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Things to do in Australia

Whether you’re a visitor holidaying or a local looking for new things to do, RedBalloon offers a wide range of iconic and unique experiences Australia wide. Read on to discover our most famous destinations, must see attractions and quintessential Australian experiences.

Top Destinations

Jet boat ride Sydney Harbour

Explore Sydney

Fall in love with Sydney's sparkling harbour, world-class restaurants and cosmopolitan beach lifestyle.

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Melbourne City and Yarra River

Explore Melbourne

Explore Australia's coffee and cultural capital, brimming with vibrant street art, bustling laneways, iconic galleries and cafes.

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Helicopter Flight over Brisbane City

Explore Brisbane

Be dazzled by Brisbane's architectural landmarks, relaxed lifestyle and breathtaking coastal hinterland.

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Gold Coast, Queensland

Explore the Gold Coast

Renowned for its incredible surf beaches, theme parks and nightlife, the Gold Coast offers countless options for visitors of all ages.

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Kings Park, WA

Explore Perth

Experience the best of Perth from its local landmarks and inner city parks to beautiful beaches, and cruise to Rottnest Island for a day of exploration and excitement.

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d'Arenberg Winery, SA

Explore Adelaide

After uncovering the sights and delights of the city, enjoy a scenic drive or guided tour around Adelaide's remarkable wine regions.

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Hot air balloon flying over the Hunter Valley

Explore Hunter Valley

Immerse yourself in the best of the Hunter Valley. Tantalise your taste buds with a gourmet food and wine tour, learn about the history of the region and revel in the bucolic landscape.

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Sunshine Coast beach at sunrise

Explore Sunshine Coast

With glorious sunny days, stretches of golden sand beaches and a laid-back lifestyle, the Sunshine Coast is worth adding to your travel bucket list.

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Coloured bathing boxes at Brighton Beach, Mornington Peninsula

Explore Mornington Peninsula

Famous for its award-winning wineries, beaches and hot springs, the Mornington Peninsula is perfect for a relaxing weekend away.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Sydney Harbour Bridge Twilight Climb

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Humphead wrasse in the Great Barrier Reef

Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef with Lunch

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Tjapukai people

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Tour

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Koala at Adelaide Zoo

Koala Encounter and a Day at Adelaide Zoo

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Sailing catamaran cruise, Rottnest Island

Catamaran Sailing Cruise to Rottnest Island

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Hot air balloon flight over the Yarra Valley, Victoria

Yarra Valley Ballooning Getaway with Dinner

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Australia's Most Romantic Destinations

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Glamping getaway in Bendigo at Bendooley Estate

Glamping Getaways

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Best Shark Diving Locations

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Are you planning an epic Australian adventure, quick getaway or looking for the hottest new things to do in your town? With over 5000 experiences Australia wide, RedBalloon provides an incredible source of inspiration for whatever it is that you’re looking for.

What are the best places to visit in Australia?

From golden sand beaches to bucolic wine regions, tropical islands to dusty red outback, Australia boasts a range of extraordinary natural landscapes that draw in travellers from around the globe. On top of this, there is a plethora of exciting, vibrant cities just waiting to be explored. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, check out our guide of must see places in Australia.

New South Wales:

Make the most of your time in NSW and hire a car to explore all of the hot spots and hidden gems. After ticking off the iconic Sydney Harbour, Bondi Beach and surrounds, head off to uncover the beauty of the South Coast, Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and Byron Bay.

Victoria:

Touch down in Melbourne and spend a few days uncovering the history of the city and notorious restaurant and bar scene. While it’ll be hard to leave, you will feel satisfied knowing there’s an abundance of local treasures waiting to be uncovered including the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island.

Queensland:

With so much to do, your challenge will be fitting it all in! From exhilarating theme parks, heritage listed rainforests and reefs, to golden sand beaches and quaint coastal towns, you will be amazed by everything that the sunny state has to offer. Must-see locations include the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Cairns and the Whitsundays.

Western Australia:

Although Perth is the most isolated city in the world, it is certainly one worth exploring. Discover striking architecture, botanic gardens and a coastline dotted with pristine beaches. After checking out the historic port town of Fremantle, hop on the ferry and enjoy a short scenic cruise over to Rottnest Island. Here you’ll be mesmerised with turquoise waters, white sand beaches, an abundance of marine life and the famous native quokka. Complete your trip with a visit to the Margaret River, a unique coastal wine region that boasts an array of world-class cellar doors and artisan producers.

South Australia:

Known for its remote beaches, rugged coastline and award-winning wineries, South Australia offers something for everyone. After soaking up the sights of the city, set off to uncover world-class wine regions including the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, both only an hour away. End your SA sojourn with a relaxing stay on Kangaroo Island, offering magnificent landscapes and a diversity of wildlife.

Northern Territory:

A trip to the NT isn’t complete with a visit to Australia’s Red Centre, better known as Uluru or Ayers Rock. Uluru is one of the nation’s most iconic landmarks and one of the world’s largest monoliths. Your epic outback adventure must also include Alice Springs, Darwin and Kakadu National Park.

Tasmania:

When weighing up all of the famous places in Australia, this secluded island state is wildly underrated. Famous for its fresh seafood, fine wine, rugged wilderness and native Tasmanian devil, it is a destination certainly worth adding to your trip. Be sure to check out Hobart, Launceston and Bruny Island on your travels.

Australian Capital Territory:

Visit Australia’s capital city and political centre, Canberra, renowned for its museums, galleries and hip bar scene. Whilst here, we suggest viewing the city’s attractions over a relaxing hot air balloon flight and treating your taste buds during a full day brewery tour.

What are the best things to do in Australia?

Sydney:

Climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, embark on a backstage tour of the Opera House and enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner at Sydney Tower’s revolving restaurant. If getting up close and personal with native Australian animals is high on your agenda, book in for a koala encounter and breakfast at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo or jump on the ferry for an exciting day trip to Taronga Zoo.

Melbourne:

Discover the beauty of the city from all angles with a ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, sunset dinner cruise on the Yarra River and a guided cultural tour on foot.

Gold Coast:

Turn up the fun with a seven-day Super Pass to the Gold Coast’s most popular theme parks, explore the sun-drenched city during a thrilling ocean jet boat ride and take on the SkyPoint climb at the top of the iconic Q1 building.

After ticking off these quintessential activities, why not top off your visit with a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience? Check out our curated range of bucket list ideas, from swimming with humpback whales in their natural habitat to an aerobatic stunt plane flight over Sydney Harbour.