Things to Do in Australia Before You Die
Cradle Mountain in Tasmania and hiking its surrounding lakes and unspoilt landscapes are two natural marvels not to be missed, while nearby Pinnacles near Perth in Western Australia also offer impressive geological marvels to discover.
Whale-watching along Queensland’s coast is an unforgettable experience, from walking Cable Beach in Broome to watching camels parade past sunset-lit waters at Hervey Bay. Whale-spotting offers something truly captivating.
1. Cradle Mountain
Tasmania’s national park offers all the natural wonders you could ever ask for – think koalas lazing about in eucalyptus trees and echidnas waddling across steep ravines.
Discover this alpine wilderness on one of its legendary walks, but there are also various other activities available for exploration: take a scenic helicopter flight over Dove and Crater lakes; visit Waldheim Hut and Wilderness Photography Gallery; or head out on an organized kayaking expedition.
Don’t leave without taking a sunset tour and viewing local wildlife, such as wombats in their own grazing paddies! A sunset tour offers the ideal end to any day’s adventure.
2. Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is an unforgettable travel experience, full of wildlife, natural beauty and outdoor adventures. Take an independent road trip or join one of their guided tours and meet Australia’s iconic kangaroos for yourself on this captivating island destination!
Start your adventure in Flinders Chase National Park, an hour southwest of Kingscote. This outstanding park offers hiking trails, scenic drives and stunning wetlands, while you can climb Cape Willoughby lighthouse for stunning panoramic views.
Seal Bay is another must-see attraction, where you’ll have the chance to observe sea lions in their natural environment. Take a guided tour onto the beach to witness them or simply wander along its soft sand – don’t miss seeing Remarkable Rocks either; these seem as though they were sculpted by gods themselves!
3. Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is an iconic landmark that must be visited. Designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon and inspired by billowing white sails or stacked shells, its impressive complex houses theaters, studios, rehearsal rooms, restaurants, and other attractions – its interior alone will leave an indelible mark! Step inside its majestic walls to experience its revolutionary history of 14 years of construction!
Explore its world-renowned shell tiles, enjoy sitting on custom-made Tasmanian oak chairs designed specifically for you, and be amazed by one of the largest pillar-free chambers ever seen! Take a guided tour for an exclusive experience, including accessing areas that are off limits to regular visitors.
Visit a performance or stroll around theatres (when not showing shows) to admire their interiors, take photographs and use rest rooms. Vivid LIVE features lights, music and projections on iconic sails of Sydney Opera House for added enjoyment!
4. Mardi Gras
Australia’s natural wonders provide an abundance of activities and attractions to explore. You’ll find everything you could possibly want here from breathtaking coral reefs below the waves to sightings of wild monkeys playing around national parks – you’re sure to find all this and more in Australia.
Australia’s vibrant history of migration is captured and celebrated at museums and festivals, making a visit here an exciting and educational experience. Melbourne’s Immigration Museum and Adelaide’s Migration Museum are two great ways to learn about all the colorful threads that bind together Australia’s multicultural identity.
Visit Sydney’s Mardi Gras for its colorful floats, then stay to dance the night away in cozy queer-friendly bars. Or sail among the Whitsunday Islands for stunning natural scenery. Or explore Australia’s lush landscape as you sail among its Whitsunday Islands for jaw-dropping natural views. Australia is well known for producing world-class wine; vineyard tours provide an ideal way to sample its products such as old vine shiraz from Barossa Valley in South Australia, cabernet sauvignon from Margaret River or sweet Riesling from Tasmania!
5. Wildlife Parks
An Australian trip would not be complete without exploring its incredible wildlife, from lush rainforests and their exotic vegetation, slithering reptiles, and curious mammals – to their amazing birdlife and amazing mammals!
Take the Daintree River ferry in the north to witness saltwater crocodiles at their most fearsome along the mangrove-lined waterway, along with tree kangaroos, Bennett’s Lumholtz and rare flightless woodhens – all World Heritage Site residents!
Healesville Sanctuary provides an opportunity to view more than 200 native species living in lush habitat-specific enclosures, as well as witness how Healesville Sanctuary is pushing boundaries through its feral-proof fences and breeding programs for endangered species such as narbaleks and black wallaroos.
Australia may be best-known for its scorching deserts and breathtaking beaches, but its coasts also boast some adorable penguins. See king penguins playing in an ice habitat at SeaWorld or join Phillip Island residents in celebrating Penguin Parade for an unforgettable experience!
On a trip to Kangaroo Island, you will witness a panorama of Australian nature on display: from koalas lounging around in eucalyptus trees to kangaroos and wallabies playing on the beach and even little penguins waddling across its shores at sunset (if you’re lucky!).
If Lion Island is too far, you’ll still be able to spot penguins in Sydney at Manly Beach or Melbourne’s St Kilda Breakwater or on Penguin Island near Perth – or head straight for SEA LIFE Sydney where there is the most successful breeding colony of little penguins – making for an easy viewing opportunity without making an extensive journey.
Cairns boasts an active tourist industry, offering exciting activities for travellers of all kinds. Its Esplanade and Marina serve as hubs of activity and offer beautiful beaches as well as the human-made Cairns Esplanade Lagoon.
The World Heritage Daintree Rainforest boasts unparalleled flora and fauna that you can explore on walking trails or kayaking among Green Island’s reef cays. Additionally, Cairns Zoo & Wildlife Dome offer fun opportunities for interaction between people and koalas or feeding kangaroos!
Tropical North Queensland has inspired many artists, and the city offers a robust art gallery scene. Cairns Central and Court House galleries are great starting points; while Bulmba-ja gallery showcases traditional artwork. Atherton Tablelands have several lovely walking tracks – one which winds around volcanic crater lakes!
8. Flinders Chase National Park
Flinders Chase National Park provides visitors with a taste of what wild Australia looks like, from towering cliffs jutting out into the sea and windblown landscapes, to abundant native wildlife including kangaroos and koalas.
Remarkable Rocks have become famously shaped over years of rain, waves and wind erosion to become stunning natural formations that should not be missed on Kangaroo Island. Also worth seeing is Admiral’s Arch – an impressive natural arch hidden under one of Kangaroo Island’s southernmost peninsulas.
The park is still recovering from the summer bushfires of 2019, yet remains open and offering spectacular scenery in South Australia. Explore re-opened roads such as Cape du Couedic Road or hike to Remarkable Rocks or Admirals Arch for breathtaking views.
9. Baird Bay
Baird Bay on Eyre Peninsula is an ideal spot for swimming with wild sea lions, offering only limited tours each day and providing unspoiled, engaging interactions between visitors and these aquatic mammals. Ocean Eco Experience’s Swim with Sea Lions tour should not be missed by wildlife enthusiasts!
This 3,800 hectare protected bay is home to an abundance of marine life, offering safe swimming beaches, holiday shacks and budget camping facilities. Fishing enthusiasts often turn up here as there are convenient launching facilities available.
Australia is an exceptional nation of migrants and both Immigration Museum in Melbourne and Migration Museum in Adelaide share this history through artifacts, memorabilia and stories. For an enjoyable train journey across Australia take an adventure on either Ghan or Indian Pacific train services for an unparalleled opportunity to see it from north to south!
10. Blue Mountains National Park
The Blue Mountains are one of Australia’s premier outdoor areas, accessible within an easy drive from Sydney. Visitors can hike, camp and even cave-climb their way through this rugged wilderness.
There are also numerous walks featuring eucalyptus trees, bird calls, and magnificent views of valleys and gorges; among the most well-known are the Three Sisters rock formations.
Other highlights include waterfalls and cliff walks at Govetts Leap lookout, offering unobstructed views of thick gum tree forests; as well as Bridal Veil Falls with its 180m drop.
Are You Planning a Day Tour of a Park? Before embarking on any day tour of the park, do some research on different providers that won’t try to cram too much into one visit. Focus on some key attractions while discovering more by yourself – it will make the visit much more enjoyable and give you more time for exploration!