Here are our recommendations for the top experiences you must have whilst travelling down under! There are endless amount of exciting things to explore, and events to check out in Australia, but these are some of our travellers' and staff members' favourites that you won't find anywhere else in the world so don't miss out!
Coffee tasting & restaurant hopping in Melbourne
Melbourne has been repeatedly voted 'the worlds most liveable city' which it certainly lives up to. The bustling and multi-cultural city offers some of the best cafes & restaurants you will experience. Melbourne is renowned for its coffee culture which is in a league of its own. With local roasters and imported blends, coffee in Melbourne is like a fine art and the baristas are the artists. With new cafes constantly popping up and bringing unique blends to its customers this city is sure to keep your tastebuds occupied! Check out where to go on Urbanspoon, ask locals or work your way through this selection of the best from The Urban List.
Bondi Beach in Sydney
Bondi Beach is world-renowned and for a good reason! It's an exciting hub of beach life, bars, shopping and restaurants resulting in an ideal day or evening outing for any traveller. Bondi is always packed with beach goers soaking up the sun and swimming in the waves. If you love the views but aren't keen on the sand enjoy Bondi from the grassy knoll overlooking the beach. Sydney does offer many more quieter and arguably more scenic beaches so ask locals for their favourites such as spots along the Northern Beaches or Clovelly just South of Bondi.
Every year masses of whales migrate taking a path directly parrallel to the warm waters along the east coast of Australia. Meaning that wherever you are along the coast you can find a boat tour to take you to see these mesmerising mammals on their journey. The best time to maximise chances of sighting and photo opportunities will be dependent on the time of year for your current location. In QLD & NSW the best time is from May to November but if you're in Victoria November to May is when you will see them.
Australia has some of the weirdest and most wonderful wildlife that you won't find anywhere else in the world. Whilst sometimes people focus on the more dangerous species that live down under, you are not likely to encounter many of those unless you venture to the bush. Instead you are more likely to meet our furry and friendlier fauna like kangaroos, wallabies, koalas or wombats. They can be harder to find in the wild and it's not recommended to try get up close to them in this situation. If you don't get lucky spotting them in the wilderness, try visiting a zoo or wildlife park where they are essentially tame and you can have the chance to interact with them. Just make sure you'll choose an animal park that focuses on rehabilitation and other important wildlife conservation aspects. The most popular ones for our travellers are Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia Zoo near the Sunshine Coast (QLD) or Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast (QLD).
One of Australia's largest exports is wine from vineyards throughout the country. Each state typically has a wine region so wherever you are travelling it is likely that you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and spend the day tasting chardonnays and other varieties. There are many trips available that include transportation and a beautiful lunch whilst enjoying the views of the vineyards. Victoria offers some of the best vineyards located in the Yarra Valley or scattered along the Mornington Peninsula. World-famous Barossa Valley is located not too far from Adeleide (South Australia), and Margaret River in Western Australia also produces some of the best wines in the country.
Sunset in Perth
The western coast of Australia has the most beautiful views of the sun setting over the ocean. The perfect way to end your day & begin your night. Make sure to get snaps of the stunning scenery you won't want to forget. Best enjoyed from the beach or park with friends!
Road trip of Coastal Queensland
The east coast of Australia is a constant stretch of beautiful sandy beaches, national parks and stunning scenery. With so many amazing towns to visit along the coast it is best explored by car allowing you to fully enjoy the views and stop wherever you want. We recommend starting in northern NSW and heading up to northern Queesnland. This route takes you through Byron Bay, Tweed Heads, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, Whitsundays and Airlie Beach before arriving in Cairns. You can hire a campervan and stay in camp sites along the way or there are always plenty of afforable motels or hostels to sleep overnight on your roadtrip.
Be sure to take turns driving and avoid fatigue by stopping every three hours - try to start off early each morning so you only drive throughout the daytime. The best bit about a roadtrip is that it allows you to stay in a location if you love it and take your time exploring the coast.
What are your ultimate experiences for travellers in Australia? Have you done any that we have recommended or would you add some of yours to this list? Comment below & let us know!
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