Top Things to do in Australia – 30 Epic Aussie Experiences

The Best Things to do in Australia – 30 Epic Aussie Experiences

Australia is a huge, unique continent with so much stunning natural beauty and there’s so many things to do in Australia it would take a lifetime, But what are the unmissable things to do in Australia for the ultimate Aussie adventure?

Here are the best Australian experiences that you need to include in the ultimate adventure down under.

#1 Celebrate being in one of the most beautiful cities in the world with drinks in the Opera House Bar overlooking the the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s one of the essential things to do in Australia and the drinks are actually not as expensive as you would think but climbing the bridge is pretty steep!

Opera Bar Panorama - Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge

#2 Sailing the Whitsundays and relaxing on impossibly beautiful Whitehaven Beach

whitehaven view

#3 Feel the spirit of the Outback, get the red soil under your skin and witness the magnificent and sacred Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunrise

Uluru sunrise

#4 Another of the best things to do in Australia is taking a road trip driving the spectacular Great Ocean Road

12apostles great ocean road

#5 Take a 4WD and drive along the worlds largest sand bar island and UNESCO heritage site Fraser Island. Camp out in the rainforest, laze in turquoise lakes, spot dingos and explore shipwrecks on this unique island.

Maheno wreck fraser island

#6 Take a 3 day epic Outback train journey from Adelaide to Darwin and through the red center of Australia on The Ghan

The Ghan, Australia

#7 Learn to surf, feel the alternative vibe and worship the spectacular sunsets in Byron Bay

Byron Sunset

#8 Explore the under water world by diving or snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef and earn bonus points if you swim with a turtle. Exploring the Great Barrier Reef has to be one of the most amazing things to do in Australia.

Coral garden great barrier reef

#9  Feel the freedom of the open road and take a camper van or road trip up the East Coast, across the Outback or anywhere! The best way to see Oz!

great ocean road trip campervan

#10 Explore the tropics, cool off by lazing in swimming holes and gasp at thundering waterfalls in Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.

Jim Jim Falls, Jim Jim - Photo by Ian Oswald-Jacobs

#11 Escape the city and lose yourself in the forests of The Blue Mountains, see the three sisters and feel the burn on your thighs climbing the giant staircase, only 2 hours from Sydney.

#12 Explore the laneways, graffiti art and cool coffee culture of uber chic Melbourne

Too Much Going On 2

#13 Cuddle up to a koala or hand fed a kangaroo at Australia Zoo and don’t forget to keep your eye out for these unique creatures in the wild.

koalas cuddling

#14 Learn about the aboriginal culture and get an insight into a group of people that lived so long ago by viewing thousands of years old rock art.

carnarvon gorge art gallery

#15 Spend a day or two on an Outback cattle station, drive a ute, ride a horse, muster some cattle and enjoy the wide open spaces.

Cowboy, Horse, And Dog

#16 Quaff wine and take in the gorgeous views in Australia’s award winning vineyards, try Yarra Valley near Melbourne, the Hunter Valley near Sydney or the Barrossa Valley in South Australia

yarra valley vineyards

#17 Soak up the views of the spectacular Sydney harbour by taking the ferry to Manly beach and walking the path to Spit or feel the waves crashing beneath you on the cliff top walk from famous Bondi Beach to Coogee.

Cliff walk at Bondi Beach

#18 Explore the convict history of Australia at spooky Port Arthur in Tasmania

Port Arthur Tasmania

#19 Ride a camel along Cable Beach in Broome

camels on Cable Beach australia

#20 Shop, eat and party at the Mindil beach sunset markets in Darwin


#21 Explore the Daintree rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world and see where 2 UNESCO sites met at Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation

#22 Camp out in a swag under a million stars in the clear outback skies, stare in amazement at the milky way and learn to identify the southern cross

A million stars in the clear Outback skies. Photo credit Kevin Brown

#23 Swim with whale sharks and snorkeling the diverse sea life on Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

whale sharks

#24 Feel the frontier spirit and discover old outback mining towns like Broken Hill and the nearby ghost town of Silverton in New South Wales, the quirky opal mining town of Lightning Ridge or gold rush towns like Ballarat, Victoria or Charters Towers, Queensland.

broken hill outback NSW collage

#25 Be awed watching sperm whales, the gentle giants of sea frolic in the waters near Hervey Bay

Whale breaching 4

#26 Explore the wilderness of Tasmania and hike to stunning wineglass bay

Wineglass Bay, as seen from the lookout at the saddle, Freycinet National Park

#27 Experience the thrills and spills of a rodeo – wear a cowboy hat, diamante jeans to fit in and have a couple of delicious, iconic Bundaberg Rums made from Queensland sugar cane.

rodeo collage

#28 Explore the remote and unique region of The Kimberly in the top corner of Western Australia with many stunning, rugged, natural rock formations and gorges and the only place in the world to find the unique Boab Tree, some of the oldest in the world.

Boab Tree

#29 Hike through the Flinders Ranges National Park and be amazed by the spectacular scenery at the elevated basin of Wilpena Pound in South Australia, it’s especially beautiful in spring with all the wildflowers in bloom.

Wilpena Pound

#30 Celebrate the New Year before most other people in the world with the spectacular fireworks over the iconic harbour in Sydney

Sydney NYE 13 Fireworks

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Richard Read November 25, 2014 at 1:09 am

Was in Australia earlier this year – see my blogs – and going back in Feb 2015 so hope to see another few locations you mentioned and re-visit some others. Thanks for the blog.

Anna Phipps November 25, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Thank you! 🙂 Yes, there is so much to see in this huge country that one visit is never enough! Enjoy your trip.

Elsa Thomasma June 4, 2015 at 5:04 pm

Victoria Mita check these out!

Paul Walters June 4, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Love the fact that the historic outback mining towns like Broken Hill and Silverton are included. Travellers seem to forget about visiting these places. However so much has been omitted from this list –

1) The stunning national parks. lakes and beaches of the Central Coast, just north of Sydney and beating the likes of Noosa and Byron Bay for beauty in my opinion.

2) The lovely Sunshine Coast with the Glasshouse Mountains, towns like Mooloolooba, Caloundra and Bribie Island and the Noosa Everglades

3) The lovely white beaches of Jervis Bay.

4) The Bungle Bungles and Olgas, just as beautiful as Uluru but less visited

5) The natural beauty of Kangaroo Island

6) Lord Howe island – remote, secluded and famous for its beauty and unique flora and fauna

7) The historic city of Parramatta, with Australia’s oldest buildings

Sujith Samual June 5, 2015 at 8:41 am

🙂 gr8

Albert May 12, 2016 at 2:42 pm


I follow your IG to your blog and found this great article! I am looking forward to my independent Australia trip. Sadly, it isn’t as long to be able to do everything on this list, but this list inspires me to go to Australia more often.


Anna May 24, 2016 at 3:17 pm

Hi Albert! Thanks so much for stopping by. Yes Australia is huge and it takes a long time to get around and experience all it has to offer. Hope you have a great trip and glad to give you some Oz inspiration! Happy Travels 🙂

A Pin on the Map June 6, 2016 at 12:53 pm

Thanks so much for this amazing advice! I have been on the fence about traveling to Australia, but I may have to put it on the travel list. Thanks for a great read!

Anna June 12, 2016 at 10:17 pm

Thanks! Glad you liked it! Yes, there is so so much to see in Australia – I love it and I’m sure you won’t regret visiting! Let me know if you want any more tips for Oz 🙂


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