10 experiences you didn’t know existed in Australia

by Brittany Wheeler

Are you on the hunt for weird and wonderful experiences to enrich your life’s story? Well you’re in luck. Australia is host to a range of quirky experiences for thrill seekers, foodies, creatives and everyone in between who yearn for unique, life-altering escapades. From cage diving with salt water crocodiles to the country’s first underwater hotel, discover 10 experiences you didn’t even know you wanted to try until now!

Crocodile Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove
NT: Crocodile Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove

If we told you you could go face-to-face with a saltwater crocodile, would you believe it? Better yet, would you dare to take the plunge? At Darwin’s Crocosaurus Cove, you’ll get up close and personal with these incredible creatures inside a purpose-built underwater dome.

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Underwater hotel Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
QLD: 1 night Great Barrier Reef underwater stay with meals – for 2

Australia’s first ever underwater accommodation opened just months ago in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. From the comfort of your suite you can watch a myriad of fish and marine life going about their days. Your stay also includes a scenic cruise, meals, beverages and access to snorkelling equipment.

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VIC: Quantum GP700 hypercar passenger ride

Get ready to go from 0 to 100km/hr in 2.6 seconds! Hopping in the passenger seat of one of Australia’s only hypercars, feel your head be forced back against the seat as your driver showcases the insane performance of the Quantum GP700.

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Manly fliteboard lesson
NSW: Manly fliteboard lesson

The future of surfing is here! This state-of-the-art powered surfboard will have you effortlessly carving across the water without needing wind or air. It’s the most fun you can have on flat water.

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Footplate experience Victoria
TAS: Footplate experience on the West Coast Wilderness Railway

Seize the rare opportunity of living a day in the life of West Coast Wilderness Railway loco crew on the only operating railway of its kind, travelling the steepest gradients in the Southern Hemisphere. You’ll embark on a return trip from Queenstown to Dubbil Barril, working alongside the crew on the footplate, assisting with the train’s operations and other various duties.

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Helicopter pub crawl Queensland
QLD: VIP helicopter pub crawl – for 2

Behold, an experience so chic you’d think it’s only reserved for celebrities. Get set for the most extra pub crawl of your life as you fly to each establishment via helicopter. Watch all of the other punters stare as you sit down for a casual tipple before going on your way.

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South Australia castle escape
SA: Private guy tea at Thorngrove Manor

No longer is high tea only an indulgent pastime for women, featuring yummy pastries and petit fours. Discover guy tea: a masculine-inspired experience featuring blokey bites such as wild boar and thyme sausage rolls, scotch eggs and more. This unique culinary affair is even more impressive being held inside an opulent manor in Stirling.

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Jungle swing Queensland
QLD: World’s fastest jungle swing with transfers

Did you know that Queensland holds the record for the world’s fastest jungle swing? Don’t worry, until recently we didn’t either… Up to 3 people can enjoy the insanity at once, where you’ll drop from 45 metres to 1 metre in 3.5 seconds, soaring just above Cairn’s stunning World Heritage-listed rainforest.

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Macrame wall hanging workshop
QLD: Create and sip macrame wall hanging workshop

Unleash your creativity and reap the therapeutic benefits as you create your own unique piece of art for your home. This hands-on workshop will have you feeling like a macrame expert in no time as you learn the fascinating technique of knotting. Bring along your favourite nibbles and something to drink, and you’re set for an epic afternoon!

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Ladies car maintenance workshop Sydney
NSW: Ladies car maintenance workshop

No longer will you have to worry about getting a flat tire! This empowering ladies-only workshop will equip you with general car knowledge and maintenance skills, showing you how to check your tyre pressure, change a tyre and more.

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