Australia is well known for being one of the most alluring tourist destinations in the world. Whether you’re into sun and surfing, local culture or natural beauty, Australia really does cater for even the hardest-to-please holiday-goers. However, with such a wide range of activities and attractions available to visitors, it can be difficult to sift through all the different options when planning your trip. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled our own list of five of the most worthwhile places to visit so that you’ve got a good idea of where to go and what to do when you’re down under.
Gold Coast theme parks
When it comes to fun, there’s not much that can match the theme parks on the picturesque Gold Coast. With waterslides, wildlife and heart-stopping rides, this is the perfect place for thrillseekers to take the family. Those who can’t quite make their mind up about where they want to spend their time can buy a combination pass for Wet ‘n’ Wild, Warner Bros Movie World and Sea World. In addition to this, there’s plenty of accommodation by the immaculate beaches, which means you’ll never be stuck for a place to catch your breath.
Dive with great whites in Port Lincoln
While most people fantasize about swimming with dolphins, there’s something to be said for adding a little more danger to the mix and being deep underwater with a great white shark is definitely something you’ll want to tell your friends about. For anyone that’s a bit put off by the shark thing, there’s no need to be – you’re entombed in a strengthened aluminum cage that allows you to get close to the action without losing a finger. Calypso Star Charters and other similar companies run fantastic one day tours to Neptune Island and no prior experience with scuba diving is necessary. There’s also the option to swim with giant whale sharks in Western Australia between March and August if the whole “Jaws” thing has you a little freaked out.
When visiting Australia, sports fans tend to try and catch an Australian Open match at Melbourne Park or watch the final of the NRL Rugby. There’s no doubt that these remain some of the most exciting sporting events in the country, but for something a little bit different we would recommend the Caulfield Cup. The event is still considered to be one of the premier handicap races in the world racing calendar and with the event taking place in mid-October, you can also enjoy the sunshine while you’re at it. Of course, there’s also the opportunity to have a flutter and it’s worth checking sites such as Oddschecker for the most competitive odds on each race – there’s no reason why you can’t try and pick your winner before you board the plane.
Fall’s Creek ski slopes
When thinking about Australia, the first things that come to mind include, sea, sand and maybe the occasional Kangaroo. However, it’s important to point out that there are plenty of opportunities to ski and Fall’s Creek is home to Australia’s longest beginner run – of course, there’s plenty of more challenging terrain for the more accomplisher skiers out there, too. With a number of fully-catered five star hotels as well as a fantastic selection of self-contained lodges, you’re bound to have a fantastic time no matter where you decide to stay.
Foodie road trips around Tasmania
Fans of good quality, local produce will certainly find themselves at home in and around Tasmania and there’s never really more than an hour’s drive between gourmet stores and the different towns. From oysters and Belgian-style chocolate, to Willie Smith apples and fresh doughnuts, there’s something for everyone to sample. Tasmania is also famous for a plethora of cool climate wines and the Pinot Noir from the Providence vineyard is a huge hit with both locals and regular visitors to the area.
Tailor your holiday to your tastes and interests
While this list will definitely be handy when explaining some of the things on offer down under, it may not be to everyone’s liking – what appeals to one person may not quite pique the interest of another. Maybe you prefer a relaxed atmosphere with adventure just right around the corner, you may want to give Shirley Street accommodation in Byron Bay a try. Scour the internet before you go and make sure that your holiday aligns with the interests of your traveling party. And it’s important to choose things you think you’ll enjoy as opposed to visiting somewhere just so you can say you’ve been then. If you do that, there’s no doubt Australia will give you everything you want and more.