Australia is such a vast country. There’s so much to pack in; you could easily find yourself running out of time. The country’s cities are bustling metropolises. All of which are large melting pots of culture and entertainment. Head out into the outback to see some breathtaking scenery. And let’s not forget about the fantastic coast and its beaches as well! Struggling to whittle down your itinerary? Here are five things you shouldn’t miss!
Australia is one of the most popular destination in the world with surfers. On the west coast, Perth is well-known for its excellent surf. If you’ve never tried before, you don’t have to worry. There are plenty of surf schools, including Scarborough Surf School. However, Australia’s west coast is notorious for its sharks. Don’t let this put you off, as beaches are usually closed when a shark has been spotted. There will be plenty of lifeguards on duty so you can surf in safety!
Sydney has some spectacular architecture, perfect for capturing in your holiday photos! One of the city’s most famous sights is the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You’ll recognize this as the bridge on which an impressive firework display takes place at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Don’t forget to stop off at the Sydney Opera House for some more memorable photos! Even if you just wander around the city’s Port Jackson area, you’ll see lots of splendid buildings.
Sample The Cuisine
It may by Australia’s best kept secret, but the country’s cuisine is some of the best you’ll find in the world. There are a lot of exotic meats to try. You’ll find crocodile and ostrich served in the odd Brisbane Restaurant and Melbourne eatery. Pies are a big deal, and if you’re a meat eater, you’ll find a lot of delicious hearty meat pies. These hand-sized pies are usually filled with mince meat and gravy. Try it with a big dollop of tomato ketchup on top for a truly Australian experience!
Take A Trip Into The Outback
A lot of Australia is covered in shrubland, known as the Outback. Book a tour that will take you into this rugged landscape. Many companies take tourists out in 4×4 cars through the land. You’ll pass many rocky gorges and huge lakes. You may also be given the chance to stop off at an Outback post that park rangers from which survey the countryside. Trips to the Outback can get booked up very early, so plan yours well in advance.
Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is located off the coast of Queensland. It is the largest coral reef in the world and the home to a great deal of marine life. It is possible to go diving and snorkelling in the reef. If you’d rather keep your feet dry, there are many boat trips that simply sail around it. Most boats have a glass bottom, so you can see the reef as the boat goes over it.
Time to find your passport and get ready for your first trip Down Under!