Bored with travel guides? Jump right to this article – top 50 interesting things to do in Australia. Australia is the world’s largest island yet smallest of the continents. Interesting, yeah? 😉 Dotted with more than 7000 live beaches, Australia has a total mainland area of 7.69 million sq. km. and a coastline of 25.800 km long. Australia has been one of the choicest tourist destinations for years now due to obvious reasons such as multi culture society, nightlife, islands, beaches, zoos, botanical gardens, natural heritage, art galleries and cricket stadium to name a few. www.travelrows.com
Nature has been kind enough to Australia as it has been bestowed with the rarest of mammals, finest of rainforests, unique red mountains and pristine blue water and crystal clear sand beaches. You can find some of the beautiful and rare species of mammals here such as kangaroos, koalas, penguins, dolphins, whales and sea lions. Here are 50 things you can do with your family and kids in Australia for a cool, exotic and thrilling experience.
Australian beaches are among the most loved and popular beaches on the planet earth, thus Australia has come to known as ‘Surfers Paradise’. Some of the famous beaches of Australia include:
2. Bondi Beach, Sydney
Sydney’s pride and Australia ’s proud is Bondi Beach. It marks the Sydney’s beach culture and is just a few minutes’ drive from the main city. Tourists enjoy surfing and sun bathing here. If you are looking for fashionable beachwear in Australia, Bondi is the right place. Bondi is decorated with beachside Sunday market and also has regular shops selling variety of fashionable beachwear and accessories.
3. Bells Beach, Near Torquay and Jan Juc
Bells Beach is located on the Great Ocean Road, 100 km from Melbourne city near the towns of Torquay and Jan Juc. Bells Beach is another beach which is very famous among the surfers and hence casually referred to as capital of beaches. The Bells Beach is host to Rip Curl Pro World Tour surfing competition. Torquay falls on the Great Ocean Road, which is home to manufacture units of surfing equipments and sold around the Bell Beach.
4. Cable Beach, Near Broom
Cable Beach is situated near Broome, Western Australia. One of the most beautiful beaches of the world with 22 Km of pristine white sands and stunning sunset, Cable Beach also offers you good swimming experience and a beach stroll.
5. Palm Beach
Sydney’s beach suburb Palm Beach is one of the popular beaches among the local big shots as playground. It is being located some 41 KM north of the Sydney’s central business district in Northern Beaches region. Palm Beach is located on a peninsula near the end of Barrenjoey Road, between Pittwater and Broken Bay. It is one beach where you can get everything that a beach lover expects.
6. The other famous beaches of Australia are:
Byron Bay, Cottesloe Beach, The Gold Coast Beaches: Main Beach, Surfers Paradise(an iconic beach of Australia), Broad Beach.
7. Sea Side Village of Crescent Head, Near Kempsey
Village of Crescent Head is home to several beaches because of which this town is among the top tourist destinations. If you are planning for surfing and witnessing picturesque seaside this is the best place to visit. It’s just 19 kms south-east of Kempsey. The village is surrounded by magnificent natural beauty of Hat Head National Park and offers stunning water views from surrounding Killick Creek and the ocean. The village also has Goolawah Reserve and the Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve. Some of the beaches that you can enjoy in this village include: Back Beach, Big Hill, Delicate Nobby, Front Beach, Goolawah Beach, and Racecourse.
8. The Gold Coast City
The Gold Coast city is one of the popular tourist destinations in Australia. It’s a coastal city located in the South East of Queensland near Brisbane. Apart from beaches the city is famous for SpringBrook , Tamborine Mountain and Lamington National Park and Sky Scrapers.
SpringBrook: It’s popular for ancient Antarctic beech trees, native wildlife, a range of spectacular lookouts, waterfalls (Purlingbrook a must see), Natural Bridge
9. Tamborine Mountain
Just a 30 minutes drive from the city is Tamborine Mountain. Hinterland, a drumming green heart of the Tamborine Mountain, enjoys the reputation of being the third oldest national park in the world and a main attraction for romance and weddings. It is also home for national parks, waterfalls, tranquil hideaways and day spas. Award-winning restaurants, art galleries, boutique wineries, extensive coastal views and a good blend of old and new-world charm deck the city.
10. Lamington National Park
It’s the vastest subtropical rainforest in the world and part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. It’s popular for beautiful waterfalls and more than 160 Kms of walking trails.
11. Sky Scrapers
The Gold Coast city enjoys the reputation of hosting Australia’s tallest residential buildings which are called as Skyscrapers. The other cities which have sky scrapers are: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Some of the noticeable skyscrapers of Australia are:
- Q1, the Gold Coast 323
- Eureka Tower, Melbourne 297
- 120 Collins Street, Melbourne 265
- Soul Surfers Paradise, the Gold Coast 243
- Citigroup Centre, Sydney 243
- Soleil, Brisbane 243
The city of Sydney is glamour capital of Australia. Sydney has a deep culture full with sun-soaking and fun-loving society. During the Christmas season, you can experience a 30-degree BBQ in a Santa costume. Apart from below discussed the iconic Opera House, the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Bondi Beach Sydney has open-air cinemas.
‘The Rocks’ is a place to enjoy a flavor of old Sydney, old Sydney culture is also found in cobbled market streets where handmade gastronomic and souvenirs delights you. Among the markets Glebe offers you art supplies and jewelry.
13. The Opera House, Sydney
The Sydney Opera House is one of the busiest performing arts centers in the world. It hosts more than 1,500 performances per year attended by an estimated 1.2 million people from across the globe. The building has multiple performance centers. It is uniquely designed with expressionist architecture by the Dutch architect John Utzon. Tourists have limited access to see this iconic structure of Sydney, the backstage and the front of the house is allowed for tourists view.
Sydney also has other tourist attractions such as:
- Harbour Highlights Cruises,
- The Hunter Valley Wineries,
- Jenolan Caves,
- Darling Harbor,
- The marine aquarium
- Sky scrapers etc.
14. The Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is another iconic structure of Sydney after the Sydney Opera House. It’s made up of mainly steel in arch across Sydney Harbour and it’s a bridge for vehicular, rail, bicycle and pedestrian traffic moving between the Sydney central business district and the North Shore. The bridge is also called as “The Coathanger” because of its arch-based design. At 48.8 meters (160 feet) wide, the bridge was the world’s widest long-span bridge, before the coming up of Port Mann Bridge of Vancouver.
15. Kakadu National Park
It is 171 km southeast of Darwin, situated in the interior of the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory of Australia. It is the World Heritage sites in Australia. Kakadu National park is more than 200 km south from the coast and 100 km from east to west, it has a extraordinarily rich wildlife life with native plants and it’s estimated that there are about 500 Aborigines in this area.
Tasmania is a best place to relax and chill out from the hustle-bustle of urban life. There is more than one reason to visit this beautiful place Tasmania that includes rich Tasmanian wild life and beauty, history and culture, spectacular beaches, lagoons and mountains to name a few.
Perth is one of the most populous cities of Australia and capital and largest city of the Western Australia state. Pert attracts tourist for a wide array of activities that include: aquatic fun, sight-seeing, adventures to Aboriginal culture and dance and wildlife. Perth is also rich with: Sterling Gardens, Perth Zoo, Lake Monger, the Perth Mint, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Western Cultural Centre, Australian Museum, His Majesty’s Theatre, and Concert Hall etc. Perth also has WACA Ground (Western Australia Cricket Association Ground) established in 1893.
18. Fraser Island
Fraser Island is situated around 200 km north of Brisbane alongside the southern coast of Queensland. It is the world’s largest sand island with a home to endangered species of Dingos, wild dogs, and several types of fishes. Fraser Island also has beaches that are very popular among the tourists and thus make Fraser Island a very popular holiday destination.
Cairns is located in Far North Queensland and it is the main entry point to Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest coral reef in the world. Being in Cairns, you get the rare opportunity to see and observe some of the world’s rarest sea organisms. The other must see attractions in Cairns include: Rainforest, islands, heritage-listed national parks, beaches, gardens, cairns out back, and cairns culture.
20. Outback Australia
The empty parts of Australia are referred to as Outback Australia and very few people live there. Central Australia is mainly referred to as Outback Australia including parts of Northern Territory. These are homes to archaic landscapes and the undying Aboriginal culture. Here you also find a large number of cattle stations and you can enjoy a camel ride in the desert. Australia’s outback wonders such as Uluru, Kata Tjuta and the Kimberley are found here.
21. Uluru Sandstone
It is a large sandstone rock formation on the flat surface of the southern part of the Northern Territory of central Australia. It lies 335 km far from Alice Springs. Uluru is Australia’s World Heritage listed area which is also known as Ayers Rock. One of the greatest and most recognizable natural wonders of Australia, Uluru is also claimed to be the largest monolith rock in the world. Uluru brings fascination to your imagination during sunrise and sunset when a range of colors, across the red rock, change in wonderful fascinating patterns that leaves you ecstatic.
22. Kata Tjuṯa
Just 40 Kms away from Uluru is Kata Tjuta, which is also called as ‘cousin of Uluru’ and Mount Olga. This landscape comprises of a strange and rare combination of green vegetation and lush waterholes as well as dusty red roads and huge chunks of red rock. From Kata Tjuta you can reach the awesome Kings Canyon which is located near Alice Springs. You can witness breath taking magic here, silence, majesty and wonderful isolation of Australia’s Red Centre.
23. Adventures in Australia
Australia is a nature’s gift to the world with its readymade adventures that encompasses vast distances and rugged terrains thus making travel across Australia an adventure in itself. Take a travel across northern Australia on the Savannah Way, starting from Cairns and ending on the other side of Australia in Broome to experience the exotic adventure. Plan a journey on the Explorers Highway, all through Adelaide to Australia’s Red Centre to Darwin. South Australia Loop invites you to climb to the rim of Wilpena Pound, trek part of the Heysen Trail and dive shipwrecks in Kangaroo Island. A 4WD adventure awaits you through the vast Kimberley on the Gibb River Road.
24. Diving in Australia
Dive-in-Australia is a phrase famous among divers as the country is rich in beaches, islands and reefs thus making Australia a diver’s dream. It has treasure trove of marine life which includes 4000 species of fish and the world’s highest variety of sea grass. On Ningaloo Reef you can swim along the giant and gentle whale shark and on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula swim along sea-lions and dolphins. Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef offers you a new learning experience in diving. Snorkeling in sheltered and scenic Clovelly in Sydney would be never forgetting experience. For additional excitement Mornington Peninsula would be the best bet to discover kelp-encrusted submarines, whereas Tasmania’s east coast awaits you with a maze of underwater caves.
25. Canoeing and Kayaking in Australia
If you are a Canoeing and Kayaking enthusiast where else it could get better than Australia? Australia has many places in its kitty to paddle that ranges from tranquil inlets and backwaters to picturesque rivers and gorges. You can also hire a kayak and spend time on canoeing in safari in national parks. The best places for Canoeing and Kayaking in Australia are:
- New South Wales
- Queensland, Tully River
- Tasmania, Franklin River
- Western Australia, Blackwood River, Frankland River
- South Australia, Coorong
- Northern Territory
- Australian Capital Territory
26. Cape Peron
Part of Western Australia, Cape Peron is locally famous as Point Peron. It is a headland at Rockingham, at the southern end of Cockburn Sound. Marvelous panoramic views, rugged limestone cliffs, and reefs make this area popular among tourists. Climbing up to the old observation post, which was built during the WWII, gives you a fantastic view of Cockburn Sound, and the offshore islands. Cape Peron is good for fishing, snorkeling and diving; at low tide don’t forget to view the rock pools.
One of the largest islands of Whitsunday group, Whitsunday Island is located off the coast of Central Queensland. The island is home for many popular tourist destinations that include day visitors and overnight sailors. It has the superb pure-white sands of Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, the anchorage of Cid Harbour, and the waterway of Gulnare Inlet. From the mainland tourist ports of Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour, the island is easily reachable by boat.
28. Rainforests in Australia
Australia is also famous for World Heritage-listed rainforests that extend across the country and almost cover every climatic type. Australia has the distinction of having some of the oldest and largest tracts of rainforest in the world. One of them is: Queensland, it has dense tropical swathe of rainforests which allow you to trek through all five climatic types of rainforest in Queensland. It has the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics that includes Kuranda Rainforest and the Daintree. Daintree happens to be the oldest tropical rainforest. The other famous Australian rainforests are: New South Wales and Tasmania.
29. New South Wales
New South Wales is home to the world’s largest subtropical rainforest, along with warm and cool temperate rainforest. The Gondwana Rainforests is most famous among others. In Mount Warning, Border Ranges, National Parks, you can wait to listen for the call of the rare Albert’s Lyrebird, in Antarctic beech forest you can spot native marsupials.
Tasmania, among other things, is famous for rainforests and has the following dense rainforests: Deep Glen Bay, forests of King Billy Pine in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Huon pines on the Franklin River Wild Rivers National Park, Liffey Falls at the northern edge of the World Heritage Area.
The other worth mention rainforests elsewhere are:
- Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
- Toorongo River, Gippsland, Victoria
- Miri Miri Falls, East Kimberley, Western Australia
31. Kangaroo Island
After Tasmania and Melville Island, Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third-largest island, it’s a part of South Australia. Kangaroo Island offers you best of pink pelicans, sea lions, sleepy koalas, packs and pairs of little Penguins and the famous Kangaroos in Seal Bay. It’s a must go destination to see some of the rarest and beautiful animals that would take your imagination of animals to a different level.
The Australians are also known as Kangaroos as they are the nation with abundant number of Kangaroos unique to Australia only. Kangaroo population in Australia is estimated to be between 30 and 60 million. Some of the varieties of Kangaroo are:
- The big Red Kangaroos are found in the interior parts of the Western Australian coast.
- Eastern Grey kangaroos can be found in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria and also in some parts of South Australia.
- Western Grey kangaroos are found near western Victoria, New South Wales, South-Western Queensland and Western Australia.
- Grey Kangaroos are found in the Southern Coastal Australia.
- Tree kangaroos are found in New Guineaas and in the far northern rainforests of Australia, this one variety is found elsewhere in the world as well.
33. Shark Bay, Western Australia
Shark Bay is UNESCO’ World Heritage Sites which is one of most unique sites on the earth. Shark Bay is a place to watch herds of dugongs grazing on the sea grass meadows, off the coast of Carnarvon and around the Hamelin Pool Nature Reserve.
34. Monkey Mia, Western Australia
Monkey Mia is the center of attraction of the Shark Bay; it’s a legendary bottlenose dolphin sanctuary which is 800 km north of Perth. To enjoy the inquisitive, intelligent creatures of nature and feed and play tourists must hit this spot.
35. Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, Perth
To witness an interactive rendezvous with wild dolphin pods traveling to Shoalwater Islands Marine Park in the Rockingham suburb of metro Perth is a must go spot for tourists. You can get as much interactive as you can by jumping in and swimming with actual dolphins in the wild waters.
36. Whale and Dolphin Watching
If you are touring Australia you can not miss to watch Whales and Dolphins at different locations of Australia:
- Queensland, the entire are of Queensland’s east coast is a wonderful place to see many species of whales and dolphins. Among other species of whales, dwarf mink whales can be found around Cairns and the Ribbon Reefs during May to August.
- Jervis Bay National Park in New South Wales is home to dolphin cruises which form a popular activity in the area.
- Cape Byron and Coffs Harbour are famous for observing migrating humpback whales. Calving events can also be witnessed in Coffs Harbour.
- Port Stephens waters are a place for Bottlenose dolphins.
- Several places in South and Western Australia are also hub for whales and dolphins.
Though we have already discussed, individually, about some of the well known flora of Australia but there are still so many to count which are not very well known by all and sundry. There are many species of fungi in Australia which is estimated to be about 250 000. Among plants cycad palm and the grass tree are living fossils, and banksias, the waratah, kangaroo paws, Sturt’s desert peas and everlasting daisies are wildflowers. Australia has the Wollemi Pine which was found in a remote valley in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. It is a species which is nearly 65 million years old as it is believed to be among the now extinct group of trees that existed at the time of the dinosaurs. Australia is home to more than 1000 species of acacia, called as ‘wattle’ in among locals; and about 2800 species of the Myrtaceae family, one among them is gum tree.
Though we have already discussed, individually, about some of the well known fauna of Australia but there are still so many to count which are not very well known by all and sundry. Australia is home to over 378 species of mammals, 300 species of lizards, 828 species of birds, 140 species of snakes and two species of crocodiles. Almost half of the mammal population includes marsupials (kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, wombats and the Tasmanian Devil) Australia’s other animals include echidna, dingo, platypus, wallaby and wombat.
Australia also has native wild dogs called as dingo and it’s the largest carnivorous mammal. Dingoes are found from Queensland to South Australia. Australia is home to another unique animal group- the monotremes. Monotremes are the egg-laying mammals and called as ‘living fossils’. Platypus is one animal from this family, with a duck-like bill, a furry body and webbed feet, it dwells in rivers. There are predatory great white sharks which measures nearly six metres in length and the giant filter-feeding whale shark which measures nearly 12 metres in Austrlian waters. Though a fish the box jellyfish is a poisonous fish which is regards as the most poisnous animals in the world is found in Australia.
39. Emu and other birds
Australia has the distinction of being home the largest bird Emu that is native to Australia only. After Ostrich, Emu is the second-largest bird in the world by height. In Australia, there are three subspecies of Emus and around 828 bird species. About half of 828 species of bird half are nog found anywhere else. Waterbirds, seabirds and woodland birds are some of the famous categories of birds. Some of the unique birds among these categories include: tiny Honeyeaters, flightless Emu, lyrebirds cassowaries, fairy penguins, kookaburras, currawongs, and black swans.
40. Skiing in Australia
Australia is not just about beaches, warm climates, and mammals, but it also has something to offer for cold whether lovers that include many exciting winter sports and one among them is skiing! Winter in Australia is from June to August and many resorts offer skiing during this period of time. There are ample ski resorts around Sydney in the New South Wales area. Victoria is home to a mountain which has a staggering altitude of 6,070 feet! Tasmania is another place where skiing resorts operate. Some of the resorts even offer cross country skiing.
41. Tower Hill Reserve
Volcanic eruptions are a phenomenon in Australia, Tower Hill is a living example of a massive volcanic eruption that was formed out of volcanic caldera born in a volcanic eruption some 30, 000 years back. Tower Hill is 15kms away from west Warrnambool. It came to light from the ashes of the volcano that the Tower Hill might have been a place for the Aboriginal people as the volcano threw up artifacts belonging to them. The hill is considered as a Historical Monument of Australia and hit by visitors regularly. One can enjoy day walks, and peak climbing which gives excellent 360-degree view.
42. 1 Martin Pl, Sydney
1 Martin Pl is a second iconic building after the Opera House in Sydney. It was built in 1874, and is a marvel of colonnaded Victorian palazzo. The building has Sydney’s General Post Office. This iconic building has now been transformed into a commercial center with hotels, swanky shops, restaurants and bars. Historical displays can be found in the building under a staircase in the basement.
43. Town Hall, Sydney
Close to the status of 1 Martin Pl is Town Hall of Sydney that was built during 1869-1889 it was built with some of the extraordinary architectural elevation and materials which include sandstone turrets, Mansard roofs, and wrought-iron trimmings. The interiors of the town hall are still as good as they where when new. The town hall comprises of an elaborate chamber room and the wood-lined concert hall to name a few.
Melbourne was the Australian capital before Canberra but today it’s the fashion capital of Australia. It is a multicultural city. From among many tourist spots it has:
- China Town
The city center’ ambience is similar to gothic-revival building of England. Near the city there are many worth mentions such as the Puffing Billy Steam Train journey taking you through the Yarra Valley, the hills of Grampians National Park which offers wildlife beauty. For the Cricket fans the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) offers a truly world class experience of watching a cricket match here. MCG holds several records- world’s tenth largest stadium, largest stadium for playing cricket, has the highest light towers than any other sporting venue.
45. Opal Jewelry
If you are looking to buy something as a memorabilia or souvenir from Australia visit, then Opel Jewelry is an apt relic. Opal is the National Gem Stone of Australia and an estimated 95% world’s Opal gems are exported from Australia. Opal is an amorphous form of silica which is not a mineral. It has around 3% to 21% water by weight in it. Black Opal, Crystal Opal, and Boulder Opal are some of the types of Opal gems. From Opal gems different jewelry can be made such as rubs and rings, pendants, earring, necklace and bracelets etc. It is regarded as one of the world’s most valuable gem. South Australia is hub to Opal gem production.
46. Art Galleries in Australia
Australia has some of best heritage art galleries spread around it. In Northern Territory, city of Darwin has rich Aboriginal heritage, here you can revisit the tragic 1974 Cyclone Tracy in the Museum and Art Gallery. Footage of the World War II air raids on Darwin can be seen at East Point Military Museum. There is also the Darwin Festival in August which is an18-day music, dance, comedy, cabaret, theatre, film and visual art at the George Brown Botanic Gardens.
47. Brisbane and Queensland Art Galleries
Brisbane Art Gallery is famous for Modern Art, and it has the largest of Modern Art in Australia, In the Queensland Museum you can watch the skeleton of a Queensland dinosaur. Famous Australian artists work can be found in the Queensland Art Gallery while you can enjoy ballet, opera or orchestra in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre all this is available in Queensland Cultural Centre on South Bank. Don’t forget to attend the Brisbane Writers Festival which is conducted in the month of September and also the Brisbane Festival which is conducted in the month of October.
48. Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery, Adelaide
Though Adelaide is one of the most well planed cities in the world and among its many colorful attractions are its interesting night life and collection of world’s largest Aboriginal artifacts in the South Australian Museum. On the North Terrace, the State Library, Parliament House and Government House invites for art marvels. Don’t forget to attend Adelaide Fringe Festival in the months of February and you can witness ‘queer’ culture at the Feast Festival in the month of November.
49. Food in Australia
If you like a fresh seafood platter or a racy Riesling, or modern Asian-fused meal or a crocodile sausage, they all are waiting you to kiss your taste buds here in Australia. Some of the other popular foods of Australia are: Witchetty grubs, Damper, John Dory and Macadamia nuts. Witchetty grubs is nutty-flavored that has been a favorite food of indigenous Australians.
50. Damper, John Dory and Macadamia nuts
Damper is one of cheapest food of Australia yet enjoyed universally.John Dory is a most loved fish found in Australian waters such as Sydney Harbor, it forms one of the best Australian cuisines. It can be pan-fried with oil or battered and fried and served with chips, or can be served as a bed for mashed potato. Macadamia nuts are native to Australia, they can be enjoyed raw or used in a variety of dishes such as bread, lamb roasts, cake etc.