My Top 10 Things To Do In Australia

My Top 10 Things To Do In Australia

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There is a hell of alot to do in Australia. I should know, I came to Australia over 3 years ago and I am still living here now. The thing I love most about Australia is it’s diversity. There are so many different things to do all year long, so you need never be bored.

So, here is my top 10 things to do in Australia. I argued with myself for so long over the order, and what should be here, so please keep in mind that this is my top 10:

1. Great Barrier Reef, QLD
The Great Barrier Reef is more beautiful than words can describe, it is largest reef in the world and holds the most diverse reef fauna. It features over 900 tropical islands, out of them only 22 cater to visitors. Scientists have warned however that global warming is having an effect on this amazing reef causing bleaching and depletion of the many brilliant coloured and rare corals, fish, birds etc. It is believe to be one the worlds best destinations for diving, fishing, swimming, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. The rule “Look but don’t touch!” – it’s illegal to take anything.

2. Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park, NT
These ancient forms are some of the most photographed natural wonders of the earth. Uluru (formally known as Ayers Rock) is very iconic to Australia and a significant site for many Aboriginal groups.

3.  Fraser Island, QLD
It is the largest sand island in the world, filled with beautiful white beaches freshwaterlakes and coloured sand cliffs. Fishing, sailing, whale watching and uninterrupted beaches, this is truly an island paradise.

4. Sydney, NSW
With the iconic Opera House and Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Royal Botanical Gardens, it’s famous beaches and many more, you really can’t visit Australia without visiting Sydney.

5. Kakadu National Park, NT
The area of Arnhem Land was one of the most intensely populated areas on the continent before European settlement. Kakadu National Park has an abundant flora and fauna, impressive rock art, ancient mythology and ofcourse beauty and grand landscapes.

6. Great Ocean Road, VIC
This really connects a number of must see attractions so I am grouping them up on this must do road trip. You see forests, beaches, cliffs and limestone formations along this trip. Must see stops are Torquay for the surf, Lorne for the lively resort atmosphere, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell for the most impressive scenery.

7. Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley Region, NSW
For an amazing stay in the heart of nature head up to this area of NSW. My personal favourite up there is the Jenolan Caves, a day tour which is a must do. Regarded as Australia’s most outstanding cave system – with 11 spectacular show caves, pure underground rivers and amazing formations – Jenolan Caves is among the finest and oldest cave systems in the world. There are many things to do in the Blue Mountains that range from a half day to a day, so make a list and start exploring!

8. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, NSW
No matter who you are you will be instantly infected with party fever as soon as you hit the street. Every year hundreds of thousands of people line the streets to watch the exoctic and elaborate floats and costumes.

9. Thredbo, NSW
Arguably the best ski resort in Australia. I know you probably don’t think of Australia when wondering where to spend the ski season but the best thing is, is that Australia skiing season falls when the Nortern Hemisphere have their summer, making it a great alternative to spend the summer holidays. A great variety for all levels and a european feel to make you feel like you are in the swiss alps.

10. Bells Beach, Torquay, VIC
In its self maybe not the most remarkable place, but for a surfer it probably has the best waves in Oz.  The Australian easter sees the Rip Curl Pro come to town and is the sight of amazing talent in the surfing world.

That’s my top 10. Any others you would add?

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Want to learn more about Australia? Try:

Australia Travel Guide
Australia by Lonely Planet

Australia: 42 Great Landscape Experiences
Australia: 42 Great Landscape Experiences by Lonely Planet

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