Is it possible to explore the whole Australia? It’s such a vast and diverse country that a lifetime would probably not be enough, but if you manage to accomplish the 100 things ranked below, you’d definitely have seen a big part of it! I myself did 80 of them, and would love to experience the 20 remaining in the next few years. It’s not an exhaustive list so feel free to drop your ideas in the comments. Don’t hesitate to share your score as well! Don’t miss also my special page about Australia, with all my articles and galleries – there will be more coming in the future.
Special thanks to Cannelle and Thibaut from unmondeenpatrimoine.com who helped me finish this article with some brilliant ideas – I guess you guys must have done almost 90% of the list didn’t you?
Let’s start with 10 experiences you can have pretty much everywhere around Australia:
1 Take a surf lesson. Best spots for beginners: Byron Bay (New South Wales) or 1770 (Queensland). For experienced surfers, don’t miss the waves of Bells Beach (Victoria), home of the Rip Curl Pro competition during Easter.
2 Drive in the outback. You will never forget these long straight roads through empty plains with the characteristic red dust of Australia…
3 Go stargazing. As soon as you leave the main cities, the night sky is extraordinary.
4 Watch a game of “footie”, the very spectacular Aussie rule football. It’s popular mostly in Victoria, where the Grand Final takes place every year at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
5 Taste delicious wines. Australia produces a lot of excellent wines, and you’ll find great wineries all around the country: Barrossa and Clare Valley (South Australia), Margaret River (Western Australia), Yarra Valley (Victoria), Hunter Valley (New South Wales)…
6 Enjoy a barbecue and cold beers at the beach on a warm weekend with Australian families.
7 Get on a boat for a whale watching tour, or simply watch these huge marine mammals from the coast, East or West (between June and October).
8 Jump from a plane. Possible in many places around the country, but one of the best spots is Mission Beach (Queensland) with a landing on the beach.
9 Try some vegemite. I said “try”, not “enjoy”.
10 Speak Aussie: learn what “arvo”, “mozzie”, “Maccas” or “brekkie” mean and try to understand the accent of Australians of the outback. G’Day mate!
And now 90 more things to do all around the country. Have a look at the map below to locate these places!
11 Take a lot of pictures of the Sydney Opera House.
12 Cross the Sydney harbour with a ferry to spend the afternoon at Manly Beach and come back during sunset.
13 Do the Bondi to Coogee walk.
14 Climb the Harbour Bridge, or just cross it for an amazing view over the Sydney harbour.
15 Hike in the Blue Mountains. Don’t go only to the Three Sisters lookout, there’s so much more to see there!
16 Visit the koala hospital of Port Macquarie.
17 Enjoy the pristine beach and the wild kangaroos of South West Rocks.
18 Wander along the V Wall in Nambucca Heads and sunbath on Shelly beach.
19 Walk to the Byron Bay lighthouse and stand at the most easterly point of Australia.
20 Watch the sunrise from the top of Mt Warning (or at least climb to the summit during the day).
21 Go to Natural Bridge, highlight of the beautiful Springbrook National Park and see its glow worm colony at night time.
22 Have fun in the theme parks of the Gold Coast.
23 Spend a day on Stradbroke Island and do the North Gorge Walk.
24 Enjoy the lagoon, the park, the bars and the many restaurants in Southbank, Brisbane.
25 Watch the sunset from Mt Coot Tha and see Brisbane slowly lighting up below you.
26 See the beautiful Glass House Mountains.
27 Relax for a few days in Noosa and its incredible National Park.
28 Climb the huge sand dunes of Rainbow Beach.
29 Visit Fraser Island and its multiple attractions: Lake McKenzie, Champagne Pools, the Maheno shipwreck…
30 Descend into emerald and ruby mines in Rubyvale.
31 Watch the sunrise on the beach at Cape Hillsborough with kangaroos around you.
32 Fly over the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef and see the iconic Heart Reef.
33 Walk on Whitehaven Beach.
34 Look out for koalas on Magnetic Island.
35 Watch the sunrise at Bingil Bay next to Mission Beach.
36 Do a waterfall tour in the Atherton Tablelands. Don’t miss the famous Millaa Millaa Falls or the dizzying Tully Falls.
37 Snorkel or dive with turtles on the Great Barrier Reef.
38 Go on a cruise on the Daintree River to see huge crocodiles in their natural element.
39 Try to see a cassowary in the Daintree Rainforest.
40 Drive to Cape York, the most northern point of Australia (reserved to experienced 4×4 drivers).
41 Have a beer at the Daly Waters pub, most iconic pub of the outback.
42 Watch the sunrise over Uluru. And the sunset. And walk around it during the day. But don’t climb it!
43 Explore the Kata Tjuta and walk in the Valley of the Winds.
44 Hike in Kings Canyon.
45 Drive to the West McDonnel Ranges close to Alice Springs.
46 Take a picture of the impressive rocks of the Devils Marbles.
47 Swim in the hot pools of Mataranka.
48 Visit Katherine Gorge.
49 Admire the stunning Aboriginal rock paintings in the Kakadu National Park.
50 Go to the night market and watch the sunset at Mindil Beach next to Darwin.
51 Swim in the billabongs of Litchfield National Park (first make sure that there aren’t any crocodiles around).
52 Explore the vast Kimberleys at the wheel of a 4WD.
53 Camp at Kooljaman at the end of Cape Leveque and go for a swim when you wake up.
54 Watch the sunset at Cable Beach in Broome.
55 Swim in the natural pools down the deep gorges of the Karijini National Park.
56 Snorkel on the Ningaloo Reef in the Cape Range National Park. (The picture of the turtle below has been taken by Thibaut from unmondeenpatrimoine.com – thanks for sharing!).
57 Dive with whale sharks on the West Coast around Exmouth (between March and September only).
58 Admire the crystal clear water of Coral Bay.
59 Visit the François Peron National Park and go to the most western point of Australia (only with a 4WD).
60 Take a picture at Nature’s Window and hike down the gorges of Kalbarri National Park.
61 Stand on the edge of the cliffs of the coastal section of the Kalbarri National Park.
62 Meet Prince Graeme and get a stamp on your passport at the Principality of Hutt River.
63 See the beautiful colour of the Pink Lake next to Port Gregory.
64 Walk between the Pinnacles, shortly before sunset for the best light. For a better experience for everyone, leave your vehicle in the car park!
65 Try to sandboard on the huge dunes of Lancelin.
66 Explore the giant Kings Park of Perth and its beautiful Botanic Garden.
67 Enjoy the good vibes, the market and the rich history of Fremantle.
68 Take a selfie with a quokka on the extraordinary Rottnest Island.
69 Drive in the Valley of the Giants and climb to the top of a karri tree if you dare.
70 Enjoy the stunning beaches and the amazing coast around Albany.
71 See the beautiful Wave Rock and the Aboriginal paintings of Mulka’s Cave.
72 Drive through the Nullarbor Desert, 1200kms without a town, including the longest straight road of Australia (146.6kms).
73 Greet the friendly dolphins in the harbour of Whyalla.
74 Step into abandoned houses in the Flinders Ranges.
75 Visit the State Library of South Australia in Adelaide and its amazing Mortlock Wing.
76 Explore the city center of Adelaide. Enjoy the rich street art, the cafés and don’t miss the Adelaide Central Market.
77 See some koalas in the Morialta Conservation Park and watch Adelaide from the summit of Mount Lofty, highest point of the Adelaide Hills.
78 Take the ferry to visit Kangaroo Island.
79 Enjoy the fantastic lookouts and the aboriginal sites of the Grampians National Park.
80 Do a road trip on the Great Ocean Road and its fantastic rock formations.
81 Get lost in the lanes of Melbourne, the best way to appreciate the incredible street art.
82 Explore the different suburbs of Melbourne, with their own atmosphere, bars, restaurants and cafés.
83 Have a cocktail in a hidden bar in Melbourne.
84 Go to the end of the St Kilda pier to see the penguins after sunset.
85 Take a selfie in front of the colourful beach cabins of Brighton Beach.
86 Rent a car and do a scenic drive on the East Coast of Tasmania, from the Bay of Fires to Freycinet National Park.
87 Admire the beautiful Wineglass Bay, highlight of Freycinet National Park.
88 Hike on the Tasman Peninsula, to Cape Raoul or Cape Pillar.
89 Visit the Port Arthur Historic Site to learn more about the first European settlement in the 19th century.
90 Climb (or simply drive) to the summit of Mount Wellington and enjoy the stunning view over Hobart.
91 Visit the MONA, the Museum of Old and New Arts in Hobart.
92 Drive until the End of The Road, southernmost point of Australia, and enjoy the beauty of far South Tasmania.
93 Do the Overland Track, or at least climb to the summit of Cradle Mountain.
94 Hike to Mount Jerusalem.
95 Walk barefoot on Squeaky Beach in the Wilson’s Promontory National Park.
96 Climb to the top of Mount Kosziuscko, highest mountain of Australia during summer…
97 …and go skiing in one of the winter sport resorts of the Alpine National Park.
98 Visit the museums of Canberra.
99 Refresh yourself in the Figure 8 Pool in the Royal National Park.
100 Spend the New Year’s Eve in Sydney and see one of the most famous fireworks in the world.
How many of these experiences have you done yet, and what would you add to this list? Share your answer in the comments! Thank you.