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Land Down Under Trip: 9 Things to Do When Visiting Australia

18.05.18

Australia is the 6th biggest country in the world. If you are a first-time visitor to Australia, you need to put some thought into your Australia travel planning and think of the things you want to do while you are Down Under. Whether it is the food, wildlife or the sheer size of the place, Australia has a lot to offer for first-time visitors from overseas. 

Kayaking in Gold Coast

On the Gold Coast between Currumbin Village and Palm Beach, Currumbin Creek runs 24 kilometers inland to Mount Cougal. Its waterscape changes from a soft surf break, shallow lagoons to lush jungle surroundings in the interior. You can hire a kayak, paddleboard, or small motorized flatbed boat. 

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

The world’s largest coral reef in Far North Queensland is simply breathtaking, stretching out over 3,000 kilometres. The best way to explore the Great Barrier Reef is by going snorkelling. There are over 1500 species of tropical fish, giant sea turtles, and brightly coloured coral.

Visit Taronga Zoo and have an overnight

One of the Sydney's best tourist attractions is Taronga Zoo, offering a whole new way by camping in safari tents under the stars inside the zoo. Enjoy a roast feast and drinks and an up-close animal encounters after the zoo closes, then awaken to views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Take a good swim at Bondi Beach

When the mercury soars, half of Sydney seems to flock to Bondi Beach. Locals complain about it incessantly and go to great lengths to separate themselves from the general riffraff. One of the few remaining local vestiges is the grassy knoll on the northern end of the beach, where four coin-operated gas barbecues struggle to provide cooking heat for locals. Folk congregate here every Saturday and Sunday and most other sunsets to eat, drink and mingle with fellow members of the Bondi tribe.

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

The best way to experience this majestic structure is on foot. Stairs climb up the bridge from both shores, leading to a footpath on the eastern side. Climb the south-eastern pylon to the Pylon Lookout or ascend the arc on the popular but expensive BridgeClimb. The harbour bridge is a spookily big object. Its enormous dimensions make it the biggest steel arch bridge in the world. An iconic part of the Sydney skyline, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is unforgettable when viewed from Circular Quay. 

Romantic Getaway in Sydney

Just over a one-hour drive from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Kims is the perfect romantic getaway in Sydney, offering individual timber bungalows and spa villas on the beach. This luxurious bungalows and villas are equipped and built for relaxation. Activities include windsurfing, paddle boarding, surfing and fishing trip. They also have a smart cocktail bar, massages, and great food.

Ride a ferry to Manly

A cheaper way to experience and appreciate the beauty of Sydney Harbour with stunning views of the city is to catch the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly and back. In Manly, walks down the palm tree-lined Corso towards the beach for an ice-cream, walk around to picturesque Shelly Beach, or grab a cold beer at Manly Wharf Hotel. Your return back to the Quay coincides with the sunset behind the harbour bridge.

Visit Art Gallery of New South Wales

Situated in the same park complex that houses the Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, the Art Gallery of New South Wales features a variety of indigenous, colonial and contemporary art collections. Everything from photography and Pablo Picasso paintings to aboriginal art and Tang dynasty ceramics can be found here. Additionally, several free artist talks and demonstrations are held throughout the year.

Wine tasting in the Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley’s wineries are open for tastings, with each using their own special varieties and techniques. While wine is the main attraction here, the Barossa Valley is also famous for its gourmet food. Try having lunch at Maggie Beer’s Farm and choose homegrown products.