Things to Do in Australia

There 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?  

Below 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 contain marked walking tracks that take you past lookouts, camping grounds and swimming holes. All the larger cities have a green getaway close-by. Sydney has its Blue Mountains. Brisbane has its Lamington, Melbourne has its Dandenong, and Hobart has its Mount 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 and Litchfield.

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       Bushwalking by Chris Betcher via

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.


Other great national parks in Australia are Carnarvon Gorge in Queensland, Mungo National Park in New South Wales, the Grampians and Wilsons Promotory in Victoria, Coorong and Flinders Ranges in South Australia; Nambung, Kalbarri and Karijini in Western Australia, and of course the famous Uluru and Kata Tjuta in Northern Territory. And of course, there are heaps more.

Read more about the Australian version of natural wonders of the world.

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       Four wheel driving by :Salihan via

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 in 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 and bush camping. There are plenty of both in every state, and most of the both is FREE.

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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 Australia’s large deserts in the early days. Some went feral and now roam the outback. The most popular places to ride camels are Cable Beach in Broome and Uluru in central Australia.

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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.


You can sky dive in Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney and many other places.

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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.

The best ski resorts are in Mt Buller in Victoria and Thredbo and Perisher Blue in New South Wales.

Water Based Activities

Things To Do in Australia: Diving and Snorkelling in Australia
Snorkelling and diving are excellent in Australia. In northern Australia 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 and less 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.

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    Diving the GBR by Michelle Moore via

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 Bay.

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     Surfing in Sydney by David Denicolò via

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 and Melbourne.

Or go jetboating on the Gold Coast, Sydney Harbour, and many other places. There is some great white water rafting in Cairns, but the best places for the activity are Tully River in north Queensland, Franklin River in Tasmania, and Nymboida River in New South Wales. Sailing is popular everywhere, but a famous place to sail is the Whitsundays in north Queensland.

Wildlife Watching

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 south-western WA.


You can join whale watching tours departing from Brisbane and Gold Coast in Queensland, Sydney in New South Wales and Perth in Western Australia, only to name a few.

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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 and Monkey 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 Currumbin 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 Australia: Watching 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 penguins.

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