Australia is a vast continent with diverse habitats, unique animals, and a cosmopolitan population. If you are planning a holiday in the land down under, here’s what I learned from my travel in Australia.
1. Explore some of the less well-travelled destinations. Sydney, Melbourne, and the Great Barrier Reef are everything they are said to be and more. However, when you go off the beaten path, you’ll have the opportunity to discover some of Australia’s hidden gems and wild natural beauty. Kangaroo Island, which is located near Adelaide, is a stunning island paradise with brilliant views and lush vegetation. Cape York Peninsula is wild and unspoilt, filled with rainforests, woodlands, and savannahs.
2. Tempt your palate. Australia is not only diverse in terms of landscapes and population but is also diverse in terms of taste. Move beyond the ordinary: Try some native Australian cuisine, such as kangaroo, crocodile, quandongs, bush tomatoes, or go on a local wine tasting tour.
3. Go surfing. The surf culture of Australia is world-renowned, and the waters beckon. Even if you know nothing about surfing, this is one thing that should be on your Australian bucket list. You will generally be able to take beginner’s level surfing lessons at most major beaches throughout the country, including both Bondi and Manly beaches in Sydney.
4. See the outback. There may be nothing quite as quintessentially Australian as the outback. Rent a four-wheel drive, and take a road trip through the rusty desert. Stop off at Uluru or the Devil’s Marbles, and take lots of pictures of picturesque Alice Springs.
5. Go bushwalking in the rainforest. The rainforests of Australia are tropical, sub-tropical, temperate, and even dry, and they are home to hundreds of species of plants and animals. These spectacular forests are truly awe-inspiring and well worth a visit.
6. Be a tourist. Go ahead; you’ve earned it. Shop till you drop in Sydney’s Paddington Markets, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, visit kitschy St. Kilda, and dance all night long in Kings Cross. Just don’t forget to go snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef!