Australia — Things to Do
Australia is home to a unique and seemingly endless list of satisfying things to do. The vast Australian landscape incorporates almost every environment on Earth, from dry dusty deserts to urban metropolises. Whether tourists want to hike through some of the world’s most pristine natural landscapes or skydive from 14,000 feet in the air, Australia can certainly accommodate.
Plenty of tour operators and travel agencies are located within the major cities of Australia, so finding a package is easy. Visitors can experience snorkeling and scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, or ski the vast terrain of the high country. Don’t forget, Australia is also home to dozens of national parks just waiting to be explored.
Surfing has become part of the great Australian summer culture, and with thousands of kilometers of beaches found around the country, visitors should have no trouble finding the right spot. Places like Sydney’s Bondi Beach and Gold Coast’s Surfers Paradise provide fantastic gentle waves for beginners. Bells Beach, Margaret River, and Kirra are also world famous breaks found in Australia. Check out Australian Surf Tours for more information about when, where, and how to enjoy a surfing adventure.
Bushwalking is a great way to embrace the natural beauty of Australia. There are plenty of marvelous rainforest locations found throughout the country. Springbrook National Park, Blue Mountains, Lamington National Park, and the Daintree Rainforest are mesmerizing walking trails that pass dense forests, bubbling brooks, and cascading falls. Tread Lightly Eco Tours takes patrons throughout the natural wonders of New South Wales’ Blue Mountains National Park.
Climbing Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This massive monolithic rock is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the heart of the outback. Even though it has been given back to indigenous communities, Uluru can still be traversed. The early morning adventure will provide spectacular views of Australia’s iconic red center. Uluru is much higher than most people think, so prepare to be dazzled. The ‘Red Centre Tour,’ operated by Nature Bound Australia, is one of the company’s most alluring packages.
Scuba diving/snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef is something everyone must do in Australia. With hundreds of magnificent islands scattered across this vast reef, tourists can find plenty of great places to go underwater viewing. The Whitsundays are a great starting point to Daydream Island, Dunk Island, Butterfly Island, and others eagerly waiting to show off their coral gardens. There are many tremendous tour agencies that can arrange scuba diving and snorkeling packages for the reef, including Diving Cairns.
Why just look at an icon when you can feel and touch it? When holidaying in Sydney, adventure seekers will inevitably want to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Climbs are operated by Bridge Climb and package tours by Loksha Tours can make this happen. Most visitors scale the outer skeleton of the bridge in the early hours of the morning, giving fantastic views of Sydney’s cityscape as the sun rises for the start of a new day.
Indigenous culture is still alive and very much thriving in Kakadu National Park, which is co-managed by Aboriginal traditional owners. This vast wetland reserve is home to a plethora of amazing indigenous cave paintings worth a gander. Cruise through the park’s estuaries and witness a stunning abundance of bird species, crocodiles, wild boars, and other wildlife. A range of tours can be organized through Ayal Aboriginal Tours Kakadu.
Historical tours are a great way to see Australia’s interesting heritage. Even though the country doesn’t have an ancient history quite like the regal European nations, plenty of colonial-buildings are scattered about. Head to Port Arthur in Tasmania, where guides take you to the country’s earliest convict settlements. Gray Line Tours provides several day trips and overnight packages to this historic corner of Tasmania.
Skydiving down into Australia’s vast terrain is the experience of a lifetime. There are hundreds of companies offering opportunities to safely jump out of plane, especially around beach cities like Sydney and Melbourne, and the regions north and south of Brisbane. There is no better way to see the landscape than by parachuting from 14,000 feet in the air. To help set-up the jump, visit Down Under Tours Australia.