Australia holds some of the most diverse landscapes and animals in the world, thanks to its enormous size. While it might mean you’ll have to limit your trip to one part of the country (and have to come back many times – not exactly a punishment!), you can rest assured every part of Australia is alive with fun experiences. To ignite your Australia wanderlust, I’ve teamed up with Flight Centre to bring you a list of 15 unique things to do in Australia!
Snap a selfie with a Quokka on Rottnest Island
The secret to winning the selfie game, is making your way down to Rottnest Island and grabbing a snap with a Quoakka. A quokka? Yep, one of those adorable fluffy marsupials that was born for the limelight, judging by its picture perfect smile. They’re also known as the worlds happiest animal, and they primarily live on Rottnest Island, an protected nature reserve island off the coast of Perth.
See the Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road ranks high on any list of best road trips in the world. The stretch of highway is 243 kilometers long and runs between the southeastern cities of Torquay and Allansford. One of the crowd pleasers along the route are the Twelve Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks off the shore, making for some gorgeous travel photography.
Try your hand at Sandboarding
Looking for a place to snowboard but can’t deal with so much snow?! Head to Lancelin, north of Perth, a destination popular for sandboarding on the sand dunes.
Roam the fields at Bridestow Lavender Estate
Is there anything more romantic than a field full of purple lavender? Head to Bridestowe Lavender Estate in Tasmania for your dreamy pictures in floating dresses and stock up on some lavender goodies.
Swimming with Sharks
Wether snorkeling with whale sharks or caged diving with great white sharks, it’s all possible in Australia – the country where every animal tries to kill you. Just don’t watch shark week before you go in.
Snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef
Despite it facing it’s fair share of problems, the Great Barrier Reefs, is still one of the most well known coral reef in the entire world. The best way to experience all the life it houses is by diving. If you’re not into diving, you can also go snorkeling.
Watch the magical sunrise at Uluru
This orange sandstone rock in the heart of Northern Territory is a sacred sight for indigenous Australians. Tourists can also visit, and it’s highly recommended to watch the sunrise paint the rock in monolith in the brightest colors imaginable.
Stay in a treehouse in the Blue Mountains
I’m a sucker for special hotels, so the Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse makes my heart skip a beat. Look out over 240 acres of private wilderness from your bed.
Taunt death during some crocodile diving
The best way to view crocodiles is to go diving with them in the ‘Cage of Death’. Head to Darwin and lower yourself into a see-trough compartment that allows you to watch the crocodiles as they swim around.
Get your tan on at Hyams Beach
Known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, you can’t skip a visit to the white sands of Hyams beach. It looks so positively tropical, it’s hard to picture its actually in New South Wales, Australia!
Hot air ballooning in Byron Bay
The early bird doesn’t catch the worm, but it does catch a great view of sunrise at Byron Bay from a hot air balloon.. so really, which would you rather?
Wine tasting at Barossa Valley
The most famous place to taste some of Australia’s finest wines is Barossa Valley. Don’t miss the Shiraz!
Chase the kangaroos
Ok, so don’t actually chase them. Have you ever seen a kangaroo fight? You’re not going to win, let me tell you that. But you can’t leave Australia without seeing some kangaroos. A great place to spot kangaroos is at…. kangaroo island. Surprise, right?
Cuddle a koala in Queensland
Have you even lived if a Koala hasn’t peed on you? Apparently the risk of that is fairly high if you pose for a picture with them. It’s actually illegal in most Australian states to hold a koala, so your only choices are Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, with Queensland being the most popular option.
Visit Lord Howe Island
Australia boasts 8,222 islands, so it’s a reasonable guess you won’t be able to see all of them in your lifetime (it would take you over 22 years to visit each island if you visited one Australian island per day). Lord Howe Island is a great option. A tiny island in the Tasmanian sea, it has sandy beaches with clear water and tropical forests. What more would you want?