are lots of great things
to do in Australia.
So other than doing the usual tourist thing like visiting museums,
markets and art galleries, what else is there to do in Australia?
are a few national parks, ski resorts, and some of the best and most
popular places for bushwalking,
wildlife watching, diving, snorkelling, white water rafting, kayaking,
canoeing and surfing in Australia.
Land Based Activities
Adventure Outdoors: Bushwalking
Bushwalking is one of Australians’ favourite activities. Wherever you
are in Australia, a national park is not far away, and most often they
marked walking tracks that take you past lookouts, camping
grounds and swimming holes. All the larger cities have a green getaway
has its Blue
has its Lamington,
Melbourne has its Dandenong,
and Hobart has its
Field National Park and Mount
Wellington. Canberra has its Namadgi and Kosciusko
National Park, Perth has its Rottnest
Island, Adelaide has its Kangaroo
Island and Darwin has its Kakadu
Bushwalking by Chris Betcher via Flickr.com
Some of the famous long bushwalks are the Overland Track in the Cradle
Mountain National Park in Tasmania, the
Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island in Queensland, the Alpine
Walking Track in
Victoria, the Larapinta
Trail in Northern Territory and the Bibbulmun
Track in south-western WA.
national parks in
Australia are Carnarvon Gorge in Queensland, Mungo National Park in New
South Wales, the Grampians
Promotory in Victoria, Coorong
and Flinders Ranges in South Australia; Nambung,
Kalbarri and Karijini in Western Australia, and of course the famous
and Kata Tjuta in Northern Territory. And of course, there
Adventure Outdoors: Fishing, Camping, Four Wheel Driving
Another fun activity is four wheel driving, and Australia has got many
great four wheel driving tracks. Not nearly all are known for
travellers, but the more popular ones that attract travellers and where
you can take tours are the
Grampians in Victoria, Flinders Ranges and the central deserts in South
Australia, the Red Centre in the Northern Territory, the Kimberleys
Western Australia, and Fraser
Island and Cape
York in Queensland, only to name a few.
Along with bush walking and four wheel driving, some favourite
activities of Australians are fishing
camping. There are
plenty of both in every state, and most of the both is FREE.
Broome by Dedi Sharabi via Flickr.com
Things to Do in Australia: Camel Riding and Horse Riding
Or discover the bush from the horseback. You can do horse rides on Mornington
Peninsula in Victoria, Kuranda
in north Queensland, and many other places. Another nice experience is
to ride a camel.
Camels were introduced from Middle East to help the transport in
large deserts in the early days. Some went feral and now roam the
most popular places to ride camels are Cable
Beach in Broome and Uluru
in central Australia.
Bungy jumping by sersen via Flickr.com
Rock Climbing, Bungy Jumping and Other Adventures
If you like to get adventurous, there is bungy
jumping in Cairns. Abseiling and rock climbing are great in Blue
Mountains in NSW, Mt Buffalo in Victoria, and the
Hazards in Coles Bay in Tasmania.
Things To Do in Australia: Skiing and Ski
Resorts in Australia
Not many people come to Australia to ski or snowboard, but many
Australians themselves love their snowfields.
ski resorts are
Buller in Victoria and Thredbo
and Perisher Blue in New South Wales.
Water Based Activities
Things To Do in Australia: Diving and Snorkelling in
Snorkelling and diving are excellent in Australia. In northern
you can snorkel and dive in coral reef - the world’s largest, Great
Barrier Reef in the east along Queensland’s coast, and the smaller
visited Ningaloo Reef off the coast in Western Australia.
On the southern
coasts of Australia, the waters are colder and there is not much coral
reef, but you can take different diving trips or get a license if
you haven't got one. You can also dive
with sharks in Sydney Aquarium and 'walk
with sharks' in Melbourne Aquarium.
Diving the GBR by Michelle Moore via Flickr.com
Things To Do in Australia: Surfing in Australia
In northern Australia large coral reefs can weaken waves, but southern
Australian waters are excellent for surf.
Some better known places are
the aptly named Surfers
Paradise on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Byron Bay in New
South Wales, Bondi Beach in Sydney, Bells Beach in Victoria, Fleurieu
Peninsula in South Australia and Margaret River in Western Australia.
You can take surf
lessons in Sydney, Bondy
Beach and many other places. Or join surfing trips from Sydney to Seal
Rocks and Byron
Surfing in Sydney by David Denicolò via Flickr.com
White Water Rafting, Kayaking and Canoeing in Australia
Watersports are some of the most popular things to do in Australia:
canoeing and kayaking are excellent in many gorges such as Katherine
Gorge in Northern
Territory and in Lawn Hill in the Gulf Savannah in Queensland.
But you can also go kayaking in Sydney
Or go jetboating on the Gold
Harbour, and many other places. There is some great white
rafting in Cairns,
but the best places for the activity are Tully
River in north Queensland, Franklin River in Tasmania, and
River in New South
Wales. Sailing is popular everywhere, but a famous place to sail is the
in north Queensland.
Hervey Bay and Warrnambool Whale Watching
Migrating whales can be seen from September of November on the east
coast of Australia, and from May to October on the west and south
coasts. Some famous places to watch the whales are Hervey Bay on the
Fraser Coast in Queensland, Warrnambool in Victoria, and Albany in
You can join whale watching tours departing from Brisbane
Coast in Queensland, Sydney
in New South Wales and Perth
in Western Australia, only to name a few.
Whale watching by if winter ends via Flickr.com
Things To Do in Australia: Wild Dolphin Watch
As opposed to most other whales, dolphins can be seen all year
around. There are dolphin watching tours in Jervis
Bay and Port
Stephens in New South Wales, Tangalooma
in Queensland and Perth
Mia in Western Australia.
In Tangalooma and Monkey Mia you can feed the dolphins. And Sea
World on the Gold Coast has dolphin shows.
Things To Do in Australia: Turtle Watch
Turtle watch is another popular activity, particularly on many of the
islands of the Great Barrier Reef, such as Lady Musgrave and Heron
Island off Fraser Coast. But a great place on the mainland is Mon
Repos, Australia’s most accessible turtle rookery just south of
Bundaberg on the Fraser Coast in Queensland. Large loggerhead turtles
come to the beach to lay their eggs in the sand between November and
February. The young hatch and make their way to the water between
mid-January and March.
Things To Do in
Australia: Zoo Parks
The easiest way to see Australian animals (and others) is of course in
one of the many
zoo parks: Taronga
Zoo in Sydney, Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne, Perth
Zoo in Perth in Western Australia, Adelaide Zoo in Adelaide in
South Australia, Australian National Zoo in Canberra, Lone
Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Billabong Sancturay south of
Townsville, and Cairns
Tropical Zoo and Cairns
Night Zoo north of Cairns in north Queensland. There is also the
Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast; and if you only want to visit
one zoo park in Australia, probably the most famous one is the late
Steve Irwin's Australia
Zoo on the Sunshine Coast.
Things To Do in
Other Wild Animals
Once you get out of the cities you have all the opportunities to spot
Australian animals in the wild. Kangaroos and wallabies are found
everywhere, wombats mostly in the southern parts of the country, and
koalas mostly in the eastern parts of the country. Noosa, Magnetic
Island and Kangaroo Island are good places to spot wild koalas, and
Phillip Island in Victoria is famous for its wild populations of
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