bungle Range, or perhaps take a dive tour on the coast and swim with over 650 species of fish.

7. Drive along the Great Ocean Road

The iconic Great Ocean Road winds alongside the wild and windswept Southern Ocean. Home to craggy cliffs, empty beaches and bountiful wildlife, there's an effortless affinity with nature along this iconic road. And with epic surf and unforgettable hikes, you'll find plenty of adventure around every corner. Stop for the major attractions - the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge (now London Arch), Loch Ard Gorge - all located at the western end but beyond Anglesea there are some lovely vistas across the Southern Ocean. 


8. Hike up Cradle Mountain

Hike up Cradle Mountain and experience Tasmanian wilderness on foot. Be rewarded with stunning 360-degree views of the rugged Tasmanian mountain ranges as you reach the summit. 

9. Tasting Hunter Valley wine

The NSW countryside is peppered with dozens of wine regions, but none more so recognised than the picturesque Hunter Valley. It's a short two-hour drive north of Sydney and is Australia's most famous grape-growing regions which makes for a very popular weekend escape! 


10. Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge

For those looking for a more thrilling experience, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge should be at the top of your list. Not only does it get your adrenalin pumping, but you'll be greeted with the most spectacular views over the Sydney Harbour once you reach the op


If you’re ready to tick these bucket-list-worthy experiences off your list, get in contact with Travel Counsellor today. 

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