With Australia Day fast approaching, it’s hard not to get a tad teary-eyed and sentimental about our great land down under, and who could blame you. With vast stretches of stunning beaches, mountainous ranges, and some of the most striking cities in the world, Australia sure has a lot of enticing sights on offer. If you’re keen to explore Australia’s iconic landscape, be prepared for an adrenaline kick as our Great Southern Land delivers a plethora of exciting and adventurous experiences at every turn.
Here is our pick of the top 10 most iconic Aussie experiences.
Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the most spectacular gifts of Mother Nature, and not just in Australia. The extensive natural reef is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world alongside Mount Everest, the Grand Canyon and Aurora Borealis – you beauty! With over 3000 unique reef systems and colourful coral cays just waiting to be explored, a Great Barrier Reef day cruise with snorkelling and lunch is your ticket to paradise.
With sweeping views of the majestic city, the Blue Mountains, Sydney Harbour and stunning Opera House, few sights are as magnificent as atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney Harbour Bridge climbs run throughout the week and are chaperoned by experienced climbers eager to share such a thrilling experience with you.
If getting wet and wild in the great outdoors is how you like to play, then canyon diving is the adventure for you. The Cradle Mountain canyoning experience sees thrill seekers jump, abseil or slide down 50-metre quartzite canyons in Tasmania’s breathtaking Cradle Mountain. The full-day tour includes the help of an experienced guide, all safety equipment and a refreshing lunch.
For those of you who like to get their adventurous kicks on dry land (pun intended), a trip to the Top End and a meet and greet with the great humped mammals of Australia’s red desert is the adventure for you. Embarking on a sunset or sunrise camel ride in the Northern Territory will put you up close and personal with Australia’s purest landscape, and not to mention an intimate viewing of the prized Uluru and Kata-Tjuta.
If swimming with sharks doesn’t tickle your adrenalin bone, maybe swimming with crocodiles will. The Crocodile Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin is as terrifying as it sounds, and puts brave adventurers face-to-face with these sly reptiles. While you will be housed inside a protective underwater cage, the view of a looming saltwater crocodile swimming towards you is an experience you will never forget.
If you’re looking for a more sentimental animal encounter, why not cuddle a koala? The koala encounter at WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo is the perfect experience for those who can’t resist these loveable creatures. Breakfast is included in the experience, as well as a guided tour of the koala exhibit and a chance for a photo and cuddle with these sleepy fur balls.
With over 1 billion litres of wine produced every year, it’s easy to see why Australia’s fertile landscape is considered one of the best in the world for wine. Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or new to the world of wine, a Margaret River wine tasting tour is the experience of a lifetime.
The Yarra Valley in Victoria is not only another exquisite Australian wine region but also a stunning landscape to boot, and can be explored by hot air balloon. Hot air ballooning over the Yarra Valley takes you on a 1 hour flight over the world-renowned grapevines and breathtaking Yarra River.
Sitting at over 2500 kilometres in length, the Murray River is one of the world’s longest navigable rivers and is a true Australian icon. A Murray River Paddlesteamer cruise with lunch takes you on a historical voyage up the river taking in the indigenous sights and sounds of the winding waters. Professional commentary by an experienced skipper is included.
The surf is always up at Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach so why not do as the locals do and hit the waves? If you’re new to surfing and don’t know a barrel from a bottom turn, fear not, a beginner’s group surfing lesson is right up your alley. These 2 hour lessons are run by experienced surfers on the famous Bondi Beach and are suitable for all ages.