I don’t really have a good reason for wanting to visit Australia – I just always have! There’s something about it literally being on the other side of the world, along with the toilets spinning backward thing. It intrigues me. Plus, once Mary-Kate and Ashley went there for a movie, it was obviously the hip place to be. Ha.
But, if you must know, I don’t know a whole lot about the place! So! I enlisted the help of Business Insider to guide me to the 25 best things to see in Australia.
- Enjoy a drink at the Opera Bar before seeing a performance at the Sydney Opera House.
- Journey to the remote outback town of Birdsville for its annual horse racing weekend.
- Drive by the Twelve Apostles – a collection of limestone stacks – on a trip along Great Ocean Road in Victoria.
- Witness a sunrise at Uluru, a massive sandstone rock formation in the Northern Territory.
- Check into the Qualia, the Hamilton Island resort that topped Conde Nast Traveler’s latest best hotels list.
- Climb the steps, ladders, and catwalks of Sydney Harbor Bridge.
- See the incredible sea life along the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland.
- Explore Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art, which showcases the collection of Tasmanian gambler-turned-art collector David Walsh.
- Go wine tasting in the Barossa Valley outside of Adelaide.
- Get lost looking at art, shopping, and snacking in the Laneways of Melbourne.
- Take the 6-km coastal cliff walk from Bondi to Coogee in the Sydney suburbs.
- Bike around the beaches of Rottnest Island off the coast of Perth.
- Head to Melbourne in January for the Australian Open, one of tennis’ four Grand Slams.
- See the first leg of the Surfing World Tour in the Gold Coast.
- Sip on whiskey at Lark Distillery in Tasmania.
- Spend a day perfecting your lawn bowling game at the Clovelly Bowling Club near Sydney.
- Hike through the eucalyptus forests of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.
- Explore the stunning caves of the Margaret River region.
- Stuff yourself at Flower Drum, a famous Chinese restaurant in Melbourne.
- Tee off at the RACV Royal Pines golf course on Queensland’s Gold Coast, new home of the Australian PGA Championship.
- Traverse the continent by rail on The Ghan, a three-day journey from Darwin to Adelaide.
- Catch the British and Irish Lions rugby tour in Sydney in June and July – it only comes to Australia once every 12 years.[i]
- Tour the forests, beaches, and swamps of Fraser Island in a four-wheel drive vehicle.
24. Roll the dice at Crown Perth, a massive casino, entertainment, and nightlife complex.
25. Surf “The Pass” at Byron Bay on a longboard.
Obviously, not all of these would be doable during one trip, but that’s the beauty of it, is it not? For more pictures, see the original article. Or, go to Australia! That’s my (eventual) plan, at least.
[i] This Business Insider article was published in 2013, which means the next time this tour will be in Australia is 2025.