For those of us in the northern hemisphere, long and cold winter is quickly approaching. If the snow, sleet and sub-zero temperatures are too much to bear, swap it all by taking a trip to Australia this season. The country will be at the height of its summer and there are a lot of excellent activities to enjoy. These are the top 10 things to do in Australia.
Top 10 things to do in Australia
The Great Barrier Reef
Just off the coastline of Cairns in North Queensland lies the largest coral reef system in the world. Come face-to-face with over 1,500 species of tropical fish as well beautiful coral, sea turtles and giant clams over 120 years old. Tusa Dive has a number of excellent diving expeditions available.
This year sees Australia fight tooth and nail to reclaim The Ashes from England on home soil. What better way to see his heated rivalry play out than by taking a seat at the matches yourself? This is a season where cricket fever grips the country, so pack your cricket clothing and play some games yourself. Millet Sports also has a variety of cricket pads you can take if you wish to engage in more serious competition.
Sydney Harbour Bridge climb
You don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy this adventurous activity. The climb is perfect for families and you can enjoy stunning views over the harbour as you’re led up the bridge by an enthusiastic and motivating guide.
Sydney Harbour Cruise
There is nothing better to discover Sydney Harbour than a boat cruise. Cruising companies such as Sydney Princess Cruises offer different options to experience the harbour. To explore all the secrets bays and beaches opt for a lunch cruise, you will even be able to have a swim. For a romantic moment, book a dinner cruise to enjoy Sydney by night. If you are in Sydney around New Year, you can get on the boat and watch the fireworks. A must-do for an unforgettable moment.
Located along the southern coast of Queensland is the largest sand island in the world. The 120 kilometres of gorgeous beaches, inland rainforests and freshwater lakes make this a must for tourists. Take a jeep tour along the beach and try to spot the dingoes!
You can’t go to Australia without seeing its most renowned landmark. It may only be ‘a rock’, but the sheer size and majesty of this natural wonder make it worth seeing. We’d recommend taking an early bus tour and watching the sunrise before taking a walk around the base.
The Great Ocean Road
Arguably one of the most stunning scenic drives in the world, the Great Ocean Road winds along the coastline and offers phenomenal panoramic views. Take a full tank and enjoy a full day on this stunning route.
Tandem skydiving is a must for any traveller looking for thrills on their Australian adventure. Head to the Australian Gold Coast and strap yourself to an expert as you hurtle over 4,000 meters from an aeroplane. Goldcoastskydivers.com has more information if you’re feeling brave!
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
See Australia’s most captivating creatures by taking a trip to this stunning sanctuary. Hug koalas and see a variety of famous indigenous animals including kangaroos, wallabies and emus.
Sydney Tower 360 Bar
Enjoy a fine meal 88 storeys above the ground in the elegant 360 Bar. The bar offers magnificent panoramic views from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Blue Mountains. For pricing information.
During Australia’s summer, you can hike, fish, rock climb and mountain bike around these phenomenal Alps. Located near Melbourne, there is a wide variety of popular resorts you can stay and recharge your batteries.